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What Do Nursing Home Residents Discuss with Their Shrink?

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I am delighted to have as my guest for this show Eleanor Barbera, PhD (http://mybetternursinghome.blogspot.com/) who is an author and a licensed psychologist consulting in long-term care facilities in the New York City area. She and I will be discussing her fascinating work as a therapist to nursing home patients. Dr. Barbera answers a simple yet powerful question: what do nursing home residents discuss with their shrinks behind closed doors? It turns out they have a lot to say about leaving their homes, the loss of control, being dependent on others, how they get their needs met, how to cope with roommates, how their family reacts to their new environment, illness, dying, life beyond death and making the most of the time they have left. She offers a powerful look into a population whose true voice is rarely heard or appreciated. If you work with seniors or have aging parents, this is a show you won’t want to miss.

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