Susan E. Mazer, Ph.D. Blog

Thoughts and ideas on healthcare

Hi, and welcome to my blog! I'm Susan E. Mazer -- a knowledge expert and thought leader on how the environment of care impacts the patient experience. Topics I write about include safety, satisfaction, hospital noise, nursing, care at the bedside, and much more. Subscribe below to get email notices so you won't miss any great content.

  • Palliative Care and Hospice: Walking With Us To the End of the Path

    November 16, 2018

    Years pass without much notice, especially as an adult child realizing how our parents age. For us, they seem to stay the same for years and years… then, as if overnight, they are old. They are more frail, slower in responding to us, unable to fully understand all that is going on around them, and,

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  • Moving to Person-Directed Care

    December 15, 2017

    With his permission, I am sharing an excerpt from blog post written by a dear friend, George Drake, that speaks to the issue of person-directed care in residential care facilities. When my husband Dallas Smith and I met George in the late 1980s, he was teaching math at Lake Tahoe Community College. And, he was also

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  • Music for the Elderly: The Dark Side of Nostalgia

    March 4, 2016

    The neurological benefits of music for the elderly with dementia have been well documented. The phenomenon of elderly stroke patients with aphasia (not being able to speak, but being able to sing) has also been studied. At the same time, the kind of music provided at senior living communities is often selected based on the projected

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  • Ageism in Healthcare: Fear or Fact?

    May 22, 2015

    I just saw Dr. Bill Thomas’ “Age of Disruption” presentation at the University of Nevada Reno. It made me think about ageism in healthcare. As a gerontologist and leader in the field of aging, Dr. Thomas is currently on tour nationally, pushing to redefine aging, which he feels is mistakenly based on Hollywood illusions. Dr. Thomas starts his

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  • Use of Music with People with Dementia: Doing the Obvious

    January 23, 2015

    So much research, and so little traction!  That is what’s been happening with strong data supporting the effective use of music with people with dementia. There is even research that points to the characteristics that music must have to help mitigate anxiety and stress for people with dementia, as well as patients in hospitals.  And, yet, it

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  • Age, Aging, and the Aged: Who Among Us

    February 22, 2011

    Looking at old age from the a Baby Boomers perspective, healthcare perspective, economic perspective is far different from looking at an old person, a seriously old person whose life is of the past and whose present is about waiting.

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