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Friday, March 20, 2009

 

[KJW #109] "God's Genes" the new book of Kathy J. Ward




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[KJW #109] "God's Genes" the new book of Kathy J. Ward
This fascinating book presents three chapters of scientifically verified information about the essence and behaviors of our cells. And explains how we can co-create, influence and heal our physical body by activating self-healing. Our mind can turn on and off mechanisms of our DNA, a set of biological instructions, because of the vibrational energy that it is co-created by us. Research now shows that our way of thinking and emotions, the environment, food and life-style can activate and influence our genes.

You will be introduced to a magnificent unusual story with some degree of realism between DaNA and Sigi. Their energies are relevant to their purposes, life experience and the message of JOY and HEALING. Sigi is very ill, but she has all what is necessary to rehabilitate and heal, from inside out.

Meet B. Will, a professor that allows self-empowerment, knowledge and well-being, to be shared by all. The introduction of the book presents a beautiful story of Nana. Her 99 years of happy existence that teaches us an uplifting perspective of health and healing.




There was a time that our understanding was that DNA "controls" the biochemistry of our bodies, which was somehow predictable because of the information already "written" in our DNA. In other words, we "are" the genes of our ancestors. Today we know that every cell, DNA, connective tissue, atom, organ and even the tiny molecules of our physical body has a vibration of its own which is influenced by our thoughts, environment, nutrition, experiences and more... These factors can be influenced, consciously chosen, directed and more over, they can be shared collectively. Our body's healing and well-being is influenced by these tools that can be seen as opportunities.

LOVE is a powerful vibrational healing emotion. LOVE begins at HOME. Our body, mind and spirit are our home.


DaNA climb in Sigi's ear and enters her body through the ear canal. Now DaNA is ready to explore inside of Sigi's body.



DaNA helps Sigi to co-create her wholistic health program. First item on the list... Love and Play.

DaNA enters Sigi's ear to explore her body and talks with TamiRed, the Heart Chakra, The Library of Beliefs, Grand Master Bacteria, "I Me" the Ego, the Enzzzy Family and many other parts of Sigi's physical body. Their dialog is a fun and meaningful way to better understand healing at a cell level and all their interconnections.

DaNA's message to Sigi is to value the importance of the environment as our extended body to influence and co-create vibrational healing, LOVE, the flow of our connection with our devine source.

Health is harmony with all there is that is vibrating its own "music of love". Health is not "something" that can be obtained or put inside of you as a separate element. Health is not a singel element. Health is co-created. Health is a delicious process of spiritual human evolving vs. Aging.






DaNA gets ready to visit Heaven's University with Sigi. Then DaNA is invited to speak at an international conference of educators, health care practitioners and scientists.

Learn more about:

- Genetic Thinking

- The Hado of Nature, Food and Animals.

- Collective Consciousness and DNA

- Spiritual Human Evolving vs. Aging

- Death is an illusion, and a Happy "Graduation."

- Elderology

Poems:

- Can We Handle God?

- Creation and Recreation.

... and much more.

How to purchase a copy of God's Genes:

- Visist the WEL Store and use PayPal to pay with credit card.

- Write to secretary@worldelderland.com to request a copy and pay with a check.

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God's Genes is also available at Auntie's Book Store - Spokane, WA

Retail Price: $40 Special price: $25 during March and April, 2009 (includes shipping and handling in USA.)




A successful and meaningful book tour... Kathy presented her book in Chicago, Florida, Washington and North Carolina. The book tour continues sharing this meaningful and dynamic conversation with health care practitioners and community members. Everyone is invited!





During the book tour we surprised Kathy with a Happy Birthday.

You can send your best wishes to Kathy...



Testimonials:

"Kathy's work asks the reader to recognize and implement the fact that our primary source of energy comes from our internal and external environments, and our unconscious perceptions have a major influence on our health and healing. Heather"

"I love the story of DaNA and Sigi. All characters in the book are very ingenious and a very easy way to understand the practical message of this book. I am sharing the story with my patients. Garry"


"Some books give you ideas and inspiration, but are not easy to figure out how to implement. In other words, many how-to books don't truly show you how-to. This one does. Luna"

This book is a wonderul tool for self-transformation. I like the novel too. Jean

Bonjour chère Kathy,

I admire you for all the activities which you made and undertake of if good heart. You are a pillar of Peace and that is splendid. I can only wish you to continue in your objectives and to achieve your goals which without doubting it will be reached.

All our congratulations. In all universal fraternity of Peace
Gabrielle Simond, Peace Ambasse, France

In french:
Je vous admire pour toutes les activités que vous faites et entreprenez de si bon coeur. Vous êtes un pilier de la Paix et cela est magnifique. Je ne peux que vous souhaiter de continuer dans vos objectifs et d'atteindre vos buts qui sans en douter seront atteints. Toutes nos félicitations.







Dearest source of love, help us become instruments of PEACE!


Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com

Peace be with you!




Kathy J. Ward, Universal Peace Ambassador
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Author
website: www.kathyjward.com/KJW
blog: www.kathyjward.com/blog


© 2006-2010 Notice: No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author. The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.




Thursday, February 05, 2009

 

[KJW #108] WELcoming JOY And LOVE For Better Health And Healing




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[KJW #108] WELcoming JOY And LOVE For Better Health And Healing


INDEX







JOY and LOVE influence our better health and healing.
Our e-motions are energy in motion. Our thoughts and words are energy. By deliberately choosing the co-creation of better inner energy; by choosing better thoughts, better words, better e-motions and better actions, we are multiplying healing energy which is going to influence the biochemistry in our body... at a cell level.
This is the subject of a workshop in February by Kathy Ward.


WEL Goodwill Ambassadors of JOY For Elders




Our six new ambassadors of JOY are making a difference in their lives, the lives of our elders and their caregivers. By influencing healing and well-being with the practice of positive emotions; happiness, joy, listening, music for healing, love, community integration and by not focusing, promoting or practicing destructive and toxic life-styles. Healing is something we can all co-create. It is about nurturing our spiritual, emotional, physical and mental energy.

We will provide more information about projects and better practices of our dear WEL Goodwill Ambassadors of
JOY for Elders.



Conversation with Remarkable Elders About Happiness and Well-Being... Washington D. C. - USA

Kathy: This conversation is about sharing and listening to our feelings, emotions, thoughts and beliefs about our lives. A sort of wellness support group to echo the voices of our minds and hearts. As you know many better ways can begin today, at this very moment, by listening to each other and by listening to ourselves too. I would like to start our conversation focusing on personal happiness. Who goes first?

Gertrude: Happiness is a state of mind.

Lucille: Happiness for me is New York, when I moved out of New York I left my heart and all my happiness there.

Norman: Lucille, you can close your eyes and remember all the wonderful things you lived and had in NY... when you remember you live again. For me happiness is what I make of each moment. I choose to be happy. It is a choice I have learned.

Rosa: I agree with Gertrude and Norman. Happiness is a state of mind. We as elders sometimes cannot do all the things we used to do but we can be happy if we look beyond those things we no longer can do. Because, there are many other things that we can do now.

Kathy: Great Rosa! What do you mean by looking beyond those things?

Rosa: Life is an adventure; we never know what is going to happen next. The longer we live, the more we learn. Today I have so much more self-confidence and wisdom. Life is a joy! There is no need to focus on the past. Let's focus on "what can be done today or tomorrow." However, tomorrow is today!

Norman: I am in a wheelchair and I love to dance. Can you image that? I remember how beautiful it was to dance with my wife. she was my happiness too. She was always smiling no matter what. Today a smile means a lot to me. Not only because it makes me feel good, but also because I value that someone is happy and wants to share that with me. If I choose to say Hi and also smile, it is almost automatically, I also feel happy. The more I focus on happy memories, happy phrases, happy people, I also feel happy.

Ruth: I think we feel happy when we acknowledge other people and things around us. It does change our focus and energy.

Kathy: What do you mean by that Ruth?

Ruth: For example Lucille, she is no longer in New York, she misses the people and places and other things that made her happy. She thinks about NY constantly and her mind is not focused on her life NOW. We are here. We are also people, we can be her friends. We have also traveled and we can talk about many interesting things with her. Life is an opportunity, after opportunity, you take it or waste it.

Lucille: Thank you but... nothing like New York.

Rosa: Being among friends and happy people make us happy.

Kathy: What else makes you happy?

Gertrude: Ah! There is something very important that makes everyone feel good and happy and that is HUMOR. It is very hard to be next to someone with a good sense of humor and be sad. For some people no matter what is going on around them, they seem to find a way to feel good and enjoy the positive sides of life... you know, sometimes it is about the simple things.

Kathy: What other simple things can make us happy?

Lucille: Champaign and chocolates.

Norman: For me education because it helps us to find ourselves.

Ruth: For me my family or a hug. Or being in here with all of you.

Gertrude: For me a walk in the garden or a good book.

Rosa: For me, Santa Clause makes me very happy.

Lucille: How silly! You are an old lady Rosa. Do not tell me that you still believe in Santa Clause, ha!

Rosa: Oh Yes, I do. It is wonderful to know that there is someone out there that can do something to help you, unexpectedly, and will not ask for anything else in return. I do believe in Santa Clause and I do believe in people doing good.
... the group applauded Rosa. Norman said, "I want to sit next to you Rosa, do you mind?"
Kathy: How many of you believe in Santa Clause? (By show of hands everyone except one person.)

Norman: The most amazing thing about this metaphor is that all of us can be Santa Clause at any moment if we choose to do so. This is not about religion; this is about being a kind human being. It is selfless service – decency.

Kathy: I am with you Norman. It is about co-creating a better reality, a better life, a better world. Not only with good intentions but with good actions. Sort of ACTIVATING THE WORD HAPPINESS and PEACE. Beautiful actions based on the language of the heart. We all can do that in spite of our disabilities, limitations or our chronological age. Each one of us is a seed of JOY... have you thought about that?

Raymond: To know that we are here in this world and that we can make a difference in our own life and other people’s life is an invitation, a sort of "calling". It is true that parts of our body may not work in the same way as they used to. Perhaps this is part of growing up. It is true that we may no longer drive or dance, but there are other things we can do. You see, we seem to focus more on what we no longer do or have and we sometimes choose to ignore what we do have. For example, how nice is to sit around the fireplace, in the basement of our home, to discuss our feelings and what is in our minds and hearts.

There is something I have to tell you... I have lived here for six months and today for the first time I do not feel like a stranger. I feel you are my family and I like the way some of you think. I wish we could do this more often.

... Norman unlocked his wheelchair and approaching Raymond said...

Norman: Hi Raymond, my name is Norman, nice to meet you, please join me for dinner.

Raymond: Nice to meet you too. Sure, I will have dinner with you.

Rosa: Well, I guess I would have to have dinner with Santa Clause then.

Raymond: Rosa, would you like to join Norman and I for dinner?

Rosa: What took you so long?

Lucille: How silly is all this. I had enough of all of you.

Ruth: I think that happiness is a personal matter because it is up to us to accept and live life and to stop feeling dead inside. I feel good about my friends and I think that among them today at dinner the chicken will have more substance.

Kathy: I agree with you Ruth. Caring for others is one of our most precious human values and actions. We have been here for more than 35 minutes listening to what each one of us wants to share with everyone. I am glad you feel good and I wish we could continue meeting more often. Your feelings and thoughts are important. When we look beyond our limitations, others too will do the same. As you acknowledged your own capacities to nurture your life you can find better ways to live.





WEL, World Elder Land has partnered with The Love Foundation to promote and observe "Global Love Day, May 1, 2009"

Choose to be LOVE

It is our vision to unite one and all in a celebration of love and compassion. We honor each May 1st as a symbolic day of unconditional love and call upon all people and all nations to gather together in the wisdom of peace and love.

WEL is promoting the multiplication of actions and moments of LOVE among our dear elders and their caregivers. Please share your stories, special celebrations and projects with us. Remember we can make a difference!

What I Can Do? Simply be love. Let the love within your heart be the focus of your awareness throughout the day. Allow yourself to be accepting, forgiving, peaceful, joyful and in harmony with yourself and all life around you. Just be!

Everyone is invited!!!


Harold W. Becker, Founder and President, John T. Goltz, Co-Founder and Vice President, Kathy J. Ward, Love Ambassador by The Love Foundation, Florida, USA

Healing Art Project With Elders.

If I see through your eyes what would I see?

"Seeing Love Through My Eyes."




Healing Art Class With Kathy And Our Elders.

Before we began our project we had a conversation about the
importance of healing emotions and visualization. How can we
visualize love and co-create a better reality in our brains... more over,
can we materialize our "dreams"? You'll see, yes our elders decided
to choose their favorite animals and make them in
shapes of hearts...love.




The elder that made this composition wrote,
"This is all we need." Mr. Williams.


Dearest source of love, help us become instruments of PEACE!



Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com
Peace be with you!

Kathy J. Ward, Universal Peace Ambassador
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Author
website: www.kathyjward.com/KJW
blog: www.kathyjward.com/blog


© 2006-2010 Notice: No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author. The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.




Thursday, December 25, 2008

 

[KJW #107] WELcoming a festive season of love and healing...

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[KJW #107] WELcoming a festive season of love and healing...
I N D E X

- Our Holiday Message 2008

- Chapters For Peace - A community-based program

- Veterans History Project, National Library of Congress - Update

- Workshops With Elders... Wellness Of The Mind




We are Christmas!

What did Jesus do at Christmas? Did he go with Mary and Joseph's for a family meal? Did he sing carols? Did he open presents?... He never knew Christmas. If he came back today, he wouldn't know what on earth is going on? Do you?

Now, a quick question... What do you really believe in? What aspect of what you are doing this festive season represents a genuine display of feelings, beliefs, actions and intentions? For whose benefit are you holding Christmas this year?

For me Christmas is the welcoming of love in our souls and lives. Christmas is giving birth to love. Is it possible that WE are Christmas? May this universal Christmas be an inspiration to become and transform our lives into prophets of hope, givers of grace, co-creators of love and bestowers of well-being in our lives. May the echo of our good deeds and healthy feelings influence all living beings; people, animals and nature.

I am not proposing the celebration of two Christmases or to hold on to a festive season all year through. I am proposing to extend a genuine Christmas, a metamorphosis of a tradition into a daily rebirth of LOVE.

Thank you for your good energy. For allowing and for sharing... the world needs our love.

Merry Merry Christmas and Peace be with you!
Kathy Ward

- Chapters For Peace: A WEL community-based program.

In 2003 WEL, World Elder Land started an initiative to foster meaningful social support networks and community integration, intergenerational dialog and the inclusion of ALL community members into the process of betterment of their small worlds.

The first Chapter For Peacewas formed in South East, Washington D. C. while we were restoring an old house that served as a home for elders with HIV that did not have access to medical insurance. All community members were invited to volunteer their time and resources. We did not ask for government or corporate help or assistance from any other agency or organization. The Chapter For Peace was formed by people that wanted to make a difference, at their pace, where simplicity, love and generosity of hearts are ways to co-create a better world for everyone; people, animals and nature.

Benefits of three aspects of community integration: physical, psychosocial and the betterment of our spiritual humanity.

Promote a number of significant social roles. Such roles facilitate meaning and purpuse.
The sense of belonging, personal well-being, better communication skills, problem-solving skills and self-efficacy that stems from these roles is an important part of everyone's health and community healing. More over, it fosters a better understanding of our basic human rights.

Members of the Chapter For Peace decided to decorate the four bedrooms of this house. The theme, the four seasons; spring, summer, fall and winter. Others donated blankets (new or used), a sound system, a portable CD player, heaters, their time and professional help too.

With so much JOY we are happy to report that as of today there are 64 Chapters For Peace on planet Earth. Some of them led by elders members of their communities. If you wish to form a Chapter For Peace or learn more about it, please download the form below... and let us know about your progress by writing to wel@worldelderland.com Everyone is invited!!!

Better World Community Adventures is a project of WEL, World Elder Land as it is the "Chapters For Peace." However, all Chapters are independent and do not report to us.

Click here to obtain a printable pdf color brochure



Veterans History Project at the National Library of Congress. A tribute to our elders... 2008 Update

Jeff Lofton and Kathy Ward got together in September 2004 and brainstormed about better ways to design a Retirement Community Outreach Program to collect stories from our veterans to be kept at the National Library of Congress... Four years later, with more than 60,000 entries, a new location and exhibit, we bring you an update, new photos and more information about this meaningful project.


Jeffrey Lofton and Kathy Ward: 2004 - 2008
The Mission of the Veterans History Project (VHP) of the Library of Congress is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of  war veterans who served our nation so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

A better world is possible!

At the exhibit there is a wonderful newspaper that focuses on positive news. One of the soldiers in the war decided to make her own newspaper including happy messages, positive news, drawings and announcing events that never happen but as if they were going to happen. This initiative was very popular among everyone then.

Unfortunately over 1,000 WWII and Korean War veterans pass away each month. For that reason, VHP is eager for care-givers or volunteers to make it a priority to collect their stories.

VHP is also eager for volunteers to record more stories of women and minority veterans to ensure that the stories in the VHP collection represent the veterans who served our nation.

Volunteers interested in recording the stories of veterans may download a "how to record a story" booklet by clicking here. The Field Kit provides easy-to-follow steps on how to record a story of a veteran, complete the required forms, and send the collection to the Library of Congress.

The VHP general information brochure is also available online. Click here to obtain a copy.

WEL encourages Activity Directors, Directors of Volunteer Services, Social Workers, Therapeutic Recreation Directors, Chaplains, family members and all community members to motivate our veterans and their caregivers to submit personal accounts of war veterans.



Photos of the new exhibit at the National Library of Congress

Click here to view a 2004 photo collage


As Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu recently noted, “It is by preventing, rather than reacting, that we can truly fulfill our shared responsibility to end the worst forms of human rights abuses. The Responsibility to Protect is frequently misunderstood. It is not a justification of military intervention. It simply requires states to protect their own people and help other states to build the capacity to do the same."


Workshop with Elders: Wellness Of The Mind

Objectives of the workshop:

- The brain bears the footprints of the decisions we have made. Learn how to empower the mind to better the brain and the whole-person.

- Our thoughts are not facts. Learn how to utilize visualization therapy, color therapy and meditation to co-create healing.

Comments from the participants:

Life is a life-long learning process and we have the ability to influence its direction.

I have learned not to feel uncomfortable, that I have things to work on. Rather, look at them as an opportunity to build upon not beat self down.



I now realize we have to live in balance (all aspects of wellness), and I will help myself and be my best friend. The content is helping me manage my own depression, my Dad's "graduation" and my own aging.

I love your view of death as a "graduation". I love the idea of a "spiritual breakfast."

I have learned today to love myself more. To be my own cheerleader. The exercises to heal mind fog were great!

Kathy, you teach me so much. I have been a self centered brat when I could have been a being of love. I know ... self-criticism does not help either.





Dearest source of love, help us become instruments of PEACE!


Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com


Peace be with you!

Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land

© Copyright 2009 Kathy J. Ward. All rights reserved.
No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author. The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.






Thursday, December 11, 2008

 

[KJW #106] Global Health, Harry Potter And The Responsibility That Comes With Power.

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[KJW #106] Global Health, Harry Potter And The Responsibility That Comes With Power.




by Kathy Ward

When Harry Potter was introduced the world a literature phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed the Hogwarts School of Wizardy heritage where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. The Magic of the books of Harry Potter is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of science in the west, including alchemy, astrology, medicine and natural philosophy. The seven books of Harry Potter explore important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice and responsibility that comes with "power."

In book seven Harry Potter is reminded by friends and mentors that his compassionate and unselfish use of magic sets the two apart; although he struggles with fear of becoming an evil wizard like Lord Voldemort, the most "powerful" Dark wizard who has ever lived... who is very jealous of the reputation and essence of Harry Potter. He aims to conquer not just the Qizarding world, but the non-magical world as well. A paradox is that Voldemort hated non-pure blood wizards, in spite of being half-blood himself. Voldemort is incredibly power hungry and he believes he is superior to everyone and everything.

Voldemort attempts to posses Harry Potter but finds that he cannot; Harry is too full of that which Voldemort finds detestable: LOVE.

There are many kinds of "power", but the most powerful force of all is LOVE. The challenge is to practice it. To show it. The good and noble essence of our pure soul expressed in actions, words, feelings and choices. Can you imagine a government, corporation, religion, family, health care community or human relations based on LOVE where we choose no to make any space for corruption or injustices? Yes, all human beings are created free and it is our choice to self-destroy or to become beings of LOVE.

Albert Einstein wrote a letter to president Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 in which he says; "The US has only very poor ores of uranium in moderate quantities. There is some good ore in Canada and the most important source of uranium is in Belgium, Niger and Congo."



After the United States bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, decimating cities and killing hundreds of thousands of people (mostly civilians), Einstein became an advocate for nuclear disarmament. He argued against the use of force.

"Large parts of the world are faced with starvation, while others are living in abundance. The Nations were promised liberation and justice, but we have witnessed and are witnessing, even now, the sad spectacle of liberating armies firing into populations who want their independence and social equality, and supporting in those countries by force of arms, such parties and personalities as appear to be most suited to serve vested interests. Territorial questions and arguments of power, obsolete though they are, still prevail over the essential demands of common welfare and justice. (December 10, 1945)."

Wars strike civilian life with devastating results. Even in peacetime, if countries spend most of their resources on military concerns, there is less to spend on health programs that could improve the quality of life and prevent illness. Physicians and campaigners have used evidence gathered by medical personnel and the testimony of witnesses to highlight the terrible toll of warfare. This work has led to treaties banning the use of land mines and agreements against nuclear weapons testing.


Cortesy of Physicians for Human Rights.

The Governor of the State of Iowa has signed a proclamation "Land mines Awareness Day", to raise awareness about the more than 70 countries contaminated with land mines.
In Pennsylvania more than 130 faith leaders sent a letter to Senator Arlen Specter, urging to co-sponsor a legislation banning cluster bombs that pose a high risk to civilians.
A global treaty process to ban cluster munitions is expected to conclude during meetings in Dublin, Ireland in 2008. The United States has refused to join these discussions.
In addition to pushing for U.S. participation in global negotiations, USCBL is urging every member of Congress to cosponsor the Cluster Munitions Civilian. Protection Act (S.594/H.R.1755), which would prohibit the use of cluster munitions in civilian-populated areas.
The International Conference on Primary Health Care, meeting in Alma-Ata this twelfth day of September in the year Nineteen hundred and seventy-eight, expressing the need for urgent action by all governments, all health and development workers, and the world community to protect and promote the health of all the people of the world, hereby makes the following Declaration:

Click here to read it all: Declaration of Alma - Ata (PDF)

The Conference strongly reaffirms that health, which is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, is a fundamental human right.

The people have a right and duty to participate individually and collectively in the planning and implementation of their health care.

Serving the Community... To provide health care in rural areas, in 1965 the Chinese government began training thousands of young people to treat common ailments. The medical workers, known as barefoot doctors, spent half of the working day providing health care and the rest of the time farming as they had done before. By the 1970s, over one million people had been trained. Although private medicine has since replaced the barefoot doctors, the low cost and wide distribution of health care they made possible has never been matched.

Below a herb grower teaches barefoot doctors about medicinal plants, China 1977.


When we face adversity in our lives we can focus our thoughts and energy into developing spiritual values. This is a good way to multiply love in our lives. Finding balance, giving, being of service, in harmony and total alignment with love, inside and outside of us. This can be practiced and attained. Then the consequential work in progress will open doors and many possibilities for common good. That's a good use of the most powerful force of all. It builds healing communities. It heals hearts. It multiplies resources. It sees beyond obstacles. It does not look for a kind of power that is dishonest, selfish and ego-centered.

Decide to be a being of love to reach our destination. Decide to invest your skills and resources into the happiness of others. Decide to nurture your internal power. Decide to LOVE.




This material is based on subliminal positive persuasion that reprograms thoughts, beliefs and habits. Kathy invites you to enter in a wonderful peaceful time and space of rejuvenation for your healing, mind and soul. Kathy helps you to unclutter your mind using guided imagery and each CD focuses on a specific aspect of health and healing.

These CDs are ideal for elders and their care-givers; family members, volunteers or health care professionals working with elders.

Title: Spiritual Breakfast, Scan Your Body and Mindfulness To Manage Stress
- Self- empowerment visualization and meditation exercise for elders and care-givers. (click here to order).

Title: Listening To Our Body, Breathing and The Present Moment - Self-empowerment visualization and meditation exercise for elders and care-givers. (click here to order).

Title: Influencing Our Reality, Letting Go, Co-Creating our Better Truth Learn how to utilize your mind to influence healing in your physical and spiritual body.
(click here to order).








Combining Spirituality and Visual Spatial Skills.

The brain has the ability to appreciate one’s position in space and to also understand other objects and their relationship in space. This skill is thought to be related to the function of the parietal lobe near the posterior of the cortex.

Spatial skill becomes important as we navigate in the world, with driving, and with simple walks around the block. Sometimes we might get lost in an environment such as a parking garage that represents a type of spatial disorientation. The brain has the capacity to affix landmarks and cues to new environments to help us with spatial orientation. Some forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, also affects the spatial skill of the brain often leading to a person getting lost and eventually requiring locked doors to prevent walking away.

During this project, our elders are invited to trace their hand on a sheet of paper. After they decorate (their hand), they will proceed to chose magazines cut outs with words, figures, letters, colors, etc., to tell a story about their lives, preferences, thoughts, experiences, feeling and future.

Neurotheology

Spirituality is an important component of brain rejuvenation and health.
The soul collage is a form of expressive art therapy that promotes feelings of self-efficacy, self-esteem, well-being and better immune system. It is an opportunity to connect with the "self", explore our deepest beliefs, habits and personality traits. The soul collage is completed after a short guided meditation. A whole new field of study referred to as “neurotheology” has been advanced to study the neurophysiological correlates of prayer and meditation. (please contact me for more information about this therapeutic fun program.)







WEL, World Elder Land in a new partnership with Global Peace Festival

- Fostering An Intergenerational Dialog and Culture Of Peace
- Inspiring An Innovative Approach To Peacebuilding

Peace is a process of our human evolving and we can activate it and co-create it.

A called for ordinary citizens, including our elders, to become more involved in voluntary peacemaking and service efforts on the world stage.


Fifty thousand people crammed into Tokyo’s Ajinomoto Stadium for the latest in a series of spectacular successes for the Global Peace Festival. One of the largest interfaith gatherings ever held in Japan highlighted months of community service and outreach aimed at encouraging Japan, already a strong player in aid and environmental issues, to become a global force for peace.

The Global Peace Festival moves on this week from Tokyo to London, followed by the Solomon Islands, Brazil, and the Philippines. By the end of the year, organizers estimate that over a million people will have joined the festival worldwide.

In his welcoming remarks, Professor Hiroo Suzuki, Chair of the GPF Japan Executive Committee, thanked the more than 100 local Non Government Organizations and community service partners, presenting awards to five of them. Notable among the many community service projects held nationwide in the weeks before the Global Peace Festival was a bottle-cap-recycling drive started by schoolchildren in the Tokyo area.



Sign in the WEL Family Map
You are invited to sign our guest book
with inspirational and positive messages.

Send us your inspiring holiday message.


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Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com

Peace be with you!

Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland

© Copyright 2004-09 Kathy J. Ward. All rights reserved.
No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author. The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.






Wednesday, November 19, 2008

 

[KJW #105] ... and the WEL Better Ways Award of 2008 goes to

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[KJW #105] ... and the WEL Better Ways Award of 2008 goes to


Garry Davis

An activist elder, first world citizen that created the first World Passport



The WEL Better Ways Award©




Vermont, USA: Garry Davis, 87, an activist elder and first world citizen, receives the WEL Better Ways Award of 2008 from
Kathy Ward, president of WEL, World Elder Land.



The Law of Love

WEL has chosen to honor the work and meaningful life of our Garry Davis because of his vision of a world without borders where all members of the human family can live together as citizens of planet Earth, serving and loving each other, in peace. National citizenship is exclusive. World citizenship is inclusive. In 1948 Garry renounced his U. S. citizenship and declared himself a world citizen and began a movement that now includes over 950.000 registered world citizens.


