Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Old Metalhead Mosh Pits

Do you ever think about getting old and ending up in a nursing home? Considering what I do for a living, I find the prospect terrifying. 

Years ago, I went to a conference about the changing needs in nursing home care . . . 

and oh honey, if a whole bunch of stuff doesn't change pronto, we are in for a world of hurt. 

The presentation I remember was about the right for self determination. 

The presenter had outlined her plan of care including access to The Rolling Stones and Diet Coke and refusal of all card games, crafts or sing alongs. 

You know it! Don't give me any Ensure or put thickener in my liquids. I'll risk aspiration pneumonia . . .  

and don't subject me to Fox "news". 

With government regulations being what they are (unrealistic and completely unobtainable) and government reimbursement being what it is (nonexistent), I'm guessing recreational therapy will be one of the less expensive means of nursing home management. Line up Stanley Kubrick films, The Brat Pack, original MTV and Big Hair Bands. 

"When all the kids were at home they would often ask me to stop playing it or turn it down but it’s only worth listening to at full blast."
- Owen Brown, devoted metalhead, who passed away at the age of 87. 

"When I was a kid, you dressed like a women and you sung about the devil. Now that was music. And you had one ballad every album. It started as black and white and when the guitar solo came in it turned to color." - Bill Burr 

Yeah . . . 

nursing home are going to have to make some changes. 

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