Is A Good Death Possible?

“Is such a thing even possible?” Mike asked when I told him I was working on an article about creating a good death. Once I told him more about what I meant, he was intrigued and suggested we talk about it on The Alzheimer’s Podcast. So...is a good death even...

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What’s Behind the Fury?

What's Behind the Fury? I see a lot of anger in my work. Families are frustrated with their person, irate about something that happened at the care community, enraged with each other. What’s behind the fury? I have my theories. If Everything Was Going Well... I know...

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There’s Power in Love

Did you feel the difference in the air yesterday? I felt it here in Portland, OR. Love was all around, out in full force. Whether you weren’t interested in the Royal Wedding even a little or had your bleary eyes glued to BBC America from 1 am Pacific on, Bishop...

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Bloom Where You’re Planted

My brother and I said the same thing when our parents asked what items we'd want after they passed: the smiling flower plaster figurine. The one that advises, "Let's be happy while we're here," and has hung in the bathroom for as long as I can remember. Great, solid,...

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A Third Choice

Toilet paper didn’t always exist. The need for toilet paper did, of course. Some cultures came up with better ideas than others.   Getting Creative The Farmers’ Almanac gives a brief historical rundown of pre-toilet paper necessity-powered creativity. (Short version:...

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A Tale of Two Communities

This past week, I had the opportunity to speak at the monthly All-Staff meeting in two different communities. An All-Staff meeting is what it sounds like: all staff is required to attend. There's a training topic, employee of the month announcement, years of service...

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