Also, because of the creation of a the World Passport, the World Identity Card, the World Birth Certificate, the World Marriage Certificate and the World Political Asylum Card.


Garry Davis is an inspiration to all of us. Garry has chosen a path of human service, peace and love for everyone. Garry, with an open mind and heart, has invested his life in the betterment of the life of others. On receiving the WEL Better Ways Award, Garry said he was amazed. "I never thought of myself as an elder. But the more I thought about it, I see the correlations between elders and the young. Elders are not just to be doted on and taken care of. It is our responsibility to protect our young people. We should be respected not only because we are old, but because we earn it with our contributions and life."


Our elders attending the program and with Garry Davis and Robin Lloyd. Special thanks to Robin Loyd, peace activist and Coordinator of the World Women's Commission, for her support facilitating the organization of this meaningful event in Vermont.


About the WEL Better Ways Award; it was created in 2005 to:
1. Acknowledge global meaningful, creative, and wholistic healing ways to facilitate a better quality of life for our elders and their care-givers.

2. Given to joyful elders that are an inspiration for other elders, their caregivers and their communities. An inspiration because they are an example of better and meaningful longevity.

3. Given also to people or institutions all over the world, that have made a difference facilitating healing, meaningful social support networks, community integration, care and all dimensions of wholistic health (whole-person-centered wellness for our elders and their caregivers)

4. Giving to elders or care-givers that foster and honor the rights of our elders. For truly listening and empowering our elders to be actively integrated in their process of betterment.

Previous recipients of the WEL Better Ways Award:

- Pastor and Musician, Dale Jarrett, Maryland, 2005
- Lawyer, 97, Irene Slattery, Texas, 2006
- Former Assistant Secretary General, United Nations,
Dr. Robert Muller, 86, Costa Rica, 2006
- Social Worker, 78, Aura Aguiar, Venezuela, 2007
- Ambassador and Singer Harry Belafonte, Jamaica, 2007
- Journalist, 88, Helen Thomas, Maryland, USA 2007

Chicago, USA: "Human Evolving vs. Aging" workshop presented by KJW at the 2008 International Convention of Women Educators.



Comments from the participants
:

- I have learned in this workshop with Kathy that I can influence the quality of my life. I now know more about the power within to co-create wellness. I know I can design my life.

- Health is not outside of me. My mind and soul are instrumental to better my health.

- I love the concept of spiritual breakfast (gratitude and attitude to begin a day) and graduation day vs. death.

- The workshop has giving me the tools to improve areas of my life that have been neglected.

- What I liked the most of the program is the respect and affection that Kathy shows for elders. Also, not to waste time with negative people and negative situations.

- I have learned various things that I can do right away and others that I will do when I get home to start my own betterment. I like it because I feel empowered by learning how to start my own wellness plan.

- Kathy's teaching style is very humorous and yet delivery was in progression. She asked lots of questions to get thinking going.

- I love the way that Kathy explains how to activate the brain to form new neurons.

- When Kathy said, "Life mirrors the feelings within." , a lot of things started to make sense. I am using more healing words in my conversations.

- I never considered that the environment influences aging. Also my interaction with others and myself influences my aging. Excellent presentation!!!

- I can listen to you for six hours if I need to. Thank you for pulling it all together. How can I get copies of your books and CDs?

TO OBTAIN COPIES OF MY BOOKS PLEASE VISIT THE WEL STORE BY CLICKING HERE. YOU CAN PURCHASE THEM BY CREDIT CARD OR YOU CAN SEND AN E-MAIL TO connection@kathyjward.com



Article: Inspiring Global Service Organizations To Become Co-Creators of A Better World.

Connecting The Brain To The Heart...A First-Timer's Viewpoint
By Kathy J. Ward


My first time attending the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Convention has been an unforgettable experience, both professionally and personally. But above all, it has been a meaningful experience from heart-to-heart. Yes, the brain produces excuses, but the heart sees beyond this and eliminates them.

At the the opening ceremony on Tuesday night, my brain acknowledged that the flags on stage were celebrating and representing the diversity and differences of the members of Delta Kappa Gamma in the world. However, over the span of four days, my heart did not stop listening and communicating because of the universal language of love within the hearts of all the delegates, speakers, musicians singers, volunteers and even the children's strolling string ensemble who performed for us at the closing ceremony. Our hearts and brains across generations and cultures were connected.

Everyone's kindness, feeling of friendship, understanding, cooperation, wisdom and passion helped me realize that we have already achieved world union. The human family has so much in common, so much to be grateful for, so much to share and to learn from each other.



The community of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a multicolored fabric of women educators with happy hearts, is co-creating a better world for everyone--people, animals and nature.

Let's continue leading now--because NOW will not happen again.




WEL Global Networks and E-Mails Now Available (below). WEL Continues Facilitating Meaningful Social Support Networks For Elders and Care-Givers.








Peace be with you!


Reflections...


Who am I? What do I want to make out of this life?

How can I nurture my whole-person?

What in the universe is better because of me?

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Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com


Peace be with you!

Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland


© Copyright 2004-09 Kathy J. Ward. All rights reserved.
No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author. The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

 

[KJW #104] The Power Of The Human Heart To Co-Create Love For Our Elders... everyone is invited!!!

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[KJW #104] The Power Of The Human Heart To Co-Create Love For Our Elders... everyone is invited!!!



I. Our Human Family Speaks Out Supporting the Universal Declaration of Elder Rights.

II. Universal Declaration of Elder Rights in French
La Déclaration Universelle Des Droits de L'Aîné
(pdf click here)


III. Universal Declaration of Elder Rights in Spanish
La Declaración Universal De Los Derechos De Los Ancianos
(pdf copia aquí)


NOTE: Click here to view a pdf of the Universal Declaration of Elder Rights in English. Also visit the blog announcement
#KJW 103
























(Translation by our colleagues and friends at the Universal Peace Circle of Ambassadors For Peace, Orange, France.)


Chaque aîné a le droit d'être traité avec le respect et la dignité indépendamment de leur santé ou statut mental, sexe, couleur de la peau, langue, nationalité, religion ou croyance culturelle.

Chaque aîné a le droit de vivre dans la liberté et la sûreté comme n'importe quelle autre catégorie d'âge de notre famille humaine, partout dans le monde.

Personne n'a le droit de maltraiter ou de torturer nos aînés verbalement, physiquement, avec émotion ou psychologiquement ou d'aucune autre manière.

Chaque aîné a le droit à la protection légale de la même manière que n'importe quelle autre catégorie d'âge de notre famille humaine partout dans le monde.

Chaque aîné a le droit à un jour juste et égal de travail et compensation pour leur travail, à la pension sociale et ou à un salaire qui permet leur indépendance financière.

Chaque aîné a le droit à la stimulation et au développement de leurs capacités de talents, intellectuelles et physiques à leur pleine capacité.

Chaque aîné a le droit à l'intégration totale et à la participation signicative dans nos affaires humaines et sociales d'évolution et de communauté.

Chaque aîné a le droit à la nutrition appropriée et à la plus-value de leur santé et les marqueurs biologiques du vieillissement, selon leurs choix basés sur les leurs besoins, croyance, cultures et valeurs.

Chaque aîné a le droit d'être écouté. Chaque aîné a le droit de savoir, d' être instruit et de choisir librement leur plan entier-personne-centré aux services de soins de santé et un meilleur choix de style de vie.

Chaque aîné a le droit de maintenir et consolider leur indépendance phycho-sociale, émotive et professionnelle.

Chaque aîné a le droit de travailler pour la PAIX et vivre dans la PAIX à côté de la PAIX en déclenchant dans leurs actions, mots, communications, pensées, écritures, arts expressifs, sentiments, travail et énergie émouvante.

Chaque aîné a le droit de vivre dans le BONHEUR, d'enseigner et de modeler le BONHEUR.

Chaque aîné a le droit à la formation permanente, de participer aux affaires politiques du monde, pour Co-créer et appartenir à signicatif social-soutenez les réseaux, ledroit de voter et de communiquer leurs propres idées.

Chaque aîné a le droit d'être honoré, reconnu et encouragé pour leurs contributions, accomplissements signicatifs de la vie.

Chaque aîné a le droit d'être prisé comme micro-cellule de notre famille humaine en évolution… avec leurs enfants ; la vie d'idées, de travail, de peintures, de poésies, de story-telling, d'accomplissements, de famille et de communauté.

Chaque aîné a le droit de mettre des ailes à leurs rêves, soit créateur, participe aux arts expressifs, à l'intégration de la communauté et à la Co-création d'un meilleur monde pour tous les êtres vivants ; les gens, les animaux et la nature.

Chaque aîné a le droit d'émigrer librement à n'importe quelle autre partie de la notre terre et univers de planète.

Chaque aîné a le droit de vivre joyeux parmi la famille humaine jusqu'au jour et au moment ils disent" parce que nous devenons ce que nous aimons.

Chaque membre de la Communauté est invité à Co- créer et faciliter la structure, les ressources et le civique-enclenchement nécessaire pour la planification et l'exécution d'une meilleure qualité de vie pour nos chers aînés.


Click here to obtain a printable pdf copy of the Universal Declaration of Elder Rights in FRENCH.



(Traducido al Castellano por Kathy J. Ward, Madrid, España)

PREÁMBULO

No existe un tratado universal or internacional que promulgue los derechos de nuestros ancianos. Sin embargo, el universo, como parte de su evolución, esta plenamente integrado en un proceso por alcanzar su realización. Todos debemos contribuir facilitando y promocionando los derechos de nuestros ancianos, así ellos podrán disfrutar de su libertad, felicidad, y una mejor calidad de vida.

Nuestra familia humana necesitaba de su fuerza sanguínea, de un cerebro, de un corazón y de un alma. Es por ello que se crearon a nuestros ancianos con ese propósito. Nuestros verdaderos tesoros, nuestros ancianos, son los pilares de nuestras comunidades y familias.

En WEL, World Elder Land estamos totalmente dedicados a continuar promoviendo, diseñando, implementando y co-creando lazos significativos que nutran una cultura y forma de pensar en base a un proceso de mejoramiento y felicidad. Creemos firmemente en la inclusión y paricipación de nuestros ancianos en su proceso de mejoramiento. Creemos en la importancia de mejorar la calidad de vida de nuestros ancianos y de las personas que proveen cuidados a ellos en todas partes del mundo.

La historia nos ha enseñado que los sueños no se alcanzan con el esfuerzo de una sola persona. Todos están invitados a ponerle alas a el mensaje de este documento de amor y respeto para nuestros ancianos.


Declaración Universal De Los Derechos De Los Ancianos
por Kathy J. Ward
Embajadora Universal De La Paz
Presidente de WEL, World Elder Land



Artículo 1
Cada anciano tiene el derecho a ser tratado con respecto y dignidad sin importar su salud o estado mental, sexo, color de piel, idioma, nacionalidad, religión o creencia cultural.
Artículo 2
Cada anciano tiene el derecho a vivir en libertad y seguridad, como cualquier otro grupo de nuestra familia humana en nuestro planeta La Tierra. Nadie tiene el derecho de abusar o de torturar a nuestros ancianos verbalmente, físicamente, emocionalmente, psicologicamente ó de cualquier otra manera.
Artículo 3
Cada anciano tiene el derecho a ser protegido legalmente de la misma forma que se protege a otros grupos de diferentes edades de nuestra familia humana.
Artículo 4
Cada anciano tiene el derecho a una jornada de trabajo y remuneración justa por su trabajo, a la pensión social y ó a un sueldo que le permita su independencia económica.
Artículo 5
Cada anciano tiene derecho al estímulo y al desarrollo máximo de sus capacidades, talentos, facultades intelectuales y físicas.
Artículo 6
Cada anciano tiene el derecho a la integración total y participación significativa en el proceso de evolución de la raza humana, asuntos sociales y al mejoramiento de nuestras comunidades y familias.
Artículo 7
Cada anciano tiene el derecho a una nutrición apropiada y al mejoramiento de su salud, marcadores biológicos y psicológicos de su envejecimiento, según sus decisiones y basadas en sus necesidades, creencia, culturas y valores.
Artículo 8
Cada anciano tiene el derecho de ser escuchado.
Artículo 9
Cada anciano tiene el derecho a expresarse libremente.

Artículo 10
Cada anciano tiene el derecho ha conocer, ser educado y poder elegir libremente su plan de salud enfocado en su persona y vivir holísticamente, saber sobre sus medicamentos, servicios de cuidado médico y mejores opciones de forma de vida y reabilitación.
Artículo 11
Cada anciano tiene el derecho de mantener y de consolidar su independencia social, intelectual, emocional y vocacional.
Artículo 12
Cada anciano tiene el derecho a trabajar por la PAZ y a vivir en PAZ activando la PAZ en sus acciones, palabras, comunicaciones, pensamientos, escrituras, artes expresivas, emociones, trabajos y comunicando energía positiva y alentadora.
Artículo 13
Cada anciano tiene el derecho de vivir en completa FELICIDAD enseñando, co-creando, sembrando y practicando FELICIDAD.
Artículo 14
Cada anciano tiene el derecho a continuar su educación, a participar en asuntos políticos locales y del mundo, a co-crear sociedades pluralistas y participativas, derecho a votar y a comunicar sus propias ideas.
Artículo 15
Cada anciano tiene derecho a ser honrado, reconocido y agradecido por sus contribuciones, trabajos, logros significativos personales y comunitarios.

Artículo 16
Cada anciano tiene el derecho de ser atesorado como una micro-célula evolutiva de nuestra familia humana… con su historia, vida, ideas, sueños cumplidos y por cumplirse.


Artículo 17
Cada anciano tiene el derecho a ponerle alas a sus sueños, a ser creativo, integrarse a la comunidad y a la co-creación de un mejor mundo para todos los seres vivos; personas, animales y naturaleza.
Artículo 18
Cada anciano tiene el derecho de emigrar libremente a cualquier otra parte de nuestro hogar La Tierra y del universo.

Artículo 19
Cada anciano tiene el derecho de vivir alegremente entre la familia humana hasta "el día de su graduación¨, el último día de su vida entre nosotros...

Artículo 20
Se invita a cada anciano y demás miembros de la familia humana a co-crear y facilitar la estructura, los recursos y la participación cívica necesaria para el planeamiento y la puesta en práctica de una mejor calidad de vida para nuestros queridos ancianos.

Yo, Kathy J. Ward, Embajadora Universal De La Paz y Presidente de WEL, World Elder Land resuelvo y propongo que La Declaración Universal De Los Derechos De Los Ancianos sea distribuída, exhibida en carteleras, impresa en medios masivos de comunicación y adoptada como un documento de AMOR por nuestros ancianos.

WEL, World Elder Land le hace un llamado a todos los ancianos del mundo entero a que se unan a los esfuerzos universales por la transformación y mejoramiento de un mundo mejor, un mundo donde predomine la PAZ entre todos los seres vivientes; personas, animales y la naturaleza.

Siempre juntos...

Firmado el 4 de Enero del 2008 por su autor,


Kathy J. Ward
Embajadora Universal De La Paz
Presidente de WEL, World Elder Land

Que la PAZ este entre todos siempre!




WEL congratulates and acknowledges the goodwill efforts of so many individuals and organizations, including the
United Nations, for their contributions, initiatives and hard work for the betterment of the quality of life of our dear elders.

Thank you for sharing our vision and joy!



Todas aquellas personas que deseen endorsar la Declaración Universal De Los Derechos De Los Ancianos pueden enviarnos sus comentarios y photo por correo electrónico a wel@worldelderland.com

Todos estan invitados!



Pulse aquí para obtener una copia del documento que puede imprimir con La Declaración Universal De Los Derechos De Los Ancianos en CASTELLANO.

If you wish to volunteer your time and skills to translate the Universal Declaration of Elder Rights in other languages like; Arabic, Hindi, Chinese, Hebrew, Russian, etc... please send us an e-mail to wel@worldelderland.com



Dearest source of love, help us become instruments of PEACE!


Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com



Peace be with you!
Kathy J. Ward
Universal Peace Ambassador








Sunday, April 20, 2008

 

[KJW #103] WEL Universal Declaration of Elder Rights

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[KJW #103] WEL, World Elder Land and Kathy J. Ward call on the human family to sign up and uphold the WEL

Universal Declaration of Elder Rights
(document after the photos)


Robert Muller, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, Barbara Muller and KJW


Dear Kathy,
This is the most incredible document... Congratualtions and we endorse it 100%.

Love Barbara Muller and
Robert Muller
www.goodmorningworld.org/blog




Martina Navratilova and KJW




The WEL Universal Declaration of Elder Rights was also shared with Martina Navratilova, AARP Health and Fitness Ambassador.



Robert Butler and KJW
With so much joy we shared our WEL "Universal Declaration Of Elder Rights" with Robert Butler, MD, President of ILC International Longevity Center. He is a founding Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society and has served on the National Advisory Committees of the Physicians for Human Rights.

KJW congratulated Dr. Butler for their meaningful work. We need more elders fully awake and integrated with their process of betterment.


"Universal Declaration of Elder Rights."

PREAMBLE
There is no specific international or universal covenant which promulgates the rights of older persons. However, the universe is engaged in one gigantic effort to find its fulfillment. We must each contribute by facilitating and fostering this for every elder of our human family, so they can enjoy the right to liberty, happiness, and a better quality of life.

Our human family needs a bloodstream, a brain, a heart and a soul. It developed our elders for that purpose. Our elders, our real treasures, are the pillars of our communities and families.

WEL, World Elder Land is committed to continue promoting, designing, implementing and co-creating meaningful partnerships for a culture of process-improvement and happiness with the full participation of our elders, and for the betterment of the quality of life of our dear elders and their care-givers all over the world.

Everyone is invited...

"The Universal Declaration Of Elder Rights."
Author: Kathy J. Ward
Universal Peace Ambassador

Every elder has the right to be treated with respect and dignity regardless of their health or mental status, sex, skin color, language, nationality, religion or cultural beliefs.

Every elder has the right to live in freedom and safety like any other age group of our human family, all over the world.

Nobody has the right to abuse or torture our elders verbally, physically, emotionally or psychologically or in any other ways.

Every elder has the right to legal protection in the same way any other age group of our human family has, all over the world.

Every elder has the right to a fair and equal work day and compensation for their work, to social pension and or a salary that allows their financial independence.

Every elder has the right to the stimulation and development of their talents, intellectual and physical abilities to their fullest potential;

Every elder has the right to full integration and meaningful participation in our human and social evolving and community affairs;

Every elder has the right to proper nutrition and the betterment of their health and biological markers of aging, according to their choices based on their needs, beliefs, cultures and values.

Every elder has the right to be listened to.

Every elder has the right to know, be educated and choose freely their whole-person-centered wellness plan of care, wholistic betterment, medications, health care services and better life-style choices.

Every elder has the right to maintain and nurture their phycho-social, emotional and vocational independence.

Every elder has the right to work for PEACE and live in PEACE by activating PEACE in their actions, words, communications, thoughts, writings, expressive arts, feelings, work and soulful energy.

Every elder has the right to live in HAPPINESS by teaching and modeling HAPPINESS.

Every elder has the right to continuing education, to take part in the world’s political affairs, to co-create and belong to meaningful social-support networks, the right to vote and communicate their own ideas.

Every elder has the right to be honored, acknowledged and encouraged for their meaningful contributions and life-long achievements.

Every elder has the right to be treasured as a micro-cell of our evolving human family... with their children; ideas, work, paintings, poems, story-telling, accomplishments, family and community life.

Every elder has the right to put wings to their dreams, be creative, participate in expressive arts, community integration and the co-creation of a better world for all living beings; people, animals and nature.

Every elder has the right to migrate freely to any other part of our planet Earth and Universe.

Every elder has the right to live joyfully among the human family until "graduation day, the day and moment they die", for we become what we love.

Every community member is invited to co-create and facilitate the structure, resources and necessary civic-engagement for the planning and implementation of a better quality of life for our dear elders.



Now, therefore, be it resolved that I, Kathy J. Ward, Universal Peace Ambassador and President of WEL, World Elder Land, propose that the Universal Declaration of Elder Rights be distributed, posted and adopted as a universal document of LOVE for our elders.

WEL, World Elder Land calls upon our dear elders of the world to join our universal efforts of transforming and evolving a better world, a more peaceful world for all living beings; people, animals and nature.

Signed on January 4, 2008, by its author,

Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador
President of WEL, World Elder Land




WEL congratulates and acknowledges the goodwill efforts of so many individuals and organizations, including the
United Nations, for their contributions, initiatives and hard work for the betterment of the quality of life of our dear elders.
Thank you for sharing our vision and joy!





Elena Rios and KJW


Latino elders, representing 14 different nationalities and KJW


With Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association. Copies of the Universal Declaration of Elder Rights were distributed at the 2008 NHMA Conference.

Latino elders gathered in Washington D. C. with KJW to obtain copies, endorsed and discussed the Universal Declaration of Elder Rights...




Our colleague, the Honorable Dr. Carolyn Bennett, Canada's first Minister of State for Public Health and KJW.



To our elders, care-givers, intitutions, NGOs, goverment offices and everyone who wish to sign-up and uphold the WEL Universal Declaration of Elder Rights, send us an e-mail to wel@worldelderland.com.

Your name will be added to more than 180 individuals and institutions, all over the world, who have already endorsed the Universal Declaration of Elder Rights.

Everyone is invited!




Click here to obtain a printable pdf copy of the Universal Declaration of Elder Rights in English.


Soon! this document will be available in Spanish.



Dearest source of love, help us become instruments of PEACE!


Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com



Peace be with you!

Kathy J. Ward
Universal Peace Ambassador






Thursday, March 20, 2008

 

[KJW #102] The Leonardo Da Vinci Of Our Own Lives...

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[KJW #102] The Leonardo Da Vinci Of Our Own Lives...
Co-Creating Better Opportunities With and For Our Elders.







1. Your letters to Kathy J. Ward

Hello Kathy:

I so appreciate what you have done for me and my betterment of life. It is a slow process and one I give much thought to. I journal my thoughts and feelings, not every day but most of them. The last year tells of the journey I have taken and the progress I have made.

Coming from a 40 year abusive marriage, I have learned to face my fears and invite them in (as you suggest) and find they were not worthy of fearing in the first place.... an amazing discovery. I practice meditation, your CD is wonderful, and I am also taking Yoga lessons now. I have plans to get more into meditation and good energy.

I am much more at peace with myself, grateful for small things as well as meaningful things. Sometimes, when I am down, I have those "dark feelings" that you mentioned in the class. I recognize them, acknowledge that they are there but do not allow them to have life (as you suggest). I invite a stillness to give me calm.

I am on a journey of discovering who I am; something I did not know and it is a tragic situation at age 67. Just 2 years ago, I wanted to die as I felt so unworthy of life. Oh my, now I want to live and love and give and do all I can do to make this world a better place. Thank you for touching my life.

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Response:
My dear elder and student, I am glad you have decided not to let anyone take your happiness away from you. One of the most difficult things in life is to INSPIRE others to actually co-create their own betterment investing the many gifts within. Thank you for sharing your progress!

We can transform and evolve into more peaceful, harmonious and healthier spiritual human beings. Continue learning with all your heart and soul from the treasures of your own experiences. Listen to your mind, which is not the brain... We are the masters of our own life, not its slaves. It takes a second and a YES to become a better person, to better your emotions, your health, your thoughts, your relationships, to love yourself. Invest the good energy in you into what the universe and you are seeking to co-create... something spectacular, another miracle.
Avoid using negative words to describe yourself or your behaviors and remember that words are energy.

To achieve alignment with our source of love we first need to "disarm our minds." Fear is not an obstacle, is a distraction. Keep going, stay in focus...

Peace be with you!
KJW
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Dear Kathy,
I am so grateful for your help with my mother while she was at a nursing home in Hospice. You helped my mother so patiently find creative ways to write her thoughts. I found her poems relate to her relationship with me and her purpose in life. The message says so much about her inner pain and how she finally found a way of healing. My mother has never been able to make combinations of words or ideas like the poems she wrote with you in her last two weeks.

I need to tell you that Hospice was a positive experience for me because of your vision, "HOSPICE IS NOT ABOUT HELPING PEOPLE TO DIE. IT IS ABOUT HELPING PEOPLE TO CELEBRATE LIFE BEFORE GRADUATION DAY."

Before my mother took her last breath she asked me not to ask for a "death certificate"... because she will always live in every person who reads her poems.

In loving memory of Doris, 91.

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From J. Willard Marriott, Jr.
(Chairman & CEO Marriott International)

Dear Kathy, Feb 2008

I am honored and flattered that your Marriott HC experience has made a difference in your career. Congratulations on your good work with the elderly and as Peace Ambassador.

With warm regards, Bill.



HAPPINESS IS HEALTH !






2.
KJW, Universal Peace Ambassador and a strong advocate for the rights of our elders all over the world, was invited to attend this meaningful Cartooning For Peace Exhibit at the United Nations.

The illustrations by 17 artists from Algeria, Belgium, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, France, Iran, Israel, Japan, Palestine, Russia and the United States were exhibited in Rome on 10 December 2007. Brussels led this Human Rights Day special edition and spin-off of the Cartooning for Peace Project.









3. Meditation and Our Health. The Neurochemestry of Meditation. Workshop with elders and caregivers. CANADA



Meditation has tangible psychological and physiological benefits (mind-body interrelation). The psychological effects of meditation reinforce how mind and body affect each other.

Glands in the body respond to stress, for example, there is a relationship between the hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal glands, and stress. The brain literally ‘talks” to the cells of the body’s immune system. It tells the immune system about the person’s emotions. Current studies show that our emotions work to help or hurt our immune defense response.

The brain is the cognitive center of the body. This is where ideas are generated, memory stored, and emotions are experienced. Emotions that affect the body originate in the brain which has a powerful influence over the body and serves as a link to the emotions and the immune system.

The body manufactures natural morphine-like substances called endorphins. Endorphins work as natural pain-killers and sometimes their analgesic effects are more powerful than narcotic drugs themselves! Endorphins can produce a sense of calm and well-being.

Now, let’s look at the limbic system of the brain and in particular, the amygdala. Emotions produced by the limbic system are a mixture of feelings and physical responses. Every time the brain manufactures an emotion in the limbic system, the physical body offers a response to accompany the emotion. The amygdala is the heart and soul of the emotional network of the brain. The amygdala and the limbic system, connect our internal representations with our emotional and physiological responses.



The amygdala cannot tell whether it is receiving information from something that we are actually experiencing or something we are imagining. Therefore, when we meditate and visualize something peaceful, better relationships, better health and happiness it does creates the same response/effect in our body as if we are living the experience. By changing for the better our representations, we can influence the emotional, physiological, and cognitive levels of experience.

In addition, negative or toxic thoughts and emotions that flood the amygdala and limbic system can and do alter a healthy immune response. The good news is that we can rid ourselves of negativity and consciously enhance our immune response by creating positive thoughts and pictures that become our new beliefs.

(1) (2)
(1) Kathy J. Ward guiding a two-hour workshop with elders and caregivers about how to incorporate visualization and meditation into the practice of our daily whole-person-centered wellness. (2) KJW guides a meditation and
relaxation session and explains its benefits and relationship as a
Cognitive Therapy Approach.


A simple meditation... a connection with your-self.
  • Find a place where you will not be disturbed, i.e. a room where no one will come in, where the phone does not ring, where little or no noise can get in, etc. Or find a place near nature.
  • It is very important that you are physically comfortable when practicing meditation.
  • Turn your attention inward, away from the outside world. Close your eyes and mouth, breathing deeply through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth.
  • Release to relax!
  • Keep your attention on your breathing. Feel the inhale and exhale. Withdraw your attention from thoughts about the past or thoughts about the future. Using your Will, hold your attention and just be with your breath.
  • Focus and visualize healthy and peaceful thoughts and emotions. Enjoy the minutes of this beautiful connection with your self and with love. Listen to "the silence of your mind and around you."
  • Don't worry if you find yourself thinking a lot. This is normal. Over time, you will gain the ability to quiet yourself more and more. Like anything else, it just takes practice.
Practice gratefulness.
Practice love. Activate peace.


