‘The Adventures of The Geropsychologist’!

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: ‘The Adventures of The Geropsychologist’! “The Adventures of The Geropsychologist!” Starring Dr. El as The Geropsychologist! There have been thousands of movies and TV shows about the exciting work of cops, lawyers, and hospitals, but long-term care? Fuhgeddaboutit! Here, Dr. El aims to correct that oversight … Read more

The medical system may treat you well, but less so after you reach age 80

This Washington Post article by Louise Aronson, MD perfectly describes the failures of our current medical system to address the problems that affect older patients. The medical system may treat you well, but less so after you reach age 80 The clinic was in a dilapidated old building, yet the entryway retained a worn grandeur. Tapering, … Read more

Establishing rapport (an anecdote)

“I’M THE NEW PSYCHOLOGIST,” I screamed. “DO YOU HAVE A HEARING AID?” “What?” Ms. Oakes replied. The rest of our first session went downhill from there. I stopped at the nursing station on the way off the unit. “She never wears her hearing aid,” the nurse reported. “I’ve got it right here but she refuses.” … Read more

Joan Lunden speaks with Dr. El on Eldercare

Award-winning journalist and author Joan Lunden takes time from her busy schedule to talk with Dr. El of My Better Nursing Home about her experiences caring for her 94-year old mother and speaking with other family caregivers around the country. Dr. El:  Joan, you’re part of what’s called “The Sandwich Generation,” taking care of your … Read more

Everything I needed to know I learned from my residents (McKnight’s LTC News)

Here’s my latest article at McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Everything I needed to know I learned from my residents Someone posted a story I Liked on Facebook about an 85-year old woman who graduated from college and already had a job offer. “She’s my new hero!” a Friend commented. That got me thinking about all … Read more