There is a need for greater cost transparency in our health care and aging system. There is a need for us to re-examine the worth associated with various services, actives, and positions within the aging and dementia services and professions. There is a need to talk about the cost of aging!
What does home look like when the world is in chaos? When the world is at peace?
There is a lot out of our control, but there is a lot we can control. What can we control?
I wonder if the industry is paralyzed by fear and the judgment of what the community and industry will think of who they are as an organization and care community? I wonder if we fear to look like a stereotype or will be judged if we don’t have a chandelier in our entryway?
Agism happens across the lifespan. We are always too old or too young. Others judge us and our ability based on how many years since our birth, and not the life within those years. They see items in a medical chart and determine our ability. It happens all the time and people get away with it every day.
How do we take this information and implement it? How do we make sure that these lists and charts don’t remain on the page, but inform each interaction?
A conversation has started. Finally! This past week, I attended the North American Drama Therapy Association’s annual conference as a presenter. It was a groundbreaking year with an entire afternoon of workshops and discussions revolving around aging. In a profession that has intentionally or unintentionally discriminated against working with this population, this is a massiveContinue reading “Aging and the NADTA Conference”
We are holding on for dear life to the value of our professional selves, and it is not serving us well. How do we let go? How do we allow ourselves to be the sum of our professional and personal selves at every age?
A key element to making all of this work though is the inclusion of those with dementia, of all different types and stories. It is from them that we will learn the boundary line, the place where helpful turns into demeaning, where good turns into harm, where head separates from heart.
“You have personality, Honey. That is so important in a woman!” -Mary R. These words were repeated to me each day by a woman I once worked with, and for, in an assisted living community in North East Wisconsin. She was vibrant, she was honest, and she gave us a new way to look atContinue reading “The In-Between”