I’m pleased to join HSL’s blogging team, representing Information Technology (IT) in health care. I thought for my first post, I’d begin by reflecting on Hebrew SeniorLife’s pioneering effort to bring electronic medical records (EMR) to the long-term and post-acute care environment.
There’s no question culture change is gaining momentum in long-term care communities. This summer more than 1,200 people from senior care organizations across the country convened in Kansas City for the largest event dedicated to person-centered care. The Pioneer Network 2014 Conference showcased the latest developments in the long-term culture change movement. I’m proud to have had staff from Hebrew Rehabilitation Center representing our organization.
My dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about five years ago and while there have been many “unfunny” moments (like the day he decided to go for a walk to Foxboro Center at 4 o’clock in the morning in the middle of November). I have found that the use of laughter and humor not only helps me to keep my sanity, but it also seems to help him.
We often associate the term “frail” with older adults, particularly the “oldest old,” defined as individuals 85 and older. Frailty has become a particularly important geriatric topic as the ranks of seniors continue to grow at an unprecedented rate. As someone who has devoted a career to aging research, I have focused a significant amount of my work on understanding frailty— how we define and treat it.