A good time for a sabbatical or Pandora’s Jar

The book of Leviticus called for farmers to take a year off every seventh year. The book of Fauci prescribes masks, social distancing and personal hygiene. It proscribes indoor crowds and the Several Deadly Sins that accompany indoor, crowded…

“NON-ESSENTIAL” PERSONNEL

This was always a loaded HR category for me and it usually applied to sending people home early in anticipation of big snowstorms. Now it has new meaning as health care facilities and all industries and services redefine work roles. Because…

VIRUSES WE HAVE KNOWN AND LOATHED

As a chronic student I took every epidemiology course I could find between 1978 and 1984 at U. Pittsburgh. The Public Health School and the Medical School exchanged students and teachers freely and students jumped schools like viruses jump species. In…

SCRUB-A-DUB

In Flu Season we probably double the housekeeping efforts and nursing wipes the table tops with high strength cleaners all day long. The residents’ coughs and sneezes expose us all to numerous viruses, not just the media-popular seasonal flu. The…

Should Old Acquaintance be Forgot…

Well, should it? Old and new acquaintances are important for how they are alike and how they are different. I don’t remember if I wrote this column last year but luckily WORD will remember… No sign of it; another false memory. Christmas…

TAKING ANOTHER LOOK AT DRUGS FOR DEMENTIA

Biogen’s decision to return to experimental trials with a drug that had failed to meet therapeutic, statistical significance using various populations and different doses is a reversal of many longstanding drug development procedures. Other…

WARRIORS

America lost a great warrior this week, when Major General David Meade died of dementia at Watson Fields. Lisa and I visited him and his wife, Marina, at their home a few years ago. He had begun wandering, after three years of gradual cognitive…

DONALD HALL WOULD LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS…

Aeon magazine, a new favorite of mine, specializes in medium to long written and audio pieces that defy multitasking by the reader or listener and demand attention and occasionally a re-read to make sure I got the point. Such was the piece…

SUPPLY AND DEMAND IN ASSISTED LIVING

First off, nobody knew/knows how many assisted living beds are “needed” in the Seacoast. When I opened Bellamy in 2006, it was the first new resource in several years and it was a hybrid model. The assisted living field splits out into…