The only thing guaranteed in life is death, and for many of us when we pass, family will be around us.However, for some, that is not an option. That is where the No One Dies Alone (NODA) program comes in.
The program began in 2001 in Eugene. The watchword of the No One Dies Alone program is “compassion.”
Originally, the programs takes volunteers from the hospital staff, from all kinds of areas, such as the lab, ER, the administration side, essentially anywhere in the hospital and they’re trained in how to be “compassionate companions”. These volunteers are trained to be the people who are with patients in their final days and final moments. They do this because, in many cases, the family of the patients can’t be there or they have no family. The volunteers fill in for family or act as family so, like the program’s name says, no one dies alone.
Now, there are training procedures and certifications for NODA Programs to be available in every state. Hopefully, in every hospital across our great nation.
I’m writing this blog to share some encouraging words for a friend of mine. She didn’t ask me to, but I know her struggle with health is of grave concern. She’ll give her battle a really good fight, with all of our blessings shall blanket her heart!
FINDING HAPPINESS: HOW TO LET GO OF DEPRESSION
For Depression Relief, Creativity Is Key. When something’s on your mind, chances are you’ll feel better when you get it out. That can be especially true for people recovering from depression. Art, writing, music, or other creative hobbies can help you process your emotions.
Don’t worry if you never thought of yourself as an artistic person. The idea isn’t to come up with a masterpiece, and you don’t have to show your work to anyone if you don’t want to.
The act of expressing yourself, of creating something original that comes out of your feelings or mood, can be satisfying in itself.It’s not hard to get started. Pick up an old hobby, or try a new one.
Here are some ideas:
Write. Type or pen your thoughts about upsetting events in your life, because that can help you deal with your emotions about them, research shows. For example, many studies have found that writing about traumatic experiences — for just 15 minutes a day for 3 days — left people feeling better. You can show what you’ve written to family, trusted friends, or your therapist if you want. But you can also just keep it private.
Sketch. Pick up an art pad and some colored pencils. Then head to your favorite scenic spot — or even a local art gallery — and draw what you see.
Paint. Get a set of watercolors or acrylic paints, an art pad, and some brushes. You can make your art at the kitchen table or set up a basic studio somewhere else in your home.
Play music. If you used to practice with an instrument, now might be a good time to take it up again. Or you can try something new — maybe it’s time to sign up for those guitar lessons you always dreamed of.
Take photos. Dust off your camera and snap pics of whatever you like. You might enjoy tinkering with photo-editing software, too, if you have the right gear.
Make a movie. Use a video camera or your smartphone. Your kids, your pet, or any subject you like can be the star. You can make things up as you go or write a script to follow.
Try other hobbies. Take up needlepoint or knitting. Crochet a sweater. Make a quilt. There are so many ways to explore your creative side.
There’s no need to feel shy or embarrassed when you’re trying to be creative. The end result doesn’t matter. Push past your doubts and give artistic expression a shot. You may find that you enjoy it more than you expect
For any of us that has experienced this Disease that has no cure, probably understands how hard it is on everyone involved. What are some of the hardest learning curves that you had, or is having to learn?
“What’s the difference between Dementia and Alzheimer’s?”
We hear that all the time here at the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. It’s a common question, and doctors can sometimes contribute to the confusion. It may be that physicians prefer to use the word “dementia” because the term Alzheimer’s can sound more overwhelming and frightening. But, the terms Alzheimer’s disease and dementia may mean two very different things.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines dementia as:
“… [A] word for a group of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain. It is not a specific disease. People with dementia may not be able to think well enough to do normal activities, such as getting dressed or eating (Alzheimer’s Symptoms). They may lose their ability to solve problems or control their emotions. Their personalities may change. They may become agitated or see things that are not there.”
Learn about Early-Onset Dementia
Though Alzheimer’s disease is the most common, many different diseases can cause dementia. Drugs are available to treat some of these diseases.
I truly believe that pursuit of happiness is for the living, and yet death is assured along this same journey. I write this “Blog” question in relation to loss of life’s that I have personally experienced over the past 6 months. Events that occur to us as a nation, the well being of ourselves, our family, and those memories of those whose journey has already begun.
- Who remembers what they were doing on 9/11/2001?
- Was there any changes in your thoughts, habits, and family focus since this tragedy?