Month: April 2022

The Dharma Box And Meaningful Communication

As a child, I kept a box under my bed as a place to hold items special to me. Some were gifts given by family or friends. Others were objects I called “my treasures,” objects perhaps found in a souvenir shop while on vacation, or by chance while out walking, …

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10 Things You Need To Consider When Choosing an Assisted Living Facility or Adult Care Home

There are many reasons why families make the decision to move a loved one into an assisted living facility.  Medication, treatment, food, safety, accessibility to nursing assistance, hygiene, mobility, and care partner burnout are just a few reasons that it’s time to make a change. Beware! Not all assisted living …

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Reader Connections: The Walsh Family And The Power of Patience

In September of 2021, as I was reviewing charts to prepare for my initial visit with new members Frank and Pat, I noticed the name of a diagnosis I was unfamiliar with: progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).  Below Frank’s PSP chart entry was a note: “Laura, I was diagnosed with progressive …

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Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

Not all movement disorders are Parkinson’s disease Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is an uncommon neurodegenerative disorder. It’s commonly misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease. However, PSP is different from Parkinson’s in several key ways: PSP causes frequent falling early on. PSP causes more neck stiffness than Parkinson’s. PSP does not cause tremors. …

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