Choices ~ Healing ~ Love
July 3, 2003
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Happy July 4th!
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Hope you are all doing well. June came and went in a blink of my eye. We were very busy working on the development of some of our programs. Training others to move into position here at NOFEC took up a great deal of time and we are very pleased at the outcomes that are beginning to manifest.
I will be doing some extensive travelling in the next month so I am working a bit less on the site and the newsletter.. I hope to devote more attention to the newsletter and the site in September.
May your journey be gentle and beautiful!
The summer seems to slow down greatly and so, it is with this in mind that we will be discontinuing our chats until September 15th with the same schedule. We may also have some new additions. Many of you show up in the room at unscheduled times. We encourage you to check in at the time frames indicated in EST or Eastern Standard Time so that you may find one another. We are aware that you aren't always able to attend chats at the scheduled times, so we hope that you will connect and continue to participate in the community posting messages etc. We look forward to seeing you once again in the fall.
Mary C. Fridley
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You've noticed Mom wears the same clothes day after day, isn't bathing, and is wetting herself and hiding the evidence. It's also obvious that she's not eating well and forgetting to take her medicine. You're concerned but don't know how to approach her, after all, she tells you what to do, not the other way around! When you inquire about how she's doing, she replies, "…just fine, thank you". You offer suggestions to help but she gives you "the look", you know the same disapproving look she gave you when you were a child. So, your dilemma is that if you confront her you risk insulting her but if you don't she may become ill or in danger of harm. Anyway you look at it you're going to be the bad guy.
Mary C. Fridley RN, C is our featured Question & Answer columnist at Empowering Caregivers as well as a contributing editor. She is a Registered Nurse board certified in gerontology with more than twenty years of experience in the geriatric health field. She is a writer of advice columns and articles for caregivers as well as a public speaker.
"Caring for Your Aging Parents,"
One of our featured columnists at Empowering Caregivers and an award-winning journalist and author, Beth Witrogen McLeod is teaching a month long online course called "Caring for Your Aging Parents" for Barnes & Noble University Online beginning July 14th. It is targeted to reach adult children who are new to caregiving as well as those who may already be well entrenched.
New Web Site: DignityResources.com
DignityResources.com is a new Web site that provides financial education and related resources for people facing serious or life-threatening illness. The site helps individuals understand the assets and financial options available to them during the course of their illness, as well as assist them with making the most informed choice possible given the particulars of their situation. The site may also be used by social workers, case managers and palliative caregivers to assist them in their work with patients. To view the site, go to: www.dignityresources.com
Are you looking for palliative care educational materials in languages other than English? The Palliative Care Council of South Australia, Inc., offers downloadable PDF files and online HTML educational materials for the following language groups which were chosen based on prevalence in the Australian 1996 Census: Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Croatian, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Macedonian, Maltese, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese. An HTML "plain text" English translation is also available. In addition to the downloadable multilingual consumer education brochures, you can read the full text of their Multicultural Palliative Care Guidelines for working with Non English Speaking Background (NESB) groups. The handy online guide has practice guidelines and specific recommendations. These guidelines help hospice and palliative care workers understand the special issues various cultural groups have with death and dying. Go to: Palliative Care Council
The Last Acts Family Committee has developed a new resource guide, Conversations Before the Crisis. This booklet can be used by both the elderly and children of the aging who need help having a discussion about end-of-life wishes. This guide offers the reader conversation "triggers," such as using television programs and family gatherings to start talking, and includes sample language as guidance. It also includes a resources listing with helpful books and Web sites. To order a copy of this new guide, send an email to LastActs@aol.com and be sure to include your name, full mailing address, and a reminder that you would like this resource.To review an online PDF version of Conversations Before the Crisis, go to: Crisis.
I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.
My religion is very simple.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not: Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish in the crowd.
The question is not, 'How much potential do you have? It is how much of your potential will you live?
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
The Five Stages of Life
Out of Gas
A couple of nuns who were nursing sisters had gone out to the country to minister to an outpatient. On the way back they were a few miles from home when they ran out of gas. They were standing beside their car on the shoulder when a truck approached.
New Medications For Women
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