Reference:
Recent advances in medical imaging, such as CBF (regional Cerebral Blood Flow), real time MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), MEG (magnetoencephalography), and improved EEG (electoencephalography) allow detailed studies that are reshaping our understanding of the effects of meditation on neural behavior.

The front part of the brain, which is usually involved in focusing attention and concentration, is more active during meditation, but there was greatly decreased activity in the parietal lobe. The parietal area of the brain, among other important functions, is responsible for giving us a sense of our orientation in space and time.

Early scientific studies on the neurophysiology of meditation focused on changes in brain wave (EEG) patterns, and differences in brain wave patterns between meditators and non-meditators. In summary, mediation was shown to

  • increase Alpha (8-13 Hz or cycles per second) production
  • increase Theta (4-7 Hz) production
  • increase high Beta (20-40 Hz) activity (with experienced meditators)


The figure was obtained during an ongoing study of the neurophysiological correlates of meditation. Briefly, we have been studying highly experienced Tibetan Buddhist meditators using a brain imaging technology called single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). SPECT imaging allows us to image the brain and determine which areas are active by measuring blood flow. The more blood flow an area has, the more active it is. The image below shows the results from a baseline scan on the left (i.e. at rest) and during a "peak" of meditation shown on the right. (work by Andrew Newberg, MD)

Neurochemical Effects Of Meditation

Alpha patterns are associated with calm and focused attention; Theta patterns are associated with reverie, imagery, and creativity; high Beta activity is associated with highly focused concentration. It was therefore argued that meditation contributed to a calm, creative, and focused pattern of brain activity which resulted in a person with these same qualities. Other early research indicated that meditation produced an increased hemispheric synchrony, which was correlated with creativity, and decreased habituation, which was claimed to indicate a "freshness of perception," although studies on these last two areas provided mixed results.

Also, meditation has been shown to increase serotonin production. Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter and neuropeptide that influences mood and behavior in many ways.

Meditation has also been associated with increased melatonin availability. Melatonin is also an important neurotransmitter and neuropeptide that influences mood and behavior. Melatonin has been linked to regulation of sleep, and early research indicates it may have anti-carcinogen and immune system enhancing effects.

Some benefits of meditation:

  • Decreased metabolic rate, lower heart rate, and reduced work load of the heart.
  • Better concentration.
  • Reduction of free radicals - unstable oxygen molecules that can cause tissue damage.
  • Drop in cholesterol levels. High cholesterol is associated with cardiovascular disease.
  • Better digestion.
  • Better sleep patterns.
  • Improve flow of air to the lungs.


3. "Clinical Therapeutic Recreation For Elders" ©: Workshop With Elders And Caregivers - USA



In 1999 Kathy J. Ward wrote a curriculum on the clinical practice (design, implementation and evaluation) of therapeutic recreation interventions aimed at nurturing and stimulating better brain functioning, neuroplasticity (the capacity of the brain to generate new brain cells), cognitive performance and wholistic whole-person-centered wellness... This work was designed, implemented and evaluated among elder communities; Assisted Living, Long-Term Care, Independent Living and Community Centers.

The program also acknowledges the importance of the "environment as our extended body", meaningful social support networks and a interdisciplinary team approach for the betterment of the patients and their care-givers. KJW titled this program ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy.

ERT is about incorporating healthier life style choices by finding purposeful, meaningful and fun programs and activities, technically called "interventions" specifically designed to help elders (55+), not necessary during an illness, disability or impairment, to nurture their needs and preferences embracing and integrating all aspects of whole-person; psychosocial, physical, spiritual, mental, vocational, intellectual, emotional and the interrelations with all living beings; people, animals and nature.

The term "clinical" is used in all programs and services that ERT provides because each intervention can be measured, evaluated and purposefully chosen to INFLUENCE and STIMULATE healing of the individual and community.

Clinical Therapeutic Recreation For Elders, ERT, did not exist pirot to the work of Kathy J. Ward. ERT also helps nurture community integration; it takes a community to better a community." Everyone is invited to co-create a better quality of life for all community members.
More information about ERT can be found in KJW books
1. Poems and Reflections For A Better Life. Published in 2006.
2. ERT, Happy, Meaningful and Integrated Life-Style
For Elders and Their Caregivers. Published in 2004





Co-creating meaningful social support networks.
Staff, volunteers and family members celebrating life!
The 87 birthday party of one of our elders, bed bounded,
at Hospice House. Everyone is invited!


What is cognitive performance?

The brain mechanisms of mental processes like memory, attention and concentration, planning, problem solving, cognitive flexibility, language, perception, and others. Most people operate below their peak cognitive capacity level because of lack of brain stimulation, poor nutrition, etc. These skills can be improved through carefully designed cognitive exercise programs individually tailored to their needs and capacities.

The most important thing is to keep in mind that brain functions can be influenced, stimulated and rehabilitated.


Our life-style choices, habits and activities influence our brain and can promote independence as we age.


The brain has an extraordinary potential to develop new brain cells when it is stimulated and nurtured as we do the same with our whole-person-centered wellness.

Nutrition and brain function:
  • Researchers have proved that sugar, especially when it's mixed with other carbohydrates, affects the ability to focus and overall concentration.
  • Studies have shown that high intake of saturated fat and cholesterol clogs the arteries and is associated with higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease. However, HDL (or “good”) cholesterol may help protect brain cells. Use mono- and polyunsaturated fats, such as olive oil, for example. Try baking or grilling food instead of frying.
  • In general, dark-skinned fruits and vegetables have the highest levels of naturally occurring antioxidant levels. Such vegetables include: kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli, beets, red bell pepper, onion, corn and eggplant. Fruits with high antioxidant levels include prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, oranges, red grapes and cherries.



Rosi might have felt at the beginning that folding and pairing socks seemed purposeless, but her care-giver continually reinforces that she is helping folding socks for children. This project promotes feelings of usefulness and self-esteem. It also promotes fine and gross motor ability.

Breaking down tasks into manageable portions is important so not to overwhelm the person. Also, we are careful to considered environmental factors that can influence her attention, cause agitation or over-stimulation. It is quiet, the radio or television are not on. Silence promotes concentration and balance.

Please take into consideration that what matters for better brain health is "the process of getting things done but not the final product."


One-on-one with our elders... a series of activities to stimulate frontal lobe,
visual cortex, left side of the brain and more...



The person with dementia can not "adapt" to us and our expectations. We then need to be mindful of it and use our senses and sensibility by "adapting" our expectations, environment and understanding to what our elders can do. However, we can make tremendous improvements by continue engaging, empowering and stimulating small step-by-step chores and familiar hobbies and habits.



Co-create a friendly, "mistake-free" and light environment by laughing and playing while accomplishing small tasks.

It is important to conduct neuropsychological assessments for better clinical treatment designed interventions.




Dearest source of love, help me become an instrument of peace!


Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com

Reflections...

Who am I? What do I want to make out of this life?

How can I nurture my whole-person?

What in the universe is better because of me?









Friday, January 18, 2008

 

[KJW #101] More About Environmental Gerontology, Collaborative Interdisciplinary Team For Better Longevity

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PRACTICE - EDUCATION - SCIENCE

[KJW #101] More About Environmental Gerontology, Collaborative Interdisciplinary Team For Better Longevity

Martha Stewart Center For Living at
Mount Sanai Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development welcomes Kathy J. Ward, President of WEL, World Elder Land - New York, USA

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"Hands helping hands..." Martha Stewart's vision of health care services.
(2) Photos like this one are displayed all over the center, as a reminder
of the importance of human beings caring for living beings.





How environmental gerontology and interdisciplinary collaborative learning influence health, wellness and a better quality of life for our elders and caregivers, by KJW



First WEL interdisciplinary geriatrics and gerontology professional development conference for elders and caregivers - USA

Environmental Gerontology: Overview
Multiple studies report that older person overwhelmingly wish to age in place in their own homes and neighborhoods (cf.Lawton, 1975, Tilson, 1990; AARP 1996). Yet, our society continues to build low-density, auto-oriented suburban communities that will make the accommodation of aging in place increasingly difficult (Calthorpe, 1993). Similarly, although multiple studies report that older Americans view traditional "medical model" nursing homes as a residence of last resort, too many such facilities continue to be built (Schwarz, 1997). Home safety is a major concern for older persons, however seldom appropriate modifications are made to facilitate independence and better quality of life for our elders.

Pay more attention to better environmental design in health care. The industry is growing very fast and more often we see new assisted living, group homes, or big beautiful retirement communities decorated like grand hotels but lacking in functionality for addressing the needs of our elders and caregivers, i.e., comfortable and safe arm chairs so our elders can achieve healthy posture and reach the floor with their feet.


Environmental gerontology (EG)— the relation between elderly persons and their sociospatial surroundings—has emerged as a subfield in its own right. When we encourage communities to develop, implement and practice Whole-Person-Centered Wellness programs, we also focus on the environment as our extended body acknowledging the meaningful interrelations of the environment and its effects our body, health, energy, communication, social relations, mental health, harmony and overall wellness. This is why we have chosen to visit the new Martha Stewart Center For Living that specializes in care for older adults, rehabilitation medicine and better quality of life for elders and their caregivers.

One of the most impressive programs at this location is disease prevention and integrative medicine for better longevity.

At Martha Stewart Center For Living an opened and light -filled lobby with wood accents welcomes everyone... 10 feet tall high ceilings activate the idea of freedom, enabling a flow of problem solving to unfold. It's not only clinical skills what can help patients, but the environment wherein it all takes place.

Lighting has a critical impact on the quality of care and healing atmosphere and needs to be carefully considered while addressing the ever-present requirements for energy efficiency and maintainability.
Hospitals are evolving from simply providing treatments into holistic healing environments. Lighting plays a key role in creating atmospheres that contribute to a sense of health and well-being.

Peaceful images of nature, comfortable seating, spacious hallways, no carpets, TVs or noise creates a restful atmosphere where the focus is on patient care.



Our host Audrey K. Chun, M. D., Medical Director
Patients can participate in activities such as mindfulness-based stress reduction, yoga, tai-chi, and nutrition programs.


The Mount Sinai Medical Center Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team Training Program prepares future health professionals to work on geriatrics interdisciplinary health care teams through structured educational and training experiences.
Stewart said she wanted the center to encourage older patients to "embrace a healthier lifestyle. We all want to live for many, many years but it's important to have a good quality of life, too."

WEL, World Elder Land congratulates Martha Stewart, Dr. Audrey Chun and their wonderful care team for designing, implementing and evaluating better ways to continue helping our dear elders and their caregivers... Bravo!!!



HAPPINESS IS HEALTH !
First Interdisciplinary Geriatrics and Gerontology Professional Development Conference For Elders and Caregivers - USA
"Inspiring and co-creating healing communities and
a better quality of life for elders and their caregivers."




Dr. Robert Muller, a magnificent elder, our keynote speaker, with his wife Barbara Muller, sharing his ideas about dreams, the importance of becoming healers of Earth and his views about "refirement" vs. "retirement. (Video presentation)



Kathy J Ward presented three workshops at the conference; The Whole-Person-Centered Wellness program, Clinical Therapeutic Recreation For Elders and Listening Beyond Cultures and Challenges To Better Provide Health Care Services.


Some of our participants
Surprise!!! A group of elders "Seniors On The Move" and their leader Toni Kruder showed us how to better our balance, motor coordination and daily aerobics. With their good energy, they put everyone to move showing that elders can
inspire and stay fit while having fun!



















Interdisciplinary Team Approach vs. Multidisciplinary Team Approach

Benefits of collaborative interdisciplinary teams delivering health care services:
  • Facilitates team members to collaborate with health care providers across the continuum of services.
  • Early recognition, better planning and implementation of rehabilitation medicine for better care.
  • Opportunities to better the use of constructive feedback and objective observations. The practice of responsibility and accountability are also essential to collaborative interdisciplinary.
  • Informed team decision making for complex care situations.
  • Team members monitor each others performance, peer review, during care transitions improving assertiveness. Participating disciplines adequately contribute input to the selection, evaluation of findings, and identification of areas of improvement and planning. Effective listening is critical for better communication.
  • Clinical competence means that the individual professional has demonstrated the technical skills and judgment to provide effective patient care.
By delivering whole-person-centered wellness care, the interdisciplinary team moves to the forefront facilitating better communication and services. Most of us strive for an interdisciplinary versus a multidisciplinary team, because we know such a team is more efficient.

In all our efforts to pull such a team together sometimes we forget one very important component: the patient.
The development of common goals that are person-centered, not centered on individual team members or disciplines, but rather involving the patient in a team discussion and most important... listening to the patient and to each other, validates, positively reinforce everyone and evaluates team members as a whole more efficiently.

An effective interdisciplinary team has the ability to reduce health care costs and improve health and healing for patients and their caregivers. "Effective" means that the team has good communication, and works in an environment promoting openness, a culture of process improvement, creativity and true teamwork.

Suggestion:
Create "The Good News Book" in your health care community. Promote this idea and encourage everyone to focus on the positive and better ways that everyone is able to do. This book provides a public way of passing along positive comments, good news and good energy to an individual or group, including comments from patients and families, and to communicate important team events, accomplishments and developments. Supervisors can use it to comment on the accomplishments of specific employees, volunteers or other community members. This book is often one of the first things turned to when people come to work. It is, indeed helpful in pulling a meaningful team together.
Example of multidisciplinary vs collaborative interdisciplinary team work


Concept of multidisciplinary
team work

Concept of collaborative interdisciplinary team work


In the multidisciplinary team approach, each discipline provides vital information toward decision making about that patient's care. But in general, only one person, such a physician or nurse, case manager, makes the treatment decisions. The collaborative interdisciplinary is combining input from all members of the care team; MDs, therapists, spiritual counselor, social worker, patient, family members, into a common decision toward the betterment of the patient and caregivers (health care professionals and family members.) This model of care can provide cooperatively and simultaneously better ways to provide services developing a more suitable and realistic plan of care.

Collaborative interdisciplinary care sees individuals involved in interdependent goal-setting, sharing common knowledge and information about the patient, making more informed decisions, relying on each other's competence and being involved in planning, testing, implementing and evaluating better practices... with the patient and family members.

(Upcoming blog... Integrative Medicine and Insterdisciplinary Team Approach: Co-Creating Healing and Better Health For Our Elders and Caregivers.)




Dear Kathy and colleagues:

May God bless You and Your families, stay happy and healthy in coming New Year!

Regards, Anna
UNFPA/Armenia


Kathy
Just wanted to say thank you for your wonderful news letter and all you do to make a difference in the lives of others.
I feel as though our work has it's own rewards as we continue to practice person centered service to others !
God Bless you in the coming year!

Peggy Connelly
Corporate Director Programs and Dementia Services, Florida, USA


Dearest Kathy and colleagues around the world,
I wish all of you and your families a happy and exciting New Year. May good experiences blossom and you stay in good health.
Most sincerely, Yours

Dorika Seib
Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
Department Senior Citizens, Bonn, Germany




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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

 

[KJW #100] WEL Begins The New Year 2008 Nurturing Strong Global Partnerships, Extending Our Services In Spanish To Venezuela, Colombia and Chile.

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- EDUCATION - SCIENCE

[KJW #100] WEL Begins The New Year 2008 Nurturing Strong Global Partnerships, Extending Our Services In Spanish To Venezuela, Colombia and Chile.


Aura Aguiar, Social Worker, WEL Delegate in Venezuela



WEL, World Elder Land continues promoting global meaningful partnerships, civic engagement, better living arrangements, resources, "whole-person-centered wellness©" programs and healing for our elders... WEL believes in the active participation of our elders to influence the design and implementation of better practices, policies and programs that affect them directly.

Participation and empowerment of older persons, a meaningful and efficient way of co-creating betterment for our elders.

As older persons continue to constitute an ever-greater proportion of the total population, they have the potential to be more influential in society. Empowerment and civic engagement vary greatly across countries, for example, there are countries where older people carry great social and political weight, mostly associated with the important concentration of economic resources and a tradition of political participation; in many countries however, older people are not organized and experience great difficulty in voicing their concerns and incorporating them in the public debate and the policy agenda.



WEL continues promoting efforts to organize and facilitate the inclusion of our elders in their own betterment. Solitary living, which may result in increase isolation, makes care-giving by family members more difficult to arrange; it also increases the need for additional support services so as to enable older persons to remain in their own home. Developing countries may have difficulty providing such services. (World Economic and Social Survey 2007). WEL continues promoting civic engagement and education facilitating meaningful "Clinical Therapeutic Recreation
©" services that can be implemented by each elder, at home and at a community level nurturing a better and healthier quality of life for everyone.

Living arrangements of older persons (aged 60 years or over) in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean.


In developing countries, the large majority of elders live with their adult children. In Africa, Asia and Latin American and the Caribbean, the proportion is two thirds. Solitary living in developing countries is particularly problematic because of the generally limited social support programmes and networks. (World Economic and Social Survey 2007, United Nations). In Latin America and the Caribbean region, only 1 to 2 per cent of older persons live in institutional care facilities. (Pelaez, 2006).

Aging is not the major factor that is rising health care cost, our daily lifestyle choices are what mirror the way we aged. We can better and influence the way we aged.

In Canada, the use of high-tech medical treatments and new drugs is a reason for high expenditures on older persons. The high cost of health care are partly a result of the use of an extended period of time owing to chronic illness (Mathiason, 2003).

Improvements implementing a culture of process-improvement in the areas of:
  • nutrition
  • literacy
  • sanitation
  • integrated medicine
  • mindful health care services
  • community integration
  • financial independence, and
  • meaningful social support networks
can co-create and influence better longevity, economic growth, social development, overal productive growth, migration and more...


KJW meeting with elders from Latin American countries about the implementation of whole-person-centered wellness self-care programs.


Each person can engage totally in their whole-person-centered wellness planning, implementation and evaluation process of betterment. Individuals, communities, governments and the international community can focus their ATTENTION, INTENTION and BETTER RESOURCES into nurturing meaningful partnerships, the development of societies for all ages and betterment for our elders into the global agenda in 2008.

We have each other, we can always do better... Everyone is invited, together we can nurture a paradise of Earth... WEL, World Elder Land for our elders and their caregivers.





Puerto Rico: Collaborative Major Study Of Older Puerto Rican Health Conditions

China: Beauty Contest Held For Our Elders

Chile: Government Initiatives in Support of Older Chileans


El Salvador: A Month of Festivals for the 50

References:
- Development in an Ageing World, United Nations 2007
-
Pan American Health Organization. (1998) Health in the Americas
- World Economic and Social Survey, United Nations 2007
- United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America
and the Caribbean (ECLAC)


Dearest source of love, help me become an instrument of peace!


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No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author. The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.







Tuesday, January 15, 2008

 

[KJW #100] WEL Inicia El Nuevo Año 2008 Mejorando Lazos Globales De Fraternidad y Cooperación Mútua







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[KJW #100] WEL Inicia El Nuevo Año 2008 Mejorando Lazos Globales De Fraternidad y Cooperación Mútua, Extendiendo Nuestros Programs En Español A Venezuela, Colombia y Chile.



Aura Aguiar, Trabajadora Social, Delegada de WEL en Venezuela



WEL, World Elder Land (WEL, El Mundo De Nuestros Abuelitos) continúa promoviendo lazos de fraternidad y cooperación mútua, una sociedad más participativa, mejores condiciones de vida y recursos, ¨programs de sanación integral centrados en el individuo ©"y un balance óptimo para nuestros ancianos... WEL cree firmemente en la participación activa de nuestros ancianos para influenciar el diseño y la implementación de práticas más efectivas, en políticas y programas que los afectan a ellos directamente.

Facilitando la particiapación y delegando autoridad en nuestros abuelitos, una forma eficiente de co-crear mejoras para nuestros ancianos.

Ya que nuestros ancianos continúan constituyendo una gran porporción del total de la población, ellos tienen el potencial para influenciar aún mucho más en la sociedad. El delegue de autoridad y mejores maneras de participación varía entre países. Hay países en donde los ancianos representan un gran peso político y social, mayormente asociado con importantes concentraciones de bienes y recursos económicos y la tradición de participación en la política; en otros países por el contrario, los ancianos no estan organizados y experimentan gran dificultad en expresar sus preocupaciones, puntos de vista y en el incorporarlos en temas de debate público.
Procentaje de la población de 60 años o más que viven solos, por región y sexo, 2005

WEL continúa promoviendo esfuerzos para organizar y facilitar la inclusión de nuestros ancianos en su mejoramiento y salud global. El vivir solos, lo cual causa muchas veces soledad, contribuye a que el cuidado proporcionado por los miembros de la familia resulte un poco defícil, además ésto contribuye a el aumento de servicios adicionales que faciliten que las personas de avanzada edad permanezcan en sus propias casas. Países desarrollados pueden tener problemas al tratar de facilitar dichos servicios. (World Economic and Social Service Survey 2007). WEL continúa promoviendo la participación comunitaria y educación a través de los programas de Recreación Clínica, Rehabilitativa y Terapeútica Para Ancianos©" Servicios que pueden ser implementados por cada persona anciana, a nivel personal o de comunidad mejorando así su calidad de vida.
Formas de vida de personas ancianas mayores de 60 años, en Africa, Asia y en America Latína y el Caribe.


La ancianidad no es el factor primordial que esta causando el alto costo en los servicios de salud, nuestras formas de vida por el contrario es lo que refleja nuestro envejecimiento. Todos podemos mejorar e influenciar la forma en que envejecemos.

En Canada por ejemplo, el uso de equipos de tratamiento médico de alta técnica y nuevas drogas son la razón de grandes gastos para los ancianos. El alto costo de los servicios de salud son parcialmente el resultado de formas de controlar enfermedades crónicas. (Mathiason, 2003).

Esfuerzos implementando una cultura de un proceso constante de mejoramiento en las área de:
  • nutrición
  • educación
  • sanidad
  • medicina integral
  • servicios de salud basados en su propia integridad
  • integración comunitaria
  • independencia económica, y
  • círculos sociales significativos y de apoyo para nuestros ancianos
pueden co-crear e influenciar una mejor vejez, mejoramiento y desarrollo económico, desarrollo social, productividad, migración y mucho más...


Kathy J. Ward en reuniones con nuestros abuelitos en América Latina, hablando sobre la implementación de los programas de salud comunitarias, mejores formas de vida y escuchando a nuestros abuelitos.

Cada personas puede desarrollar su propio programa y condiciones para vivir una vida mejor, paso a paso, planeando, implementando y evaluando un proceso de mejoramiento constante. Todos las personas, comunidades, gobiernos y la comunidad internacional en general pueden enfocar su ATENCIÓN, INTENCIÓN y MEJORES RECURSOS para el desarrollo de sociedades que beneficien a todas las edades, ubicando así el tema de la ancianidad y su mejoramiento en la agenda global de prioridades en el 2008.

Nos tenemos los unos a los otros y siempre podemos hacer las cosas mejor y mejor... Todos están invitados a cooperar y crear juntos ese paraíso en la Tierra... WEL, El Mundo De Los Ancianos.





NOTICIAS DEL MUNDO GLOBAL DE NUESTROS ANCIANOS






Fuente de amor infinito, ayudame ha ser un instrumento de paz!


Por favor envíen sus comentarios, preguntas o solicitudes de consultoría a Kathy J. Ward, Presidente de WEL, World Elder Land (WEL, El Mundo De Nuestros Ancianos). Escriba a: connection@kathyjward.com



© Copyright 2007 Kathy J. Ward. All rights reserved.
No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author. The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.








Thursday, December 27, 2007

 

[KJW #099] Celebrating The Holidays With Our Elders And Caregivers, Promoting Healing and Better Ways To Live

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[KJW #099] Celebrating The Holidays With Our Elders And Caregivers, Promoting Healing and Better Ways To Live




Dearest elders, care-givers, colleagues and friends:

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you have done for the betterment of the quality of life, better resources and opportunities for our elders in every magic space of our marvelous Planet Earth and Universe.

Our words, actions, thoughts, writings and "invisible feelings" are energy able to heal or pollute all living beings; people, animals and nature. For Peace is affected by our ways to live and the choices we make, decide to activate Peace in your life.

May this new year we continue finding ways to be or become instruments of peace...
and better ways to put our creative minds, talents, gifts and unstoppable happy hearts into continuing co-creating a better world for everyone.

May this new year our world-wide efforts to integrate our elders in the global agenda brings us prosperous and meaningful accomplishments. Everyone is invited...

Peace be with you!
Kathy Ward
President, WEL, World Elder Land



1. As a family, elders and caregivers co-creating a better life for everyone. We have each other, we can always do better...

2. The benefits of Yoga for our elders and caregivers


3.
Geriatric Mental Health: How To Self-Nurture The Neurobiology Of A Healthy Brain. Talk at the Jewish Women International.

4. Season greetings from our colleagues and readers...

Washington D. C. and Maryland, USA

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(1) Holiday celebration among staff members at Byron House and Kathy J. Ward. (2) After our Wholistic Meditation and Yoga class with our dear elders.

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(1) Improving balance and better posture... exercises with elders and KJW.
(2) Breathing exercises

Co-creating better energy and healing to detox our bodies and rejuvenate our cells, from inside out... It is simple and very beneficial for elders and caregivers to incorporate, as part of your daily life-style:

- 10 minutes relaxation a day: connection with our divine source of love and ourselves.
- Incorporate moments of hydration, skin brushing, eating portions of fruits or drinking natural fruit juices during the day
- 5 minutes of better breathing exercises (twice a day)
- 5 minutes of visualization (twice a day)

The daily practice of Yoga helped us being in the present moment, quiet all inputs coming into our senses, improves concentration and stress reduction.

Monitor your progress, listen to your body, write down your observations.




The mind is like a parachute - it only works when it's open.
Lily Tomlin




WEL, World Elder Land
has teamed up with the Jewish Women International, and the Alzheimer's Association to provide a meaningful and informative education and prevention program for elders and caregivers.



Participants after the talk with KJW


Geriatric Mental Health: How To Self-Nurture The Neurobiology Of A Healthy Brain

For decades it was a believed that the brain ceased to grow new cells after we reach a certain age and that as our brain ages we lose thousands of brain cells that cannot be regenerated. However, numerous research studies in relation to the neurobiology of the brain have shown that while the brain's neuronal cells can shrink or grow with age, most are retained through life. Furthermore, some parts of the brain do indeed grow new brain cells when these parts of the brain are stimulated.

Neurogenesis, the formations of new nerve cells, takes place in several different regions of the cortex that are crucial for cognitive and perceptual brain functions. The 'cerebral cortex', also known as the 'gray matter' that consists mostly of the bodies of neurons, is the most complex area of the brain and it is responsible for high-level decision making, "executive" learning, judgmental roles, emotional and planning functions. There are six layers or 'laminae' of neurons with many dendrites and dendritic spines. This structure allows the brain to integrate a large amount of data.

Recently, Recreation Therapists or Occupational Therapists working with spinal cord injury patients have discovered that some patients are able to re-route signals from the brain to other parts of the body and to recover functions after a stroke, 'growing new connections to existing nerve cells.'

Research studies suggest that most of the patients that lose brain mass 'cerebral atrophy' or brain shrinkage, as they get older, are able to rehabilitate their brains (develop neuroplasticity (1) and cognitive reserve) and nurture new brain connections by developing new brain cells, new brain circuits and associations, as some parts of the brain are stimulated.
For example:

1. Eating or brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand, allows your brain to nurture pathways that are not frequently accessed. This exercise helps to activate areas of the cortex that process touch, visual and mental-spatial objects.

2. Listening to your favorite music while smelling a particular aroma or looking at a particular color. This exercise also helps the brain to combine two or more senses adding new 'wiring', new brain connections and exercising multiple parts of the brain.
Physical exercises, meaningful social relations, creative art programs that nurture and stimulate or facilitate creativity, programs that foster learning, concentration, abstract reasoning and motor coordination promote the growth of new brain cells. (Fred Gage from the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, busted that myth in 2000 when he showed that even adults can grow new brain cells. He also found that exercise is one of the best ways to achieve this.)

