"A must-read book for any community looking at its own aging population and pondering care for these older citizens. Dr. Teel's pioneering 'stay-at-home' approach shifts the focus from medicalized care to empowering older adults to serve as resources for one another. This approach creates the true foundation for health and well-being in one's later years. Teel's project moves our dialogue about aging forward in one great leap."
—Dennis McCullough, MD, Associate Professor, Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, and author, My Mother, Your Mother: Embracing Slow Medicine
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. ...