Crystal Mountain Fall Conference

Although being out of the office is a lot less disconnected in this cyber-connected era, it is still nice to get away. Crystal Mountain is near Michigan’s Little Finger. Even though it is only 100 miles or so farther north than Dearborn, the climate is different.

This early there is almost no color change. Last year it was fascinating because the conference was in early October. Driving from Dearborn to Thomsonville one could see a gradual change from all green trees to the glorious fall panoply of reds, oranges, purples, and browns that Michigan stages every year.

I walked to the top of the Crystal Mountain’s ski slope. I am used to exercising on a machine and walking up an actual slope on physical dirt is a whole different level of exercise. It only took 10 minutes, but it was more work than a half hour on an elliptical trainer or stair climber. From the bottom it looks like it’s a mile up. By the time I got to the top, I felt as if I had climbed a mile. Imagine my chagrin when I checked the Crystal Mountain website and found out that the vertical drop is only 375 feet!

I’m up here for the conference and so far it has been extremely interesting. Valerie Stone, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist from Golden, Colorado, gave a riviting talk about competency and protecting the rights of older adults and Jeffrey Geller, MD, MPH, a professor at University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, gave us an insider’s view of the medicines used to treat mental illness and dementia. They are tough acts to follow. I will have to be in my best speaking form on Friday when I talk about “Bed Wars,” the challenge of finding the best placement for patients who need nursing care, and protecting their rights there.

As great as it is to get away, I would be nicer to share it with my wife and children. Therefore, this blog entry is addressed and dedicated to them.


John B. Payne, Attorney
Garrison LawHouse, PC
Dearborn, Michigan 313.563.4900
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 800.220.7200
©2011 John B. Payne, Attorney

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