Last Tuesday’s film screening of Alive Inside with the Bassett medical students reminded me of a book I read in high school called, Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom. Tuesdays With Morrie is the final lesson between a college professor, Morrie Schwartz, and one his students and author of the book, Mitch Albom. Morrie was […]Read more "Tuesdays With Morrie: The Value in Aging"
Last week in class we were given the opportunity to meet with medical students from the Bassett Healthcare Network who are doing part of their residency here in Cooperstown. During our get together we screened the film Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory. This documentary explores the lives of people who are suffering […]Read more "Neurominded: Neurodegenerative Disease & Museums"
I really enjoyed last week’s class – the movie and discussion with Bassett students brought an interesting dimension to the reading that we did. The theme throughout all of these that really stuck with me was identity, and how that can manifest itself and change and be difficult to define. Coming away from the movie […]Read more "Remembering Childhood Through Music"
Last week we watched the documentary Alive Inside, which explored the relationship of music and memory especially in cases of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Apart from making me sob for two hours, the film made a fantastic argument for music as a simple way to drastically improve the quality of life for individuals with these diseases, […]Read more "Take A Dose of Culture and Call Me in the Morning"
In class this week, we spoke a lot this week about the concepts of treating the disability and treating the person. The conclusion is treating the person benefits everyone. That is seen with the Alive Inside: A Story about Music and Memory. In the documentary, viewers see the transformative power of music in people with […]Read more "A balance of treating the disability and the person; Easily Achieved?"
W.E.B. Du Bois coined the term “double consciousness” at the turn of the twentieth century. The concept describes the feeling of possessing more than one social identity and the subsequent difficulty in developing a unified sense of self.  Since reading this at the beginning of the semester, the idea of double consciousness has permeated […]Read more "The Double Consciousness of Disability"
I rarely have a “normal” visit to the doctor. A regular visit introduces phrases such as “huh, well, perhaps you should try wearing a heart monitor for a few weeks” or “I have never seen these frostbite-like symptoms before.” With one exception, my doctors have provided me with medicine to treat my symptoms without getting […]Read more "The Golden Rule"
You laugh to show happiness. Your tears signify sorrow. You demonstrate compassion through your hugs and gentle touches. Society has constructed how we are expected to convey our emotions to others. These constructions are so ingrained in our society that the medical community uses emotional cues to detect the early signs of disability. The stories […]Read more "Not So Lost in a World of Emotion"