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You've Got A Plastic Spoon...Part V

By JOHN HOPKINS, DR.P.H. ...AND THE ICE CREAM IS FROZEN... PART V The quarantine opposition is ready for a confrontation. Hoping to further obfuscate and downplay the initial failures of the viral immunization trials reported on Friday…

ANATOMY OF AN OUTBREAK - Part IV

By JOHN HOPKINS, DR.P.H. "Caught in the Devil’s Bargain" Joni Mitchell, “Woodstock”` PART IV A million virus particles on the head of a pin. Got it? It’s not a hundred pins in your lungs; now it’s a thousand... It’s the…

ANATOMY OF AN OUTBREAK - Part III: The Virus

By JOHN HOPKINS, DR.P.H. On the head of a pin sit either a million angels or a million particles of corona virus 19. The outbreak in China is well publicized but not well understood because of the obfuscation. Had American and other international…

ANATOMY OF AN OUTBREAK - Part II: The Residents

By JOHN HOPKINS, DR.P.H. (All rights reserved. Names and identifying information have been changed for privacy’s sake) Louise and Thelma each lived about 90 years before they met as roommates at Bellamy Fields. Among my theories about…

ANATOMY OF AN OUTBREAK - Part I: The Staff

By JOHN HOPKINS, DR.P.H. (All rights reserved. Names and identifying information have been changed for privacy’s sake) Bob’s Facebook page shows him and his family in Florida in mid March 2020. Older parents, his wife and college age…

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…

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.

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.