Many older adults grew up in faith-based households. Even if they have dementia, they continue to find inspiration in religious services and pastoral visits. Their family members often find comfort in these activities as well.
Unfortunately, some people with dementia stop attending regular services because of communication concerns. Sometimes their family members stop attending as well because they are afraid that their loved one will behave inappropriately. They may be afraid to ask for help from their pastor or other faith community members. As a result, both the person with dementia and the primary caregiver may become isolated, lonely, and depressed.
Recognizing these facts, faith communities around the world are providing increased support for families living with dementia (Act on Alzheimer's; FaithAction).
CareSmart* has been working with local faith communities in northeast Lake County to help increase community support for families living with dementia. The project has three major goals:
We would like to invite all of you to participate in the Caring with Faith project in any way that would be beneficial:
All programs are free of charge within the project area of Waukegan, Zion, and North Chicago through the end of 2017.
*This program is supported by generous funding from the Lake County Community Foundation with additional support from Autumn Leaves Gurnee & Autumn Leaves Vernon Hills, BrightStar Care Gurnee, IKOR Case Management Northbrook, Right at Home Northbrook, and in-kind donations from participating faith communities and local organizations.
Want to live a long and healthy life? Recent research indicates that one of your best strategies be to simply move more, i.e., get out of your chair and off the couch!
On Monday, the Annals of Internal Medicine released a new report on the physical harm of too much sitting, especially for the age 45 and older population. I can hear the groans... just when you thought you were doing great with your exercise routine, it appears that "just" exercising isn't enough. (For the consumer version of the research, check you the Science Daily.)
Significant study observations:
So now that you're pumped about increasing your daily activity, here's a few of the ideas from Mind-Body-Green about ways to make it happen without looking and feeling like a Jack-in-a-box.
Touch is essential to the human experience. We experience its power from the time we are born until we die. With touch... Babies thrive (Harmon). Students become more engaged in learning (Williams). Basketball teams win more games (Kelter). People with dementia experience increased well-being and increased trust in their caregivers(Caitlin).
With the growth of technological advances that seem to discourage touch, some suggest that recognizing and practice the power of touch is more critical today. Ray Williams, in his article "8 Reasons Why We Need Human Touch More Than Ever"highlights eight ways in which research supports the power of touch. Here are four of special significance.
*Young uses the term "mindful touching" to distinguish appropriate from inappropriate touching. For a discussion of the difference and general "rules," check out her article.
Touch seems to be as essential as sunlight.