Recommended Reading and Resources: Home Health Care

What I Learned From My Family’s Home Health Experience

Aging In Place Is All The Rage, But It Is Not Easy

Policy makers should keep in mind that organizing and delivering services at home can create tremendous challenges and expense for patients and their families.

President Signs Health Care Provider Protection Act Into Law

This article shares information about the impact of the pandemic on healthcare professionals and efforts that will be made in the future to address the problem.

More about the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, here.

Mourning our parents can start before they die. Here’s how to cope with anticipatory grief.

“It isn’t her parents’ death she fears — it’s what might lead up to it, because she’s seen it before.”

Meet the Underdog of Senior Care

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, funded by Medicare and Medicaid, has quietly succeeded in enabling some older Americans to age in place.

Recommended Reading and Resources: Relaxation

The Relaxation Response

I was saddened to learn that Dr. Henry Benson, author of The Relaxation Response, had passed. Published in 1975, while I was in college, this book has informed me every day since.

I also had the good fortune to attend a 10-week course on meditation at The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine. That, too, was life changing. Following the experience, I adopted a meditation practice — only about 15 minutes daily and so worth the time.

The Seven Habits That Lead to Happiness in Old Age

“Your well-being is like a retirement account: The sooner you invest, the greater your returns will be.”

I just loved reading this. How many of these habits do you have in your life?

I shared this article with my dad, and he said: “I knew all this; this is what I’ve done for my 87 years. Except for #3. Maintaining a normal body weight has never been my strong suit. Six out of seven isn’t bad!”

Recommended Reading and Resources: Chronic Lyme Disease

How Being Sick Changed My Health Care Views

I noted several articles in previous newsletters from this New York Times columnist who has Chronic Lyme Disease. His insights are so instructive that I thought I would share. I often say to clients who are selecting health insurance plans: “Insurance plans are great, until you get sick!”

Women, Work, and Family During COVID-19: Findings from the KFF Women’s Health Survey

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women. This study helps us to understand the phenomenon.

Although I’m not caring for children, I am physically caring for my mom at home, and it is having a direct impact on my ability to function in all areas of my life.

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