Commentary

May 11, 2021
Zoom Memorials

Memorials on Zoom – We Can Remember to Be Kind

As have many of you, I have had the experience of attending ZOOM memorials for people who have died. Some of these on-line gatherings were graveside funerals while others occurred weeks, months, or as in the case of my mother, a year after the person’s death. These memorial tributes, organized […]
April 6, 2021
Renewal

Renewal

T.S. Elliot wrote that April is the cruelest month. Many people may be inclined to agree with him, especially this year. What a year we’ve experienced individually and collectively. We’re exiting the 2nd winter of COVID-19, this one with vaccinations opening up to more and more people, yet, once again, […]
March 10, 2021
Who’s Caring for the Caregiver?

Who’s Caring for the Caregiver?

We have long realized that patients with long-term illnesses such as cancer or Alzheimer’s Disease go through phases of inevitable decline that require the medical team to continually adapt treatment to meet their changing needs. Through my work with caregivers who oversee the daily care of family members with such […]
February 17, 2021
The Kindness Advantage is available on Audible

The Kindness Advantage is Out on Audio Book

In commemoration of Random Acts of Kindness Day, Amanda and I am proud to announce the release of our audio book on Audible. The Kindness Advantage: Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children by Dr. Dale Atkins & Amanda Salzhauer, MSW, is a practical guide for parents to teach kids empathy, to […]
February 9, 2021
We Can Be Superheroes

We Can Be Superheroes

I get it. Unless you are Batman, Darth Vader, Spiderman, The Lone Ranger, or Zorro, or you are trick-or-treating at Halloween, or attending a fancy masked ball, you probably do not like wearing a mask. Safe to say NOBODY LIKES WEARING A MASK. But, like crosswalks and stop signs, we […]
January 29, 2021
Minds Matter - Behavioral Health in Pandemics and Beyond

Minds Matter – Behavioral Health in Pandemics and Beyond

January, 2021 by Dr. Dale Atkins Isolation and loneliness are key issues in our post-pandemic world. The COVID-19 crisis has actually distracted us from this issue. We may believe loneliness will go away when the pandemic ends. Wrong! Loneliness will continue after the pandemic is in the rearview mirror. Isolation […]
January 27, 2021
New Beginnings

New Beginnings

As the new year begins, you can inspire someone with acceptance, hope, and a reminder that we all have a need to begin again. During this past year we have literally been living behind closed doors and although we still need to be careful, we can embark on a new […]
January 19, 2021
Memory Jog

Memory Jog

This is the time many of us make New Year’s resolutions which often result in feelings of guilt when we don’t follow through for whatever reason.  One popular resolution is “to exercise more this year.” Recently, someone sent me a photo of a trip we took together; it jogged my […]
December 5, 2020
How We Can Care for Our Aging Parents (During a Pandemic)

How We Can Care for Our Aging Parents (During a Pandemic)

I had begun writing this piece before COVID. I recently unearthed it in my “unfinished — to be used at another time” file. Now, we are in the midst of holidays that look nothing like the holidays we envisioned when I first thought about this piece. I wanted to write […]
December 1, 2020
If Kindness Were a Drug, the FDA Would Approve It

If Kindness Were a Drug, the FDA Would Approve It

Reprinted courtesy of The Journal of General Internal Medicine by Steven M. Asch MD, MPH, Dale V. Atkins PhD, Psychology, PC & Anne Walling MD, PhD “Ultimately, the secret of quality is love,” declared Avedis Donabedian, a pioneering systems thinker and the father of modern quality assurance. Few in health […]