The importance of Clinical Therapeutic Recreation for Mental Stimulation and a Healthier Brain.

After 55, learning a new language or art classes; music, dance, free compositions and collages, etc, whether joining a formal class or learning on your own is beneficial. As long as you learn something new, the nerve cells in your brain will grow and the connection between them will continue to strengthen. Clinical Therapeutic Recreation For Elders©, the innovative combination of specific interventions, which can be measured, is aimed at influencing the behavior of a part or multiple parts of the brain by exploring, adventuring, having fun, creating, associating, judging, problem-solving, memorizing, socializing, nurturing self-actualization and much more...

It is Clinical because individual interventions (or activities) are founded on observations, application of knowledge, implementation and treatment over time, which can be measured. These interventions do not necessarily take place in clinical settings.
(1) Neuroplasticity refers to the brain's ability to change (organize and reorganize) its structure as a result of internal (genetic) factors, as well as external (experiential) factors that lead to new learning. Examples of these kinds of changes in brain structure are increases or decreases in: 1) connections among neurons, the main type of brain cells, 2) number and size of cells that support neurons, and 3) the blood supply to brain cells. Periods of rapid change in brain structure occur when the immature brain first begins to process sensory information (developmental plasticity) and continue throughout our life when we alter our behavior based on new information (plasticity of learning and memory). Neuroplasticity also occurs as an adaptive mechanism to compensate and adjust for lost function and/or to maximize remaining functions in the event of brain injury.

OTHER FACTS ABOUT THE BRAIN

Although the brain is only 2% of the body's weight, it uses 20% of the oxygen supply and gets 20% of the blood flow. Blood vessels (arteries, capillaries, and veins) supply the brain with oxygen and nourishment, and take away wastes. If brain cells do not get oxygen for 3 to 5 minutes, they begin to die.

The average human healthy brain weighs about 3 pounds (1300-1400 g)

75% to 78 % of the skeletal muscle of the brain is water.

The number of internal thought pathways that your brain is capable of producing is: one followed by 10.5 million kilometers of standard typewritten zero's.

Our brain consists of about 100 billion neurons! That's about 166 times the number of people on our planet "Earth".

Overexposure to aluminum compounds - in foil, cookware, deodorants, antiacides, and toothpaste-- can affect brain function and kill brain cells.

Many studies have shown that alcohol-dependent individual have smaller brain volume than non-alcohol-dependent individuals. It is widely believed that this is due to the toxic effects of ethanol (Ethanol, also known as ethyl alcohol, drinking alcohol or grain alcohol, is a flammable, colorless, mildly toxic ingredient, best known as the alcohol found in alcoholic beverages. In common usage, it is often referred to simply as alcohol), which causes the alcoholic's brain to shrink, damaging brain cells permanently over time to a greater extent than the non-alcoholic's. (George Kunos M.D., Ph.D., Scientific Director, Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research, NIAAA and Abramson CI, Fellows GW, Browne BL, Lawson A, Ortiz RA., Psychol Rep. 2003 Apr;92(2):365-78.)

REMEMBER THIS... the brain is an organ of your body and it is connected and interrelated to the rest of your body. To maintain a healthier brain we need to nurture, stimulate and care for the rest of our body too; from the hair, to the eyes, to the feet, to the soul to all the 'invisible' parts of our body; mind, physical and spiritual body... and the environment, our extended body.



New year resolutions... discuss this information and your own life-style better practices with your primary doctor. Start your own whole-person-centered wellness plan and your Journal For A Better Life, nurturing body-mind and spiritual health. Plan your weekly meals ahead of time. Clean your kitchen cabinets and refrigerator of foods and drinks that are not healthy. Organize your space by eliminating clutter. Eat and drink more helpful and nutritional foods like green vegetables, fruits, fruit juices, alkaline water (with a pH greater than 7.0), antioxidants, and more...

Articles like this one can be illuminating and meaningful to better understand how to co-create health and wellness in our lives. It is the integration of this information and the practice and listening of our own body what makes a profound and systematic development toward healing and healthy living.

In 2008 decide to activate whole-person-centered wellness in your "self" and communities.


Real strength is not in power, money, or weapons,
but in deep, inner peace."

Thich Nhat Hanh



Season Greetings from our readers and colleagues
Dear Colleagues!
Merry Christmas and Happy 2008 Year!
I wish you and your families healthy, wealthy, joyful and prosperous year 2008!
Sincerely Yours,
Jennet Appova (Ms)
National Programme Officer - Turkmenistan



Dearest Colleagues and Friends cooperating in implementation of MIPAA!

I would like to join in wishing everyone of you to have wonderful holidays and happy and healthy New Year! My grateist wish is also, to continue good work we had together and make it better in the New Year!

Lidija Kozarcanin, Focal Point on Ageing - Serbia


Dear Kathy, I am an elder 98, I always read your blog and the information is invaluable to me and my son.

Namaste and Merry Christmas Kathy
Ron, Australia

Dear All,
Let me take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. And indeed, let us hope that in 2008 'ageing' will get the attention it deserves
Ronald Schoenmaeckers, New York
Hello Kathy, this is Veronica Espinoza, I was working with you on a research project at EOFULA, I am very happy with you because you are working very hard for our seniors. God bless you today and for ever and He gave you health and prosperity to continue with your mission.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!!
Veronica


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Add your name and information to our WEL and ERT network.



Dearest source of love, help me become an instrument of peace!


Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com



© Copyright 2007 Kathy J. Ward. All rights reserved.
No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author. The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.


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Sunday, December 23, 2007

 

[KJW #097] Honoring And Facilitating A Better World For Our Elders

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- EDUCATION - SCIENCE
[KJW #097] Honoring And Facilitating A Better World For Our Elders


Helen Thomas received the WEL Better Ways Award - December 10, 2007



How to start your own "Whole-Person-Centered Wellness
©" program, a WEL model of self-care that has been empowering elders and caregivers, for six years, to learn, test and implement holistic and meaningful life-styles.



WEL, World Elder Land invited to join Wise Earth, a networking forum toward a better and sustainable world created by community members who are transforming and evolving our dear planet Earth.





Our dear elder Helen Thomas, Senior White House Press Correspondent and Kathy J. Ward, President of WEL World Elder Land


About Helen Thomas:

A magnificent elders, a noted news service reporter, a Hearst NewspapersWhite House Press Corps. She has served for 57 years as a correspondent and White House bureau chief for United Press International (UPI). Thomas has covered every president since John F. Kennedy, was the first woman officer of the National Press Club, was the first woman member and president of the White House Correspondents Association, and the first woman member of the Gridiron Club.

Helen has written four books. Her latest book is called Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public.


About the WEL Better Ways Award; it was created in 2005 to:
1. Acknowledge global meaningful, creative, and better ways to facilitate a better quality of life for our elders.

2. Given to joyful elders that are an inspiration for other elders, their caregivers and their communities. An inspiration because they are an example of better and meaningful longevity.

3. Given also to people or institutions all over the world, that have made a difference facilitating healing, care and whole-person-centered wellness for our elders and their caregivers...for truly listening and empowering our elders.

Recipients of the WEL Better Ways Award:

- Pastor and Musician, Dale Jarrett, Maryland, 2005
- Lawyer, 97, Irene Slattery, Texas, 2006
- Dr. Robert and Barbara Muller, Costa Rica, 2006
- Social Worker, 78, Aura Aguiar, Venezuela, 2007
- Ambassador and Singer Harry Belafonte, Jamaica, 2007
- Journalist, Helen Thomas, Washington D. C, 2007





A group of residents, family and staff members with Kathy Ward.



A conversation with the residents about WEL, World Elder Land, our vision and how we can continue making a difference for the better, in the lives of elders and caregivers, all over the world. A special thanks for facilitating this program to; Sheila Leaf, Administrator, Maria Jimenez, Director of Quality Improvement, Cindy Hedgers, Dietary Services, Anne Ramsaur,
Director of Admissions, residents and volunteers.





Whole-Person-Centered Wellness workshop with elders at
Independent Living, Potomac, MD.


How each individual, elders and caregivers, can incorporate
and nurture all aspects of whole-person-living and the environment as our extended body, creating harmony and healing for a better life.


Special thanks to Ingrid Geissler, Jocelyn Poerstel and other members
of the resident council for facilitating this program.


A meaningful discussion about wholistic living, gratefulness,
life purpose, how and which environmental factors affect our lives, wellness and much more...

If you did not know how old are you, how old do you think you will be?




How to adapt our better practices to our personal circumstances.

How to allow discipline in wellness to give us the freedom and ease to enjoy our own process of betterment.

For our elders as for everyone, it is vital to be and feel connected with their community and the world. Therefore, we need to focus on better ways to facilitate meaningful inclusions of our elders in our communities.

Everyone is encouraged to start a meditation garden or peace corner at home, work, office... The practice of nurturing and connecting with our spiritual self is very important for our overall wellness and better health.

The JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, states that health care for the elderly in US remains fragmentated and non-comprehensive despite concerns for the need of an expanding elderly population. Everyone is invited and encourage to network, share better practices, listen to our elders and caregivers, host wellness support groups for elders, facilitate geriatric educational material for the betterment of our elders and people who provide services to our elders.

We have each other! We can always do better! KJW





Dearest source of love, help me become an instrument of peace!


Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com


© Copyright 2007 Kathy J. Ward. All rights reserved.
No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author. The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.


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Thursday, November 15, 2007

 

KJW #095] Conversations With Remarkable Elders: About Health, Happiness, World Union and Integrated Medicine.

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[KJW #095] Conversations With Remarkable Elders: About Health, Happiness, World Union and Integrated Medicine.











Happiness Is Healing: Workshop with Robert Muller and his wife, Barbara Gaughen-Muller, California, USA

A Letter from an elder 87 years of life to our readers; Happy Holy Day. A Celebration of Life

Next blog... How Integrated Medicine Help Co-Create Healing and Better Health For Our Elders And Caregivers, Oregon, USA


Dr. Robert Muller, Former Assistant Secretary General, United Nations






Robert Muller and Kathy Ward during the happiness workshop
at a Buddhist Temple in California.


Conversations With Remarkable Elders: Dr. Robert Muller

Kathy: Robert, what's on your mind this morning.

Robert: I have recently read several national newspapers and as never before I am totally surprised by the lack of meaningful information. It is only a reproduction of ideas but no progress. The invisible spirit of humanity has been totally eliminated from these newspapers.

Kathy: What can we do?

Robert: Become a missionary at the moment.

Robert: When I worked at the United Nations no meeting could begin without playing Ode To Joy of Beethoven with my harmonica. I can not resist not to play the harmonica. I was known at the United Nations as the prophet of Hope. Even if you don't have a harmonica have your own music of life and do not let anyone brings you down. Too many people have already died with their music inside.





(here is Robert sharing his music with a family at a restaurant, and with a baby and two dogs while taking a walk at the beach with Barbara and I. Everyone welcomes his joy.)


Robert: I have thought about this idea, a machine next to my tomb that can play the Ode To Joy of Beethoven for 25 cents, the music I play with my harmonica. I also would like a second machine that can play some of my speeches for 25 cents.

Kathy: Robert, the Secretary General of the United Nations just told us that 60% of the world population lives with $2 a day. How can people afford 50 cents in these machines next to your tomb?

Robert: You are correct, I have to consider this seriously and I will tell Barbara, my wife.

Kathy: Is it okay if I download the Ode To Joy that you play with your harmonica and put it in my website for everyone?

Robert: Even better, what a great idea...

Links from www.goodmorningworld.org

Robert Playing Ode To Joy At Agape Unity Church To Great Applause And The Story Of How He Came To Be A Harmonica Player

Kathy: There is a beautiful painting in your bedroom and I would like to know the story of it. Jesus appears next to the United Nations building in New York.



Robert: This painting is a gift from a French artist. He gave it to me and told me... "here is Jesus himself knocking at your office window. If you could only have the heart to hear it and the eyes to see it."

Kathy: Robert, do you think that Jesus was a prophet?

Robert: I reject this idea because a prophet is a spokesperson who represents ideas. This representation is not universal.

Kathy: Is there a way to please everyone?

Robert: Well, when I do not focus on me, instead, I focus on the common good. Can you imagine how China would feel if I say that their God is not God. I prefer to turn this around and talk about the good in everyone and the possibilities that we all have to contribute. We need world union.

Kathy: Is the Arab community part of world union?

Robert: Yes, they are already integrated. It just occurred to me that we have already achieved world union. We seem to have reached that stage of human evolution. Only the unity of all can be the well-being of all.

Kathy:
Now I have an idea for you Robert, please write an article about how the human family has already achieved world union.

Robert: Yes, I will do that and Barbara will help me.

Kathy: Robert, how is happiness therapeutic and healing?


Robert: Every day I take time to look at myself in the mirror and say, I forgive you. Forgive to be happy.

Write down all the reasons why you are happy. Give more than what you have. If you are at service, you'll be eternally happy.

Kathy: Robert I want to open my heart and share my happiness with you too. Robert, thank you for being alive, for sharing your words and wisdom with the human family... and thank you for a being a magnificent elder. You talk about your tomb... what comes to my mind is you being part of the universe as a happy star. I can't imagine you in a box. I can imagine you as a shinning star in the universe. Poets look for stars to find inspiration and meaning. Those who wonder look at the stars for guidance. Many of us look at the stars to dream, get inspire and shape our dreams. For the spark on your eyes, today I can say that I met a shinning star on earth.

Thank you Robert for being you. KJW


Santa Barbara Buddhist Temple; Area Agency on Aging;
and Santa Barbara Mental Health Association

presented
"Most Of All They Taught Me Happiness"
Workshop in California, USA


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(1) At the Buddhist Temple with Robert before we began the workshop. Robert took a few minutes to remember his friend and previous UN Secretary General U Thant. (2) Robert signing copies of his book "Most Of All They Taught Me Happiness." (3) Participants during the workshop.

Questions from the audience

Robert, do you meditate?

Robert: Every morning I momentanize. I have the feelings of the wonders of life. I listen to nature and I know that nature listens to me. Every morning I get into me again.

Robert, why did you chose the path of happiness?

Robert: Because life is divine. When I was three years old I used to go to a church next to our home and I will tell everyone, life is divine!!! Happiness is a kind of law and we can not afford not to be happy. Make every effort to be proud of being alive.

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(1) Robert and Barbara Muller during welcoming and introductory remarks.
(2) Participants enjoying very yummy lavender chocolates, a gift from Barbara Muller,
and a cup of green tea prepared by our dear elders at the Buddhist Temple.





Happy Holy-Day, A Celebration of Life... any R.S.V.Ps???

Dear Kathy:

I like your newsletter and I read it often, when I am not bed-bounded. The information you provide is such a positive inspiration for me and others. My letter is not too long because I can not write or see well anymore, but I would like to share my thoughts with your readers, especially because on thanksgiving and the upcoming "holidays" sometimes can be hard for seniors to be thankful for. As you know the holidays to us, seniors in retirement communities, are not what they used to be. Especially if we are not able to be with or to spend quality time with those we love, family or friends. It is a little tougher until we realize that the people we care for are always with us-in our hearts and minds. And just as they're with us, we are with them.

The days we can't spend together physically, we can still take time to remember them fondly… making phone calls, performing acts of love in their name, sending cards or letters helps us and our loved ones. Also, no matter where we are there are many people around us that can be our new friends.

Special places, music and people might help the mood, but the celebration, happiness and love comes from within ourselves. The challenge is to find it there-a state of mind, a positive attitude. It's easy to use a holiday as an excuse to be sad or edgy. I've been there. Our challenge is to celebrate every day, not only the holy-days as special. Life is a precious gift, whether we're in a retirement community, hospital or at HOME with the people we love.

Ever since my wife died, two years ago, I have planned a celebration every day. Kathy, you wrote in one of your newsletters, "if there is not a holiday today or this week, then create one but live and have fun." Every day is a holy-day, a celebration of life. You're invited. Any RSVPs ???

Fondly, D.D. (87 years of life)

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In the quietness of my heart...

Thanksgiving Day, a national holiday in United States, is a feast celebrated every year to give thanks for; blessings, sorrows, opportunities, experiences, reverence for nature and its miraculous gifts, for our brothers the animals that live with us nurturing each other...

This Thanksgiving I would like to give thanks for our dear elders in the world.
I can not imagine how this planet could go on without our elders. Let's pause, acknowledge and cherish their presence, contributions, their visible and invisible energy and love.

Our planet earth is habitated by people like you and me. There is enough spiritual power within ourselves. We need each other and we have each other... life is in balance! KJW



How integrated medicine, designed to treat the whole-person, not just an illness, is helping co-create better health, happiness and better quality of life for elders and caregivers.

Today we know that medicine is more than just a physician-patient relationship. There are competency-based evaluation tools that nurture and co-create a wholistic and comprehensive plan of care to better help our elders and caregivers in their journey of whole-person-centered wellness.

The benefits of education and practice of integrated medicine are; patient empowerment, some of the treatments are natural, therapists provide the 3 Ts: "touch, talk, time", and it focuses on body-mind, emotional and spiritual wellness. Also, the healer can be the patient.

The direct observation (DO) and treatment plan (TP) are invaluable components of a whole-person-centered wellness program. Family members and health care providers need to develop better communication and better practices centered in prevention and management of "compassion fatigue." Effective and realistic measurable goals need to be discussed and implemented.

Integrated medicine stimulates cooperation between alternative medicine practitioners and conventional investigators. Major research areas are; cancer, neurosciences, cardiovascular disease, aging and musculoskeletal disorders.


Join me next time as we explore and share better practices and interventions about how integrated medicine helps co-create healing and better health for everyone.





Peace be with you!


Reflections...

Who am I? What do I want to make out of this life?

How can I nurture my whole-person?

What in the universe is better because of me?

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Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com


Peace be with you!


Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
Holistic Health Practitioner and Consultant
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Consultant
National Assisted Living Administrator Certified
Member of the European Federation of Older Persons
Board Member, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal
Author
National Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
Love Ambassador - Florida, USA
Member of the World Poet Society - Greece
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders - Connecticut, USA
Cell: (240) 393-5456



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Saturday, October 27, 2007

 

KJW #094] Celebrating With Our Elders That We Are Instruments Of Peace...

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PRACTICE - EDUCATION - SCIENCE


[KJW #094] Celebrating With Our Elders That We Are Instruments Of Peace... Making The Ordinary Not Less Than Extraordinary!


How old would you be if you did not know how old you are? Leroy Satchell Paige

Has An Elder Ever Change Your Life For The Better? Share your story with us and all our blog readers. Write to: wel@worldelderland.com

"My mother and I stood beside a grandmother at the zoo, waiting for our face to be painted. A little girl looked at me and said, "you've got so many freckles, there's no place to paint." A grandmother knelt down next to me and said...
- "I love our freckles."
- "Not me," I replied.
- "Well, when I was a little girl I always wanted freckles," she said, tracing her finger across my cheeks. "Freckles are beautiful!"
- I looked at her and said, "really?"
- "Of course," said the grandmother. "Name me one thing that's prettier than freckles."
- I peered into the grandmother's smiling face and softly said... "Wrinkles grandmother... wrinkles."

That moment has whispered something to me ever since. When I look at others with the eyes of love, I can see beauty.

Sue Monk Kidd

Life before sixty is nothing but a warm-up. Bill Hinson


World Prayer For Peace By All Artist
A beautiful initiative by Muhammad Iabal Behleem, Universal Peace Ambassador and his wife Michel Bodine... 141 artists from 34 countries contributed with their poems and reflections for peace, and I was delighted to participate in this beautiful project. Let's continue co-creating good healing energy in our world.

Please click below to listen to the world prayer for peace by all artist. (Recorded at a music studio in Hawaii, USA)

World Prayer for Peace by all Artists 2007 (Free Download) (File size 27 MB Duration 29 Min 54 sec)

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Celebrating United Nations Day With Our Elders
The 62nd annual United Nations Day
I was invited to a long-term-care elder community, to their special United Nations Day. This was a meaningful, warm and fun community integration program. It was so inspiring to witness how community members put this program together with and for our elders. Everyone contributed sharing their artistic, culinary and human gifts showing that the betterment of the quality of life of our elders is a community effort... It takes a community to better a community. Enjoy it!

THE JOY OF THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF LOVE


a staff member from Russia playing a melody

a staff member from Uzbekistan singing and dancing a song about friendship, and a couple from Dominican Republic
dancing merengue and salsa. Everyone was invited to learn a few steps and ways to dance these fun rhythms.


Here I am playing a memory game with the elders and everyone. Learning about the United Nations, the flags of each country in the world and how to say PEACE in many languages.

Peace Ukuthula Taika Salaam ཞི་བདེ Shalom Vrede
Shanti Ixolo Pax Pace
ア プンノ, あぷんの Энх тайван Sipala
สันติภาพ 和平 Paz



Everyone enjoyed international foods cooked by staff members representing different nationalities. Here we have; Japanese sweet rice cakes, biko from Philippines, hummus and pita from Greece, white brinde cheese from Russia and hot apple cider from USA.

If I'd known grandchildren were going to be so much fun, I'd have had them first. Emma Bombeck

Educational Program: To say PEACE and FRIENDSHIP the largest thank you note was created by children.

Mrs. Duffy's class surprised me with a beautiful gigantic thank you card, very creative, made by the kids and their aids. "Unemployed Angels" all over the world... awaiting patiently for meaningful assignments.



"Dear Kathy, thank you for coming to our school
to teach us about peace. We hope to see you again. Love
The boys and girls from Linwood Deaf Education Program."


Click here to view a photo collage of a previous class.

Reflections...

Who am I? What do I want to make out of this life?

How can I nurture my whole-person?

What in the universe is better because of me?

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Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com


Peace be with you!


Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
Holistic Health Practitioner and Consultant
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Consultant
National Assisted Living Administrator Certified
Board Member, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal
Author
National Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
Love Ambassador - Florida, USA
Member of the World Poet Society - Greece
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders - Connecticut, USA
Cell: (240) 393-5456


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Monday, October 22, 2007

 

[KJW #093] The Science of Color and How Color Affects Our Health...

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PRACTICE - EDUCATION - SCIENCE


[KJW #093] The Science of Color and How Color Affects Our Health... How To Use Color To Influence Better Emotional, Social and Spiritual Wellness
Notes: Reflecting On Over Stimulation and The Therapeutic Use Of Color In Applied Cognitive Aging - Holistic Energy Healing and Environmental Gerontology





Participants during the class with Kathy Ward
at Center Place, Spokane Valley, WA






What is COLOR?

Color is a form of "energy" that can be used to reduce stress, decrease blood pressure, raise our energy levels, help us relax, improve concentration, appetite, respiration rate, salivation, social relations, reduce chronic pain and much more...

Our entire body, mind and spirit is an entire energy field.
Hidden beneath our physical surface, are levels of emotions, thought patterns and learned beliefs. Imbalances and energy blockages on these levels manifest as emotional discomforts and even physical illnesses.
Our body absorbs color through the vibration color gives off. Each color has an effect on every cell in our body through the endocrine system. Color enters our bodies through our skin and through our eyes.

When our eye sees, light from the outside world is focused by the lens onto the retina. There, it is absorbed by pigments in light-sensitive cells, called rods and cones. There are approximately 6 million cones in our retina, and they are sensitive to a wide range of brightness.



This energy is translated into color by the
photoreceptors in the retina, called cones.


When we see the color blue for example, it forms impulses that travel as coded messages along the neurological pathways to our brain where the pineal gland resides. This little gland (a player in the endocrine system) releases hormones that in turn start "the domino effect" of the other glands and a biochemical reaction begins within the body.




The pineal gland does contain a complete map of the visual field of the eyes, and it plays several significant roles in human functioning.
All the organs in the endocrine systems are glands. These glands are unique from other glands because they release chemicals known as hormones into the circulatory system. The hormones they release regulate basic drives and emotions such as sexual urges, anger, joy and sorrow. They perform a variety of functions: promoting growth and development, regulating our day and night cycles, controlling body temperature and help repair tissue to name just a few.





Goethe (1749-1832) reformulates the topic of color in an entirely new way. Newton had viewed color as a physical problem, involving light striking objects and entering our eyes. Goethe realizes that the sensations of color reaching our brain are also shaped by our perception — by the mechanics of human vision, by the way our brains process information and the effects of color in our physical body.

Goethe seeks to derive laws of color harmony, ways of characterizing physiological colors (how colors affect us) and subjective visual phenomena in general.


Pink: also known as "watermelon pink," this color is used to calm violent prisoners in jails. Dr. Alexander Schauss, Ph.D., director of the American Institute for Biosocial Research was the first to report the suppression of angry, antagonistic, and anxiety ridden behavior among prisoners: "Even if a person tries to be angry or aggressive in the presence of pink, they can't. The heart muscles can’t race fast enough. It’s a tranquilizing color that saps your energy. Even the color-blind are tranquilized by pink rooms." Morton Walker, The Power of Color, (New York, Avery Publishing Group, 1991), pp. 50-52
Nurturing Our Chakras

The word chakra is the Indian Sanskrit word for "spinning wheels". These chakras are our energy stations. They are powerful magnetic and electrical fields and each chakra is in constant motion resonating to different vibrations of color.

The chakras are thought to revitalise the physical body and to be associated with interactions of a physical, emotional and mental nature. They are considered loci of life energy, or prana, (also called shakti, or chi), which is thought to flow among them along pathways called nadis. The function of the chakras is to spin and draw in this Universal Life Force Energy to keep the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health of the body in balance.

The seven basic chakras are:

Sahasrara (crown)
connection with our source
of life energy and love, reduces pain
Afirmation: I KNOW
Ajna (third eye)
intuition, the power of the mind, command, psychic abilities, imagination, wisdom
Affirmation: I SEE

Vishuddha (throat)
communication with self and others,
expression of our talents, gift, self
Affirmation: I SPEAK

Anahata (heart/lung)
emotional wellness, feelings, understanding of oneself and of others
Affirmation: I LOVE and FORGIVE

Manipura (solar plexus)
will power, self-esteem, personality, joy, compassion
Affirmation: I CAN - I ACT

Swadhisthana (sacrum)
sexual disposition, thinking, creativity
vitality, clear thinking
Affirmation: I FEEL
Muladhara (root)
basic survival functions, grounding force, general well-being, identity
Affirmation: I AM - I HAVE


All chakras influence our glands, organs, muscles, ligaments, veins and all other systems within its energy field. Each chakra also regulates distinct aspects of our personality and mood and this is where our memory is energetically coded. It is important and helpful to nurture energy balance and harmony for better health.

Scientists, who have studied color and light extensively, recognize that colors bring about emotional and physical reactions to individuals. Our reactions and attitudes to colors differ from person to person, which makes an interesting study in itself. Our attraction to certain colors may very well signal areas where we are imbalanced. Understanding why certain colors effect us favorably while others bring about negative feelings helps us along our healing journeys.

Colors affect moods and emotions. Color therapy uses this sensitivity to color to identify and correct any imbalances in the body's internal energy patterns that might lead to emotional or physical ill health



Reflecting On Over stimulation and The Therapeutic Use Of Color In Cognitive Aging

Design of the physical environment is increasingly recognized as an important aid in caring for people with dementia. Environmental Gerontology studies the use of therapeutic color in behavior modification, healing and cognitive aging. For example, what conditions and interventions stimulate cognitive health and better brain performance with age?

We know that all information gets into the brain through the senses – our eyes, ears, mouth, nose and by touch. Receptor cells, if functioning properly, pick up the physical stimulation in the environment and translate it into electrical impulses that travel via the peripheral nervous system to the brain for processing, allowing learning and perception to occur. People with more severe/profound cognitive handicaps often have damage in these receptor cells, therefore, for these individuals, it is difficult for normal stimulation to reach the brain.

