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Transitional Keys presents Seasons of Care, a wellness kit for caregivers.

The first element of the kit is a CD of guided meditations written specifically for caregivers.  The symptoms of caretiver burnout are similar to stress and depression. According to the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University Massachuettes Medical School, meditation can provide:

  • Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms of stress
  • An increased ability to relax
  • Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain and discomfort that may not go away
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
  • Improved self-esteem
  • An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.

CD for $17.00

First 50 requests FREE SHIPPING if inside the United States

CONTACT US:  info@TransitionalKeys.org

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Liz Lerman Dance Exchange has been a pioneer of a dance company; with dance members of all ages, for all time.

Here they are at the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington DC

For more info on Liz Lerman Dance Exchange

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Springtime! When blossoms burst and birds sing.
See how Spring is welcomed in Takayama Japan

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A farmer, philosopher, painter, carpenter, former President, scientist….. talks about creativity

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Interesting piece in New York Times, A Fighting Spirit Won’t Save Your Life, which reviews the history of popular attitudes and beliefs towards whether or not we can influence our personal health by our thoughts and “spiritual fitness.” This insightful opinion piece helps relieve the patient of the stigma that, due to some moral failing, they are sick.

The conclusion by the author Richard P. Sloan;

“It is difficult enough to be injured or gravely ill. To add to this the burden of guilt over a supposed failure to have the right attitude toward one’s illness is unconscionable. Linking health to personal virtue and vice not only is bad science, it’s bad medicine.”

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The New York Times shares new approaches in caring for people with Alzheimer disease with a focus on Beatitudes; a nursing home in Phoenix, AZ that favors giving chocolate over Xanax to the Alzheimer patients in their care. Based on current research  which reveals that  positive emotional experiences can diminish distress and problem behavior of  patients with Alzheimer disease, the staff at Beatitudes provide those in their care with personalized attention and options based on the patient’s  personal biography. Group Bingo games are replaced with small group or one-on-one activities rooted in memories that invoke happiness, love, and connectedness. The staff also integrates nonpharmalogical techniques that are proving to have positive benefits such as art, music, exercise and foods– all  that invoke positive emotions.

The point being that giving people what they like, through experiences which invoke loving memories tend to  result in good feelings, and a less stressed experience for everyone. Whether it’s when to eat, or what to eat, or what to wear, or how to bathe our memories can provide a path of ease during time of disease.

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Here’s an excellent interview between Christa Tippet and Thupten Jinpa, one of the primary translators for HH Dalai Lama.

Thupten Jinpa has the classic Tibetan monastic education, as well as degrees from  Oxford in philosophy.

Now a husband and father, he has unique East/West perspective, which he articulates brilliantly.

For more, check out On Being

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TUNE IN for a discussion with Andrea about Transitional Keys and Caregiving

Channel: Doctor Radio, on Sirius 114 and XM 119

Air time: Live interview, Monday, December 13th  4-5pm (Eastern)

Host: Dr. Michael Perskin

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Timothy Leary and Ram Dass reflecting on life and death.

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