We are very excited to announce that one of the keynote speakers at our convention, Dr. Dennis McCullough, has become the first ever recipient of our annual Dr. Kathy N. Johnson Award. Dr. McCullough, a family physician and geriatrician for 30 years, is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, and serves as a faculty member in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. He is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and the American Medical Directors Association. His previous published works include “The Little Black Book of Geriatrics,” “Blackwell’s Primary Care Essentials: Geriatrics,” “The Anti-Aging Fitness Prescription,” as well as his most recent book, “My Mother, Your Mother, The Compassionate Approach to Caring for your Aging Loved Ones,” which discusses his breakthrough, “Slow Medicine Movement.”
This new approach, shaped by common sense and kindness, is grounded in traditional medicine, yet still open to alternate therapies. Dr. McCullough argues that expensive, state-of-the-art medical interventions can often be too overwhelming, and are not necessarily superior to other methods of senior care. His goal in the Slow Medicine Movement is that we make well thought- out and well-intentioned choices for the people we love, using time and relationships to create trust and balance. Through his methods, Dr. McCullough shows us that our elderly benefit most from care that is measured and reflective instead of rushed.
Some of the practices involved in the “Slow Medicine Movement” include pacing all elder care decisions, having slow, long meals, enlarging support and sustaining advocacy, and maintaining “covenant” in eldercare. We are extremely glad that Dr. McCullough has recognized and helped improve complex issues in our country’s current eldercare, and we hope that he continues to share more of his remarkable wisdom with us!