Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude-of-gratitudeFall marks the transition from summer into winter and its related status as the season of the primary harvest, Thanksgiving and the holiday season!

When you’re forced to live with a chronic illness, it’s easy to lament your losses. As you constantly adjust to the changes in your mind and body, it’s tempting to focus on what isn’t working, but this simply creates further frustration. We’re not suggesting that you ignore the sadness and pain the diagnosis of a disease can cause, but once these feelings are acknowledged and released, the spirit can begin to heal by actively focusing on what’s going right.

Your ability to live a fulfilling life, despite your disease, will arise directly from your appreciation of each function you’re able to retain and each new skill you develop that helps you adapt to change. Making the commitment to embrace gratitude positively influences your world view and how others perceive you. It softens your losses and enhances your gains.

Gratitude is a coping skill

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude is one of the many skills you can practice to help lessen the impact of your illness has on your overall sense of well-being. So how do you deliberately become truly grateful and how can choosing this mindset transform your perspective?

Try a gratitude list

Make a list of all the things you’re grateful for. If you can, find a quiet place to sit and relax while you do this. This list may help you to remember the simple gifts you receive every day. Carry it with you. Even the smallest pleasures can be appreciated when you allow yourself a moment to be aware of what you have.

Some examples: * My cat is in my lap * I have tasty food in the refrigerator * My house is warm * My best friend is coming over * I have a good book to read

Give thanks

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Nine Important Facts To Remember As We Grow Older

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Holiday reminders of our aging process

We all need a plan for aging well!  Several months ago, The NeuroCommunity’s Foundation ” Feel Good Ambassador”, Joan Wolstein shared nine important facts to remember as we grow older.

As we begin to enter the holiday season and remember holidays from our past, we thought a re-posting of this could be inspirational!
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Pearls of Wisdom about Friendship

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FROM ONE FRIEND TO ANOTHER  

Take two minutes to read these sayings and be sure to read all the way to the bottom!

I’ve learned….

That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

 I’ve learned….

That when you’re in love,it shows.

I’ve learned….

That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’makes my day.

 I’ve learned….

That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I’ve learned….

That being kind is more important than being right.

 I’ve learned….

That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I’ve learned….

That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in any other way. 

I’ve learned….

That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

 I’ve learned….

That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I’ve learned….

That simple talks with my father when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult. 

I’ve learned….

That life is like a roll of toilet paper.

The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. 

I’ve learned….

That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

I’ve learned….

That money doesn’t buy class.

 I’ve learned….

That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular. 

I’ve learned…

That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

 I’ve learned….

That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I’ve learned….

That when you plan to get even with someone,

you are only letting that person continue to hurt you. 

I’ve learned….

That love, not time, heals all wounds.

 I’ve learned….

That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I’ve learned….

That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I’ve learned….

That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

 I’ve learned…

That life is tough, but I’m tougher. 

I’ve learned….

That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss. 

I’ve learned….

That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I’ve learned….

That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.

I’ve learned….

That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I’ve learned….

That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. 

I’ve learned….

That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, you’re hooked for life.

I’ve learned….

That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.

I’ve learned….

That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

To all of you….

It feels good to show your friends how much you care.

YOU ARE MY FRIEND AND I AM HONORED!

 

Take time to breathe

Take time to enjoy each and every day

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.

John Lubbock

 

If you do not know where you are going, you have nothing to lose by picking the one most appealing to you. Anonymous

 The NeuroCommunity Foundation is here for you:

For information about Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders, support groups, wellness programs, education events, and local resources in northern Los Angeles county, Ventura county, Central Coast & Central Valley, contact us here or call 818-885-8623 to speak with the Education Director of The NeuroCommunity Foundation.

 

PD Friendly Gardening

 

PD-Friendly Gardening  is a favorite summertime activity .Gardening is an enjoyable hobby but one which requires a good bit of planning if it is to be Parkinson’s-friendly. Here are many tips to make gardening as simple as possible for a person with PD. Picking your plants before you start digging and  spend some time thinking about what you would like to plant.

If you are partial to flowers, you may want to plant high-stemmed varieties so that you can sniff and cut them without bending to the ground. If vegetables are your interest, try to avoid selections that have to be dug up and that require kneeling, such as potatoes and carrots.

Separate the rows by at least 18 inches, so that you can tend to your crops without stumbling over them or falling. Remember that vegetables need frequent and abundant watering. Since standing for an extended period of time requires considerable stamina, it is advisable to purchase a soaker hose.

Place the hose alongside your walking path to avoid tripping, and wear waterproof footwear to keep your feet from getting wet and cramping. t at  If you don’t have the space or inclination to grow things outdoors, a window box of flowers or herbs may be a good choice. 

While you probably want to get started, there are a few things you should be thinking about before you break ground. When purchasing clippers and bulb planters, look for long-handled versions (two to three feet). These provide you with more control and eliminate the need to use a potentially-dangerous ladder.

Visit a local garden shop for a selection of long-handled tools, including One of your most important garden accessories is a pair of gloves that gives you a sturdy grip on tools while protecting your hands. To eliminate unnecessary trips to the tool shed, another useful accessory is the tool belt or apron. A mobile storage cart can fulfill the same function. A  mobile storage cart also provides a place to sit when you need a break.

One option is the Garden Scooter. A scooter doubles as a work seat and a storage space for tools. Try large big box discount stores or garden shop.  If you opt not to go with the cart, be sure to wear knee pads or use some other sort of cushioning to protect your knees when kneeling.

Keep your medications in mind. Knowing when your medications are most effective and when you might expect an “off” period can help you select the best time to garden. Be sure to create an outdoor, protected set-up of your medications, sorted in an easily-opened pillbox.

Wear a watch with a reminder device to alert you when it’s time to take your medications, and have plenty of water available, since many PD meds can cause dehydration. Sometimes, our PD meds can cause sensitivity to sunlight.

To avoid too much sun exposure, wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face, apply sunscreen and avoid going out during the hot hours of the day. Some people wear blue tinted sunglasses to cut down on the sun’s glard. Safety first!

Now that you are ready to start gardening, here are a few last-minute tips to keep you safe. First, leave a note telling the people you live with that you are outside. In case of an emergency, keep a well-charged portable or cell phone with you. To prevent rigidity, stretch before beginning your tasks. This, along with frequent changing of positions, can ward off stiffness. Implementing these tips will create the most pleasant environment in which to enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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