Alone and Invisible No More: How Grassroots Community Action and 21st Century Technologies Can Empower Elders to Stay in Their Homes and Lead Healthier, Happier Lives

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In Alone and Invisible No More, physician Allan S. Teel, MD, describes how to overhaul our eldercare system. Based on his own efforts to create humane, affordable alternatives in Maine, Teel's program harnesses both staff and volunteers to help people remain in their homes and communities. It offers assistance with everyday challenges, uses technology to keep older people connected to each other and their families, and stay safe. This approach works.

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Overview

In Alone and Invisible No More, physician Allan S. Teel, MD, describes how to overhaul our eldercare system. Based on his own efforts to create humane, affordable alternatives in Maine, Teel's program harnesses both staff and volunteers to help people remain in their homes and communities. It offers assistance with everyday challenges, uses technology to keep older people connected to each other and their families, and stay safe. This approach works.

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"Alone and Invisible No More is a deeply human, delightfully funny, and fascinating account of how people have come together in community to create the 'Maine Approach.'"--Nikitas Zervanos, MD, Director Emeritus, Family Practice Residency, Lancaster General Health

"Dr. Teel has written a serious, comprehensive book about the coming revolution over aging in America. There are a number of states that have put together pieces of the elder-care puzzle-from offering more independent settings paid for by Medicaid to scaling back on nursing-home expansions (since if you build one you have to fill it). This book pulls all these reforms together and helps us understand the underlying social movement against 'kicking seniors to the curb.' Hopefully it will also serve as a call to real action, not just reform of bureaucracy!"--Howard Dean, former Chair of the Democratic National Committee and Vermont governor; author of Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform

"Compassion and passion are two essentials in the medical care for older persons. Dr. Teel's care for his patients has spurred him to forge an innovative and comprehensive approach to their care and has the promise of being a model for communities everywhere."--Ted C. Fishman, author of Shock of Gray

"A must-read book for any community looking at its own aging population and pondering care for these older citizens. Dr. Teel's pioneering 'stay-at-home' approach shifts the focus from medicalized care to empowering older adults to serve as resources for one another. This approach creates the true foundation for health and well-being in one's later years. Teel's project moves our dialogue about aging forward in one great leap."--Dennis McCullough, MD, Associate Professor, Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, and author, My Mother, Your Mother: Embracing Slow Medicine

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Aging Well: Developing better health strategies is vital at any age, but for the elderly it’s especially important. Staying connected to community resources and taking charge of one’s wellness can empower seniors and boost overall health to a large degree. A call for widespread change comes from Alone and Invisible No More: How Grassroots Community Action and Twenty-First Century Technologies Can Empower Elders to Stay in Their Homes and Lead Healthier, Happier Lives (Chelsea Green Publishing, 978-1-60358-379-4) by Allan Teel. In a culture that worships youth and wealth, Americans have pushed their elders aside, Teel argues, and as a result, healthcare costs have soared. In his persuasive work on shifting this model, the doctor looks at how communities care for their elders and presents a plan that benefits everyone. Not only can older people live richer, healthier lives, but those around them can benefit from their experience and create a community based on wellness and mutual respect.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603583794
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/13/2011
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 327,673
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Allan S. Teel, M.D. is a family physician in Damariscotta, Maine. During his twenty-five-year medical career, he has worked with thousands of older patients in the hospital, at nursing homes, in assisted living homes, and in their own homes. Each one has left a lasting impression. Dr. Teel's passion and commitment have driven him to speak out forcefully on the crisis facing our communities and our country. He puts human faces on our elders who are too often alone and invisible.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

1 Gram Teel 1

2 The Gray Tsunami 6

3 A Brief History of Residential Care in America 12

4 The Lincoln Home 18

5 Cove's Edge 23

6 Forgive Me, Elsie 30

7 A Better Way, We Thought 36

8 Government Regulation beyond Reason 44

9 The State of Maine vs. Common Sense 50

10 Breakthrough: The Roots of the Maine Approach 60

11 How the Maine Approach Was Born: The Pilot Project 71

12 The Maine Approach Menu 80

13 Connecting Elders to Each Other and to Caregivers through Technology 96

14 The Maine Approach in Action 108

15 Early Successes and Tough Lessons 120

16 The Dignity of Risk 138

17 Are We There Yet? Not by a Mile 152

18 Alone and Invisible Too: The Next Generation 164

19 Rolling It Out Nationally, Reaping Additional Rewards 172

20 Closing Thoughts 185

Appendix: The Full Circle America Approach 191

Notes 197

About the Author 199

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