Choices ~ Healing ~ Love
November 1, 2004
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INFORMATIVE CAREGIVING ARTICLES & INSPIRATION
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JOKES & HUMOR
Fall is still gracing us here in the city with its vibrant colors. The Holloween parade gathered thousands of people along the avenue showing a strength and commaraderie that New Yorkers stand for so beautifully.Election day is two days away and the holidays are already upon us.
Several holidays creep up on us one after the other. For many, it is a sad time because things are no longer the same at home, and for many, this will be a first year without a loved one present. Some articles you might want to read or revisit for this time of the year are as follows: (Next month we will have more articles)
Take time this season to be gentle and nurturing with yourself. Too many caregivers allow stress to take over them to the point of no return. TV commercials, newspaper and magazine ads flash before our eyes calling stress a major killer. However, most people are into denial and don't do anything about it in their life until it is too late. Don't be a statistic. Learn to take time for yourself.. you deserve it ...
I encourage all of you to please take time to get out there and cast your vote. This election is one of the most important and it is up to you to cast your vote for the candidate who will represent caregivers as we grow in numbers and our challenges increase daily.
November ce4lebrates National Family Caregivers Month, National Hospice Month, Caring Coalition of Metro NY's Life Care Planning week and so much more. The newsletter is filled with candle lighting ceremonies for Alzheimer's and a National screening day.
That's about it for now.
May your journey be gentle and beautiful!
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Leeza Gibbons: LeezasPlace.org Members
We are very excited and delighted to partner with Leeza Gibbons organization, LeezasPlace.org
Many of you are aware that Leeza has been making guest appearances on national television speaking on behalf of Alzheimer's Disease and other memory disease. He mother was diagnosed at 63 and she like all of us has become a caregiver. The diagnosis came shortly after her grandmother passed from the disease as well.
LeezasPlace.org was developed in response to the challenges Leeza and her family encountered while seeking specific and needed support. The program has already begun setting up wonderful centers. Leeza's Place is a multifaceted reprieve, for both caregivers and the recently diagnosed, that integrates educational programs, connective social activities, emotional support, and intergenerational programming designed to help you navigate through your community?s continuum of care. Leeza's Place was designed to ensure that others experiencing what the Gibbons family encountered would have access to new, supportive settings created for the purpose of educating, empowering and energizing.
The whole approach in body, mind and spirit mirrors the approach and vision of Empoweirng Caregivers / NOFEC and we feel this is a connection that will continue to grow and evolve in order to reach more caregivers; thus helping them to transform their caregiving into exeperiences t their experiences into more loving, healing and powerful ones.
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Mary C. Fridley
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The Story Of Neighborcare by Maggie Davis
A Suggestion For Caregivers: Treat The Other As The Equal He Or She Is by James Mille
Positive Energy: The Tenth Prescription: Revel in Laughter, Play and All-Out Silliness by Judith Orloff
The world mourned a great loss this month - the loss of Christopher Reeve. It stunned the world. It appeared that he could make it through anything. Through the years Christopher Reeve and Dana Reeve did incredible work in the arenas of disabilities and caregiving. Their strength and courage were inspirational to us all.
Beyond the physical and emotional burden of an illness, there is no secret that the financial burden can and does take a heavy toll when we are sick or caring for a loved one. For most people, insurance companies share some of this burden. However, even when we do have good insurance coverage, we sometimes have to make substantial out-of-pocket payments for goods and services related to an illness. In this article, I hope to help you identify some of the costs associated with an illness and how to go about managing them to reduce their impact.
Dr. David Nganele Ph.D., MBA
Dr. David Nganele is a New York Times-profiled health education expert. He provides individuals with the knowledge and tools to help them become their own best doctor. He believes that “The More You Know, The Better You’ll Live.” He is also one of the premier writers and speakers on how to identify and manage the cost of healthcare while getting better services. His latest book is “Prescription Drug$; What You Must Know: From Avoiding Medication Errors To Saving On The Cost; A Manual For Your Peace Of Mind.” One of our featured columnists, he writes on topics which include prescriptions, healthcare and insurance
This course will provide support and guidance to caregivers, helping them move into this role with greater knowledge, awareness, and ease. Each session will begin with a presentation on relevant information and resources, followed by a question-and-answer and discussion period. You may sign up for the series, or for individual sessions. If you would like to attend these programs but are unable to do so due to caregiving responsibilities, our office can provide you with a list of volunteer programs and cost-effective alternatives for hiring an aid.
