Posts Tagged ‘aging’

“Volunteers Supplement Not Replace Staff”

               During a conversation with a CEO of a chain of nursing homes, I steered the conversation towards, what I predict will be, the critical role volunteers will play in the long-term care of older frail adults over the coming four decades. As soon as I mentioned that volunteers can be trained to provide personal cares such as grooming, dressing, and even feeding residents, the CEO barked back “They can’t replace staff!” “Oh no! I don’t want to


What is the Message?

What is the Message?

One of the several challenges I face in recruiting volunteers is developing messages that will attract new people. I have to capture their imagination, touch their emotions but most of all I have to overcome their fears of aging and their fears of mortality. So where should I begin?  It’s a tough chore.  I could  show an old woman sitting in a wheelchair, hair disheveled, soiled clothing, slumped over with her head in her lap. I’ve seen other

The Secret to Recruiting Great Volunteers

           For the sometime, I have been engaged in the work of recruiting volunteers for nursing homes.  After several years of making personal visits to many, many nursing homes on my own, I turned to recruiting people to follow my example.  I thought that today I would share a few tips that I have discovered along the way.            Having never recruiting volunteers for any reason prior

“Ever Onward!”

I hope that my good friend, Community 360° board member and University of Nebraska at Omaha colleague, Dr. Lyn Holley won't mind that I used her call to action for the title of this article.  Our conversations most often end with her smiling and saying, Ever Onward!   I usually chuckle and respond with a hearty Ok!  But as I was thinking about my writing today, those were the first words that came to my mind, Ever

Challenges for a Society Towards Aging, part 1

Every year on April 7th marks a day of world health. In addition, what is noticed recently is that one of greatest demographic changes in the world today is the aging population. Today in the world are about 600 million persons that are older then 60 years. This number will double by the year 2025, and by 2050 there will be 2 billion people over the age of 60.  Most of these persons will live in developing countries.   Serbia is on

Marti, Morrie & Bill

            I  love sharing stories and I know from experience people love a good story. This is one of those good stories.                       Last August, 2011, I received an email from Marti explaining that she lives in Kansas City and her father Morrie was living in a nursing home in Omaha. She went on to explain that he is experiencing several issues to include dementia but loves to play gin rummy; “...if he isn't engaged with

New Beginnings

I call my talk with you tonight, "New Beginnings" because for just a moment I will look back at where we have come from but then I will turn and look into the future to the next 20 years. As I look across the room, I see the faces of people who have stood with us, prayed for us, supported us, volunteered with us, and most important the people we

“Volunteers are as effective as antidepressants.”

Today my wife sent me an article entitled "For the Very Old, a Dose of ‘Slow Medicine" by Abigal Zuger, M.D.  (found at: The article reviews "My Mother, Your Mother: embracing slow medicine, the compassionate approach to caring for your aging loved ones," by Dennis McCullough, M.D.  Dennis McCullough is a geriatrician at Dartmouth Medical School. I have not read the book so I will reserve my comments about the book for a later time.  I have "one-click" at


At some point in our lives we are likely to face dependency. We can hide our heads in the sand and pretend that " will never happen to me." But after 20 years of observations, I'm certain that the odds are not in your favor, and it may happen suddenly and sooner than you think.  Of course,  entrepreneurs intuitively recognize an opportunity. Initiating a word search for anti-aging products produces millions of


Last One In…

Starting January 1, 2011, the first of 80 or so million members of the Boom generation began turning 65. It will take about 19 years for all of us to get there but most of us will get there. It is not a little disconcerting to think what kind of pressures we will put on the economy, especially the health care system and finally the long-term care facilities.