Battle, Bravery, Suffering, Courage. These are words I have read and heard constantly since the world learned that Tony Bennet is living with Alzheimer’s Disease. With his final bow having taken place this month, some of those same statements have come back around. These words only reminded me of the great work ahead of usContinue reading “Our Words Make Up The Narrative”
Stuck in-between research and the human heart is where you will find most care partners. They are family members, friends, CNAs, doctors, life enrichment teams, care community staff, and partner organizations. It is in this middle ground where the language of the academic and medical word gets shuffled around as we try to make senseContinue reading “If we are not visionaries in aging, are we then complacent care providers?”
Part 2 of the conversations. To read part one check out We Went to Paris Last time we talked about going to Paris, play, theatre, imagination and those sparkle-in-the-eye moments. How by engaging creatively, we can validate and support others. So, where do we go from here? Well, that will require some reflection, honest conversations,Continue reading “If It Works for Everyone Else, Why Won’t It Work for Those with Dementia?”
We went to Paris, to the playground, to the moon. We became artists, musicians, mothers, dance partners, and great friends. In this Tuesday session in April, we jumped from the reality of our lives and played, imagined, and created. In doing so, we developed relationships and found joy. We became wealthy in all the best ways.
Yes, the dates that stay with us can be powerful dates that become our guides, holding memories of our past, transforming how we engage with the world in a positive light, if only we allow for our lives to be transformed. What dates stick out for you in your life? Are you allowing them to impact your life for good?
Easter morning has passed, the tomb is empty, and the celebrations we had in our new small way have come to a close. We as a world may have not found our collective Easter Sunday yet, but that does not mean joy cannot ring as loud as the church bells on Sunday morning. We areContinue reading “We Are An Easter People!”
It is Holy Week. It will look like no other Holy Week we ever expected or wanted to live. Separated from the sacraments, the traditions, the beauty of this time does not mean that we are separated from Christ and the greatness of the events of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.Continue reading “Our Holy Week Journey”
For many of us we will not have the Holy Week and Easter we wanted, have come to know or would desire to have. Fellow Christians from around the world mourn with you. In this last week before Holy Week, I cannot help but think how we can be co-creators with God to make theseContinue reading “Our Lenten Journey-Week Five”
These Lenten reflections have been knocked off their original theme and arc, and have shifted in times of need and change. We are living our Lenten journey in ways we could not imagine before this time. The Great Lent. How are we remaining open to the will of God? How are we opening ourselves upContinue reading “Our Lenten Journey – Week Four (The Great Lent)”
We are approaching Laetare Sunday, a moment during our Lenten journey when we remember the joy of our identity as an Easter People. It is a day of celebration. This year, for many of us this is the first or second Sunday we are not gathering as a faith community. We are unable to comeContinue reading “Our Lenten Journey – Week Three”