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Giving Hope

How do we help others to see and find hope? It's not all that hard if you have a plan and find a way to get involved. Read about the essential story of having and being part of a Personal Safety Net. 

Hope - The Inner Fire

What are the attitudes and behaviors that have helped survivors? Two doctors provide us a description, along with a rationale of why hope is most important from a patient standpoint. Find out why there is no tonic as powerful as the expectation of something better tomorrow.

Rest in Peace

Five weeks after his 101th birthday, Carl stepped out of this dimension and embarked on a new adventure. Through the tears I heard stories of the three and a half years in his last home. Who would have thought the move to the nursing home would become such a gift in so many ways? 

Martin Comes Full Circle

Martin had come to Seattle and was matched with a faith-based group who welcomed him as their care partner. He grew strong and prospered from the help and assistance of his group. And when he was ready, he joined a team that would support someone else who needed a safety net.

Watching for Stumbling Blocks: Demonstrating Attitudes & Behaviors

We have observed that when care-team members demonstrate the following attitudes and behaviors, they allow care receivers to develop and use their strength, flexibility, and resourcefulness.

Watching for Stumbling Blocks: Too Much Help

Through our hands-on experience giving and sharing care, we have learned to identify many common “helping strategies” that actually complicate the situation or cause problems. Many of these attitudes and behaviors, while well-meaning, may cause a care partner to become weaker or more dependent upon you.

How Old You Feel Depends on Your Age

A recent survey that found most adults over 50 feel at least 10 years younger than their actual age, while one-third of those between 65-74 felt 10 to 19 years younger, and one-sixth of people over 75 and older felt 20 years younger. And while we feel young, we also want to think young: On average, survey respondents said old age begins at 68. Those under 30 said old age begins at 60, but those over 65 said "not so fast" - old age begins at 75. Read more on this survey.

Is It Depression or Just the Blues?

Sooner or later, everyone gets the blues. Feeling sadness, loneliness, or grief when you go through a difficult life experience is part of being human. And most of the time, you can continue to function. You know that in time you will bounce back, and you do.
But what if you don't bounce back? What if your feelings of sadness linger, are excessive, or interfere with your work, sleep, or recreation? What if you're feeling fatigue or worthlessness, or experiencing weight changes along with your sadness? You may be experiencing major depression.

Getting Your Winter Survival Kit Ready

Who knows what winter will bring. In the Northwest, loads of rain, flooding, and possible power outages - we may even have snow, and all the trouble that brings. Around the country citizens will see a variety of weather-related troubles. For instance, the National Weather Service tells us about 800 tornadoes touch down in the United States every year. So if you live in a coastal community, hurricanes, wildfires and floods can be common occurrences.


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