Magician, Mat Franco, Wins America’s Got Talent

I am very pleased to learn that a magician, Mat Franco, won America’s Got Talent (a variety talent competition) on September 17, 2014. Magic is something that is best seen live, which makes his win all the more impressive. You may be wondering why I am blogging about a magician on a blog devoted to advocating for the elderly in long-term care facilities. Magic, both performing and watching, is a passion of mine. I have often thought about donating my time to perform in nursing homes. I intend to do that this winter with my wife, Christine, who is a balloon twister. I am curious to find out how those with cognitive deficits react to magic. We could all use a little mystery and wonder in our lives, regardless of age.

When selecting a nursing home, it is important to make sure there are many activities for residents, especially for those with dementia. You want to ensure that your loved one has access to activities in which they can participate and enjoy. A social worker can assist you in determining what activities are best.

Dementia Standards of Care

I recently discovered the Alzheimer’s Association which has published “Dementia Care Practice Recommendations : Phase 1 and 2 that are applicable to assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Below is a link to their website which includes the details of Phase 1 and Phase 2.  There is an effort to have nursing homes and assisted living facilities subscribe to these care practices.  I would suggest that in a deposition, we ask whether the facility and/or agency follows these care practices and regardless of their answer, I would develop a line of questioning from these “care practices”  since they appear to be the best care practices for dementia residents.

http://www.alz.org/professionals_and_researchers_dementia_care_practice_recommendations.asp