I Didn’t Expect This to Happen

Many of us will, at some time in our lives, fall into an unexpected situation. We will be called upon to become caregivers. OR, even more difficult to imagine, we will find ourselves in need of caregiving. Will we be gracious at that point? We recently met Alix (Why is it so Hard to Find a Reliable Caregiver?) Her eyes got really big when I first told her that I am a geriatrician. Then we talked on and on about care of seniors. She is in her sweet spot. She loves being a caregiver. As […]

Why is it so Hard to Find a Reliable Caregiver?? Hint: It’s Not Just the Money

I've heard it over and over again. It's impossible to find a caregiver. Or worse yet, the caregiver never showed up. We all know that hired caregivers are in short supply. We also know that the work is demanding and low paying. But I interviewed Alix, who started a home care agency. She states there is one huge under-recognized factor.

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Would you be first in line for the new Alzheimer’s drug?

I have a question for you. (Please answer at the bottom.) IF you had mild Alzheimer’s Disease, would you want to try a new medication Aduhelm (aducananabab)? As I get older, this is no longer a hypothetical question. It hits closer and closer to home as some of my friends are starting to develop signs of the disease. The disease is so common that some people get the disease when they have only one risk factor: aging.

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Healthcare for Seniors isn’t Good Enough

Healthcare for seniors isn’t good enough. This website is my small voice for change.

In a previous post I talked a little bit about my roots. I wasn’t sure that was a good thing to talk about but I received a message from my good friend and mentor, Cora. She said:

“You are true to the values you were raised with.”

This encourages me to share another short video. It’s about what shaped me and the path I took. 50 years later I’m still on that path: Make healthcare better.



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COVID-19 in the Months and Years Ahead

Most of us are sick and tired of COVID-19 and want it to go away. Earlier this year we were hopeful that things would get back to normal. But the virus has changed and is causing more problems. Physicians I know are seeing many younger patients in hospital beds. Nurses are bone tired and working double and triple shifts. What does this mean for frail older patients in the months ahead? 1. Will a booster vaccine be recommended? It has recently been announced that immunocompromised patients need a booster vaccination. This is likely to become […]

I’m going on a trip – Is it okay to leave mom?

I'd like to share this video from caregiver Debbie. Once a month I join some caregivers who get together to chat. There's nothing better than hearing real people telling their stories. And Debbie usually starts it off with a pretty funny story.



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My Next Chapter: GeriatricswithAloha.com

Moving on I am taking a step forward. The Corona virus pandemic, which started in December of 2019, has resulted in more than 3.8 million deaths worldwide. Covid-19 can still bring chaos back into our lives but, fortunately, full vaccination has resulted in a strong level of protection. It’s time to move forward. I’ve decided to start a new website, GeriatricswithAloha.com, a follow-up to Covid19caregiving.com. How did the pandemic affect you? Covid-19 impacted each of us differently but with some combination of emotional turmoil, physical exhaustion, isolation, financial pain, and grief.  Among my family, friends, […]