"Dr. Teel has written a serious, comprehensive book about the coming revolution over aging in America. There are a number of states that have put together pieces of the elder-care puzzle—from offering more independent settings paid for by Medicaid to scaling back on nursing-home expansions (since if you build one you have to fill it). This book pulls all these reforms together and helps us understand the underlying social movement against 'kicking seniors to the curb.' " Hopefully it will also serve as a call to real action, not just reform of bureaucracy!
—Howard Dean, former Chair of the Democratic National Committee and Vermont governor; author of Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform.
In Alone and Invisible No More, physician Allan S. Teel, MD, describes how to overhaul our eldercare system. Based on his own efforts to create humane, affordable alternatives in Maine, Teel’s program harnesses both staff and volunteers to help people remain in their homes and communities. It offers assistance with everyday challenges, uses technology to keep older people connected to each other and their families, and stay safe. This approach works.
If rolled out to the millions of Americans approaching retirement age, Teel’s “Maine Approach” could avert the financial and personal disaster approaching nationwide.
Allan S. Teel, MD is a family physician in Damariscotta, Maine. During his twenty-five-year medical career, he has worked with thousands of older patients in the hospital, at nursing homes, in assisted living homes, and in their own homes. Each one has left a lasting impression. Dr. Teel's passion and commitment have driven him to speak out forcefully on the crisis facing our communities and our country. He puts human faces on our elders who are too often alone and invisible. ...