Recommended Reading and Resources: from The Atlantic

I really enjoyed reading both of these pieces from The Atlantic this past month!

On Top of Everything Else, the Pandemic Messed With Our Morals

The core features of moral injury are feelings of betrayal by colleagues, leaders, and institutions that forced people into moral quandaries, says Suzanne Shale, a medical ethicist.

These societal effects may already be surfacing among healthcare workers in the U.S. A recent survey shows that a quarter of them are seeking early retirement as a result of the pandemic, and about 12 percent are considering a career change away from medicine.

The Secret to Happiness at Work

A volunteer activity I thoroughly enjoy is coaching business school students on how to conduct a professional and successful job search based on relationship building. This article emphasizes that your job doesn’t have to represent the most prestigious use of your potential — it just needs to be rewarding. Wherever you end up, finding a sense of accomplishment is crucial for job satisfaction.

I also believe that the connections you make along the way impact your degree of happiness. As I reflect on my inner circle, almost all of my dear friends — now 40 years into my career — are relationships I developed in work environments. It is my hope that as we resettle into new ways of working (i.e., remote) that we don’t lose the ability to create such connections.

Recommended Reading and Resources: Long-Covid

As I continue to read about the incidence of “Long-Covid” and we begin to bring on clients who are experiencing the multitude of symptoms inherent in it, it recalls the experiences of our clients who have been diagnosed with either Chronic Lyme Disease (CLD) or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

These clients often experience a difficult time being heard and finding the right providers.

I had no idea that a New York Times columnist I often read, Ross Douthat, was experiencing the long and difficult journey of Chronic Lyme Disease (CLD) and was writing about his experience. Over the past few weeks, I’ve read several of his columns and look forward to reading his book. Here are some of his most recent:

What To Do When COVID Doesn’t Go Away

How I Became a Sick Person

How I Became a Science Experiment

How I Became Extremely Open-Minded

Recommended Reading and Resources: Cognitive Decline

At Healthassist, we try to be as pro-active as possible to prevent crises, so we pay close attention to vision and hearing issues.

As this article explains, a growing body of evidence suggests that when older people’s brains must work harder to see, declines in language, memory, attention, and more can occur. Similarly, this article discusses hearing loss and its relationship to cognitive decline.

Another thing we pay close attention to with our older adult clients is alcohol intake. We worry about changes in cognition, falls, sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal issues and, of course, alcohol’s impact on an individual’s cardiac status.

This article summarizes research on how alcohol intake can increase the risk of a cardiac arrhythmia called atrial fibrillation in people who have a history of the condition (something we see more and more of).

Recommended Reading and Resources: Covid among children

There is still so much we don’t know about COVID-19. Doctors are concerned about a growing number of long-haul covid cases among children, as explained in this article.

Rules designed to enforce transparency in hospital pricing were passed but many health care systems are not following them, yet! Learn more here.

I just loved this article: “There Are Two Kinds of Happy People.

“Some of us strive for a virtuous life. Others strive for a pleasant one. We could all use a better balance.”

Which type are you?

Recommended Reading and Resources: Bills

When we help clients enroll in insurance products, our overarching goal is for them to fully understand the requirements of their health insurance products so that they can follow the rules set out in their contractual relationship with their insurer. Still, bills sometimes arrive that are questionable and that require investigation and troubleshooting. This service, which uses crowdsourced investigation by Kaiser Health News and NPR, dissects and explains medical bills, shedding light on U.S. health care prices so that patients can be more active in managing costs.

Hereis a fabulous summary of resources available to assist older adults in becoming more technologically savvy.

I loved this piece about “deprescribing” as a means of reducing prescription overload.