From Brown: “Care improves with culture change”


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August 25, 2014
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If a nursing home makes an extensive investment in “culture change” it will see improvements in quality of care, according to a new study led by Brown University gerontology researchers.

homeBenefits of cultural change Creating warm residential-style common areas is one of many cultural changes that improve quality of care. Opportunities for residents to make choices, schedules that are less restrictive, and care decisions informed by front line staff are all part of cultural change. Photo: Wayne Dion for Tockwotton Home

Culture change is a rethinking of nursing home operations and structure to allow a more residential lifestyle for residents, more resident choice in schedules and activities, and more front-line staff input into care management. Residents, for example, may become able to decide when to go to lunch and nurse’s aides may get a seat at the table in designing care processes…

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Doctoral Program in Gerontology Lecture Series Announces Fall Speaker (10/10)

UMBC Insights Weekly

Debra StreetThe University of Maryland Baltimore and University of Maryland Baltimore County Doctoral Program in Gerontology Lecture Series has announced its fall speaker. Debra Street, Ph.D. will present, “Faces and Places: How Social Relationships and Residential Context Influence Health and Wellbeing in Assisted Living.”

Street, a professor of sociology, chairs the University of Buffalo Department of Sociology. She is the recipient of the 2011 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2013-14 UB Gender Institute Janice L. Moritz Distinguished Lecture Award. She conducts research on issues associated with health and income security over the life course.

The lecture is scheduled for Friday, October 10 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the UMBC Commons room 331.

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Ageing in the face of the economic downturn

Ageing, Health & Society - a viewpoint

Ageing, as I like to remind anybody arguing around the ageing ‘problem’, is among the greatest achievements of the 20th and up to now the 21st centuries. I supported in a previous post that it could be possible to use the ageing of a society as an indicator of development and progress. It stands as one step to sustainability. Is it so different from the economic situation? Does ageing take place simultaneously as an economy flourishes? And the mirror question: what happens to older people when the economic takes a down turn?

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As many, I am concerned with the Western countries’ economies and it is only moderate to assume that years gained from death are largely supported by State funding. It is not really thanks to increasingly stable solidarity networks of localities or family support that people have become older. I am not ignoring their role but I believe that…

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Geronto-philia (1/2)

Ageing, Health & Society - a viewpoint

When I introduce myself as a student of gerontology, I sometimes face people replying with ‘oh, like gerontophilia! You like old people?’ While such a comment is as simple as comparing a paediatrician with a pedophile, it nevertheless inspired to me to write about gerontophilia as a sexual desire and behaviour. What does it actually mean (part 1) and is it real or just fantasised about in the media and in popular culture? (part 2)

Gerontophilia refers to a younger person being attracted to an older person. But to put it in a broader spectrum, it is a subcategory of chronophilia – a term created by the sexologist John Money – which refers to the sexual attraction limited to individuals of particular age ranges (Money 1988). Chronophilia gathers sexual attraction for other age ranges from nepiophilia (1-3 years), pedophilia (3-11 years), hebephilia (11-14 years) (Blanchard et al, 2009), ephebophilia (15-19 years)…

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“Deeply flirtatious,” Governor Deval Patrick says of seniors

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Wait wait… what did he just say?

Seniors, says Governor Deval Patrick, “are deeply flirtatious. I have had my backside pinched by any number [of seniors]”  -from podcast “Not My Job”

Mr. Patrick tells the listening audience of Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! a month ago that what has surprised him most about becoming governor is how people become “very intimate very quickly” and sometimes “intimate and inappropriate” (“Not My Job”). His funny stories start at minute 3:50 into the podcast, which is a great listen.

When I first heard this I started laughing, and since then I’ve kept laughing. As a gerontologist, I have been repeatedly irked by people calling elders senile, closed-minded and equally bad, “cute.” Elders have lived lifetimes of ups and downs, lessons learned, hardships and successes. As any one of us, their personalities are complex and they are still interested in all aspects…

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Prof Catharine Ward Thompson and Prof Anthea Tinker on “Mobility, Mood and Place” Wednesday October 22nd

Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at King's College, London

Please mark your calendars to hear distinguished researchers Professor  Catharine Ward Thompson (University of Edinburgh) and SSHM’s Professor Anthea Tinker speak about their latest work on Mobility, Mood and Place

When: Wednesday 22nd October from 12:00-13:30

Where: roomWAT/F-WB2.43 Waterloo Franklin Wilkins Building

Prof Catharine Ward Thomson profile photo Prof Catharine Ward Thomson

Catharine Ward Thompson is Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh and directs OPENspace ­ the research centre for inclusive access to outdoor environments ­ based at the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University. She is a qualified landscape architect and a fellow of the Landscape Institute. She has led several multidisciplinary research collaborations investigating relationships between environment and health, including I¹DGO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors) and Mobility, Mood and Place, which focused on access outdoors and quality of life for older people.

Professor Anthea Tinker Prof Anthea Tinker

Anthea Tinker , CBE, PhD, FKC, AcSS…

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