As you know, last year’s inaugural events were both very successful, with hundreds of sites participating across the country. This year, our initiatives during Alzheimer's Awareness Month will be more important than ever. There is a great deal of attention on Alzheimer's disease right now, and our activities in November will help to maintain and build on that focus. Furthermore, thanks to our united efforts throughout the past two years, AFA has achieved enormous momentum and recognition. Our growth and success has amazed even us. The timing is right for us to take advantage of this momentum and push forward on all fronts in order to fulfill our important mission.
National Commemorative Candle Lighting - Tuesday, November 10th.
National Memory Screening Day - Wednesday, November 16th.
AFA will send instructions and materials for these events, including press release templates, posters and memory screening educational materials, to all participating sites. We will assist you across all areas to help you seamlessly facilitate these events and gain maximum participation and media exp osure. We look forward to your participation.
IThe ongoing theme for NFC Month is SHARE THE CARING, but each year NFCA focuses on different issues relevant to the family caregiving community. This year NFC Month messages and materials will provide information and education about three timely and important issues including:
One of the most effective ways to shed light on the lives of family caregivers, celebrate their effort and provide family caregivers with an outlet for expressing their feelings and needs is by giving them the opportunity to tell their stories - and that's what NFCA is doing.
f you are a national not-for-profit organization with an interest in family caregiving you can become an endorsing organization of National Family Caregivers Month. As an endorser of NFC Month, your only obligation is to spread the word through newsletters, inter-office mail and your Web site, using the materials that we provide to you. By working together to spread the word, we hope to create as much energy and activity in support of family caregivers as possible during NFC Month. Please join us this year in becoming an endorsing organization. Contact NFCA at 800-896-3650 or email us at email@example.com for more information. more
Considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care at the end of life, hospice care involves a team-oriented approach of expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient's wishes. Emotional and spiritual support also is extended to the family and loved ones. Generally, this care is provided in the patient's home or in a home-like setting operated by a hospice program. Medicare, private health insurance, and Medicaid in most states cover hospice care for patients who meet certain criteria.
NHPCO Offices: 1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 625, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 PH. 703/837-1500, Fax. 703/837-1233 (fax) Member Service Center 800-646-6460
National Organization for Empowering Caregivers along with the Hospice Alliance of Downstate New York, the Hospice And Palliative Care Association of New York State, the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the N, AARP, Friends & Relatives of the Institutionalized Aged, the New York Citizens’ Committee on Health Care Decisions, the Metropolitan Funeral Directors Association and the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, have formed the Caring Coalition of Metro New York.
It's a dilemma for the ages. As Depression-era elders reach their declining years, their baby-boomer children worry that their parents will run out of money before they run out of years. Even supplemented by social security and pension payments, the nest egg that your parents took a lifetime to build isn't likely to be enough to cover an extended stay in a nursing home or assisted-living facility. Few seniors carry long-term-care insurance to cover the bills. At nursing homes around the country, most people go through their assets within a year, warns Charles Johnson, director of the Illinois Department on Aging. To read more:
Viruses on computers are worse.. computers have become a life force for caregivers but you need to keep up with the latest anti virus software. Everyday over 50 viruses are detected and quarrantined on our network of computers. These come in emails from caregivers as well as businesses and spam. Please be responsbile.. take the time to keep your anti virus software updated so that you can remain on the computer, connected to others...…
In these final days before the November 2nd Presidential election, it is important to remember who we are as individuals, in family relationships and as a people of the nation.
Who we are crosses no boundaries, but I appeal to you as caregivers to make sure you get out and vote at any cost. If you can arrange for absentee ballots for your loved ones to be able to cast their vote, please do so.
Women,, y our numbers can count so greatly, so it is vitally important for you to get out and cast your vote. Women are a force that can change the world. Be a part of the force.
