Gentle Leadership During Times of Trauma

Posted by Pam Brandon on Aug 23, 2021 1:52:06 PM

The delta COVID-19 variant seems to be ushering in an understandable second round of pandemic-induced anxiety.  Aging Services providers, and those that serve them, are still traumatized from the first go-around.  Enough time has not passed to allow for a psychological re-set to cope with a do-over.  So, what are we to do?

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Topics: Senior Care Professionals, leadership, Compassion, Mental Health, health, human connection, perseverance

The Impossible: Doing the Hard Things with Resilience

Posted by Kathy Dreyer on Aug 3, 2020 6:56:19 AM

Alan Packer said, “We can do hard things—it’s the impossible that takes a little longer.” Well, we have been doing hard things for quite a while now. In fact, it seems that we are in the ‘impossible’ phase now. Truly, I believe we have been working on accomplishing the “impossible” for quite some time now, aided by resilience.

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Topics: The Family Caregiver, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Family, Hospital Professionals, Faith Community, health

Employee Education = Engagement = Quality Care

Posted by Julie Boggess on Aug 5, 2019 10:54:35 AM
Employees at Emerald Health and Rehab in North Carolina are immersed in education about the positive effects of expressive touch.
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Topics: Senior Care Professionals, aging services, Training, compassionate touch, Dementia Live, Hospital Professionals, education, Employees, health

The Depression-Dementia Link and What Caregivers Need to Know

Posted by Pam Brandon on Nov 13, 2018 10:37:46 AM

Far too often I talk to family caregivers who are concerned about their loved one's cognitive decline.  It is not uncommon to hear such explanations go something like this:

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, dementia, Family, caregivers, Dementia Live, Hospital Professionals, family caregivers, Depression, families, older adults, health, Pseudodementia

Communication Skills Training Improves Dementia Care

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jul 13, 2018 1:59:44 PM

Caring for people with dementia requires specialized communication skills training.  Unfortunately, healthcare professionals and family caregivers often receive little training to enable them to meet the communicative needs of people with dementia.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, dementia, Family, caregivers, Dementia Live, Dementia Live®Training, Hospital Professionals, family caregivers, faith communities, professionals, older adults, health, communication, Social Workers, CNA, Certified Nurse Assistants, communication skills, Chaplains, Case Managers, Communication Skills Training

Global Dementia Crisis is in our Hands - Are we Prepared?

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jun 29, 2018 6:17:19 AM

No longer is dementia a looming public health threat.  It is a global crisis affecting healthcare systems, delivery of long-term care, worker shortages, community infrastructure, families and most importantly, the quality of life for persons living with dementia.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, The Family Caregiver, Senior Care Professionals, dementia, compassionate touch, Dementia Live, Hospital Professionals, Public health crisis, Community, families, long term care, understanding, health, Global Initiatives

Why Aging Well is Everyone's Business

Posted by Pam Brandon on May 22, 2018 8:30:37 AM

Having a sense of purpose and a community network in which to provide these avenues seems to be important for brain health, an important component of aging well. But aging well starts with more basic work.  Some of these include:

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Aging in the Workplace, dementia, leadership, aging, Mental Health, Depression, Aging Well, Anxiety, health

Noise Pollution and Older Adults - A Real Health Hazard

Posted by Pam Brandon on Apr 6, 2018 10:14:09 AM


When was the last time you walked into a restaurant hoping for a relaxing dinner only to feel like you were in the middle of a rock concert, and a bad one at that?  You're not alone.  Noise pollution is a real health hazard, especially for older adults.  Yes, I'm in the AARP club myself, but don't consider myself "old" (and not sure when that starts)  but I've noticed how noise has affected me as I've aged.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Elders, dementia, Dementia Live, leadership, Hospital Professionals, Seniors, older adults, noise pollution, health, elder care communities, home care

Considering Retirement? This Might Change Your Mind

Posted by Pam Brandon on Dec 19, 2017 12:40:42 PM

I wonder if "retirement" will be one of those words that get's shelved as such a "twenty-tens" thing.  Why the buzz about nixing retirement?

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Topics: Senior Care Professionals, Aging in the Workplace, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, aging, activities, health, Work, AGeucate Training Institute, retirement

The Remarkable Australian Men's Shed Association

Posted by Pam Brandon on Nov 14, 2017 2:23:00 PM
Pam Brandon introduces the Indooroopilly Men's Shed in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Aging in the Workplace, Men's Shed Association, Community, Well-Being, Australia, Health Aging, health

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