“TLC +light+caring +chocolate 4 dementia”

Like the old TV show said give me the simple life, Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ. allows its patients like Ms. Nance, 96, afflicted with Alzheimer’s, “to sleep, be bathed and dine whenever she wants, even at 2 a.m. She could eat anything, too, no matter how unhealthy, including unlimited chocolate.
And she was given a baby doll, a move that seemed so jarring that a supervisor initially objected until she saw how calm Ms. Nance became when she rocked, caressed and fed her “baby,” often agreeing to eat herself after the doll “ate” several spoonfuls.
Dementia patients at Beatitudes are allowed practically anything that brings comfort, even an alcoholic “nip at night,” said Tena Alonzo, director of research. “Whatever your vice is, we’re your folks,” she said.
Once, Ms. Alonzo said: “The state tried to cite us for having chocolate on the nursing chart. They were like, ‘It’s not a medication.’ Yes, it is. It’s better than Xanax.”
It is an unusual posture for a nursing home, but Beatitudes is actually following some of the latest science. Research suggests that creating positive emotional experiences for Alzheimer’s patients diminishes distress and behavior problems.”

In desperation medical people are trying many different non-drug approaches to their care.There is no effective medical treatment for Alzheimer’s yet, most dementia therapy is the care giving performed by families and nursing homes. Some 11 million people care for Alzheimer’s-afflicted relatives at home. In nursing homes, two-thirds of residents have some dementia.
Caregiving support training a priority

Caregiving is considered so crucial that several federal and state agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, are adopting research-tested programs to support and train caregivers. This month, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a forum about Alzheimer’s care giving.
“There’s actually better evidence and more significant results in caregiver interventions than there is in anything to treat this disease so far,” said Lisa P. Gwyther, education director for the Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Duke University.
The National Institute on Aging and the Administration on Aging are now financing caregiving studies on “things that just kind of make the life of an Alzheimer’s patient and his or her caregiver less burdensome,” said Sidney M. Stahl, chief of the Individual Behavioral Processes branch of the Institute on Aging.

Techniques include using food, scheduling, art, music and exercise to generate positive emotions; engaging patients in activities that salvage fragments of their skills; and helping caregivers be more accepting and competent.

Caregiving at Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ. takes on a wholistic individualized tender loving care, hopefully more organizations and institutions will follow this model.

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“13 Best wishes and smiles for 2011”

Throughout the rest of this 2011 and beyond Complementary Medicine Association wishes you and those you love:

May you always make the right moves.

May your cup runneth over with love.

May you always find shelter from any storm.

May you remain good looking and looking good!

May you find the perfect diet for your soul.
(If this face doesn’t make you want to stop eating sausage, nothing will.)

May you find perfect balance in the company you keep.

May you have as much fun as you can before someone makes you stop.

May the worst thing that happens to you come in slobbery pink and furry tan.

May you manage to make time for siesta.

May all the new folks you meet be interesting and kind.

May your accessories always harmonize with your natural beauty!

Should your mouth be bigger than your stomach, may you have a chewing good time!



And may your friends always bring you comfort!

May You Have a Joy filled NEW YEAR
Overflowing with Compassion, Prosperity, Health And Hope

Images courtesy of a friend of NaturesCrusaders.com library

“Dancing down high BP for those that sit too much ” fun tip of the day

Get it movin’ is the name of the blood pressure game.

This can be fun you know.

Try to vary up your time at a desk or computer by taking a

Take a fun break at least every hour.

Drink some quality water

Plug into your favorite music on the ipod or radio and spend 5 minutes “gettin down”

Imagine yourself as your favorite singer/dancer and have fun ” gettin movin”

This will improve your productivity and help decrease your blood pressure and weight at the same time you will increase your flexibility and your digestive and immune health.

Tip of the Day – MW -CMA Editor

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"Helping in a crisis helps you"

Help Haiti:

You and your friends and family can pay it forward.

Volunteer to help collect supplies/donations to help the struggling people in Haiti.

January 12, 2010:  Around 5 p.m. on Tuesday a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti just outside the capital Port-au-Prince.  Information is still being reported, but we know that the damage is extensive. Homes, businesses, roads and a major hospital have been affected.  This is the worst earthquake the country has seen in its history.

Help Haiti

You can help today
Needed Supplies
First AID: Antibiotic ointments, antiseptic wipes, bleach in tablet form, Band-Aids, gauze+tape, first aid kits, gloves. Pain relievers, tummy aids, antibiotic creams/ointments, liquid bandage,
Flashlights, DRY goods (beans/rice), infant/powder milk, Ensure, gently used or new blankets.
Personal items: toothpaste and toothbrushes, nail clippers, wash/face cloths, non-alcohol or baby shampoos, bar soaps like Ivory
In Tucson , AZ supplies can be taken to
World Care
3538 East Ellington Place
Tucson, AZ 85713-4214
514-1588
www.worldcare.org

Other Options
or in any area supplies can be taken to your local Red Cross or Crusa Roja

Text:   HAITI to 90999 to Help Haiti.

"Your life has a ripple effect "

You are so special.

Never has there been or will there ever be someone just like you again.

Unknowing your every thought, word, action and reaction causes all other living beings to react.

Keep your thoughts about your self and others high to increase your healthy energy footprint on this earth.

Each life has countless effects on others.

Thanks to Humanity Healing and Youtube for this beautiful video presentation.

Click here to watch the “The Ripple Effect: The Heartbeat to Eternity”

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Runnig across America to inspire others

Inspiring herself and others to follow their dreams and stay healthy, Katie Visco is running across America. She will be the youngest women to travel this distance when she completes the run in December ’09. She is 23 years old.

Katie running across America
Katie running across America

Katie is not running nonstop, but will travel in her running shoes to various places across America she has wanted to see and visit a bit. this is a dream she has had since she was a teen.
In the course of the trip she will need to stay well hydrated and have good nutritionally supportive food. During the run she estimates that she will run through 200 to 300 pairs of running sneakers.
Katie welcomes all to join her along her route for a short or long run with her.
Good running Katie!

Help yourself and American stay healthy and follow your dreams today.
Thanks Katie for helping us see another way People are helping other people.

Create a plan to embrace your dream, and run towards it fully!


She needs your help. Please make a donation now. Donations will go towards run costs and all net proceeds to her charity, Girls on the Run
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Excerpts courtesy of paveyourlane.com

Susan Boyle -Yes we can all make a difference

Never give up dreaming

47 Year old Susan Boyle shocked the judges with her performance in the auditions for Britains Got Talent, singing I dreamed a dream from Les Miserables.

Listen to Susan’s heavenly voice.

Here are the Lyrics (Thanks to NewHotdox)

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high,
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving.

Then I was young and unafraid
When dreams were made and used,
And wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung,
No wine untasted.

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hopes apart
As they turn your dreams to shame.

And still I dream he’ll come to me
And we will live our lives together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms
We cannot weather…

I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I’m living
So different now from what it seems
Now life has killed
The dream I dreamed.

Thanks you Susan for showing us that wonderful talents no no age or image and the joy of sharing your gift can be appreciated by all.

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Listen to her heavenly voice: courtesy of Youtube.com

"Relax-where you want to go."

Another way people are helping people.

Take a break and relax.

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Thanks Christian Tatonetti for your beautiful music!

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