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An article in the Saskatoon (Saskatchewan) StarPhoenix features Suellen Beatty, CEO of the Sherbrooke Community Centre in Canada.
Sherbrooke is a community centre, but it also is home to more than 250 residents — the kind of place we might call a ‘nursing home’ in the U.S. I love that in Canada they’re called Community Centres. That’s what any facility or neighborhood should strive for.
Suellen Beatty rejects the idea that nursing homes are places where people go to await death. Her team’s philosophy is to make old age more fun. Sherbrooke readily acknowledges the big three elements that compound the infirmities of aging: Loneliness, helplessness, and BOREDOM.
By loading up the day with activities, by listening to their residents and families, and by hosting hundreds of volunteers who see their job as providing fun and emotional sustenance to resident and day-visitor elders, Sherbrooke attracts visitors from all over the world who marvel at its success.
It reminds me a of a piece we ran a few years ago about a pretty special elder care facility in Arizona–one that put its residents’ happiness and comfort above all else — even when it means deviating from ‘standard’ protocols of elder care like eating bland food.
Take a look at what’s going on in Saskatchewan. We can all learn.
Marching for Science
Another piece I recommend: This time from Vox, in their First Person section.
It’s an essay by someone close to me who appreciates the scientific advancements which will help her survive the breast cancer she’s just been diagnosed with.
Click on the link below to see an essay from NPR on learning from and working with foreign medical graduates.
All in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, which this year is also Match Day — when medical students learn where they will match for residency — the next chapter in their training.
A loyal reader has noticed the paucity of recent posts and suggested offering links to my radio interviews as a means of facilitating ease of listening.
Recently I interviewed Kylla Lanier, co-founder and deputy director of a non-profit called Truckers Against Trafficking. TAT is devoted to educating more than 400,000 truckers and owners and employees of truck stops about signs of human trafficking–which occurs to an estimated hundreds of thousands of Americans, both native and foreign born.
Trafficking has victims in both the sex industry and in general labor — including hospitality, food service and agriculture. Anyone forced to work against their will and paid for their labor is considered trafficked.
Click on over and you can stream the interview at your leisure. I learned a lot.