“The Extasy of the Gods” Happiness in the Sermon on the Mount

As we’ve put together our series entitled, “What Jesus Said About Happiness,” we have discovered lots of wonderful things. This blog entry is about one of those discoveries. We hope you find it as wonderful as we have. Makarios Many readers will know that the New Testament was written in Greek. Therefore, what we read […]

Shorter Days and Dementia: Fighting Late-Day Confusion

Late-Day Confusion One of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is late-day confusion. Often called “sundowning,” this phenomenon usually worsens as the days get shorter. If someone you care for has dementia, you may notice them getting more confused and agitated in late afternoon and evening. As the days get shorter, […]

Giving is Living–7 Ways Helping Others Helps You

“It is more blessed to give than receive” is one of the most repeated Biblical quotes in our language. This is most likely due to the fact that so many people have recognized it’s powerful truth. Even people who don’t necessarily believe the Bible have experienced the blessing of giving to and serving others. Science […]

5 Steps to Prepare for End-of-Life Care

The Day That Changes Everything. No one is prepared for it, ever. It’s the day that changes everything. It turns your emotions, your outlook, your whole life completely upside down. It’s the day you or a loved one get a terminal diagnosis. Nothing can prepare you for the news that your life will most likely not […]

Summer Heat & Senior Safety

Seniors & Heat Most people see heat as a nuisance. But significant and prolonged summer heat is potentially deadly, especially to seniors. Nearly 400 deaths each year are attributed to heat waves in America. And most of those are seniors. This is a staggering thought. But it’s particularly disconcerting for seniors and those who care […]

What Jesus Said About Happiness Part 2

Last month we began a series on happiness with a special approach. We’re looking at the sermon on the mount, and specifically the beatitudes. The beatitudes are several statements Jesus made in which He clearly defines what true happiness looks like. In most translations of the Bible, each beatitude begins with the word “blessed.” That word, […]

Hospice Care: Sooner is Better

Sooner is better “I only wish I had contacted hospice care for my loved one sooner.” -Hospice patient family member This is a common feeling expressed by family members. Over our years of caring for patients with terminal and life-limiting illnesses, we’ve heard it many times. And it’s not just a feeling. The truth is […]

Spring & Summer Senior Fitness Tips

Fitness is important. All of us agree that physical fitness is important. Not only does physical fitness help us feel better physically, but emotionally and mentally as well. That means that when we’re active, were healthier, happier, and sharper, too! But as we get older, many of us find it more difficult to stay active. […]

3 Ways to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Caregivers are heroes If you’re a caregiver for a hospice patient, Alzheimer’s patient, or anyone with long-term needs, you are a true hero. You sacrifice in ways many others do not understand. Yes, it’s rewarding, but it can also be very taxing emotionally as well as physically. It’s important to watch for signs of burnout. […]

Happiness Part 2: 3 Systems to Sustain Happiness

Starting With Happiness Last month we started a series on happiness. We’ll do this at the beginning of each month for a while. Why? Hospice and Palliative care patients, understandably, often suffer from temporary or clinical depression. Families and friends often do not know how to help. So we’re starting each month spending time looking […]