Archive for March 17th, 2012
Originally posted on Alzheimer's Speaks Blog:
CARING FOR A SPOUSE WITH MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT: DAILY CHALLENGES, MARITAL RELATIONS, AND PHYSIOLOGICAL INDICATORS OF HEALTH
Join the LIVE webinar to be held April 2, 2012, Noon Eastern at www.alzpossible.org/wordpress-3.1.4/wordpress/webinars-2/caring-for-a-spouse-with-mci/
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a term used for early decline in memory and in the abilities to carry out a series of steps in sequence and make appropriate decisions. It is an ambiguous condition because often the person with MCI appears to be healthy and able to function normally in many ways, yet begins to show some signs of memory loss, confusion, and apathy. Physicians usually cannot predict whether or when the MCI might worsen.
The changes associated with MCI are likely to affect spouse care partners as well as those with this condition. Research to be presented during this Webinar examined the effects of having a spouse with MCI on older care partners’ physical health, psychological well-being, and marital relationship. A unique feature is the daily diary approach used to gather the data. Thirty care partners responded to telephone interviews on each of seven consecutive days. They also provided saliva samples five times throughout the day on four of the interview days. Lab tests of the saliva revealed the amount of cortisol and alpha-amylase, hormones indicating stress, at different times of the day and across the days. Sustained high cortisol levels can be detrimental to health. Thus, we had evidence about the effects of caring for a loved one with MCI both from answers to interview questions and from indicators of physiological responses to stress.
Originally posted on Make Believe Boutique:
a spiritual sister’s words resonate…..
The intention to live according to Buddhist precepts has had a profound effect & created a holding within which the spiritual has become integral to the everyday: an embodied, engaged spirituality. From a younger need for intensity & extreme experience I seem to have moved into a certain level of simplicity, where “chopping wood & carrying water” have become the staple of the spiritual life. Here, a place of needing less & appreciating more, deep experiences of interconnectedness take their place & are making sense of the Christian message as I am hearing it afresh going to my local church. While some of the language feels dualistic, the underlying meaning & experience is of untiy. I sometimes struggle with the forms Christian worship takes, & at the same time feel rooted by the sense of tradition & community in the Christian tradition. I would dearly like to find some gathering of friends where I would no longer need to ‘reinterpret’ the language of the Christian religion to make it possible for me to relate it to my embodied experience……Maxine Linnell
beautifully written & almost pleading…..where can we truly & gently find connection?….how do we choose gracefully? how do we engage with religion in community? ….a sincere wish to soften boundaries calls up our intent…
Posted in Mindfulness & Buddhism, tagged Alternative, Buddhism, Charlotte Joko Beck, Education, meditation, Mettā, mindful, mindfulness, peace, Psychology, relationships, Religion and Spirituality, Zen on March 17, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Where the Mischief Comes From
When attention to the present moment falters and we drift into some version of ‘I have to have it my way,’ a gap is created in our awareness of reality as it is, right now. Into that gap pours all the mischief of our life. We create gap after gap after gap, all day long. The point of practice is to close those gaps, to reduce the amount of time that we spend being absent, caught in our self-centered dream. ~~Charlotte Joko Beck, “Attention Means Attention”
- Everyday Zen – Charlotte Joko Beck (booklolly.wordpress.com)
- Books I want to read (painisanillusion.wordpress.com)
- Practice is about our fears (mindfulbalance.org)
- The Day My Life Changed (underthelotustree.com)
- More Inspirational Quotes (redefininggood.wordpress.com)
- My Mindfulness Practice Has Gotten Boring! What Happened To The Good Feelings? (psychologytoday.com)
- How Mindfulness Helps us Respond to Physical Suffering. ~ Toni Bernhard (elephantjournal.com)
- Review: Living Fully – Finding Joy In Every Breath (digital-dharma.net)
Here is a copy of the Caregiver’s Bill of Rights by Jo Horne
A few of the rights include:
To take care of myself. This is not an act of selfishness. It will give me the capability of taking better care of my loved one.
To reject any attempts by my loved one (either conscious or unconscious) to manipulate me through guilt, and/or depression.
www.alzheimersspeaks.com – Award-winning site by Lori La Bey
www.carepages.com - Forums for caregiving, health conditions, etc.
www.care-givers.com - Journal Exercises, Messages Boards, and chats
www.caregiver.org – A Family Caregivers Alliance — info on legal issues, teleconferences, newsletters, etc
http://caringforthecaregiver.org – Lists support groups for the Syosset, NY area, Downloadable 10 page caregiver manual
Podcasts On Itunes:
Long Distance Caregiving by Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN