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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Is It Time for Help? Changes in Usual Behavior

“Is this normal?” Hands down, this is the #1 most common question I'm asked. Because of the progressive nature of dementia, and the pervasive idea memory loss is the (only) thing to look for, there's some confusion about what's normal. In this post, we look at what's...

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