Brain function can be activated by visual stimulation. Color perception has an impact on behavior and mood. For persons with dementia the lightness of the color (tint and shade) is an important factor in being able to discriminate between colors. (Wijik 2001). The rationale behind the effectiveness of sensory interventions like color therapy is that they provide the individual with very rich sensory experiences (visual stimulation in the form of bright or colored lights, auditory stimulation that can be soothing sounds or types of music, olfactory information that can be therapeutic aromas, association of objects and their meaning, or things to touch that vary in textures). It is the richness of these sensory experiences that increase the likelihood that multi-sensory stimulating information from the environment will reach the brain. Once information can get into the brain of severely impaired people, opportunities for learning and memory can occur.

Use of color in elder healing communities.

Provide high hue and value contrast to the edges of stairs or level changes so persons with dementia can see them.

Use color, shapes and texture as part of orientation cue system, but remember that persons with problems in the visual cortex area of the brain have difficulties distinguishing between colors in the cooler range (blues and greens).

Blue helps reduce over stimulation or insomnia.

Accents of orange
in the decor of a dementia unit or visualizing this color can promote enthusiasm and vitality. It works best for people who are autistic, or those who are lethargic.

Floors are an important functional element of orientation for elders, especially with cognitive impairment. Avoid bold patterns with high busy contrast.

Accents of green is though to help with diseases of the heart. The green ray affects both the thymus gland and the heart and is thought to be extremely soothing and relaxing.

Chair seats should contrast with the floor so that people can see where to sit.

Toilets should contrast with both the floor and surrounding walls to make them more visible.

Create smaller spaces that decreases noise and confusion. Warm pastel colors like lavender or blues reduces agitation. Bright colors are distracting and uncomfortable. Painting doors in a color which contrast with the walls can help patients find the door.

A therapist trained in color therapy uses color to balance energy wherever our bodies are lacking, be it physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental. Some of the tools used in color therapy are gemstones, candles, wands, prisms, colored fabrics, bath treatments, and others...


Participants during visualization color meditation and color breathing exercise

Deeper sense of presence and relaxation. To relax is to release = let go, awareness of tension or lack of balance

Color meditation can help us unblock energy, emotional circumstances that are causing pain and dis-ease. Moving the different color lights in a clockwise motion brings in energy to that chakra. This meditation involves utilizing the spinning colors associated with the seven major chakras to cleanse or detox your whole body in a meditative mindful way.

Breathing:

Color breathing is a form of meditation or visualization, in which you imagine yourself inhaling and exhaling colors gravitating away from earth, (keep the mind awake and the body relax). It can be practiced in bed before going to sleep, or when waking in the morning.

Imagine yourself surrounded by intense light of the color you choose. Be aware of the healing properties of the light, welcome it and be grateful for its presence.






Reflections...

Who am I? What do I want to make out of this life?

How can I nurture my whole-person?

What in the universe is better because of me?

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Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com


Peace be with you!


Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
Holistic Health Practitioner and Consultant
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Consultant
National Assisted Living Administrator Certified
Board Member, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal
Author
National Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
Love Ambassador - Florida, USA
Member of the World Poet Society - Greece
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders - Connecticut, USA
Cell: (240) 393-5456


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Sunday, October 14, 2007

 

[KJW #092] WEL, World Elder Land Celebrates 13 Years!!!

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PRACTICE
- EDUCATION - SCIENCE


[KJW #092] WEL, World Elder Land Celebrates 13 Years!!!


How To Nurture Collaborative Learning
Working together, helping one another toward a common goal
Better Quality of Life For Elders And Their Caregivers


Dear colleagues and friends,

I seldom share with you comments, thank you notes, inspirational messages and the feedback I constantly received from YOU, our readers, students, colleagues and friends, about the work in progress, my vision and heart's desires for a better world for our elders and caregivers... and a more peaceful world for everyone.

WEL is celebrating its 13 amazing years of existence and you have been with us all the way. This blog is dedicated to you... to some of your kind words, inspirational lines, feedback and precious moments. We have toooooo many beautiful messages and photo collages but we can only put some of them in this blog. We promise to issue a new blog with all your communications... keep sending us your kind words and blessings. IT makes a difference!!!




  • "To Kathy Ward, my gratitude for your work and very best wishes. Warmest regards and remember, forget the prophets and help the people. By helping people we honor prophets and their message. Helen Thomas. Oct. 2002"
  • Thank you for this message and your work. Lavinia Browne - Personal Assistant to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu - 2007

  • Kathy, Desde nuestra oficina en Caracas, Venezuela. Muchas felicidades por todo el trabajo que nos inspiras a realizar por nuestros ancianos y por una mejor salud para todos. Aura Aguiar, Trabajadora Social - Caracas, Venezuela

  • For all what you have done for us at Byron House Assisted Living. We are eating better foods and exercising more. We are your family and we will never forget you. Danny and Pat, Potomac, MD 2006

  • "Dear Kathy, thank you so much for your meaningful work. I just want to add that the real full-time nurse that helped my father Norman Cousins was my mother, Eleanor Cousins. It was she who was his partner in belief. (Actually, she believed he would live forever. She was also the one who first taught my father about vitamin C and better nutrition. With appreciation for your wise words, your passion for a better life for the elderly, who know whereof they speak. Sarah Shapiro, Jerusalem, Sept 2006.

    "The last article my father, Norman Cousins, wrote was a piece entitled, "Don't Tuck Me In," which I recall reading on the Op-Ed page on the way to his funeral. It was a lighthearted but heartfelt protest against the stereotypes of old age. He was 75, and a stewardess on board a plane had just treated him as if he were already over the hill. The message of those final words in print was that he was passionately alive and well, which was in no way contradicted by the fact that a few days later, in November 1990, he had vanished from our midst.. He used to remark that no one gets out of this world alive; it wasn't longevity he was after so much as helping himself and others to savor every day that comes our way.
    My father loved life, every single moment of it, and he celebrated it accordingly. He would be tickled pink by Kathy Ward's efforts on behalf those who are more than halfway through the journey. I feel I can speak for him when I convey his big flash of a smile, and the great big "Grrrreat!" with which he would have applauded your work.

    With best wishes, Sarah Shapiro, Jerusalem - November 2004"

  • Congratulations from all of us at Victory Terrace! This is wonderful website! Thank you for coming to our facility and for your wonderful wellness presentation. Regards, Ingrid and the Seniors at Victory Terrace, Potomac, MD, August 2006

  • Kathy, about the class today, what a great class. The practical ways to seek betterment of myself and that by nurturing my own wellness I can make a difference to my community and the world. It provokes "positive-focused."Thank you Kathy! Edith - June 2006




  • Palacio de la Zarzuela
    Madrid, 30 de Julio de 2007

    Doña Kathy J. Ward
    President of WEL, World Elder Land
    Universal Peace Ambassador

    My dear friend:

    It is with great pleasure that His Royal Highness Prince of Asturias keep receiving information about the diverse activities related to the work that you carry out with WEL, World Elder Land, world-wide in benefit of elders and their caregivers. H. R. H would also like to congratulate you for your appointment as Universal Peace Ambassador.

    H. R. H. has asked me to send you his fraternal greetings, and would like to let you know that he totally supports your initiative , proposals and efforts toward the creation of U.N. Goodwill Ambassadors For Elders in matters related to the betterment of the quality of life of elders and their caregivers all over the world.

    Cordially greetings,
    Jaime Alfonsín
    Chief Secreatry of the Office of the Prince



  • This class and this instructor (Kathy Ward) will help change the rest of my life! Yvonne

  • Kathy, we have received a very complimentary letter regarding your admirable work serving the senior care industry with a true mission. I wish that we can continue working together. Jeff Ferguson, Marriott Senior Living Services - March 2000

  • Thank you so much for the gift of Dr. Muller's book. You are very kind, generous & thoughtful. And thanks for your enthusiasm and commtment to help others to help themselves and to help others. Gratefully, Jim - August 07

  • Ms. Kathy Ward

    I reviewed the completed evaluation forms and summarized the feedback from participants. Overall, the participants really enjoyed your presentation. Thank you. The session was great. Maxine Grey from the DC Office on Aging also highly complemented your presentation. Happy Holidays and I expect we will have another opportunity to work together. Clarence Brown, PhD, Howard University, School of Social Work - November 2005


  • namaste kathy,
    CONGRATULATIONS........Thanks for always being your bright and shining self.....peace and love to you on this wonderful sunday morn....silver eagle - 2006
  • Hi Kathy,
    I will be contacting you soon regarding you speaking here again. We reviewed some excellent feedback from our residents regarding your presentation at our Wellness Fair. Many of our residents and family members keep talking about all your recommendations and they want you back. You will hear from me shortly. Thanks
    Shememe Williams, Wellness Coordinator, Ashbury Methodist Village - Feb 2006

  • Kathy, you are a gifted dedicated person and loved by everyone here. Your programs are excellent. I love reading your newsletter. You have genuine compassion for the sick and infirm. Elsie, 92, Retired Managing Editor Cornell University Press.


  • "Thanks Kathy for the phone call and for the sweet sweet e-mail showing elders and how exercise works..and so do you!! 98 and tying her shoes..WOW! Robert loved talking with you as you are such a bright light for him and all the elders.. Big Hug of Gratitude, Robert and Barbara Muller, March 2006"
  • "Dear Kathy, On behalf fo the NHMA Staff and Board of Directors I would like to thank you for the vision and knowledge you contributed as a Speaker in making our 10th Annual Conference a great success. In keeping with the NHMA's mission, participants appreciated being able to network with you after the conference, and we understand that one of the most important aspects of this movement is the ongoing collaboration between Hispanic serving healthcare professionals.

    Thank you again. We look forward to working with you in the future. Sincerely, Elena Rios, MD, MSPH"

    Here with Dr. Elena Rios, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association. Photo collage of my participation at the annual conference.


  • Dearest Kathy, Unbelievable!!!!!! What can I say? The content is immeasurable. The photos outstanding! As for your latest email about plants; I actually believe that plants have emotion and feeling. I have proof in my own bedroom and office. One of my plants takes time to ‘act out’ sometimes if I don’t talk to it.Continue to enjoy life and love! J Be blessed and stay in touch. Love, Andrea Rander, Director of Volunteer Services, National Institute of Health, Medical Center, Bethesda, MD - July 2005

  • Kathy, here are some comments from the participants that attended our telehealth - Manitoba, Canada:

    Bring Kathy Ward live, she is great!

    Loved Kathy's humour, her brain and the model one too.

    As care providers, we are so worried about what we are going to accomplish that we forget that it is making the clients still feel good and that they are alive, have a purpose is what really matter

    Get her ideas out to other disciplines, finally there is somebody who can prove what we do has a value

    We focus on our budget not allowing us to do more with residents but Kathy had good ideas, practical ideas, regarding utilizing community resources, thanks I will be making some phone calls

    I have forgotten the importance of not canceling things on the agenda. We forgot how important thee things are at fulfilling someone's life.

    She is the only one that has explained the water thing to me. I will be pushing fluids to everyone I meet, thank you!!!

    Kathy Foley and Gail Faser, Bradon Regional Health Authority

  • Hi Kathy!  hope all is well. It is amazing how fast time is flying by.  I am teaching a class this semester on
    Aging, and would love for you to come back as guest professor and lecture on working with the
    elderly. I love your talks because they have so much of your practice and creative ideas. Let me know what you
    think... are you interested in talking to my graduate course. Feel free to call me or email is also fine.
    Talk to you soon - Mike
    Michael J. Bamdad, M.A., CCC-SLP
    Clinic Director - Department of Speech and Hearing Science - The George Washington University - September 05
  • "Mrs.Ward

    This letter is from your friend Omar and Dan from the Somali, Tanzania inter-tribal camp for elders and youth.A year ago a friend from Portland State University sent me your website link.I always read your postings and we have used some of your ideas for the Mental Health program with elders in Bantu that have escaped their oppressors in Somalia and experience trauma-related problems.You have new web pages, congratulations, they are very interesting.With the lack f modern medical assistance in rural areas our people are forced to seek more traditional healers with little academic study.Your work is an opportunity to access western health care, genuine and transparent. Mrs. Ward, thank you for your
    inspiration and more mental health information and programs for elders. Your friend,Omar. Feb 06, Tanzania"


  • Your work in neuroplasticity, focusing on models of task-oriented exercise to improve motor function in individuals aging with the disability of strokeis very impressive. We are fortunate to have Andi Luft, MD. a leading neuroplasticity researcher from Germany, here on the UM-SOM campus for 6 months. We also have Dr. Larry Forrester and Dr.s  Jill Whitall (PhD) and Sandy Waller PhD, PT that work with plasticity in stroke exercise  models in our hospital.  I am very much an advocate of the theme of your book. Congratulations. Dr. Rich Macko.

  • Hi Kathy:  Your classes just get “better and better”!!!!!
    The class today was superb!!!
    -So much of the class today just spoke to
    me. From the word “awakening” to “we cannot better our
    emotions if we do not better our thoughts”, to” words are energy”,
    to “practice happiness & kindness” and much more, I just
    listened, marveled, and absorbed. I’ve become very conscious of my
    thoughts; it’s glorious to focus the positive; positive thoughts, acts,
    activities. Being mindful of positive just transforms every precious moment of
    the day! You’ve presented a wealth of information; Any spare time
    is spent reading and rereading your books, and looking over the notes from all your previous classes. Regarding the journal I made myself three colored
    pull out sheets to house at the front of each of the body, mind, and spirit
    sections (red for body, blue for mind, and white for spirit) where I wrote
    points you mentioned in class as well as from your one book and it keeps me focused on pertinent meaningful information to record in each section. Several
    times a day if I’m in my office I record noteworthy bits! Insights
    are already surfacing! Like yesterday I suddenly realized after I was
    looking over my food journal that I’m consuming far more fruits than
    vegetables. It made me pause to think about the effect of the sugar, though
    natural, might be having on the insulin production in my body.
    Eileen
  • Thank you for the gift of your time and the insightful information. You are a treasure! “Everyday, in everyway I am awakening more fully and getting better and better!” I’m so grateful for your wise words!!!! Lucy 86

  • I know that what you shared with us in the class is attainable and wonderful. Kathy you live what you teach... totally integrated. I enjoyed the relaxed feeling of your presentation and that spoke from the heart. Joan

  • Dearest Kathy, I am fine and doing well and very happy my dear friend. I love what you are doing for other people. You are a wonderful human being. I want to remind you to take good care of yourself. We need you around for a long time.You are ahead of your time and a pioneer in bringing people love, happiness and health.
    All my love and very best wishes! November 2006
  • "THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE EDUCATIONAL/INFORMATIONS, PHOTOS AND YOUR SPIRIT. Diana Detorres, October 2006"

  • Kathy, this class has ben interesting. Inspires you to want to be healthy. I love the assignment of our class to watch "anger management" the movie... to express and draine properly our emotions and how we feel. Do not hold pain and anger and listen to ourselves more. This class has helped me to improve a lot of things about my relationship with myself and with others. Excellent!!! You are a great teacher, easy to understand. Letha.


  • Whole-Person-Centered Wellness among Latino elders representing 13 different nationalities.

  • Dear Kathy, Thank you for the two days of inspiration and uplifting ideas. I really needed that. I faithfully write in my "Body, Mind, Spirit" journel every night. I love it! Thanks for the great idea.Thanks, again for your wonderful presentations. Love, Joan Polzin - March 07

  • "Kathy, you are an inspiration to me. Thank you for helping us live better lives. You were born with the desire. Please keep this with you and read it often and do not allow anyone take you away from your happiness.

    Dance like no one is watching.  Sing like no one
    is listening. Love like you've never been hurt
    and live like it's heaven on Earth. - Mark Twain

    Jean 99 years of happiness - March 2005"

  • Dear Kathy

    Congratulations - we are delighted to announce that you have been accepted as one of our "Love Ambassadors." Your willingness to live your life dedicated to the vision of love and the work you are doing for the elders of the world is a potent model for so many. By your words, deeds and actions, you are having a profound impact on all those you contact. We are grateful and happy to extend this recognition to you. Welcome and congratulations!

    We are honored to connect with so many heroes of love like you from around the world that quietly share their vision and personal commitment to loving unconditionally. We look forward to sharing more of this journey of love with you.

    Love, light and peace, Harold W. Becker,President
    John T. Goltz,Vice President
    And The Board of Directors
    The Love Foundation, Inc. - Florida, USA
    www.thelovefoundation.com

  • Hi Kathy,
    Thank you for all your efforts to spread the word about Alzheimer's disease. I should be the one thanking you! Your program was excellent and you are a wonderful asset to us and to the Eofula Hispanic Senior program. Keep up the good work!Thank you for the opportunity to meet with the seniors at Eofula. Nancy Dezan, Education Manager, Alzheimer's Association - National Office, February 2004

  • Kathy, I am an activity director in an assisted living facility in idaho, i feel like i am stuck in a rut, i am fresh out of ideas, and i am interested in your program and your website and blog are very helpful to me. Please
    keep making a difference. Tamie - April 2006

  • Hello Kathy
    My name is Taylore. I trained as an RN. I am now retired but act as the newsletter editor for the Canadian Hypnotherapy Association.I would like the permission to print the wonderful article you wrote on the mind body connection in an issue of our newsletter. I want to thank you for sending me your wonderfu new book! I have found it a very enjoyable read. I intend to implement many of your suggestions. Best Wishes, Taylore - Nov 2006.

  • "Congratulations from all of us at Victory Terrace! This is wonderful website! Thank you for coming to our facility and for your wonderful wellness presentation. Regards, Ingrid and the Seniors at Victory Terrace, Potomac, MD, August 2006"

  • "Hello Kathy, I hope that you are well. The questions and answers about Alzheimer's was very well done. I hope that those who need this information find it. The insights and practical tips are highly valuable. I wish you much success and all the best, Tamer, Palestine - May 2006"

  • "Hello Kathy, I hope and pray that you are well.
    The idea of the peaceful garden with humor presented at our hospital is great!! I can visualize my mother in such a place. The whole energy of your presentation was very upbeat and inspiring. Keep up your great work!!
    Much strength in doing all that you are doing.
    All the best, Dr. Bradshaw - June 2003"

  • Kathy! Gracias por tu trabajo y la information que nos haces llegar.
    Yo soy psicóloga y me dedico a la psicología de la salud y psicoterapia Gestalt, actualmente además de mi práctica privada, estoy trabajando en SANVITE, una empresa en Guadalajara México, dedicada a la nutrición clínica y a la salud integral, enfocándonos en la práctica del "Wellness" con nuestros pacientes. Actualmente entre a dar clases a la licenciatura en Psicología con la asignatura de "intervención clínica en la tercera edad" por lo que estoy interesada en darles a mis alumnos la mejor información al respecto. Por estas razones contacté con ustedes y me pongo a su disposición desde México. Su revista es muy interesante. Muchas gracias por todo tu trabajo y entusiasmo. Atentamente. Psic. Maria Isabel López Barreiro - Mexico, Guadalajara - Jan 2007

  • "Please keep up the good work! It is wonderful what you are doing in support to elders! May Joy and Peace Reign in the Heart of Humanity now and forever!
    Jeannette of Nazareth - September 2006"

  • "Hi Kathy, a friend of mine forwarded an email to me with your information. I am a yoga teacher and one of my venues is working with seniors. I so enjoyed this uplifting email about elders finding happiness. I was wondering if you have any information you would be able to share with me that I might incorporate in my sessions. In gratitude, Sally May 2005"


  • Hi Kathy,
    I am briefly in the office and just wanted to thank you for a wonderful presentation at our long term care ombudsman meeting. I look forward to working with you again. Eileen Bennett, Program Manager - October 2004

  • Dear Ms. Ward,

    On behalf of the GW Cancer Institute and GW's Office of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, thank you for participating in Monday's conference called "Latino/Hispanic Cancer Disparities: Closing
    the Gap." Again, thank you for a meaningful program and we look forward to working with you again.
    Sincerely,
    Dan

    Daniel E. Reichard
    Director, Office of Continuing Education in the Health Professions The George Washington University Medical Center

  • Dear Kathy Ward,
    Thank you for your presentation. Your experience as a Therapeutic Recreation Consultant and your knowledge of Alzheimer's Disease are both very impressive. The residents and family members of our large assisted living community have certainly benefit from your talks and seminars.
    Please let me know if we could interest you in selecting our site for an upcoming seminar/workshop. We have ample space in our Theatre Room to accommodate a fairly large group. I look forward to hearing from you again.
    Sharon - Executive Director
    Brighton Gardens of Friendship Heights - March 06

  • Dear Kathy,
    Thank you for this beautiful poem. I'll keep it in my heart and from today I'm working on it, together with you and eryone who don't want to lose their dream of a peaceful world where all creatures will sing the song of unity, solidarity and love .
    With love,
    Josefine from Belgium

  • Kathy, Thank you!
    I continue to be in awe of your accomplishments, but more so of your dreams, which manage to realize! With much affection and respect, Stefanie W. Reponen - Executive Director
    Goodwin House Foundation

  • Hope you had a good weekend.  Both presentations were
    terrific, and both received positive comments from the
    students...agree, they are a really nice class to work with. I cant thank you enough. Michael J. Bamdad, M.A., CCC-SLP - Clinic Director
    Department of Speech and Hearing Science
    The George Washington University
  • Dear friends of CSISW, Kathy J. Ward is back!!
    I wanted to remind you of our exciting workshop with Kathy J. Ward, who recently won U.N. recognition of her work with elders, Human Evolving vs. Aging. It will be this Friday morning, 9 am- 1pm at Caldwell Hall Auditorium on the campus of Catholic University. Details are below, or feel free to click this link or copy and paste it into your web browser: http://csisw.cua.edu/KJWBrochureWORD.cfm

    David Kerrigan, PhD, Executive Director
    Center for Spirituality and Integral Social Work
    National Catholic School of Social Service

  • Kathy,

    I love working with you because of your passion and
    commitment to what you do. Such dedication is
    priceless.
    Thanks for your work!

    Angel




Some photo collages of previous interdisciplinary projects...

Quality Improvement Interdisciplinary Team Project. Veterans Affairs Hospital, Washington D. C. - Photo collage

20th Annual Northwest Regional Rural Health Care Conference.
Photo collage

Elder Recreation Therapy Workshops - 2005 - Photo collage

Minding Your Memory: Keeping Your Brain Active
Presentation at Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, MD - Photo collage




Peace be with you!

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Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com


Peace be with you!


Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
Holistic Health Practitioner and Consultant
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Consultant
National Assisted Living Administrator Certified
Board Member, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal
Author
National Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
Love Ambassador - Florida, USA
Member of the World Poet Society - Greece
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders - Connecticut, USA
Cell: (240) 393-5456






Sunday, October 07, 2007

 

[KJW #091] "World Elder Peace Month" Continue Celebrating (Part II)

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[KJW #091] "World Elder Peace Month" Continue Celebrating and Acknowledging Peace, Wellness, Better Health and Harmony Among People, Animals and Nature.

Today, one in every ten human beings is 60 years and older. By 2050, one out of every five will be an older person, and by 2150, one third of the people in the world are expected to be 60 years of age or older.

Second World Assembly on Ageing, Madrid 2002




How Can We Activate Peace In Our Hearts,
Communities And In The World, And A Better Quality Of Life
For Our Dear Elders?

Click here to visit the WEL Proclamation for














Peace in our hearts

Peace in our communities

Peace in the world

Special intention for the
betterment of our elders
all over the world; better health, dignify quality
of life, love and respect
for their human rights.
Celebrating the International Feast of St. Francis, the patron of harmony among people, animals and ecology.

Mass For Peace at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Spokane

Blessing Of Animals And Nature


Barb Wodynski, Sister Celeste Crine, OSF and Kathy J. Ward at the special altar for St. Francis and Peace on Earth.



With Rev. Robert Fitts, SJ
who celebrated this beautiful Mass
for everyone.







October 4th
International Feast Of St. Francis.






Manito United Methodist Church

Reflection and Silent Meditation For Peace
.
Manito United Methodist Church of Spokane -
Speakers: Pastor Joy OConnor Magee and Kathy J Ward, Universal Peace Ambassador

and

Blessing of Animals



Thank you Pastor Joy O'Connor Magee for being a joy and support in our communities, and for facilitating this program and the Reflection For Peace.














October 1






October 7






Community Peace Corner
at St. Aloysius Catholic Parish
Spokane, WA



Thank you Rita Waldref for facilitating this beautiful opportunity for civic engagement and community integration.

Questions that were answered by the participants:

- How would you give PEACE a chance?

1. Peace will begin with me.

2. Give each other a benefit of judgment before we know each other. Treat one another more fairly.

- What is PEACE for you?

1. Praying with my classmates and doing my homework.

2. When I sit by the pond listening to the birds sing a song... and the song stays in my heart.

- What can you do to activate PEACE?

1. Love for one another

3. By putting my faith into action by listening to others, giving or volunteering to serve my community; being an overnight guest and praying for peace in our world.










A conversation about PEACE with children.







October 6 and 7, 2007




Our next event the First Interdisciplinary Geriatrics and Gerontology
Professional Development Program For Elder and Caregivers
Tuesday, October 9, 2007

"Inspiring and co-creating healing communities and a better quality of life
for elders and their caregivers."





Peace be with you!

We are here to help you! Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land to connection@kathyjward.com




Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com
Peace be with you!

Kathy J. Ward, Universal Peace Ambassador
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Author
website: www.kathyjward.com/KJW
blog: www.kathyjward.com/blog


© 2006-2010 Notice: No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author. The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.





 

[KJW #090] WEL, World Elder Land issues a Proclamation for:

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[KJW #090] WEL, World Elder Land issues a Proclamation for:

"III World Elder Peace Month"

A month of intergenerational community-based peace events
and non-violence,

for the evolving of our spiritual humanity in harmony with animals and nature,

toward a better and more peaceful world for everyone.

Let's co-create a better world together...



WEL, World Elder Land



Proclamation
September 21 - October 21, 2007



let there be PEACE on Earth and let it begins with me... in my actions, in my thoughts, in my words, in my hands, in my writings, in my heart and in my soul. All elders, children and everyone is invited to influence peace on earth by sharing their reflections for peace, silent meditation, civic engagement, celebrations and vigils for the co-creation of a better world





in 1981 the United Nations proclaimed that the International Day of Peace, September 21, would be "devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace among all nations and all human beings"




WEL, World Elder Lands extends an invitation to all elders, caregivers and the communities where elders live, to include the call for a month of global ceasefire and non-violence, and invite all nations and people in the world to honor the cessation of hostilities among members of the human family and all living beings



the UN General Assembly designated October 1 the International Day of Older Persons by resolution 45/106 of 14 December 1990









World Elder Peace Month embraces the events of
International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, International Day of Older Persons, October 1st, International Day of Non-Violence and the birthday of Gandhi, October 2nd, International Day of the Feast of St. Francis, October 4th, the patron of harmony among people, animals and ecology, World Food Day/End Of Hunger, October 16th, and the International Day of Eradication of Poverty, October 17th

What can I do to help?

What can I do to activate and co-create PEACE?





WEL, World Elder Land joins the worldwide movement promoting global non-violence, better communication, listening skills, kindness, fairness, better distribution of resources and food, reverence for life, acts of love, respect for one another and the co-creation of happiness





WEL, World Elder Land, elders of the world and the human family, do hereby join the United Nations to proclaim September 21, as "The International Day of Peace" and September 21 - October 21, 2007 as


World Elder Peace Month

© Kathy J. Ward
UN Universal Peace Ambassador
President of WEL, World Elder Land
Signed this 20 of September 2007

PEACE BE WITH YOU!

PRINT AND POST

Join the celebration... let's us know about the
activities and programs your community of elders and caregivers have planned.
Send them to: wel@worldelderland.com





Here are some of the events planned for a month of celebrations
sponsored by WEL, World Elder Land and other communities




Celebrating International Day of Peace with CONVIVENCIA, a wellness retreat for elders and caregivers at the Franciscan St. Joseph Family Center.

Movie: Conversation with Remarkable Elders, interview with Dr. Robert Muller, 1989 recipient of the UNESCO Peace Education Prize, and chancellor of the UN University For Peace.





