Thursday, April 30, 2009

Signs of alzheimer's disease

Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

1. Recent memory loss that affects your job skills
It's normal to occasionally forget an assignment, deadline or friend's name, but frequent forgetfulness or unexplainable confusion at home or in the workplace may signal problems.

2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks
Busy people frequently get distracted. For example, you might leave something on the stove too long or not remember to serve part of a meal. People with Alzheimer's might prepare a meal and not only forget to serve it, but forget they made it.
3. Problems with language
Everyone has trouble finding the right word sometimes, but a person with Alzheimer's may forget simple words or substitute inappropriate words, making his or her sentences difficult to understand.
4. Disorientation of time and place
It's normal to momentarily forget the day of the week or what you need from the store. But people with Alzheimer's disease can become lost on their own street, not knowing where they are, how they got there or how to get home.
5. Poor or decreased judgment
Choosing not to bring a sweater or coat along on a chilly night is a common mistake. A person with Alzheimer's, however, may dress inappropriately in more noticeable ways, wearing a bathrobe to the store or several blouses on a hot day.
6. Problems with abstract thinking
Balancing a checkbook can be challenging for many people, but for someone with Alzheimer's, recognizing numbers or performing basic calculation may be impossible.
7. Misplacing things
Everyone temporarily misplaces a wallet or keys from time to time. A person with Alzheimer's disease may put these and other items in inappropriate places-such as an iron in the freezer, or a wristwatch in the sugar bowl, then not recall how they got there.
8. Changes in mood or behavior
Everyone experiences a broad range of emotions, it's part of being human. People with Alzheimer's tend to exhibit more rapid mood swings for no apparent reason.
9. Changes in personality
People's personalities may change somewhat as they age. But a person with Alzheimer's can change dramatically, either suddenly or over a period of time. Someone who is generally easy going may become angry, suspicious or fearful.
10. Loss of initiative
It's normal to tire of housework, business activities, or social obligations, but most people retain or eventually regain their interest. The person with Alzheimer's disease may remain disinterested and uninvolved in many or all her usual pursuits.

* Courtesy of the Alzheimer's Association-St. Louis Chapter

Sacred drums echoed...inspiring and animating energy to patients

There were about 20 residents of Monroe Community Hospital came for the Peaceful Rhythmic hand Drumming this afternoon.
While beating the drums, they sang the famous Amazing Grace, God Bless America, Kumbaya and One Day at the Time.
..."it was a faith filled session..." said an 89 years old woman
Come again, I am alive.."said a middle age woman
"I have the energy now..."a man in his 80s shouted!
"Fantastic it is very soothing..." said by a volunteer
"I like we are big community..." said by a middle age man
"Great, very good, I enjoyed it..." probably she was about in her 80s

mastering the art of caring...

"If we want to improve life for everybody in our society, one of the very best places to begin is to change how we think about, care for, honor our elders. That thread, if you trace it all the way back, it woven through the whole context of our social lives, our families, our curches, our connunities. If we can master the art of caring for our elders, we can make a better society for everybody to live in."
-William H. Thomas, M.D., caregiving advocate and founder of the Eden Alternative in Sherbourne, New York (

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Do you know?

Do you know that a stronger concentration ability brings deeper peace of mind, and a quiet mind strengthens the ability to concentrate? These two abilities are interconnected.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

...keep sharing your special stories...

On the 26 of April, 2009, there were 45 women came for the Peaceful Rhythmic Hand Drumming session. Some words from them will be posted soo. Here is a letter I received from the WOW coordinator.

Fr. Peter,
We really appreciate you spending this afternoon sharing your very special ministry with us, we read about your Peaceful Rhythmic Hand Drumming and now we know what a wonderful experience it is, you are an inspiration. Keep sharing your special stories with us.
Harriet Beiter, WOW Coordinator.