The Plague of Helplessness

April 1, 2017 Over the last two blog posts, I have discussed the plagues of loneliness and boredom in the nursing home and how it might look like in the workplace. In this post, I discuss the plague of helplessness. These three plagues are what Dr. Bill Thomas identified as the “true killers” of nursing home […]

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The Plague of Boredom

March 11, 2017 In my last blog post, I introduced Dr. Bill Thomas’ claim that the majority of suffering in nursing homes occur from three plagues of loneliness, boredom and helplessness. In this post, I focus on the plague of boredom. Boredom in the Nursing Home One of many critiques from residents about their own […]

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The Plague of Loneliness

February 05, 2017 Loneliness in Nursing Homes During my days of working in a nursing home, it was not unusual to observe elders experience and talk about loneliness. Bill Thomas (1999) identified loneliness as one of three plagues (as well as helplessness and boredom, forthcoming blogs) suffered by elders, and that these are the “true […]

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Lessons Learned in 2016

December 31, 2016 It’s that time of year when we reflect about all the things, both good and bad, that have happened this past year and then create resolutions for the new year. I spent the last few weeks incubating the various ideas on how to frame my last blog entry of the year. I decided to reflect on the […]

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Playground Rules

December 15, 2016 It is not often I get upset over something trivial.  During this past week I got very irritated at work because someone had done something to a piece of equipment I “donated” for everyone to use in our “gym” area.  They did not break it or do something that could not be undone,  However, […]

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The Making of a Connoisseur

December 1, 2016 My first job was a cashier position at Stambaugh-Thompson’s which was a hardware and lumber store in Western Pennsylvania. I worked the front line primarily, but throughout my three years, I also worked the lumber desk, the lumber yard, and the return desk.  All of these areas were still cashier-level positions; however, […]

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Blindspot

November 15, 2016 In my last blog post I discussed what a 360-degree assessment is and I used the analogy of mirrors in stores that would help us see what was around the corner, behind us, or oncoming in order to help us determine our next course of action. Similarly, we have mirrors on each […]

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360 Mirrors

November 01, 2016 At work, we are enhancing our Individual Development Plan (IDP) to include a 360-degree feedback tool. A 360 is like that mirror in the ceiling that some of us see at the supermarket, typically at an intersection and/or near the entrance/exit. The mirrors are placed strategically throughout the store so that one can see […]

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My Encounter

October 22, 2016 Last month, I had the opportunity to join a group of women from my church on a weekend getaway out in the country for what they call an “Encounter Weekend”.  The purpose of the encounter, is to encounter God.  For some ladies, it may be a first time; for others, it is […]

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Formula for Strength

October 6, 2016 Over the last month, I have been reflecting on what it means to be strong or what it is that strengthens us.  What is it exactly that gets us to get through tough situations or adversity throughout life, and why some people are stronger and able to move on while others cannot or […]

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