What We’re Reading: February 12, 2018

Here are some of the tabs open on our browser, the books on our coffee table, and the research we read over breakfast…

If immigrants are pushed out, who will care for the elderly?

I’ve often thought about who helps my elderly patients get through their day, get dressed, help with ADLs. This article points out that 25% of the home care workforce are immigrants, and that percentage is probably much larger in the “gray’ market (workers hired/paid under the table). With a projected 23% of our population over the age of 65 in 2040, how will we adapt? (Think Carole Lewis’s “Silver Tsunami”) –Rachel 

What students know that experts don’t: School is about signaling, not skill building

This article really looks at how our school environments have become not places of important skill acquisition (or learning for a particular trade) but rather a way to show employers that we can show up to a room at a certain time and not make a fool of ourselves. Very interesting to me, especially as a DPT student. So much of our profession is based on execution of skills, yet so much is spent in a classroom, away from a patient. –Ryan

The Rise of the Experts of Everything: A deep dive or superficial learning

The internet age has led to a democratization of information unheard of before. With it, however, comes the rise of gurus that position themselves as experts on many things when in fact they may only specialize in one area. This article claims that we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater for these individuals – A crazy belief in one area doesn’t necessarily discount their credibility overall. It should, however, make you more skeptical.–Ryan

What Cross-Country Skiing Reveals About the Human Condition

“They feel the tug of gravity and say: “No, thank you, I would prefer to take care of this myself. If you will excuse me now, I am going to mush my way across this gigantic flat hostile landscape using only the power of my huge, beleaguered thighs.”…” need I say more? –Rachel