Newcomers to this blog may not know that back in 2008, one of our contributors was Dr. Bill Thomas, a world renowned geriatrician who is also an author, blogger, creator of the Eden Alternative and it is one of his books, What Are Old People For? that has informed this blog from its beginning.
Most recently, Dr. Thomas has partnered with the Picker Institute, a leading foundation for health care reform that places a person's needs, interests and desires at the center of their care. Together, Picker and Dr. Thomas have created an advocacy program called RealCareNow that uses blogs, videos and other social media to promote patient-centered care.
And now, Time Goes By will be part of that reform movement. Beginning today and regularly thereafter, Dr. Thomas and I will chat via video about elder health.
One day last week, we recorded the first episode. I've coached a zillion people about how to relax on camera but as you will see, I'm not very good at it myself. So please forgive my awkwardness – I'll get better.
I'm looking forward to the future of this collaboration. Edited versions will be posted here and at YouTube. Soon, there will be live episodes that will incorporate a chat function so that you can send your comments and questions during the show.
Another way that we would like you to participate is to send in your elder health and medical questions for Dr. Thomas. You can do that today, in the comments below and we will select some for future shows. The only caveat – I'm sure you are aware of this – is that Dr. Thomas cannot answer questions specific to your personal health issues.
I'm so pleased and proud that Dr. Thomas as rejoined Time Goes By. As Bogart once said, I think this is the start of a beautiful – and healthy – friendship between Dr. Thomas and TGB readers.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, B.J. Allen: Waiting Room