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Opinion Editor’s DESK ReaderPoll James M. Berklan Editor, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News “What resident activities do firstname.lastname@example.org you recommend, and why?” “A travelogue, “Any type of mental exercise– ‘Come Travel with geography, history, brain teasers, Me.’ For the activ- etc. ... It keeps their minds active and Will a handful of states ity, you could pro- vide relate items everyone likes to talk about where they grew up. It triggers memories be shaping your future? such as food, Covone-Henning music, pictures— in others.” —Administrator, Colleen McNulty, movie/slideshow, trivia and other Friendship Terrace Assisted Living, If long-term care hasn’t exactly been the lead story on the evening news- educational information about the Homer, AK cast lately, you can excuse the producers of the national broadcasts. place you’re traveling to. The activity As of this writing, little things such as pirates taking Americans room could be decorated to match “Here’s a sam- hostage off the coast of Africa, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and, the state/country. For a monthly con- pling of daily oh yes, the loss of life savings amid the credit and housing markets tinuation of the program, you could activities from crises were dominating the airwaves. put a map up on the wall and mark one of our nursing But if someone had looked closely, my, what drama they also could every place you’ve talked about.” homes: sitting at have found in long-term care land. Major budget bills, pro union- —Director of Volunteer Services, a kitchen table organizing proposals, Five-Star ratings, MDS 3.0 intrigue. And Kelly Covone-Henning, UPMC Senior Cowdrick in our household that’s not even kicking Obama healthcare reform proposals. Communities, Pittsburgh, PA kitchen, drinking coffee (real! caffein- Worthy news items all. But not the one I’m looking forward to ated!) and reading Ask Amy advice following the most over the next few years. “Over a year ago, columns with one of the volunteers; [ ] Tucked away in the final corner of March, not totally unnoticed we started what setting the table for dinner; staying by provider groups but still not we call our ‘Health up late watching videos in my room; ballyhooed to the right degree Info Meeting.’ Once drawing with my set of 100 colored “Nursing was another very intriguing a month I speak pens; doing a jigsaw puzzle in the facilities in four news item.
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