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12 April, 2012 Posted by John G. Self Posted in Healthcare, Stories, Technology

A Reason to Smile: Using Technology to Change Lives in Nursing Homes

Posted April 12th, 2012 | Author: John G. Self

Let’s face it.  The Baby Boomers — and that would include me — are getting older. We are flooding into the federal goverment’s Social Security and Medicare programs at a record pace — one person every 4 seconds. I am not there yet, but I can see the entrance from my upcoming birthday.

This actuarial fact of life — or nightmare if you are frightened of the federal government’s escalating budget deficit crisis —  has dire economic and social consequences. 

If you are a young healthcare management graduate student looking for work, you may want to consider long-term care. 

Once the ignored outback of the healthcare industry, shunned by many hospital executives as a career path for lesser leaders who could not cut it in the the demanding world of medical center management, long-term care is emerging not only as a rewarding and challenging career, but as a place where major transformation will occur.

Now that I have set the table of an important industry trend, I want to share with you a fascinating and uplifting YouTube video illustrating how long-term care teams are using amazing technology to enhance the lives of some people suffering from dementia — an affliction that has been described by family members as the long, slow, and painful goodbye.

The amazing technology that is making a difference?  Apple’s iPod and headphones.

Watch this.  You will be amazed.

If you can’t smile after watching this video, maybe a career outside of healthcare would be the best road for you to travel.

© 2012 John Gregory Self

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  1. Betsy Stilwell says:

    John, thanks for sending this. I couldn’t agree more. I have used music for years in my ministry with the dying and it is amazing.

  2. Betsy Stilwell says:

    John, thanks for sending this. I couldn’t agree more. I have used music for years in my ministry with the dying and it is amazing.

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