Landmark Legislation Passed in Massachusetts

In short, this new legislation requires those in the health field, such as physicians and nurses, to undergo training to care for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia - a training directly tied to the renewing or gaining of licenses. Moreover, Alzheimer’s patients will have family members or legal representatives informed about the diagnoses. This plan is effective no later than October 1, 2021.

What is Your Biggest Fear?

What is Your Biggest Fear?

What is your biggest fear? That’s one question, of many, that I believe gets to the core of not only humanity, but also a person. My poetry professor, Jorie Graham, told us that “brushes with mortality” are the foundations of good poetry, meaningful experiences, and lives richly recounted. This is a question I posed to my friend, who came to Lima, as we traveled together and explored Peru (i.e. Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, and Lima). Immediately, upon my questioning, he echoed my thought: his greatest fear would be having Alzheimer’s disease.

How Do You Greet Someone?

How do you usually greet someone? Well, it depends on the situation I suppose. With an acquittance, maybe a wave or smile. With a coworker or boss, perhaps a handshake. With good friends, maybe a hug. In Peru, it’s with a side kiss on both cheeks. The first time this occurred, I was a little taken aback because I was not used to it. In fact, I had to adjust even more when all the males I met did this as well.

Travels & Family Letters

Travels & Family Letters

I’m done with junior year and back at home! It’s exciting to be done with my year, crazy to think that ¾ of college is over, and wonderful to be back with family. Since the semester has ended, I went to Vietnam (for a Harvard program teaching high-schoolers and I taught one on “The Rise of Heart Disease”) and Japan (for fun for only a day). It’s been quite a whirlwind! I have sent pictures to my friends and family of my travels, including to Nancy’s* family. I know that she will love the wonderful pictures I sent - some seen below! 

Summer Visits 2018

Using the experience from last year, HCAB ran summer visits earlier this year to ensure the success of summer visits. I’m sad that I can't visit my buddy this semester and spend time with her - however, I was delighted to receive this email, below, today!

End of Semester Reflections

At the end of every semester, we have reflection session consisting of approximately 10 volunteers and facilitated by co-director. How it works is that we have a set of questions to go through and we talk about it. It's a great experience to talk about the highs and lows of the program and our experiences in it. In fact, it's similar to van reflections - we go around and talk about our weekly visits on our way back to Harvard in the vans - however, they are more in depth and longitudinal. 

Nancy's Art

Nancy's Art

Today, I went to see Nancy* again. One of my favorite things to do is listen as she talks about her art workshop. She’s a very creative individual - something that is clear from us talking about and reading poetry. Now, Nancy spends every week with an artist for an hour and fellow residents working on art. Specifically, Nancy enjoys doing sculptures of human faces.