Naturally Vibrant Living – Aging and the Elderly – Could There be a Kinder, Gentler Approach?
Aging brings several challenges with it, not only the physical problems, but also the possible disregard of society and growing isolation. Nursing homes reveal a gloomy picture of loneliness and frequent depression, along with rapid decline. Could there be a better approach to elder care? Diane Brandon is joined this week by Dr. Allan S. Teel, a Family Physician and author of Alone and Invisible No More. Dr. Teel was disheartened by the situations he found elderly patients in and has been instrumental in devising a new and kinder approach to their care, The Maine Approach. He shares with us what is involved and how this innovative approach has improved the lives of the elderly and also benefited the community.