Elsewhere in the Palliverse: Weekend Reads

Hi and welcome to the first “Elsewhere in the Palliverse” for 2015. There is an (unintentional) geriatric flavour to this week’s links. This is possibly because today marks the end of a six-month geriatrics rotation for me, or maybe because another year has ended and birthday has passed. Regardless, I hope that Palliverse readers enjoy the following links:

Dementia researchers Muireann Irish and Rebekah Ahmed give their take on the new film adaptation of Still Alice, a novel about a 50 year old woman who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Have you read the book? Will you see the movie? (Still Alice: A rare look at how dementia steals memories from millions – The Conversation)

Professor Rod McLeod gives some background on his article in this month’s European Journal of Palliative Care, ‘Making it easier to die at home – an innovative programme in New South Wales, Australia’. (Making it easier to die at home – EAPC Blog)

Dr Alex Smith joins with Speech Pathologist Sarah Stranberg to discuss palliative approaches to people with swallowing difficulties. I suggest adding your comments to the conversation over at Pallimed. (Working With, Rather Than Against Speech and Swallow Therapists – Pallimed)

While we’re on the topic of dysphagia, the folks at GeriPal have developed the ingenious “Thickened Liquid Challenge” #thickenedliquidchallenge (The Thickened Liquid Challenge – GeriPal)

Is fashion starting to embrace ageing? Or is the industry just realising that its customer base is getting older? (Fashion’s Two-Faced Relationship With Age – New York Times)

Adele Horin asks us for our thoughts on bodies and ageing. I’m enjoying the comments. (Reclaiming the beauty of our ageing bodies – Coming of Age)

Another aspect of ageing that opens a huge can of health economic worms, the CEO of Novartis, Joseph Jiminez, considers the costs and potential benefits of regenerative medicine. (The new meaning of old age – World Economic Forum:Agenda)

With that in mind, here’s a detailed look from the lay press at What Happens When We All Live to 100? (The Atlantic)

Let’s finish with something a bit…unconventional. Have you ever encountered anything like this? Life-Sized Scarecrows Outnumber People 3 to 1 in Dying Japanese Village. (Booooooom!)



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