A day of education and support for all Connecticut family caregivers will be held on Tuesday, November 30th from 9:30am-3:30pm, at the Fantasia Banquet Facilities (404 Washington Ave., North Haven). Topics such as navigating the healthcare and legal systems, improving the financial impact of caregiving on your family, and how to connect with local and national caregiving resources will be discussed. The Fearless Caregiver Conference is sponsored by the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut, the North Central Area Agency on Aging, the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services (Elderly Services Division), the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, and by Today's Caregiver magazine. Keynote speaker: Gary Barg, Editor-in-Chief of Today's Caregiver magazine, and author of The Fearless Caregiver. Limited free tickets are available for qualified caregivers; for all others, the cost is $45. For registration and information, please call 800-829-2734, or log onto caregiver.com.
HHS To Give Awards During The Celebration Of
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson on Wednesday, Oct. 27, presented the Secretary's Highest Recognition Award to six people during October's National Disability Awareness Month, reaffirming the administration's commitment to full inclusion in the workforce for people with disabilities.
National Alliance for Caregiving and the Alzheimer's Association announced the release of a new study on caregivers of older adults with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia. The study, entitled Families Care: Alzheimer’s Caregiving in the United States, found that family members caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or mental confusion are more likely to be providing the most difficult kinds of care e.g., bathing, feeding, and dealing with incontinence and spend more time providing care than other caregivers.
To download the report, go to http://www.caregiving.org/alzcaregivers04.pdf.
I began distributing a resource guide to New Yorkers searching for flu vaccine information. We have received hundreds of calls from New Yorkers wanting more information about where they can go to receive the vaccine, if they are among those at high risk for the flu or could forego the vaccine to ensure that someone else at greater risk gets one. What we realized is that for every call we have gotten, there are dozens more people who need this same information.
To access my Flu Vaccine Resource Guide, please go to: http://clinton.senate.gov/fluvaccineinformation.html
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As a mortal you are limited, but as a child of God you are unlimited….Life should be chiefly service. Without that ideal, the intelligence that God has given you is not reaching out toward its goal. When in service you forget the little self, you will feel the big Self of Spirit.
The very core of peace and love is imagination. All altruism springs from putting yourself in the other person's place.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
God's love allows no limits to be set for it by the character or conduct of man.
This is true love, the love born of faith and trust, the love born of brotherly unity, the love that comes from being one family, the love that comes from merging with God, the love which has no limit. This love will never break or fail.
M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
I John- "Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love."
Grandfather, Sacred One, teach us love, compassion, and honor that we may heal the earth and heal each other.
Prayer of the Ojibway people of Canada
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
St. Francis of Assisi
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The Value Of Exercise
It is well documented that for every minute that you exercise, you add one minute to your life. This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $10,000 per month.
The only reason I would take up exercising is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.
I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently you have to show up.
I have to exercise early in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing.
I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
I have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.
The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier.
I don't exercise because it makes the ice jump right out of my glass.
I used to watch golf on TV but my doctor told me that I need more exercise; so now I watch tennis.
A daily exercise regime never killed anyone, but why chance it?
Isn't having good health merely the slowest possible way you can die?
I don't exercise at all. If God meant us to touch our toes, he would have put them further up on our body.
There was once a great actor who could no longer remember his lines. After many years he finds a theatre where they are prepared to give him a chance to shine again.
The director says, "This is the most important part, and it has only one line. You walk on to the stage at the opening carrying a rose. You hold the rose to your nose with just one finger and thumb, sniff the rose deeply and then say the line 'Ah, the sweet aroma of my mistress.'"
The actor is thrilled. All day long before the play, he's practicing his line over and over again. Finally, the time comes. The curtain goes up, the actor walks onto the stage, and with great passion delivers the line, "Ah, the sweet aroma of my mistress."
The theatre erupts. The audience is screaming with laughter, but the director is steaming!
"You bloody fool!" he cries. "You have ruined me!"
The actor is bewildered, "What happened, did I forget my line?"
"No!" screams the director. "You forgot the rose!"
A sweet little boy surprised his grandmother one morning and brought her a cup of coffee. He made it himself and was so proud. He anxiously waited to hear the verdict on the quality of the coffee.
The grandmother had never in her life had such a bad cup of coffee, and as she forced down the last sip she noticed three of those little green army guys in the bottom of the cup. She asked, "Honey, why would three little green army guys be in the bottom of my cup?"
Her grandson replied, "You know grandma, it's like on TV...'The best part of waking up is soldiers in your cup.'"
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