On the Need for Uncompromising Reassertions of Neutral Principles Regardless of Inevitable Political Implications

Editor’s note: Originally posted on the Access to Justice Blog By Richard Zorza — There is obviously a lot to cheer about today, as different aspects of our complex, flexible, and therefore very resilient system starts to trigger its anti-fascism-antibodies. One of the most important, in the long term, may be the fact that institutions […]

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When the Care Team Knows the Patient as a Person With a Life History

Editor’s Note: Originally posted on the Patient Partnering Blog.  By Richard Zorza —  A few months ago, I had been visiting a deeply humble but very eminent scientist who was in the last stages of life in our retirement community, and on the way out, I asked the staffer taking day-to-day care of him, “Do […]

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A Tool for Those Who Need Information and Help With Immigration Issues

Editor’s Note: Originally posted December 8 on the website of the Collington Residents Association. By Richard Zorza — Those of us who live in retirement communities are acutely aware that we rely for our day-to-day care on many who must feel these days that their link to this society is more tenuous than they had believed. […]

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Not Just Patient Centered, But Rather Patient-Partnered Care

By Richard Zorza — Editor’s Note: Originally posted on the blog of Parent Family Care Centered Partners. As a patient coming up to four years from my MDS [Myelodysplastic Syndromes] diagnosis, and now getting regular blood transfusions, at the wonderful Johns Hopkins, and as a member of the Hopkins Oncology PFAC, I have been thinking […]

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Making Connections

By Frances Kolarek — “Hell is other people,” Jean Paul Sartre, the existentialist, once wrote. “Au contraire,” an anonymous source declares, “Hell is the lack of other people.” And Mother Theresa chimes in with: “Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.” Defining loneliness, my well-worn Webster’s offers words like “desolate, bleak, abandoned and isolated.” “Solitary” merits […]

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Brain Power

By Frances Kolarek — My skeptical eyebrow twitches uncontrollably when I hear about tricks that will keep your wits razor sharp, your brain ticking like a Rolex watch and also stave off dementia. But Brain Power, a new book suggested by the Mayo Clinic Health Letter, has me sold. Take a look at this: “Exercise […]

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Never too late

By Cory P. Hall, Collington Residency Counselor — “You’re never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.”— C.S. Lewis I went to visit my friend, Gene, who was staying in Collington’s on-campus Care Center, bringing only a few words of encouragement and a contingent of butterflies in my stomach. However, […]

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LifeCare Advantage

By Frances Kolarek — Alzheimer’s disease demands a very special kind of care, which Collington provides at a cost decidedly to your advantage under its LifeCare contract. Whereas care in other special facilities for dementia patients can run as high as $9,000 to $11,000 a month, Collington’s LifeCare contract guarantees that your Independent Living monthly […]

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Life’s Late Innings

By Cory P. Hall, Collington Residency Counselor — “Two tickets: $28. Two hot dogs, two popcorns and two sodas: $18. One autographed baseball: $45. Real conversation with your son: Priceless.” Even two decades later, Mastercard’s nostalgic commercial reappears this time each year to coincide with the advent of the baseball season. As a son, and […]

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Embracing Change—A Success Story

By Frances Kolarek — One day Hazel took a look at her well-ordered life in a Midwest city—a successful career from which she had recently retired, a comfortable home, an active church membership, a tightly woven group of friends—and thought, ”I’m bored.” Days unfolded, one after the other in the same pattern, with holiday celebrations […]

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