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After knocking on his door and asking permission to come in, I introduced myself to a new resident at Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center, where I serve as the Director of Spiritual Life.
Charles Dickens wrote, “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”
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Change is often necessary, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy especially when it comes to helping your aging loved one transition to an assisted living community. Read on to learn some ways to help seniors manage anxiety and embrace the many benefits of this maintenance-free lifestyle.
Stress is a natural part of life; we all experience it at one point or another. However, chronic stress can have serious health implications -- particularly for older adults.
Some years ago we took our nearly teenaged son to the doctor. We did so because he was complaining of aches and pains all over his body.
“I got out of the shower, dried myself off, looked in the mirror, decided I looked good for someone over ninety years old, smiled, got dressed, and started my day.”
Do you know or care for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia?
Maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of reducing chronic disease, maintaining independence, and achieving comprehensive wellness.
The relaxing and restorative power of music is amazingly illustrated in the lives of seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
There is a wonderful children’s book called God in Between. As with most children’s books, adults would do well to read it.It was written by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and published by Jewish Lights Publishing in 1998 and is “For People of All Faiths, All Backgrounds.” It is one of the few books I kept when downsizing and moving to a condo. It is the story of a window-less, road-less, overgrown town, and its people who sense something missing in their lives. People are cut off from one another and cannot watch or see anything beyond their own four walls. They sense that if they can find God (whose existence is not certain to them) they might find what they are missing. Much to their surprise they are led to discover that God (the meaning for their lives) is not missing. He, She, It, has always been present, but unseen because they are not connected to each other. They discover that God is found “In the between. In between us.”
Communication is an essential part of human interactions. Without the ability to exchange information, ask for help, and share our feelings, a number of devastating consequences can ensue. For aging adults suffering from age-related speech issues or those who are recovering from stroke, dementia or a head injury, speech therapy offers an extremely useful means to regaining the essential skill of communication.