In ten days, the CARE (Caregiver, Advise, Record, Enable) Act, becomes law.
This means that if you live in Illinois and care for a hospitalized person of ANY age, hospitals must make a concerted effort to include you in decisions and training regarding that person's post-discharge care.
The CARE Act was passed in recognition of the critical role that family members and friends play in the well-being of their loved ones. It has three major provisions.
The CARE Act unanimously passed both Illinois Houses and was signed by Governor Rauner last year. (Click here to read Public Act 00-0222, in its entirety.) As of today, eighteen states have passed a version of the the CARE Act, and it is under consideration in many more.
AARP has been and is a major sponsor of the bill. To download a wallet card that lists the provisions of the law, click here. Though the card is provided by AARP Nevada, the provisions are the same.
It's been said that creativity is a major source of meaning in our lives. It's a bridge that ties thinking and emotion, that ties human beings to each other.
Like music, it appears that art (and all kinds of creative activities) are good for our brains. A 2015 Mayo Clinic, for example, links participation in artistic pursuits (traditional arts as well as crafts) with greater cognitive strength as we age. Creativity also appears to enhance wellness. According to the Samuel T. Gladding, author of The Creative Arts and Counseling, creativity can also expand our horizons and help us to gain insights into our own thoughts while bringing us great joy and satisfaction.
The benefits of creativity extend to people with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. Part of the attraction may be that arts and crafts appear to draw on many areas of the brain. In addition, creation offers communication alternatives along with the added benefits of joy in the process and personal accomplishment.
Creativity also provides opportunities for shared meaningful bonds. When we think back on special times, we often remembers imaginative moments shared with others: baking cookies, quilting, designing the train layout, making vacation plans. The projects required shared thought and cooperation... and arouse emotions that embed them in our memories.
Maybe this is what winter is for. :-)