Education, Humanity, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Want to boost your creativity and be a better collaborator? Think about why the sky is blue — ideas.ted.com

We all should get in touch with our inner child! Go play with your kids and grandchildren. Run through the sprinkler, laugh, see life as fun instead of chore and work oriented…..Great advice!

 

Stretch your mind and strengthen your relationships with this simple exercise borrowed from schoolkids. Education innovator Sugata Mitra shows how. It’s probably been a long time since you lay on your back in the grass, looked up and wondered, Why is the sky blue? Or since you took the time to consider a question as…

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Aging/Gerontology, Health Conditions/Diseases, Healthcare, Humanity, News, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Rapid assessment and frailty — British Geriatrics Society

This is awesome news and more hospitals should do this! Care beds for older adults and rapid assessment and treatment. Thoughts?

 

Beverley Marriott is a Advanced nurse practitioner working in the Birmingham community healthcare foundation trust. She is also a King’s College Older Person Fellow. There continues to be a growing emphasis on older people and emergency hospital admissions, with Frailty often used as a ‘wrap’ around term for ‘older people’. Older people with multiple complex […]

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Aging/Gerontology, End-of-Life, Grief/Grieving/Bereavement, Health Conditions/Diseases, Healthcare, Humanity, ICU, News, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

‘Journey’s End’ is Available!

Julie and I are very excited to announce that our book is available on the Xlibris website at: www.xlibris.com.

Journey’s End: Death, Dying, and the End of Life; 2.5 years in the making is finally available. Thank you to all who contributed to our book. We never could have done it without you…

The book is also on goodreadsamazon.com, amazon.ca, Barnes & Noble.

End-of-Life, Grief/Grieving/Bereavement, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

How to Make a Difference in Grief and in Times of Joy

Grief Healing Discussion groups: I came across this term on a website I visited and I thought…What a great idea and so needed.

Besides the need for Death Cafe style groups, grief and bereavement groups are also needed. Support groups are very much the same thing, except, the phrase alone indicates to some that they must have support. Many do not like that word. Healing indicates getting better, recovery, peace…

Sharing with others on the same journey, and having feelings validated and understood by others, is key I believe to acceptance. When one faces health concerns, illness or disease or the grief that accompanies loss, we respond well to not being alone. Knowing someone is there to listen, to commiserate with us at times, to keep an open heart and mind is comforting.

I have had many losses in my life from having pets die, to family members dying, to colleagues dying, to clients dying, to children (not my own) dying…..it can be overwhelming sometimes, but the way I have gotten through all these losses is to focus on the joy and happiness in my life and to be grateful to my family and friends while at the same time allowing myself time to grieve and heal.

But loss goes beyond death; it could be loss of employment, loss of special memories, moving, a child leaves home for university, etc. Any loss can be traumatic and lead to sadness, grief and for some, depression.

I count my blessing every day and have made a switch in my own mind and thought-process to focus on what is important to me. What makes me happy to – ‘How can I make a difference?’

Professionally, I am a case manager with older adults and I love it! I have been with my clients, many of them for 5, 10, 17 years… but while I am still in this role I am branching out to focus on an issue most do not want to bring up, to discuss, to even think about, but in reality the question is why? To be born we must die.

Death, dying, and end of life will happen and we all hope it happens many years from now, but do we really know? Plan for it, discuss it, make your wishes known. I am an organ donor and I have told my fiance this along with my kids. To me, there is no greater mitzvah than to do this, as when I am no longer of this world, my organs can help someone else live…

My next step will be to write up my wishes should I need life support or life-saving measures…in my head, I am still young and have lots of time.  The point is not to wait until I am ill, in crisis or dying as the focus at those times should be on improving my health if ill, spending time with family and friends and get my ‘affairs (paperwork) in order should it be crisis or looming death.

So, I am looking to make an uncomfortable topic comfortable. Whether through death cafe style groups, grief healing groups, through education, training, assisting one with their life memoir or life legacy book-however I can.

Life is about choices and I choose to participate fully while at the same time assisting others.

*And yes, I quilted the square that is the feature image for this post. I also knit, read, cycle, hike, and love nature!

Grief/Grieving/Bereavement, Humanity, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Ten Things I Never Expected From Grief | The Grief Toolbox — Loss, Grief, Bereavement and Life Transitions Resource Library

A great resource! Grief and bereavement is different for each person and the length of time different for each person. Be supportive, listen, be patient……be human.

 

Because we knew that my daughter was dying, I believed I was prepared for grief. I was wrong. No matter how much we prepare, everything changes. These aspects of grief surprised me.1. Losing timeMonths after my daughter died, I pulled into a parking lot and had no memory of driving there. Some days, a whole […]

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Aging/Gerontology, Healthcare, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Autumn Speakers Series: What is geriatric rehabilitation? Towards a unifying concept — British Geriatrics Society

Definitely worth a read, and definitely needed! More Geriatricians-physicians and other professionals that specialize in working with, caring for and assisting older adults…..

 

Romke van Balen is an Elderly Care Physician in Rotterdam and Senior Researcher in Leiden. His main field of interest is geriatric rehabilitation. He will be speaking at the upcoming BGS Autumn Meeting in London. Although geriatric rehabilitation in most countries is considered to belong to the core tasks of geriatricians, there is no consensus about definition and […]

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“Journey’s End: Death, Dying, and the End of Life”: Is out Soon!

A book that has been in the makings for almost 2.5 years……..a well thought out book that focuses on death, dying, and end of life issues with over 50 contributors mostly from Canada and the U.S.A. and a few from other countries around the world!

The book has many chapters that focus on death of spouses, parents, friends, children, friends, colleagues, clients, pets, multiple deaths, suicide, and includes resource information, training information, checklists, quotes, information on Assisted Dying around the world, Grief & Bereavement support is included, End of Life communication, planning and preparing information and more!

This is a go to book for everyone! 500 pages of information that students, professionals, lay people, and caregivers can read and use.

It has been a long journey to get to this point, but well worth it! Thank you, Julie, for your understanding when things were going on in my life-we made a great team!

The book will be printed within the next 2-3 weeks and we look forward to sharing it with you!

Julie and I are already planning book 2, so if you are interested in participating/contributing, the book will focus on death, dying, and end of life, but from cultural, ethnic, and religious perspectives.

Burial and mourning rituals with a twist as each culture, religion, and ethnicity have different and unique traditions and customs along with grief, bereavement, and end of life discussions and planning. Contact me- northernmsw@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Vikki and Julie

NorthernMSW & CreateWrite Enterprises