The stigma that comes with any diagnosis of dementia is one of the biggest challenges a person facing the diagnosis will have according to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. A recent poll by Alzheimer’s Disease International found that “40 per cent of people with dementia reported they had been avoided or treated differently after diagnosis.”
In 1624, when John Donne wrote, “No man is an island, entire of itself,” he probably didn’t know his observation could be applied to health. Donne’s iconic words speak to everyone’s need to be included and recognized in the tapestry of humanity. If someone is separated - like a thread from fabric - it can lead to loneliness and isolation that is not only heart-breaking but health-breaking.
The Michigan Legislature passed a resolution recognizing National Nurses Week - May 6-12 — here in Michigan. It points out that the "146,488 nurses in Michigan comprise the largest group of health care professionals in the state." And it calls on the residents of Michigan to honor our nurses and appreciate their efforts to improve the health of our state.
I'd especially like to honor the recognition by most nurses of the value of spirituality and spiritual care in nursing.
This article was published on the Macomb Patch on May 9, 2013.
It sometimes seems as if we live in a golden age of insecurity. So much that's going on makes anxiety appear entirely rational.
But are we being bombarded with more reasons to be fearful than it's necessary to take on board? Most of us will never encounter the majority of mortal dangers we hear about daily.This article was published on the Christian Science Monitor on May 6, 2013.
Lately I’ve been considering how people handle stress in their lives, not only every day stress, but also traumatic stress. With the recent Boston Marathon bombings stress has been in the news. Will Americans feel stressed at public events with the threat of random acts of terror looming over them? Maybe; maybe not. But, studies show that every day stress is on the rise.
This article was published on KPCNews.com on April 28, 2013.
Ever think about the origins of the barber pole with its red and white strips and brass cup? It represents the bloody bandages of the barber profession from centuries ago which included performing surgeries and dentistry for customers. You can guess what the cup was used for.
Present day doctoring has advanced in so many ways since the days of knives and bloodletting.
“If people count sheep when they can’t sleep, what do sheep count?” That may be an old joke, but insomnia is no laughing matter.
People today sleep 20% less than they did 100 years ago. More than half of Americans lose sleep due to stress or anxiety, with more than 30% of our population suffering from insomnia. To combat this....
To listen to Eckhart Tolle is to be reminded that anything is possible – for anyone.
I’m not talking about living a life of leisure filled with expensive cars, beach homes, and extravagant vacations, but an experience brimming with the kind of spiritual insights that not only make this life worth living but decidedly more fulfilling.