September 21st.
UN International Day of Peace



Annual Therapeutic Recreation Conference, Manitoba, Canada.

Speaker: Kathy J. Ward

Topic: Clinical Therapeutic Recreation For Elders

Brandon Regional Health Authority, University of Manitoba, School of Behavioral Science and WEL, World Elder Land





September 21st. International Day of Peace.




Celebrating a Reflection and Silent Meditation For Peace and For A Better World For Our Elders, at Manito United Methodist Church of Spokane

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Speakers: Pastor Joy OConnor Magee and Kathy J Ward, Universal Peace Ambassador



October 1st UN International Day of Older Persons




Chevy Chase, Washington D. C.

Creative writing class with elders and caregivers... What elder persons can do to activate peace in their communities?

Brighton Gardens Assisted Living


October 1st UN International Day of Older Persons

Listening to our elders...

Global Meditation For Peace.
Peace Vigil, reflections for peace and silent meditation. Inviting everyone to gather at home or to visit a Buddhist Temple in Caracas, Venezuela. Join and co-create healing energy in our communities and hearts.



October 2nd
International Day Of Non-Violence
and
Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday

Celebrating International Day of Older Persons with an intergenerational community event the "Peace Corner" at the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society Elder Community.




International Day of Older Persons



Celebrating the International Feast of St. Francis, the patron of harmony among people, animals and ecology.

Mass For Peace at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Spokane

Blessing of animals at St. Aloysius Elementary School.



October 4th
International Feast Of St. Francis.


COLEGIO CASAGRANDE
Caracas, Venezuela

Programa intergeneracional para homenajear a nuestros abuelitos.

Special intergenerational program to honor our elders by the students and teachers.


Wednesday, October 17th

"Family Afternoon."






Byron House Assisted Living, Potomac, MD

Conversation With Remarkable Elders.
What can I do to activate peace in my life and community? Intergenerational Community Event.



October 1
Honoring our elders and their dreams.





Community Peace Corner
and
Social Justice Fair Trade

at St. Aloysius Catholic Parish
Spokane, WA



October 6 and 7, 2007








First Interdisciplinary Gerontology and Geriatrics Professional Development Conference For Elders and Caregivers

Inspiring and co-creating healing communities and a better quality of life for elders and their caregivers.

Pre-registration required.



Tuesday, October 9th

Spokane Community College, Lair-Student Center, Bldg. Sasquatch Room








Donation of blankets, large print wall clocks, winter clothes and large print books or magazines to five elder communities.

(if you wish to contribute donating some of these items by Oct 13th, please contact us at
wel@worldelderland.com)


Acknowledge elders in your life and communities.

Help an elder to better their quality of life. Visit an elder at home or clinical setting, write them a note or make a phone call. Cook a healthy meal and share it with them. Invest some quality time with their caregivers and let them know how much you appreciate their work and mission. Bring some large print magazines or books to an elder. Help them organize their home, back yard, garden, etc.











October 17
International Day Of Eradication of Poverty





Reflection For Peace
by Kathy J. Ward
UN Universal Peace Ambassador

May the divine LOVE
nurture and help me become
an INSTRUMENT OF PEACE.
May there be PEACE on earth.

I am giving peace a chance,
it means
JUSTICE, LOVE, KINDNESS
in my thoughts, in my writings,
in my heart, in my words,
in my actions, in my hands,
in my eyes, in my soul.

For the war is not only around me
but perhaps trapped...
in my thoughts, my writings,
my heart, my words, my actions,
my hands, my eyes, my soul...

So I begin today, for tomorrow will be much too late,
day-by-day progress is made
waves of love are attained:
for those who lose dreaming are lost,
for what I am only part of what I create.
I am a child of this universe,
a peacemaker,
a JOY to the world.

Sing a song for PEACE tonight
sing with me, YOU and I
holding hands, letting the sound travel
and the fragrance of love inspire
new beginnings, turning times and tides...

Together... always together.

PEACE begins with one spark,
it all begins with YOU and I.




Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com
Peace be with you!

Kathy J. Ward, Universal Peace Ambassador
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Author
website: www.kathyjward.com/KJW
blog: www.kathyjward.com/blog


© 2006-2010 Notice: No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author. The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.









Sunday, September 30, 2007

 

[KJW #089] Activating Peace, Better Quality of Life, Better Health and Good Energy...

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[KJW #089]
Activating Peace, Better Quality of Life, Better Health and Good Energy... that's how we began the events of World Elder Peace Month on Friday, September 21st, UN International Day of Peace.

Annual Therapeutic Recreation Conference,
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada


CONVIVENCIA , a wellness retreat with elders and
caregivers, Washington, USA




Title: Clinical Therapeutic Recreation For Elders and Caregivers
(curriculum written by Kathy J. Ward)
Evidence-based medicine, research and practice.



Telehealth from Spokane, Washington to Brandon, Manitoba
  • Co-creating healing communities by nurturing a culture of integrated process improvement where everyone is invited.

  • Beyond leisure, how therapeutic recreation (TR) interventions can better whole-person-centered wellness and the quality of life of our communities.

  • Beyond leisure, how (TR) interventions can influence and better neuroplasticity, cognitive reserve and brain health.

  • Beyond leisure, how (TR) interventions can nurture; patient-care, social, emotional, physical, intellectual and vocational wellness, sensory and motor skills.

E-mails from the participants:

1. Hi Kathy - Thank-you so much for the awesome session on Friday! The feedback was very favorable.


2. Dear Kathy,
A million thanks for making your two hours with us so memorable. The extent to which you practice what you teach was evident throughout the program. You spoke from the heart, which it is seldom incorporated in health care presentations, I think.
Susan


3. Hi Kathy, your presentation has made a profound change in the way I do my job. Thank you.
"You're good! You were not only humorous, but entertaining and creative in your approach"

Where can I purchase your books?
Louis







TOMORROW IS TODAY!


CONVIVENCIA , a wholistic health and wellness retreat with elders and caregivers. A meaningful and transformational experience for everyone.

Our participants, elders and caregivers, enjoyed sessions of Reiki, Tai-Chi, Whole-Person-Centered Wellness, Vegetarian Supper, Spirituality and Aging, Energy and Color Meditation, Soul Collage, Healing Massage, Detox Juices to build up body's immunity and much more...


(1) participants during energy meditation.
(2) Sarah explaining the soul collage.



(3) some of the participants wearing a crazy hat at dinner time.
(4) at our whole-person-wellness class




Some of our participants experienced these healing
and good energy practices for the first time.




Wearing crazy hats, enjoying a cup of hot tea made by one of our participants... during our social hour getting ready to watch
an inspirational movie.

Want to know when is our next wholistic wellness retreat?
write to: connection@kathyjward.com


Everyone is invited...




Peace be with you!

* * * * * *

Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com


Peace be with you!


Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,



© Copyright 2007 Kathy J. Ward. All rights reserved.
No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author. The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.






Tuesday, September 11, 2007

 

[KJW #087] Nurturing and Understanding Our Human Brain... you are invited!

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[KJW #087] Nurturing and Understanding Our Human Brain... you are invited!




The Brain Injury Association of Washington
St. Luke Rehabilitation Institute and WEL, World Elder Land,
have partnered to present:

Brain Health, Rehabilitation and Non-Pharmacological Treatments

Wednesday, September 12


Admission: Free, open to the public

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BRAIN ANATOMY




Brain Health: At a join meeting at the National Council on Aging and the American Society on Aging in Pittsburgh, neurologist Paul Nussbaum told the audience:
"Autopsies have recently identified people who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, with dead neurons and shrinking brains, but never showed any symptoms. The common denominator was a high level of formal education or occupations that presented rigorous mental tasks."
Brain Injury: In the United States traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death for persons under age 45. TBI occurs every 15 seconds. Approximately 5 million Americans currently suffer some form of TBI disability. The leading causes of TBI are motor vehicle accidents, falls, and sports injuries.

What is the difference between a traumatic brain injury and an acquired brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury is an insult to the brain, not of a degenerative or congenital nature, caused by an external physical force. An acquired brain injury is an injury to the brain which is not hereditary, congenital, or degenerative. Causes of acquired brain injuries include traumatic brain injuries, aneurysms, infections of the brain and stroke.


A study from 2002 (Mosenthal, A.C. 2002) confirmed that the mortality rate from TBI is higher in the geriatric population at all levels of head injury.


There are several factors that contribute to the great danger of falls to older individuals, including:

Some elders take medications that may affect perception and/or balance, therefore increasing the risk of falling. Some may have other medical conditions that make falls likely (i.e., visual limitations, orthopedic problems, fatigue...) External factors associated with falls among the elderly include a history of one or more prior falls, lack of exercise, improper footwear, poor nutrition, and hazards in the home like shoes, magazines or books by the walking areas.

Preventing Falls
Even older people (ages 65 and up) should exercise regularly, as daily physical activity will increase a person’s strength and sense of well-being. There are many exercises that improve balance, and health care providers can guide individuals to the exercise program that is best for them.

Improving lighting in the house can help our elders see better, especially at night when then get up to go to the bathroom.



Photos: (1) Intracerebral hemorrhage. (2) Broken blood vessel causing hematoma. (3) The dark area in the upper left area is the hematoma.


The brain is vulnerable to traumatic damage in two ways. The cerebral cortex can become bruised - contused - when the head strikes a hard object (or a hard objects strikes the head). Or, the deep white matter can suffer diffuse axonal injury when the head is whiplashed without hitting a hard object (or being hit by one).

The well-known phenomenon of the Shaken Baby Syndrome (a very serious form of child abuse.
Shaking a baby even for only 2 or 3 seconds can cause brain damage.) is an example. Severe shaking greatly stretches and damages delicate nerve cells, at times causing very significant injury or even death. In adults, severe whiplash can involve severe forces that may shake or rotate the brain enough to cause permanent brain damage.


common type of head injury

Overview of this program

How the brain works: its functions, neurobiology and neurogenesis

Learn more facts about the brain and how can we nurture a better brain

Understanding brain injury and what sort of "stimulation" bolster brain cells and cognitive reserve

Learn more about environmental factors than can cause "neurotoxic effects" or brain injury, (metals, solvents, fuels, pesticides, monoxide, and more...)

Coping with Brain Injury: How "over stimulations" like; emotional tension, competitiveness, anxiety and pressure lessen the ability to maintain independence and better brain rehabilitation

How to improve memory, cognition, impaired executive functions, and motor coordination skills. Learn more about brain food and social support networks for a better health

Coping strategies for care-givers adjusting to brain injury

* * * * *


Please share your ideas or feedback to us.... send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com


Peace be with you!

Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland










Thursday, September 06, 2007

 

[KJW #084-B] WEL Meaningful Summer Adventures With Our Elders and Their Caregivers - Part II

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[KJW #084-B] WEL Meaningful Summer Adventures With Our Elders and Their Caregivers - Part II




1. Washington, D.C. - Conversation with Remarkable Elders: About peace, wellness and their dreams.



Kathy asked: My dear elders, I hope that you know that you can make a difference in our world, communities and right here, right now. Not tomorrow or maybe one of these days... let's talk about NOW. So let's imagine that you could send a message to the world right now, and that more than 80 millions of people are listening to you... what would you say to the world?

Sonia, 72: Our words are very powerful and we need to be more sensitive about what we say and how we say it. I still remember the words of a police officer more than 30 years ago. He changed my life with the words he said. He does not even know it because I understood the meaning of his words two years later. I am sure I am not the only one that has been inspired by him.

Barbara, 89: I will say to the world "Happiness... pass it on!"

Kathy: I love that Barbara, can I use this phrase to print bumper stickers for everyone?

Barbara, 89: Yes, but only you... and let me know what happens.

Ruth, 77: I think that the heart of gold that all of us have needs to be shared with everyone. The whole world needs it.




Kathy asked: How would you give peace a chance?

Candice, 76: I think that we need to even off resources and facilitate equality of opportunities for everyone. There is plenty in the world for everyone. Poverty is not acceptable and we need to learn how to use less and share more.

Don, 82: Being always helpful. Attitude is the key. We can make a difference everywhere with a good attitude. I have three sons but only the first two completed their PhD. My third son only graduated from college. Who do you think is more successful in life? My third son and I think it is because of his attitude. He is always positive and determined. He got that from me. I have always look at the glass half full rather than half empty.

Rose, 91: It is vanity to do with more what we can do with less.

Tom, 53: I can give peace a chance with faith. Beyond trust, faith is when we stop being afraid, when we do not consider ourselves "the center" of everything. Faith is when I know that "God" is in my center. And when I listen to that voice inside of me I am with PEACE.

Kathy: I think that if we ask God for the future of our human family and our planet Earth most probably God will say...

"I can inspire you but, it is in your hands."



2. Chevy Chase, MD - Celebrating life with our elders.
The "Bench of Dreams" dedication ceremony.



Once again we are honoring our elders by LISTENING to them and their dreams, and by empowering and facilitating their heart's desires.

Kathy asked: Do you have a dream or an inspiring story that can be shared with everyone today?

Rose 92: "Yes, I remember that my father was always asking me at home, "Rose how was your day at school?", so I started to tell him all the bad and negative things that happened. Then my father asked me, "Rose, tell me the good things that happened today?" Then I needed to stop and think about it because I was not focused on it, so it was not easy to answer his question. Then I learned that I was focusing more in the negative than in the positive. I could remember good things too and tell him about it, but I was not used to do that."

Norman, 87: "I have a dream. I have always dreamed that I could see the picture of this planet from outer space. I want to make sure that countries are imaginary lines and that we are not divided."




Rose, 92: I think that we should have done this 50 years ago.

(1) Elders and Terri Adams, Activities Director, mapping out their dreams as they hold the two stones in their hands. (2) An elder tossed one stone onto the Earth, so that the sacred Earth will remember and help materialize this dream. Click here to view the original and first Bench of Dreams, created by Dr. Robert Muller, Chancellor Emeritus of the University For Peace, in M. Rasur, near the University For Peace in Costa Rica



This Bench of Dreams is dedicated to Robert and Barbara Muller on this happy day, "Grandparent's Day 2007."
- See photo collage of a "Bench of Dreams" Grandparent's Day in 2005.

- See photo collage of a "Bench of Dreams" Grandparent's Day in 2004



3. Potomac, Maryland - "Yoga For Elders" Intergenerational
Program at Byron House Assisted Living.

Karen Kinnecome, Director of Byron House invited me this summer to guide some Yoga classes for our elders. During the classes we conversed about the power of the mind to better our thoughts, emotions, behaviors and overall quality of life. We practiced better breathing work, positive visualization and awareness of movement. It was a lot of fun!

I asked the elders... what can you do to quiet your mind when you find yourself focusing on negative thoughts?
- Virginia, 100: I play my favorite music and do not allow negative thinking "ruin my parade."

- Danny, 67: I take walks and for every step I make I try to think about something to be grateful for.

Here is a photo collage of YOGA WITH ELDERS at Byron House.







4. Alexandria, Virginia
- Summer Pajama Party with elders and caregivers.
Creativity and humor and tonics for better longevity.




HAPPINESS IS HEALTH !



Please share your ideas or feedback to us.... send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com



Peace be with you!

Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland

© Copyright 2007 Kathy J. Ward. All rights reserved.
No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author. The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.


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Monday, September 03, 2007

 

[KJW #086] Our Elders On The Global Agenda.

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PRACTICE - EDUCATION - SCIENCE


[KJW #086] Our Elders On The Global Agenda.





WEL, World Elder Land Continues Emphasizing The Importance Of:
1. The Inclusion Our Dear Elders In the Process of Betterment of Their Own Lives and Our Communities... Present and Future

2. Including Aging On Global Priority Agenda




Meetings in Washington D. C. and New York this August 2007. Kathy Ward, Universal Peace Ambassador and president of
World Elder Land discussing perspectives, work in progress
and the importance of nominating
UN Goodwill Ambassadors For Elders
all over the world.
(Photos: David Smith in Washington D. C. and
in N. Y. with Alexandre Sidorenko, UN Focal Point on Aging.)

UN Goodwill Ambassadors For Elders
can advocate, network and find better ways to work with and for elders, and
to facilitate a global agenda, resources and efforts
on the real needs of our elders.



Since 2004 WEL continues communicating and encouraging world leaders and everyone to support our petition for the nomination of UN Goodwill Ambassadors For Elders all over the world.
  • H.R.H. Prince of Asturias, Felipe de Borbón
  • UN Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte
  • UN Former Assistant Secretary General, Dr. Robert Muller
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate 1984
  • Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca
  • Nelson Mandela, Noble Peace Prize in 1993
  • Dr. Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary General and Noble Peace Prize in 2001.
The true self-actualization of humanity is not in achieving 'things' but it is in transcending, challenging our limitations and reaching our dreams for better spiritual human evolving. In consequence we live our life inspiring with our work and better lifestyle choices. Day-by-day we can succeed in our common vision for a better world for our elders when we proceed together, firmly, focusing INTENTION and ATTENTION in our heart's desires.

WEL continues embracing in brotherhood the UN Program on Aging and all our fellow human beings for your noble, meaningful and heartfelt work to help materialize a better, more fair and happy world for our elders.


WEL, World Elder Land - Global Action On Aging

Our vision:

Our elders are a blessing for our human family.


It is our moral responsibility to treat our elders with respect, to love them and to value their many years of contributions and learning experiences.

Civic Engagement: Increasing the understanding of evidence based global aging issues... everyone is invited to practice better ways to help millions of elders in the world who day-by-day experience isolation, discrimination, violence, abuse, legal protection, a happy and safe home, and limited health care services.

By actively including our elders in the planning, implementation, testing and evaluation of our spiritual human evolving, in our communities of place and communities of interest, we contribute and facilitate their social inclusion, vocational wellness, physical and psychosocial health, their spiritual and intellectual wellness and much more...

Our elders can help us sharpen our listening skills, weave a better present and future for all of us, dissolve negative egos or better the use of our resources.

Our elders are not a "product" or a "problem" in our global society. As caregivers we can facilitate, network and influence, NOW, a better and healthier quality of life for the treasures of our communities, our elders.

Social support networks, "universal old-age pensions" that can reduce poverty, and better health for our elders can to be a priority so they can end their journey with us, on their "graduation day", with dignity, happiness and surrounded by the visible love of their human family.

Our elders can speak their mind and heart boldly and freely based on their experience and better ways... and as Nelson Mandela said..."elders can support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict, and inspire hope where there is despair."

Let's continue co-creating a better world for our elders...

Everyone is invited!!!

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Join us ...
A month of world events; better practices, civic engagement, advocacy and meaningful projects with and for our elders

September 17 - October 17, 2007


- UN International Day of Peace, September 21
- UN International Day of Older Persons, October 1
- International Day of St. Francis, October 4th
- UN International Day of Eradication of Poverty, October 17
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Please share your ideas or feedback to us.... send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com


Peace be with you!






Kathy J. Ward, Universal Peace Ambassador
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Author
website: www.kathyjward.com/KJW
blog: www.kathyjward.com/blog


© 2006-2010 Notice: No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author. The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.







Wednesday, August 15, 2007

 

[KJW #084] WEL Summer Adventures With Our Elders And Their Caregivers

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[KJW #084] 1. WEL Summer Adventures With Our Elders And Their Caregivers - Part I

2. Kathy J. Ward and WEL, World Elder Land receives recognition from S.A.R. Prince of Asturias, Spain, Don Felipe de Borbón (translation of the letter in english below.)




Rita 86:
The main thing is just don't grow up!

Virginia, 92:
"Every human being can be the Leonardo da Vinci of their own life, you know, 'unlimited possibilities', creativity or something like that..."


1. Priest River, Idaho - Octogenarians won a 5K run: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place in their age group. Bravo!!! KJW received 1st place in her age group.

Meet Bernie, 81, and her beautiful art work, painting scenes of Idaho in river rocks.

Japanese elder Mr. Naidoo, Goju Karate Master, brings martial arts out of shadow. (Goju means hard and soft.)

... we asked our elders winning the run, what is the secreat for a great health? Good family life, good food, do go to others and good sex. Don't just sit around waiting for the undertaker.


(1) (2)

CREATIVITY IS AN ORIGINAL, NOT A COPY!

(3) (4)

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2. Couer d'Alane, Idaho - KJW visiting with Elders of the Couer d'Alene Tribe... about Peace and better ways to live.

Self-portrait by an elder from Couer d'Alene tribe;
"Home Spirit" - The second photo shows items that the elder is wearing in the painting.

Photo collage of a Pow Wow; a Native American cultural friendly gathering and dance celebration of life... Everyone is invited!





(creativity is a tonic for better longevity)



POW WOW PHOTO COLLAGE - click here

3. Spokane, Washington - Meaningful workshop: Part I - Movie: "Anatomy Of An Illness" by Norman Cousins.

Part II:
Understanding practical ways, research and evidence-based medicine interventions that have been learned and applied to; influence our whole-person wellness, better health, better immune system and emotional freedom.

Comments from the participants:
  • "Some doctors are willing to learn from their patients."
  • "Each person carries a doctor inside of them."
  • "Family and a meaningful social support network (friends and other caregivers), are essential to the process of healing and better health."
  • KJW said: Major depression is associated with defective antioxidant defenses. Vitamin E is the major fat soluble antioxidant in the body. A number of previous studies have linked low levels of omega-3 to clinically significant conditions such as major depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance abuse and attention deficit disorder." Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

    "Health is a wonderful cooperation - Plato called it a love affair - between all the organs of the body. Admire it, love it, encourage it, thank God for the miraculous temple of your unique, divine life. Robert Muller."

    HAPPINESS IS HEALTH !

4. Madrid, Spain: Kathy J. Ward and WEL, World Elder Land received recognition from S. A. R. Prince of Asturias Felipe de Borbón.




Palacio de la Zarzuela
Madrid, 30 de Julio de 2007

Doña Kathy J. Ward
President of WEL, World Elder Land
Universal Peace Ambassador

My dear friend
:

It is with great pleasure that His Royal Highness Prince of Asturias keep receiving information about the diverse activities related to the work that you carry out with WEL, World Elder Land, world-wide in benefit of elders and their caregivers. H. R. H would also like to congratulate you for your appointment as Universal Peace Ambassador.

H. R. H. has asked me to send you his fraternal greetings, and would like to let you know that he totally supports your initiative , proposals and efforts toward the creation of U.N. Goodwill Ambassadors For Elders in matters related to the betterment of the quality of life of elders and their caregivers all over the world.
Cordially greetings,
Jaime Alfonsín
Chief Secreatry of the Office of the Prince

We are here to help you! Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land to connection@kathyjward.com


Peace be with you!

Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland



© Copyright 2007 Kathy J. Ward. All rights reserved.
No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author. The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.






Tuesday, August 07, 2007

 

[KJW #085] How To Nurture And Influence Our Immune System And Better Health By Using The Power Of Positive Emotions

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PRACTICE - EDUCATION - SCIENCE

[KJW #085] How To Nurture And Influence Our Immune System And Better Health By Using The Power Of Positive Emotions

Monday, August 13th


Providence Center For Faith and Healing
Time: 1:00- 3:30 p.m.
(click here for a printable pdf flyer)
This meaningful and interactive workshop offers a better understanding of how to influence the biochemistry (chemical and physicochemical processes) of our bodies to nurture better health, better brains and better healing communities.

Understand how happiness and joy are tonics for longevity.

We can not treat disease in isolation, we need to nurture all aspects of whole-person-centered wellness for the co-creation of better health.

Understand research and evidence-based medicine interventions that have been learned and applied to influence our whole-person wellness and to make our communities better healing environments for everyone.

___________________________________

Messages from Sarah Shapiro, daughter of Norman Cousins,
to Kathy J. Ward -

Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Dear Kathy:
I appreciate your sending this to me very, very much. Thank you. I wish I could be there.

May your work reach many people throughout the world.

All the very best,
Sarah

Date: September 25, 2006


Dear Kathy:

Thank you so much for your meaningful work. I just want to add that the real full-time nurse that helped my father was my mother, Eleanor Cousins. It was she who was his partner in belief. (Actually, she believed he would live forever.)
She was also the one who first taught my father about vitamin C and better nutrition.

With appreciation for your wise words, your passion for a better life for the elderly, who know whereof they speak.

Sarah Shapiro
Jerusalem

_____________________________________

The first part of the program will be the showing of "Anatomy of An Illness." This movie is based on the book written by Norman Cousins (editor of Saturday Review), that recounts his personal experience of working in close collaboration with his doctor to overcome a supposedly irreversible disease of a potentially fatal illness by laughter. He found that one 10-minute session of laughter could give him up to 2 hours of pain-free sleep. Norman Cousins was made the first non-medical honorary president of the American Medical Association. He holds the only honorary medical degree awarded at Yale University School of Medicine.

During the second part of this program, Kathy Ward will explore the relationship between emotions, thoughts, lifestyles (psycho-neuro-immunology), and how the human mind and brain are capable of promoting the body's natural ability of self-repair and healing... with our total collaboration.

HAPPINESS IS HEALTH !

Sign-up required...

Location:
Providence Center For Faith and Healing
(across the street from Sacred Heart)
Registration:

Cost:
$25
Dates:
Monday, August 13th
Time:
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


We are here to help you! Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land to connection@kathyjward.com


Peace be with you!

Kathy J. Ward, Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
Holistic Health Practitioner and Consultant, AHHA Member
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Consultant
National Assisted Living Administrator Certified
Board Member, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal
Author
National Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
Love Ambassador - Florida, USA
Member of the World Poet Society - Greece
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders - Connecticut, USA
Cell: (240) 393-5456
E-mail: connection@KathyJWard.com


© Copyright 2007 Kathy J. Ward. All rights reserved.
No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author. The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.







Wednesday, July 11, 2007

 

[KJW #083] To Share, Listen, Help and Learn From One Another...

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PRACTICE
- EDUCATION - SCIENCE

[KJW #083] To Share, Listen, Help and Learn From One Another...
Nurturing Spiritual Healing Communities, Health Promotion and Civic Engagement Among Elders And Their Caregivers

1. Universal Peace Ambassador, KJW, visits with community members in Othello, WA and meets a magnificent elder... Al, 87 year-old, after winning a 1K fun race.


1. Al and KJW after the race talking about positivism and possible dreams.
2. Al and his granddaughter during the race approaching the line.



How does one deal with pessimists and negative people? Ignore them or inspire them and make them work. Give them your example and show them positive results you have obtained.

Robert Muller, Former UN Assistant Secretary General


2. Workshop Part II: Human Evolving vs. Aging; presented at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Providence Center For Faith and Healing.






1. Welcoming remarks by Dr. Jim Shaw, Medical Director Providence Center
For Faith and Healing. 2. KJW presenting "Human Evolving vs. Aging."


Some of the topics learned and discussed during this program
:

How the essences of better longevity can be nurtured by; the total integration of whole-person-living, the mind-body connection, the environment as our extended body, and the alignment of the many ways that life and love is manifested, within ourselves, among people, animals and nature.

Is aging a result of the neglect of evolutionary and biological integrity? If so, what can you do to co-create and influence; the natural ability of the body for self-repair, healthier cell functioning, better breathing, reduction of oxidative stress and inflammation.





Comments from the participants:

"Thank you for allowing everyone to ask questions."

"I have learned how toxic thoughts can affect my immune system and overall health."

"I have learned other ways to explore and manifest peace, serenity and relaxation in changing my attitude."

"I am learning ways to love myself as I forgive others. It was a God thing that Kathy appeared in my life."

"This class has been exceptionally meaningful to me. As a health care professional I am aware of biological markers of aging, but Kathy presented the importance of a meaningful (lifestyle) to those outcomes. Kathy also talked about how we nurture and stimulate our body by the behaviors and choices we make."



3. Foundación Alzheimer's Venezuela and WEL, World Elder Land presents 23rd ADI Conference "New Perspectives, New Hope." Caracas, Venezuela.



To better our brain we must nurture whole-person wellness...

