Authentic

 End-of-life care at the Fields requires an intuitive appreciation by staff of the situations residents with terminal illnesses face. If staff aren’t comfortable with their own feelings about terminal illness and death, they can’t…

Electroconvulsive Therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy is being carefully developed at McLean Hospital in Boston for applications in people with profound behavioral  disturbances . It worked 35 years ago in our geriatric program and I have high hopes for its success…

Apathy and Indifference

Apathy and Indifference Some ordinary psychological states of mind take on new neurological meaning in people with dementia. Apathy and indifference are examples.

Lewy Body Dementia

The movement challenges of Parkinson's Syndrome and the cognitive declines of dementia combine, to make dementia with Lewy bodies a special treatment focus in assisted living.

Competence & Incompetent

John explains two medical/legal concepts, with important similarities and differences, especially for people with dementia.

Habilitation

Listen to Dr. Hopkins talk about different topics about dementia, and how basic approaches to dementia care get new names and a face lift every few years.

Naming

Listen to Dr. Hopkins from Bellamy and Watson Fields talk about identifying types of dementia, approaches to caring for them and how the qualified caregivers should be trained.

Bargaining

End of life care brings out the best is people, usually, but it’s a challenge to get through the mixed emotions around the impending deaths of family members.

Delirium 3

This is part 3 of a 3 part series. Dementia with episodic delirium

Delirium 2

This is part 2 of a 3 part series. Delirium at home or in assisted living