Heavy metals, pesticides and other toxins may be implicated in the development of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Exposure to industrial metals such as aluminum and mercury have long been suspected of increasing risk of Alzheimer's, and new evidence suggests that dietary iron, copper and zinc may also be involved in the formation of plaque found in the brain of Alzheimer's patients. To protect the brain; avoid or minimize exposure to industrial chemicals; eat a diet high in antioxidant-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables; consume natural chelators like water, green tea and tumeric. (The Lancet, Mount Sinai School of Medicine)

Maintaining a positive attitude living well with Alzheimer's... Try to enjoy each day as it comes, focusing on meaningful activities and what can be done rather than on the things that can no longer be done.

Listening to Mozart's Divertimento 3rd Movement in D, increases dopamine, one of the "joy neurotransmitters" that also reduces systolic blood pressure. (Journal of American Geriatric Society)

Research indicates that poor glucose tolerance, a common complication of obesity and an early indication of developing diabetes, is associated with decreased general cognitive performance, memory impairments, and atrophy of the hippocampus, a key brain center for learning and memory. (Mind, Moods and Memory, Massachusetts General Hospital)


1. KJW presenting "Listening For Better Health" model of care at the VA Hospital in Washington D. C. 2. Latino elders representing 13 nationalities and interdisciplinary team members participating in the research study with KJW.

Topic: "Listening For Better Nutrition and Medication Management."


Utilizing the "Listening For Better Health" model of care (evidence-based medicine), based on a research study designed, implemented and evaluated by KJW as Project Manager in 2005. The "Listening For Better Medication Management and Nutrition." will be presented at the conference in Venezuela in October 2007, in Spanish.

The study includes contributions by
interdisciplinary team members: Social Worker, RN, MD, Nutritionist, Psychologist, Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) and KJW, Gerontologist and Recreation Therapists.



4. Upcoming workshop... The Biochemestry of Happiness, Emotional Wellness, Depression and a Better Life.

How to design and implement a thoughtful, meaningful and effective road map out of depression. Understanding how emotions, our body and the mind are interconnected and affect each other. Understanding how to influence your thoughts to live better and happier lives. Understand how to influence our thoughts to live better and happier lives. Understand how happiness and joy are tonics for longevity. Learn a meditation exercise to influence better thoughts and emotions.


Location:
Providence Center For Faith and Healing
(across the street from Sacred Heart)
Registration:

Cost:
$20
Dates:
Thursday, July 19
Time:
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.



5. Photos of recent workshops

- Relaxation and Stress Reduction - June 2007




- Nurturing A Healthier Brain - June 2007



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We are here to help YOU! Our mission is the betterment of elders and their caregivers. Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land to connection@kathyjward.com

Peace be with you!


Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
Holistic Health Practitioner and Consultant, AHHA Member
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Consultant
National Assisted Living Administrator Certified
Board Member, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal
Author
National Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
Love Ambassador - Florida, USA
Member of the World Poet Society - Greece
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders - Connecticut, USA
Cell: (240) 393-5456
E-mail: connection@KathyJWard.com


© Copyright 2007 Kathy J. Ward. All rights reserved.
No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author. The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.






Sunday, June 24, 2007

 

[KJW #081] The Franciscan St. Joseph Family Center and WEL, World Elder Land have teamed up to offer a meaningful, fun and nurturing wellness program.

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PRACTICE
- EDUCATION - SCIENCE



[KJW #081] The Franciscan Family Center and WEL, World Elder Land have teamed up to offer a meaningful, fun and nurturing wellness program... especially crafted for our dear elders!




The word "CONVIVENCIA" means;
"to live with, live together and to coexist".



Objectives of the program
:
During CONVIVENCIA all participants will learn how to influence the natural ability of the body for "self-repair" and "rejuvenation", and how to co-create healing.
During CONVIVENCIA each elder (55+) attending the program will learn meaningful and practical ways to nurture all aspects of whole-person-centered wellness; social, psychical, emotional, vocational, spiritual and intellectual wellness.

During
CONVIVENCIA everyone will enjoy and learn about color meditation, Tai-Chi class, energy work Reiki class, inspirational readings and movies, breathing and relaxation bodywork, creative and healing arts, nature walks, listening to nature and our bodies, body detoxification and healthy diet, happiness and health workshop, four wellness presentations and more...

During
CONVIVENCIA every elder will learn the meaning and purpose of the "Journal For A Better Life."



July 24, 25 and 26th

Arrival: Tuesday, July 24 at 2:00 p.m. (check-in and orientation)
Departure: Thursday, July 26 at 2:00 p.m. (evaluation and departure)

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Click here to view a copy of the flyer



Peace be with you!

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We are here to help YOU!

New website: www.kathyjward.com/KJW

Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com


Peace be with you!


Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
Holistic Health Practitioner and Consultant
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Consultant
National Assisted Living Administrator Certified
Board Member, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal
Author
National Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
Love Ambassador - Florida, USA
Member of the World Poet Society - Greece
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders - Connecticut, USA
Cell: (240) 393-5456



© Copyright 2007 Kathy J. Ward. All rights reserved.
No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author. The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.






Monday, June 18, 2007

 

[KJW #080] Co-Creating Healing By Incorporating The Practice Of Self-Help Therapies Into Our Daily Life-Style

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PRACTICE - EDUCATION - SCIENCE

[KJW #080] Co-Creating Healing By Incorporating The Practice Of Self-Help Therapies Into Our Daily Life-Style
By helping our "self" and nurturing a better life-style, we are influencing a better present, a better world... a more peaceful world for ALL living beings; people and nature...


1. WEL CDs: Co-Creating Healing Energy ©2007
2. Human Evolving vs Aging: Back by popular request!!!
3. Portrait of Myself & Listening ... in Portland, Oregon
4. Upcoming announcement - all about the conference in Malta.






- CD 1: What is meditation, its benefits, how the mind help us
co-create healing (two CDs - Part I and Part II).

- CD 2: Listening to our body. Releasing to relax by
scanning our body (one CD).

- CD 3: Breathing, hydration and the mind.
The gift of time and present moment.
Breathwork exercises (one CD).

Cost: $15 (includes S & H) each CD. How to order copies of the CDs:

To order online, please visit the WEL Store and go to (special order) - Or send an e-mail to: connection@kathyjward.com





2. Human Evolving vs Aging: Back by popular request!!!
Providence Center For Faith and Healing - Sacred Heart Medical Center. Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 12 to 4 -
Registration: 509-474-3008
An awakening... a public dialog among elders and caregivers about the genuine WEL SCIENCE-EDUCATION and BETTER PRACTICES about healthier life-styles and longevity interventions.

How the essences of better longevity can be nurtured by; the total integration of whole-person-living, the mind-body connection, the environment as our extended body, and the alignment of the many ways that life and love is manifested, within ourselves, among people, animals and nature.
Click here to view a photo collage of Part I - May 8, 2007



3. Portrait of Myself & Listening ... in Portland, Oregon
WEL was invited to address health care professionals that deliver care to elders. During the retreat, Kathy Ward spoke about better ways of co-creating healing communities, inclusion, listening beyond cultures and better life-styles for our elders and caregivers.





Special thanks to Edie Seyl for your beautiful work
and invitation...



We are here to help you!

Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land or Kathy J. Ward to connection@kathyjward.com


Peace be with you!


Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
Holistic Health Practitioner and Consultant
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Consultant
National Assisted Living Administrator Certified
Board Member, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal
Author
National Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
Love Ambassador - Florida, USA
Member of the World Poet Society - Greece
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders - Connecticut, USA
Cell: (240) 393-5456






Wednesday, June 06, 2007

 

[KJW #079] WEL, World Elder Land, has teamed up with the United Nations Environmental Program to present World Environment Month - June 007

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PRACTICE - EDUCATION - SCIENCE


[KJW #079] WEL, World Elder Land, has teamed up with the United Nations Environmental Program to present World Environment Month - June 007


United Nations Environmental Program and
Better World Community Adventures, a project
of WEL, World Elder Land


presents



This year we hope to continue inspiring as many elder communities as possible to actively participate in the betterment of our environment.

The world would love to learn the opinion and suggestions of our elders in matters of a better environment for better health, global warming and preservation of natural resources.

This is a people's event and a community service project that promotes better ways toward environmental issues, whole-person living, to ensure that all living beings; people and nature, enjoy a safer better present and future life.

WEL is inviting all elders of the world and their caregivers to create an inspirational postcard describing a project or way to better the environment.


English: What can I do to better the environment?

Spanish: Qué puedes hacer tú para mejorar el ambiente y la naturaleza?


(Example of a post card acknowledging nature as our extended body.)


Here is a link to the UNEP website
Click here: Around The World and WEL
(a photo collage of all our elder events will be sent to UNEP)

Suggestions
:

1. Please use biodegradable or environmental green products to create your post-card. (Biodegradable: waste material that can be decomposed under natural conditions.)

2. This can be an intergenerational event or a community event.

Send us photos of your projects in progress or interviews with elders at: wel@worldelderland.com
To register your project with elders and caregivers, please send us an e-mail to wel@worldelderland.com
WEL have received registrations from: Tanzania, Venezuela, Spain,
USA (Maryland, Florida, New York, Washington D.C. and Washington.)
and we will be facilitating some of these events.

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We are here to help you! Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land to connection@kathyjward.com


Peace be with you!


Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
Holistic Health Practitioner and Consultant
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Consultant
National Assisted Living Administrator Certified
Board Member, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal
Author
National Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
Love Ambassador - Florida, USA
Member of the World Poet Society - Greece
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders - Connecticut, USA
Cell: (240) 393-5456
NEW WEBSITE: www.kathyjward.com/KJW

© Copyright 2007 Kathy J. Ward. All rights reserved.
No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author. The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.








Sunday, June 03, 2007

 

[KJW #078] Advances in Prevention and Treatment of Dementia: Nurturing A Healthier Brain, Neurogenesis, Neuroplasticity and Whole-Person-Center Welln

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PRACTICE - EDUCATION - SCIENCE

[KJW #078] Advances in Prevention and Treatment of Dementia: Nurturing A Healthier Brain, Neurogenesis, Neuroplasticity and Whole-Person-Center Wellness For Elders and Their Caregivers.

Elders, Nurses from Spokane Valley Hospital and Nutritionists gathered at Center Place at Mirabeau to learn, practice and explore better ways to nurture wellness and healing.

Center Place Mirabeau - May 2007
facilitated by the Institute of Extended Learning and
Kathy J. Ward, President of WEL, World Elder Land
and ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
(www.kathyjward.com/KJW)

Comments from the participants:
  • I have learned that by nurturing my own wellness I can make a difference in my life, my community and the world.

  • I believed thinking of myself was selfish... now I realized that the betterment of myself will ripple out to better the life of others.

  • I have learned practical ways to care for my brain, especially the relation of food and brain activity.

  • The easy going style of the speaker increases interest to ask questions... loved that I could ask questions.

  • Very much of one-on-one in a class setting.

  • There are two words that have a new meaning to me; "betterment" and "co-create"... thank you Kathy!

  • There is much I am not just thinking about, but I started my own Journal For A Better Life, I am setting more time to meditate, drinking more water and many other useful things.

  • I have learned to slow down, be positive, be helpful, better myself, enjoy life and others more, be happier, etc. All these are part of health.

  • I am much more aware of the impact of what I eat, drink, breath, think and what it does to my body and overall health.

  • Kathy teaches at a level I can understand complex body functions.
  • All that I have learned will help me with the care of my patients, my elderly mother and myself.

  • This program has inspired me to want to be healthier, practice better nutrition and improving my brain health.

  • Thank you so much for going over the structure of the brain, its functions and how can I make them better.


Alzheimer's and Dementia are not inevitable parts of aging.

At the age of 55, your brain may not be as sharp and healthy as it was at 20. However, we can influence a better brain; its function, its physiology (i.e., neuroplasticity, neurogenesis), and its biochemistry, choosing healthier life-styles.

Unlike other cells in our bodies, brain cells don't replicate as part of a regular procedure, and throughout our life-span some of these brain cells die off gradually. Research show that age-related memory decline is probably caused by less efficient communication between cells that shrink in size in two particular areas of the brain like; the frontal lobe (1) (
The frontal lobes have been found to play a part in impulse control, judgment, language production, working memory, motor function, problem solving, sexual behavior, socialization, and spontaneity. The frontal lobes assist in planning, coordinating, controlling, and executing behavior. People that have damaged frontal lobes may experience problems with these aspects of cognitive function, being at times impulsive; impaired in their ability to plan and execute complex sequences of actions) and the hippocampus (2) (a critical part of the brain for the formation of new autobiographical and fact memories); two structures involved in memory functions.


(1) Brain Lobes (2) Hippocampus

The brain has a remarkable capacity for modification and repair. If a neuronet (network of cells) display weakness, another network can often create new connections, (new brain cell formation - neurogenesis), by responding to stimulation.

The structure of our brain, from the details of our dendrites to the density of our hippocampus, is incredibly influenced by our surroundings. Stressful conditions affect our brain and therefore it stops creating new brain cells, as a result and over time the brain will be disfigured.

"Viewed through the magnified eyes of a confocal microscope, a newborn neuron looks fragile, almost lonely. Everything around it is connected to everything else, but the new cell is all alone, just a seed of soma (1) and a thin stalk of axon (1) desperately trying to plug itself into the network. If it doesn’t, it will die. Staring at this tenuous neuron, it is hard to believe that so much depends upon its presence and the environment." (SEED Brain and Behavior, February 2006.)


A neuron and its parts

We can influence a better brain by stimulating, with goal-directed experiential therapeutic programs in the context of "rehabilitation interventions", approaches to better brain function. Elder Recreation Therapy (ERT)© interventions can be measured, tested and implemented according to the "needs" and "interest" of each person.

Improving Brain Function and Its Pathology: Influencing environmental stimulation by co-creating enriched environments for better brain function.

Facilitating therapeutic, healthier enriched environments for our elders and their caregivers should include; novelty, variety, challenge, problem-solving, practice and lots of fun. Poverty, poor nutrition, lack of stimulation and stress are environmental factors that influence negatively the anatomy and function of our brains.

Short-term exposure to an enriched environment leads to a striking increase in new neurons, along with a substantial improvement in behavioral performance. Could this "plastic response" be relevant for explaining the beneficial effects of leading "an active life" on brain function and pathology? Adult hippocampal neurogenesis in mice living in an enriched environment from the age of 10 to 20 months was fivefold higher than in controls. This cellular plasticity occurred in the context of significant improvements of learning parameters, exploratory behavior, and locomotor activity. Therefore, in mice signs of neuronal aging can be diminished by a sustained active and challenging life, even if this stimulation started only at medium age. Activity exerts not only an acute but also a sustained effect on brain plasticity.
Department of Neurology, Charite, Humboldt University,
Berlin, Germany (Aug 202)
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There are several factors, all together or not, that make the brain more susceptible to brain illnesses, dementia. Scientist have uncovered evidence that the same risk factors that have long been known to raise risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high cholesterol, also may increase chances of getting Alzheimer's or Dementia. For example; smoking increases risk of dementia or Alzheimer's by 26 percent (Archives of neurology, Volume 63 - National Institute of Aging.)

Poor blood sugar control in diabetics raises risk for Dementia and Alzheimer's disease. A study based on the records of 22,852 patients with type 2 diabetes examined eight years worth of records to look for a correlation between blood sugar control, inflammation and risk for dementia. (Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Alzheimer's report 2007.)

A study of 124 previously sedentary adults (age 60-75) compared the effects of aerobics exercises; walking and stretching, on different aspects of mental function, such as memory and executive process (planning, logic, problem-solving). Those engaged in a regular aerobic exercise program showed significant improvement in performing mental tasks, while those in the other group did not. (New England Journal of Medicine. June 2006).
This training program was crafted to help our elders and caregivers with meaningful supportive information, better understanding and better practices to nurture a healthier brain.



Upcoming Health Promotion and Wellness Series
with Kathy J. Ward:

  • Relaxation and Stress Reduction For A Better Brain: May 30, June 6 - 1:3 p.m.

  • The Mind-Body Connection: June 13, 10-12noon.

  • Nurturing a Healthier Brain: June 20, 10-12noon.
- Registration or questions: 509-533-4756 or 240-393-5456

We are here to help you! Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land to connection@kathyjward.com


Peace be with you!


Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
Holistic Health Practitioner and Consultant
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Consultant
National Assisted Living Administrator Certified
Board Member, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal
Author
National Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
Love Ambassador - Florida, USA
Member of the World Poet Society - Greece
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders - Connecticut, USA
Cell: (240) 393-5456



© Copyright 2007 Kathy J. Ward. All rights reserved.
No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author.
The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward
. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.
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Saturday, June 02, 2007

 

[KJW #077] Back By Popular Request!!! - Spiritual Human Evolving vs Aging: Part II

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PRACTICE - EDUCATION - SCIENCE


[KJW #077] Nurturing Spiritual Healing Communities For Elders and Their Caregivers.

Part I: Presented last May 8, at Providence Center For Faith & Healing. Part II Tuesday, June 19th ... back by popular request!!!



Providence Health Care: Providence Center For Faith and Healing and
WEL, World Elder Land, has partnered again to present...



Back by popular request!!!

Part II: Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Questions: 240-393-5456 - Registration: 509-474-3008



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"Are you a god?" they asked the Buddha
"No," the Buddha replied
"Are you an angel?"
"No," the Buddha replied again.
"Well, are a you a saint?"
"No."
"Then what are you?"
... "I am awake"
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Part I: A meaningful and awakening workshop.
Participants learning how to model and co-create better
human lives for better and happier longevity.



1. Our workshop in progress presented by Kathy J. Ward.
2. Dr. Jim Shaw, Medical Director, Providence Center For Faith & Healing

(click here to view a photo collage of this program)

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Material covered during part I of this program...
An awakening... a public dialog among elders and caregivers about the genuine WEL SCIENCE-EDUCATION and BETTER PRACTICES about healthier life-styles and longevity interventions.
Beyond masking age changes... what can you do today to nurture your health, normal physiological processes, quality of life vs. quantity of life?

Is aging a result of the neglect of evolutionary and biological integrity? If so, what can you do to co-create and influence; the natural ability of the body for self-repair, healthier cell functioning, better breathing, and reduction of oxydative stress and inflamation.

How the essences of better longevity can be nurtured by; the total integration of whole-person-living, the mind-body connection, the environment as our extended body, and the alignment of the many ways that life and love is manifested, within ourselves, among people, animals and nature.

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Part I: Here are some comments from the participants:

"Practical information on nutrition, posture, breathing, reducing oxidative stress, mind-body connection... excellent!"

"I like the talk because it is about things that we can all do better today."

"Needs much more time. A 3-day workshop perhaps. "

"I wish all care centers could/would send their staff to this workshop."

"Personal experience of teacher and way of expression gave me more encouragement"

"I enjoyed the relaxed feel and the feeling that Kathy's talk came from the heart"

"I have learned new ways to look at aging"

"Kathy's teaching style is good and lively"

"My husband and I were hoping to hear more about how to exercise our brain to prevent Alzheimer's... I guess this is another talk."

"I am in a particular area of my life at this time and this talk has been so meaningful to me. It is very thought-provoking and helpful. I love the respect that you show for elders"

"I love the ways I have learned that we can influence aging and how"

"Great speaker, genuine and authentic.
Kathy lives what she teaches. Totally integrated message. I'm jealous but grateful."

"I liked everything about the program. How we can choose to influence our lives, the environment and others."

"I like the concept of the fact that we can live our dreams, most people really don't believe that until it is too late."

"What I liked the most about the program is the speaker's passion."

"Elder quality of life can be achieved. It was so good to hear Kathy after 20 years of health care service."

"This program has given me hope about my own life."

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OVERVIEW OF PART II: TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2007

Part II: Spiritual Human Evolving vs Aging. Here is an overview of the upcoming workshop...


What does it mean to re-envision a better quality of life for elders and their caregivers, that integrates the betterment of our mind, body and spirit, the dimension of total wellness and true self-actualization.

Learn how to align and nurture the laws of compensation and aging: Psychological Aging (evidence-based medicine and better practices.)

How to identify ways to develop and nurture a culture
of process improvement that promotes health and harmony.

Learn more about mind/body principles and practices for self healing and better health.

Pre-registration required!!!

Fees includes materials and lunch
$25.00 General Public
$20.00 Providence Health & Service Employees
$15.00 Members of Sacred Heart Volunteers


SPECIAL THANKS: We are able to keep registration fees low thanks to a generous grant from the Sacred Heart Service League.

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We are here to help you! Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land to connection@kathyjward.com


Peace be with you!


Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
Holistic Health Practitioner and Consultant
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Consultant
National Assisted Living Administrator Certified
Board Member, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal
Author
National Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
Love Ambassador - Florida, USA
Member of the World Poet Society - Greece
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders - Connecticut, USA
Cell: (240) 393-5456



© Copyright 2007 Kathy J. Ward. All rights reserved.
No part of KJW blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in KJW websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author. The use of proposals presented and discussed during individual meetings by WEL or KJW is prohibited without the written prior permission of Kathy J. Ward. There can be a civil penalty for a person or organization that violates KJW copyright.







Tuesday, May 15, 2007

 

[KJW #076] Health Promotion & Wellness For Our Elders - West Coast, Spokane, Washington

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[KJW #076] Health Promotion & Wellness For Our Elders - West Coast, Spokane, Washington




The Institute of Extended Learning 55+
and WEL, World Elder Land, have partnered to present:



by: Kathy J. Ward

The Healthy Brain
Would you like to experience better brain functioning? Examine how the brain works: sensory, memory, motor coordination, and problem-solving. Discover ways to influence your brain to function better, basic neuroscience of the brain, and view some connections between "creativity and longevity."

Location: Center Place at Mirabeau, 2426 N Discovery Pl
Date: May 16th and 23rd
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Registration: 509-533-4756

Every child is an artist. The issue is how to remain an artist once they grow up.
- Pablo Picasso


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Relaxation and Stress Reduction
Learn more about current self-help therapies that can play an important role in healing, stress reduction and pain management. Learn more about energy work, chakras, creative writing and breathing meditation.

Location: Center Place at Mirabeau, 2426 N Discovery Pl
Date: May 30th and June 6th
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Registration: 509-533-4756

“You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.”
- Teilhard de Chardin


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The Mind-Body Connection and Our Health
How does tension caused by everyday worries block the flow of healing energy that keeps us well? Learn more about color therapy, emotional wellness and our immune system.

Location: Center Place at Mirabeau, 2426 N Discovery Pl
Date: June 13th
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Registration: 509-533-4756

There is only one time that is important, NOW! It is the most important time because it is the only time that we have.
- Leo Tolstoy


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Nurturing a Healthier Brain
Explore how the brain works and how to nurture a healthier brain by influencing cognitive functioning, better nutrition and meaningful life-styles. Learn more about dementia, Alzheimer's and other brain dis-eases. Each participant will learn how to improve brain functioning, sensation seeking, logic, memory, reasoning and speed processing.

Location: Corbin Senior Center, 827 W Cleveland Ave
Date: June 20th
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Registration: 509-533-4756

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

- Saint Francis

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Photos of some of my students during a very interactive and fun WEL, Whole-Person-Centered Wellness© program at Center Place at Mirabeau (April and May 2007.)



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We are here to help you! Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land to connection@kathyjward.com


Peace be with you!


Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
Holistic Health Practitioner and Consultant
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Consultant
National Assisted Living Administrator Certified
Board Member, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal
Author
National Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
Love Ambassador - Florida, USA
Member of the World Poet Society - Greece
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders - Connecticut, USA
Cell: (240) 393-5456



© Copyright 2007 Kathy J. Ward. All rights reserved.
No part of this blog or KJW websites: WEL, World Elder Land, ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, BWCA, Better World Community Adventures, may be reproduced, totally or partially, in any form or by any means, without the written prior permission of the author. The use of our materials in websites, conferences, group presentations, publications or network computer system is prohibited without the written prior permission of the author.
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Saturday, May 12, 2007

 

[KJW #075] Collaborative Design Session: Conversations With Remarkable Elders

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[KJW #075] Collaborative Design Session: Conversations With Remarkable Elders


Happiness An Essential Ingredient
For Holistic Health and Wellness;
For Our Elders and Their Caregivers


During a recent trip to the east coast, a group of elders and I gathered at a Methodist Church in Friendship Heights, near Washington D.C. to converse about happiness, health and better ways to live a meaningful life.


Kathy: This conversation is about sharing and listening to our feelings, ideas and actions for our better life. A sort of "WEL Wellness Support Group." As you know, many better ways can begin today, at this very moment. I would like to start our conversation focusing on personal happiness. Who goes first?

Gertrude: Happiness is a state of mind.

Lucille: Happiness for me is New York, when I moved out of New York I left my heart and all my happiness there.

Norman: Lucille, you can close your eyes and remember all the wonderful things you lived and had in NY... when you remember you live again. For me happiness is what I make of a moment in life. I choose to be happy no matter where I am.

Rosa: I agree with Gertrude and Norman, happiness is a state of mind. We as elders sometimes cannot do all the things we used to but we can be happy if we look beyond those things we no longer can do. Because, there are many other things that we can do now.

Kathy: Great Rosa! What do you mean by looking beyond those things?

Rosa: Life is an adventure; we never know what is going to happen next. The longer we live, the more we learn. There is no need to focus on the past. Let's focus on "what can be done today? or Tomorrow?" However, tomorrow is today!

Norman: I am in a wheelchair and I love to dance. I remember how beautiful it was to dance with my wife. She was my happiness too. She was always smiling no matter what. Today a smile means a lot to me. Not only because it makes me feel good, but also because I value that someone is happy and want to share that with me. If I choose to say Hi and also smile, it is almost automatically, I also feel happy.

Ruth: I think we feel happy when we acknowledge other people and things around us. It does change our focus.

Kathy: What do you mean by that Ruth?

Ruth: For example Lucille, she is not longer in New York, she misses the people and places and other things that made her happy. She thinks about NY constantly and her mind is not focused on her life now here with us. We are also people, we can be her friends. We have also traveled and we can talk about many interesting things with her. Life is an opportunity, you take it or waste it.


Rosa: Being among friends and happy people make us happy.

Kathy: What else makes you happy?

Gertrude: Ah! There is something very important that make everyone feels good and be happy and that is HUMOR. It is very hard to be next to someone with good sense of humor and be sad. For some people no matter what is going on around them, they seem to find a way to feel good and enjoy life... you know, sometimes it is about the simple things.

Kathy: What other simple things can make us happy?

Lucille: Refreshments and chocolate.

Norman: For me education because it help us to find ourselves.

Ruth: For me my family or a hug. Or being in here with all of you.

Gertrude: For me a walk in the garden or a good book.

Rosa: For me, Santa Clause makes me very happy.

Lucille: How silly. You are an old lady Rosa; don’t tell me that you still believe in Santa Clause, ha!


Rosa: Oh Yes, I do. It is wonderful to know that there is someone out there that can do something to help you, unexpectedly, and will not ask for anything else in return. I do believe in Santa Clause and I do believe in people doing good.
… The group applauded Rosa and Norman said, “I want to sit next to you Rosa, do you mind?”
Kathy: How many of you believe in Santa Clause? By show of hands everyone except one person.

Norman: The most amazing thing about this metaphor is that all of us can be Santa Clause at any moment if we choose to do so. This is not about religion; this is about being a kind human being. It is selfless service – decency.

Kathy: I am with you Norman. It is about co-creating a better reality, a better life, a better world. Not only with good intentions but with good actions. Sort of ACTIVATING THE WORD PEACE. Beautiful actions based on the language of the heart. We all can do that in spite of our disabilities, limitations, etc.

Raymond: To know that we are here in this world and that we can make a difference in our own life and other people’s life is an invitation for a better life. It is true that parts of our body may not work in the same way as they used to. Perhaps this is part of growing up. It is true that we may no longer drive or dance, but there are other things we can do. You see, we seem to focus more on what we no longer do or have and we sometimes choose to ignore what we do have. For example, how nice is to sit around the fireplace, in the basement of our home, to discuss our feelings and what is in our minds and hearts.

There is something I have to tell you... I have lived here for six months and today for the first time I do not feel like a stranger. I feel you are my family and I like the way some of you think. I wish we could do this more often.

... Norman unlocked his wheelchair and approaching Raymond said...

Norman: Hi Raymond, my name is Norman, nice to meet you, please join me for dinner.

Raymond: Nice to meet you too. Sure, I will have dinner with you.

Rosa: Well, I guess I would have to have dinner with Santa Clause then.

Raymond: Rosa, would you like to join Norman and I for dinner?

Rosa: What took you so long?

Ruth: I think that happiness is a personal matter because it is up to us to accept and live life and to stop feeling dead inside. I feel good about my friends and I think that among them today the chicken will have more substance.

Kathy: I agree with you Ruth. Caring for others is one of our most precious human values and actions. We have been here for more than 35 minutes listening to what each one of us wanted to share with everyone. I am glad you feel good and I wish we could continue meeting more often. Your feelings and thoughts are important. When we look beyond our limitations, others too will do the same. As you acknowledged your own capacities to nurture your life you can find better ways to live.

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As a professional Recreation Therapist and Gerontologist, I value and see the benefits of a solid curriculum in the form of a continuing education program or certification in fostering spirituality for elders. The practice of spirituality is found in activities that renew, lift up, comfort, heal and inspire the spirit and ways we live our lives.

The practice of Clinical Therapeutic Recreation for Elders©; a curriculum written by Kathy J. Ward, and now delivered and implemented by ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy, along with spirituality is:

To identify programs that meet the interests of each person. This is also known as a ‘whole-person-center approach’ for creative self-expression. A person-centered approach is when the development of a person is the focus.

One of the purposes of Clinical Therapeutic Recreation for Elders is to nurture health and life, not to kill time. Not to keep a person occupied. Not to offer an escape from life, but to facilitate discoveries for life.

The practice of spirituality is found in activities which renew, lift up, comfort, nurture, heal and inspire the spirit and the communities in which we live our lives. A deliberate and purposeful use of an intervention process aimed at helping people nurture their spiritual health and quality of life, where dilemmas become opportunities. The inclusion and implementation of a strong spiritual therapy program is focused on individual needs and interests of the elders being served.

HAPPINESS IS HEALTH !

In 2005 Lionel Ketchian, president of the Happiness Club learned about the vision of WEL, World Elder Land© and our work in progress toward the therapeutic affects of happiness and wellness for elders. Ever since The Happiness Club has published some of my articles, and in 2005 I was invited to be their
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders.

WEL has implemented "THE HAPPY ZONE CAMPAIGN", (a creative idea of Lionel), in many elder communities. My colleagues and I continue acknowledging the meaningful relationships among thoughts and pain; happiness and aging; emotions, healing and our immune system and more...



Beyond The Happiness Club... Co-Creating Healing Synergy


Lionel Ketchian Bernie Siege, MD, Dr. Robert and Barbara Muller

We are here to help you! Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land to connection@kathyjward.com


Peace be with you!


Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
Holistic Health Practitioner and Consultant
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Consultant
National Assisted Living Administrator Certified
Board Member, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal
Author
National Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
Love Ambassador - Florida, USA
Member of the World Poet Society - Greece
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders - Connecticut, USA
Cell: (240) 393-5456








Monday, April 30, 2007

 

[KJW #074] Visionaries and Architects of Holistic Healing Communities For Elders and Their Caregivers... yes, it can be done better!

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LOVE PRACTICE EDUCATION SCIENCE

[KJW #074] Visionaries and Architects of Holistic Healing Communities For Elders and Their Caregivers... yes, it can be done better!


  1. website: (www.kathyjward.com/KJW)

  2. WEL Better Ways - Osaka, Japan...
    90 nursing, medical students and their faculty, from Osaka College of Helath & Welfare, Japan, learning better practices in communication, domains of assessments and behavior management, for persons with Dementia and Alzheimer's.



    Click here to view a photo collage and comments of this program
    (special message from Robert Muller to the Japanese Students - 2007)

  3. Upcoming Event...
    "Influencing Our Molecular Biology of Happiness To Better Our Health", Part IV Whole-Person Wellness - Part IV: Wednesday, May 16th

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  4. Meaningful...
    20th Annual Northwest Regional Rural Health Conference Evaluations and Comments From The Participants



    Click here to view a photo collage and comments from the participants

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  5. Co-Creating Together...
    WSAHA Region III Annual Conference - "Kaleidoscope Of Services" Deaconess Medical Center


    KJW keynote speaker - "Decide To Be A Miracle."

    Click here to view a photo collage and comments from the participants


  6. American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting 2007 (more about the results of the conference next week)

    "Better Sleep, Better Memories" ...article

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We are here to help you! Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land to connection@kathyjward.com

Peace be with you!


Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
Holistic Health Practitioner and Consultant
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Consultant
National Assisted Living Administrator Certified
Board Member, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal
Author
National Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
Love Ambassador - Florida, USA
Member of the World Poet Society - Greece
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders - Connecticut, USA
Cell: (240) 393-5456





Sunday, April 15, 2007

 

[KJW #073] Integrating Spiritual Medicine, Whole-Person Wellness and Healing For Our Elders and Their Caregivers

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[KJW #073] Integrating Spiritual Medicine, Whole-Person Wellness and Healing For Our Elders and Their Caregivers






Present

Human Evolving vs Aging


A Wholistic and Meaningful Lifestyle
For Elders and Their Caregivers

by Kathy J. Ward

Tuesday, May 8 2007 - Noon to 4:00 p.m.
at Sacred Heart Medical Center
Providence Center For Faith and Healing
Murphy Room #24


Click here to view the program


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What does it mean to re-envision a better quality of life for elders and their caregivers, that integrates the betterment of our mind, body and spirit, the dimension of total wellness and true self-actualization.

Learn how to align and nurture the laws of compensation and aging: Biological, Psychological and Chronological Aging.

How to identify ways to develop and nurture a culture
of process improvement that promotes health and harmony.

Learn more about mind/body principles and practices into self healing and better health.



Pre-registration required
Fees includes materials and lunch
$25.00 General Public
$20.00 Providence Health & Service Employees
$15.00 Members of Sacred Heart Volunteers


SPECIAL THANKS TO:
We are able to keep registration fees low thanks to a generous grant from the Sacred Heart Service League.

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We are here to help you! Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land to connection@kathyjward.com


Peace be with you!


Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
Holistic Health Practitioner and Consultant, AHHA Member
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Consultant
National Assisted Living Administrator Certified
Board Member, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal
Author
International Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
Love Ambassador - Florida, USA
Member of the World Poet Society - Greece
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders - Connecticut, USA
Cell: (240) 393-5456
E-mail: connection@KathyJWard.com









Saturday, April 14, 2007

 

KJW #072] Co-Creating Balance, Harmony and Better Health: A Holistic and Integrating Way To Nurture A Better Quality of Life... For Elders and Their

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[KJW #072] Co-Creating Balance, Harmony and Better Health: A Holistic and Integrating Way To Nurture A Better Quality of Life... For Elders and Their Caregivers



What can you do today to better your quality of life?

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YES, WE CAN INFLUENCE A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE AND
THE BETTERMENT OF OUR WHOLE-PERSON WELLNESS;
MIND, BODY, SPIRIT AND THE ENVIRONMENT:
OUR EXTENDED BODY.


THE MIND
  • GREEN HOUSEPLANTS & OUR BETTER HEALTH, not only look beautiful - research shows that they really improve health and well-being. House plants co-create living energy, remove harmful chemicals from the air, such as those in paints and varnishes, new carpets, negative energy, absorb dust and more... Plants are natural air filters and our dear friends.

    Scientific studies prove that hospital patients recover faster, and with less medication while near green plants.

    Indoor plants lower blood pressure, lower anxiety levels, help concentration and improve memory. They help reduce fatigue, caughs, sore throats, and other cold related illnesses by 30%.
    (Research by Dr Tove Fjeld of University of Agriculture, Norway, 1994-1996 for the Flower Council of Holland)

    "Cleve Backster, a scientist working with the police, decided one day to attach the electrodes of a lie detector to the leaf of a dracaena plant to see if the device was sensitive enough to pick up reactions from a nonhuman subject. After the device was attached to the leaf he thought maybe the reaction would be stronger if he burned the leaf. As soon as he had this thought there was a dramatic peak in the polygraph chart, a trace signature that Backster recognized as fear.

    Intrigued, Backster continued his research and the results were always the same: the plants always reacted to his intention before any action was taken. Backster concluded that not only are plants as sensitive as human beings, but they are able to read emotions and intentions, because there is a form of psychic connection, or affinity, between plants and people. (Copyright: Adapted from Plant Spirit Shamanism by Ross Heaven and Howard G. Charing)

    Keep our dear friends, green houseplants near the window as they also need sunlight to live better. They need good clean water and our love. Talk to plants and share your good thoughts with them.

    For dementia patients, please be mindful selecting non-toxic plants. Avoid the use of pesticides for safety and better health of everyone.

    "There is only so much what each human being can do to co-create better communities. But if we do what we can and are supposed to... that's plenty."

THE BODY
  • DANCE is a great way to invite good physical activity into our lives... music, gentle movements and fun speak to the body as to the soul and the mind. 30 minutes daily of moderate dance/movement helps improve breathing, better heart rate, develop muscle mass, better joints, bond mass and socialization.

    Dance also encourages coordination, balance and muscle strength. Dance is very important among the elderly as it helps to reduce the risk of falling allowing people to maintain their mobility and independence.

    Dance also improves circulation, helps prevent oxygen starvation to the brain, and by remembering steps and movements we stimulates some of our brain functioning. Listening to music while you dance stimulates memory, concentration, sensory, cognition and other mental functioning.

    Dance also helps us nurture feelings of self-esteem and self-identity. It also helps to release hostility and anger. And by touching our hair or other parts of our body we establish contact with ourselves.


    Social life, happiness and creativity can also be improved with dance and your favorite music.

    Facilitate a nurturing space where elders can practice gentle movements or dance. Facilitate the supplies for elders to listen to nature sound music or their favorite music. Ask your elders for their input and have fun!



  • FOOD AND MOODS. Foods can affect our ability to concentrate, our energy levels, our moods, our good nutrition and health. Foods influence our behavior and emotional well-being. Natural carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables and whole grains, can stimulate the release of serotonin, a brain chemical that helps reduce pain, decreases appetite and calm nerves. Small portions of fish, bean and eggs stimulate the release of dopamine and norepinephrine, neurotransmitters that increase alertness, reduce irritability and concentration.

    Protein breaks down into amino acids when you digest it. The amino acid tyrosine increases the production of neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine, all of which increase energy and alertness.
Fluctuations in blood sugar levels are associated with changes in mood and energy, and are affected by what we eat and the activity that we are performing. The amino acids in different foods cause different neurotransmitters to be released, causing shifts in our moods, performance behavior, and energy levels. For example; chocolate affects the same part of our brain that is tickled when we experience feelings of love; this is due to chocolate causing the release of the comforting chemical phenylethylamine, along with serotonin that stimulates temporary feelings of serenity.
At least 40 different neurotransmitters have been identified, regulating nerve functions such as memory, appetite, movement, sleep cycles, and moods.

"A number of previous studies have linked low levels of omega-3 to clinically significant conditions such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance abuse and attention deficit disorder," said Sarah Conklin, Ph.D., a postdoctoral scholar with the Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Program in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Major depression is associated with defective antioxidant defenses. Vitamin E is the major fat soluble antioxidant in the body. Folic acid-containing food: spinach and other dark leafy greens, cooked oysters, sunflower seeds, puffed wheat cereal, swordfish or clams, garlic and chili peppers con correct depressive moods.

... Mind what you eat and you'll feel better.
"The human family has many dreams and rights, but not the right to kill or self-destruction. Human evolving is an alignment with life and love... what is already there. "




THE SPIRIT

  • NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY: HEALING WITH NATURE. Choosing scenes that speaks to your soul... follow the light!

    As a writer and group psychotherapist I know the benefits of healing arts as a profound process of rehabilitation and rejuvenation for human beings. Taking nature walks, writing about nature, listening to nature sound music, and nature photography, are ways to co-create healing and health.

    Tapping into the self-healing process of nature, listening to it with an open mind and an open heart. Inviting and welcoming nature to tell you their stories of survival, overcoming obstacles, challenges and bonding with all living beings and our dear planet Earth.

    How often do we nurture our spiritual connection with nature?
    How often do we listen to the voice of the Earth?

    There is a synergistic inter-relationship between nature, animals, planetary and personal well-being. The term "synergy", the interaction or cooperation of two or more agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects. Synergy in nature is chosen for its traditional theological connotation that the human and divine love are linked in evolution and eternal life. We live in nature and with nature. The needs of the planet, our home, are the needs of the person, and the rights of the person are the rights of all living beings and our planet too.

    Nature and humans have a seed of good heart and by simply looking at animals; insects, birds... and nature, we learn to respect them, because they 'walk the talk', they live in harmony and their ways of life are their "religion." Cultivating a better relationship with nature helps to to develop 'a good and kind heart' ...a treasure of our own spirituality.

    Elders and their caregivers are invited and encouraged to travel with their cameras, pencils and journals in hand, to compose your heart's desires and communications with nature.

    • Click here to view an article about "Alaska People Tell Of Climate Change." "In many of the interviews elders make reference to the 1970s as the time that they began to notice changes in the climate."

      I have conducted this activity with elders and with children and it is so beautiful and meaningful "to see nature through their eyes."


We are here to help you! Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land to connection@kathyjward.com


Peace be with you!


Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
Holistic Health Practitioner and Consultant, AHHA Member
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Consultant
National Assisted Living Administrator Certified
Board Member, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal
Author
International Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
Love Ambassador - Florida, USA
Member of the World Poet Society - Greece
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders - Connecticut, USA
Cell: (240) 393-5456
E-mail: connection@KathyJWard.com

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

 

[KJW #070] 2007 WEL World Brain Awareness Week, A Great Success!

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[KJW #070] 2007 WEL World Brain Awareness Week, A Great Success!

Intergenerational Civic Engagement
Holistic Health & Wellness Promotion
For Our Elders and Their Caregivers
March 10 -17, 2007


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Aesop (from Aesop's Fables, The Fox and the Mask)
A Fox entered the house of an actor and, rummaging through all his properties, came upon a Mask, an admirable imitation of a human head. He placed his paws on it and said, "What a beautiful head! Yet it is of no value, as it entirely lacks of brains."
CLICK HERE TO VIEW A PHOTO COLLAGE OF ALL THE EVENTS OF THE WEEK

A Meaningful, Fun, Creative and Inclusive Process.

MONDAY


Dennis P. Hession, Mayor of Spokane proclaimed the week of March 10 through March 17, 2007 as World Brain Awareness Week in Spokane, WA.


In the photo, Polly McMohon, PhD, Spokane Falls Community Collage, Pat Freeman, IEL Manager of Senior Programs, Linda Bauer, Teacher 4th and 5th Grade East Farms Elementary School, and Kathy Ward, President of WEL, World Elder Land receiving the proclamation at the Court House, Spokane.

TUESDAY


The Board of County Commissioners of Spokane County; Mark Richard, Chair, Bonnie Mager, Vice-Chair, Todd Mielke, Commissioner, also presented to WEL and IEL, Kathy J. Ward a proclamation, encouraging all citizens to join us observing and participating in all the events of World Brain Awareness Week in Spokane, to improve our communities and increase public awareness regarding a better brain.

In the photo, Bonnie Mager, Vice-Chair Board of County Commissioners presenting the proclamation to Kathy Ward at the Spokane Public Works Building.

SATURDAY and TUESDAY


At the Opening Ceremony and Art Show.
"The Brain In Bloom" Art Show I: at Southside Senior Center on March 10, 2007.

"The Brain In Bloom" Art Show II: at Corbin Senior Activity Center on March 13, 2007.
SATURDAY


Dr. Polly McMahon, Master of Ceremonies during the cutting ribbon ceremony declaring the events of World Brain Awareness Week officially opened. Also in the photo; Marian Herzer, PED Arts & Aging Consultant, Mr and Mrs. Mager and Kathy J. Ward

SATURDAY


The Brain In Bloom award ceremony... recognizing and honoring our elders, creativity and the importance of being a joyful elder.

Copies of the poem ¨Decide To Be A Joyful Elder¨were given to the audience.

Click here to obtain a printable copy of the poem.

THURSDAY


A Day In The Life Of A Healthy Brain at Southside Montessori Elementary School. Lael Sheahan, Director facilitate for everyone the most beautiful and meaningful conversation about how the brain works, and what are the things that we can do to nurture a better brain. We also talk about how to plan meaningful visits with our grandparents...

WEDNESDAY


At East Farms Elementary School; Mrs. Bauer 4th and 5th Grade. WEL Intergenerational Elder Mentor Program - teaching our children a basic neuroscience class, and how to help our grandparents nurture and better their brains and quality of life.

A LESSON PLAN was created for this purpose: "A Day In The Life Of A Healthy Brain" If there are elders interested in contributing with this program, and with other intergenerational programs of WEL, please write to us at wel@worldelderland.com


CLICK HERE TO VIEW AN ARTICLE
FROM THE VALLEY VOICE NEWSPAPER.
RIDAY


Our Closing Ceremony. Creativity and Aging, an interactive presentation at Spokane Community College. Elders and caregivers; health care professionals and family members, came to participate in a meaningful conversation about the creative process and aging, wellness and holistic living and an overview of the anatomy of the brain.

This program was presented by The Institute of Extended Learning, Pat Freeman, Manager of Senior Programs and WEL, World Elder Land.
CLICK HERE TO READ AN ARTICLE FROM 'THE SENIOR TIMES' AND THE SPOKANE VALLEY NEWS HERALD ABOUT THIS EVENT

Comments from the participants:

An artist 82 years old said, "My art work has never been accepted in an art show. I have never won anything in my life. This has been a great experience for me."

"Thank you for making all the events of World Brain Awareness Week admission free"

"Thank you for choosing locations for these events near public transportation. I do not drive anymore because my family thinks I am too old to drive and decided to sell my car. However, I feel great, I am 85 and love to come to events like this one, where I can meet other people and learn."

A recent retiree says, "I love the visualization therapy exercise. The message of a daily doses of positive attitude, visualization and the immune system, can made wonders in my life. After experiencing the effects of it I think that this is helping me move forward, on a positive way, to the next phase of my life."

"The workshop about 'Creativity and Aging' was great. We do not hear conversations or programs like this one often. So much meaningful information about how each individual can work on their own plan to have a better brain. I have had family members with mental health problems and I wish I knew then what I now know."

A 4th grade student from East Farms Elementary School says ... "To stimulate the brain... it means that when I am taking a shower I stimulate visualization, motor-coordination, judgment, balance... oh, and emotions, because I always smile while I am taking a shower. I love how the water feels."

A 5th grade student from East Farms Elementary School says... "The brain is so cool. I love the plastic brain you showed us. This has been the most wonderful day of my entire life."

A 1st grade student from Southside Montessori Elementary School says
"after the brain gets ill and the neurons start dying... can we cure the brain?"

Depend of the many other meaningful things that we are doing to keep the rest of our body healthy too. All parts of the body are related to the brain. Our blood, our lungs, our nutrition, the amount of water that we drink, etc... The ways that we choose to live our lives affect our brain and our well-being.

WE NEED TO LOVE AND CARE FOR OUR BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT. We are not machines, we are delicated beautiful beings, and our health is our responsibility.

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SPECIAL THANKS
"It takes a community to better a community"

Thanks to all community members and organizations that helped plan, promote and deliver these meaningful events.

Pat Freeman, Institute of Extended Learning, Dr. María Hernandez-Peck, Linda Bauer, George Gessler, Marian Herzer, Colleen Messling, Southside Senior Center, Treva Lind, The Valley Voice, Katherine Murray, Paula Truman, Bonnie Mager, Office of the Spokane County Commissioners,
Lael Sheahan, Southside Montessori Elementary School,
Polly McMahon, PhD, Craig Howard, Senior Times, Margarite Duffy, Corbin Senior Center, East Farms Elementary School, Catherine English, Office of the Mayor, Spokane Valley News Herald,
KHQ TV Channel 6 in Spokane, WA and
WEL, World Elder Land.


... until the next time!

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We are here to help you! Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land to connection@kathyjward.com







To obtain copies of
"The Journal For A Better Life" or
"Poems And Reflections For A Better Life"
by Kathy J. Ward, please click here to visit
WEL Store (www.worldelderland.com/store/)

or send us an e-mail to: wel@worldelderland.com


Peace be with you!


Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
Holistic Health Practitioner and Consultant, AHHA Member
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Consultant
National Assisted Living Administrator Certified
Board Member, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal
Author
National Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
Love Ambassador - Florida, USA
Member of the World Poet Society - Greece
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders - Connecticut, USA
Cell: (240) 393-5456
E-mail: connection@KathyJWard.com

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

 

[KJW #069] WEL, World Elder Land is pleased to confirm Kathy J. Ward upcoming presentations ...

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LOVE EDUCATION PRACTICE SCIENCE


[KJW #069] WEL, World Elder Land is pleased to confirm
Kathy J. Ward upcoming meaningful presentations to continue encouraging the design, development and implementation of better health care communities, for our elders and their caregivers.


1. Keynote Speaker at the WSAHA Region III Annual Spring Conference, Deaconess Medical Center, Spokane, WA.

and
2. 20th Annual Northwest Regional Rural Health & Critical Access Hospital Conference, Red Lion Hotel & Convention Center, Spokane, WA.
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Washington State Area Health Auxiliary Region III Conference
Empire Health Services, Deaconess Medical Center,
Deaconess Health and Education Center, 268
Spokane, April 13, 2007
Friday Afternoon Keynote Speaker

1:00 p.m. Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador
"Decide To Be A Miracle"

Overview and Objectives:
How to turn our daily lifestyles into a meaningful, inclusive and fun process of community betterment.

What is wellness, health and whole-person living?

Investing the seven senses: Everything is thought and a thought is a mind in motion.

Influencing and co-creating healthier environments: Our extended bodies

Nurturing and multiplying "life energy" and good healing energy in our lives.

How to align our lives, ordinary circumstances, vocational wellness and interrelations with all living beings in harmony with our source of love.

Activating the word "PEACE" by being the betterment that we want to see in the world.

A copy of "Poems And Reflections For A Better Life" by Kathy J. Ward will be raffled at the end of this presentation.

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20th Annual Northwest Regional Rural Health & Critical Access Hospital Conference - March 22-23, 2007
For registration and more information www.wrha.com

Thursday Afternoon Interactive Workshop - Session D2

3:30 p.m.
Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador
"Listening Beyond Cultures, Diversity &
Challenges To Better Provide Health Care Services"

Program Overview and Objectives - In 45 minutes participants will learn and practice:

Better ways for providing better health care services (staff to patient, staff to staff, staff to family members.)

How to co-create a whole-person-centered wellness community

How to develop and nurture a culture of process improvement for the betterment of health promotion, patient satisfaction, customer service and quality improvement.

How to reduce and better manage compassion fatigue: better practices.

How to enhance a culture of 'self-care', wellness, inclusion, cooperation, initiative and fairness to better our health care services.

How to facilitate and identify resources to nurture and celebrate global diversity, in our health care communities, for a better quality of life for everyone.



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We are here to help you! Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land to connection@kathyjward.com







To obtain copies of
"Poems And Reflections For A Better Life"
by Kathy J. Ward, please click here to visit
WEL Store (www.worldelderland.com/store/)

or send us an e-mail to: wel@worldelderland.com


Peace be with you!


Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Consultant
National Assisted Living Administrator Certified
Board Member, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal
Author
National Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
Love Ambassador - Florida, USA
Member of the World Poet Society - Greece
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders - Connecticut, USA
Cell: (240) 393-5456
E-mail: connection@KathyJWard.com







Monday, March 05, 2007

 

[KJW #068] WEL, World Brain Awareness Week - March 10th - 17th, 2007

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[KJW #068] WEL, World Elder Land presents

WEL World Brain Awareness Week
March 10th - March 17th




During the month of March, World Elder Brain Awareness Week
events are taking place at a community based level,
around the world, to increase public awareness and participation
about how to maintain, stimulate and better our brains and overall
wellness. We can co-create a influence a better health in our lives and communities by aligning with and nurturing wellness.
Everyone is invited to participate...

Health Promotion and Civic Engagement Wellness Programs


WEL, World Elder Land
Proclamation "World Elder Brain Awareness Week"
(click here for a printable version)


The Office of The Mayor of the City of Spokane
will present a proclamation to us on Monday, March 5th at 4:15 p.m.
(photos coming soon!)

The County Commissioners will present a proclamation to us on Tuesday, March 6th at 2:00 p.m.
(photos coming soon!)


Art Show
"The Brain In Bloom"
emphasizing meaningful aging, social integration and creativity.

Opening Ceremony Saturday, March 10th
9:30 a.m to 12:00 noon

Free admission.
(click here for a printable version pdf)

Community art shows are organized by Pat Freeman, Manager Senior Programs, Institute of Extended Learning, IEL, Art Faculty and our dear creative elders during this week.






Montessori and Brain Research for Kids

Southside Montessori Elementary School
Lael Sheahan, Director

Tuesday, March 13th

Learning How To Rewire and Co-Create A Better Brain...

- The Brain Deals With The World Systematically

- How The Environment (our extended body) Stimulates The Brain For Its Betterment

(click here for a printable version)





Intergenerational Elder Mentor Program
"A Day In The Life Of A Healthy Brain"

Wednesday, March 14th

Hosted by:
East Farms Elementary School, Newman Lake, WA.
Linda Bauer and George Gessler, 4th and 5th Grade Teachers.

Elders and Children helping each other and learning how the brain works, and how we can nurture a better brain and health...

(click here for a printable version)





Interactive Workshop
"Creativity and Aging"

Elders, Spokane Community College Students and all community members are welcome!

Speaker: Kathy J. Ward
Closing Ceremony at Spokane Community College

Friday, March 16th
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Free admission...
(R.S.V.P. 509-533-4756)

(click here for a printable version)

Creativity A Tonic For Healthy Longevity





We are here to help you! Please send inquiries, requests for programs, speaker and consulting services with WEL, World Elder Land to connection@kathyjward.com

Peace be with you!


Kathy J. Ward,
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Consultant
National Assisted Living Administrator Certified
Board Member, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal
Author
National Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
Love Ambassador - Florida, USA
Member of the World Poet Society - Greece
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders - Connecticut, USA
Cell: (240) 393-5456
E-mail: connection@KathyJWard.com

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Friday, February 09, 2007

 

[KJW #067] Better World Community Adventures, a project of WEL, World Elder Land presents....

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[KJW #067] Better World Community Adventures, a project of WEL, World Elder Land presents....


ACTIVATING THE WORD

PEACE

Click here to view a photo collage
of our new intergenerational

PEACE CORNER


Everywhere there are people that constantly notice
that there is something in their communities
that can be done better,
and without waiting for recognition
these wonderful people decide to help, create,
nurture and love their communities,
families, friends, animals, nature and the entire universe.
Then, the most beautiful human values are exposed
for the betterment of everyone, humanity and nature.
Our dear Earth, our home, can be a beautiful
and delightful experience for everyone.
It is up to us to share our better ways to co-create together
a better world for everyone. It is up to us to
activate the word PEACE.


To view other projects of
Better World Community Adventures visit the projects below:
To visit the website: click here

If you would like to invite us to facilitate one of these programs in your community please contact Kathy J. Ward, Universal Peace Ambassador, by sending an e-mail: wel@worldelderland.com

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Peace be with you!


Kathy J. Ward, MA, CTRS, ADC, CGP, CALA
Universal Peace Ambassador,
Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix - Geneva Switzerland
President of WEL, World Elder Land
President of ERT, Elder Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Consultant
National Assisted Living Administrator Certified
Board Member, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal
Author
National Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
Love Ambassador - Florida, USA
Member of the World Poet Society - Greece
Ambassador of Happiness For Elders - Connecticut, USA
Cell: (240) 393-5456
E-mail: connection@KathyJWard.com

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