Grounding to Move Forward as a Community Worker

Yoga Poses to keep You Grounded- Yoga Journal

Yoga Poses to keep You Grounded- Yoga Journal

Its now March and I’m looking forward to the community actions I will participate in this year. Started off 2015 on a great foot, stabilizing myself in Wellness, Self-Care and Self-Love. Its a process called grounding, or is referred to root chakra healing.

Grounding is a way to reconnect to the earth and to the flow of nature, bringing the natural flow back into oneself.

My process of grounding includes eating well,

Oatmeal and Fruit from Sweet Betweens Blog

Oatmeal and Fruit from Sweet Betweens Blog

drinking water,

Drink Water

Drink Water

deep breathing,

Deep Breathing Qi Gung

Deep Breathing Qi Gung

education, affirmation, gratitude and movement through yoga or dance.

I keep a simple structure for my everyday life, and that allows me to dream and think broadly about my plans for the future.

My Routine

My Routine

 

This year I feel strong, I place no limitations of the work I will do in honor of the Creator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Comes Together For Cleanup Event In Coney Island

I woke up this morning wanting to give Brooklyn a face lift 😉 and found this article.

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Even with snow on the ground community activists in Coney Island are getting a jump start on spring with a series of community betterment and clean up events.

The 3rd Annual Spring into Action project kicked off Saturday with a street cleaning along Mermaid Avenue.

Outreach manager Christina Reintamm told 1010 WINS Spring into Action also partnered with Million Trees NYC and the New York Restoration Project to give away 100 free trees to New York residents on Sunday.

“We’re actually giving away trees to people to plant on their own properties or their own community centers or places of worship,” Reintamm said. “We’re going to do a garbage cleanup…and we’re going to canvas the area to see where graffiti removal is necessary.”

And that’s not all, organizers are recruiting some 350 volunteers for 18 service projects across Brooklyn.

“We’re going to have projects in East New York and Bed-Stuy and Downtown Brooklyn — all throughout the…

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How to Spot Elder Abuse and Mistreatment

 

This slideshow represents a synopsis of information on the signs that an elder is being abused or mistreated systematically or by someone close to them.

Following our attendance to the Elder Abuse Conference in NYC on June 5, 2013, my colleague and I developed a series of presentations to provide in our community to increase awareness of this important issue. We hope that this slideshow will help the community to understand and identify elder abuse or mistreatment.

Supporting America’s Family Caregivers

Caregivers are people of any age that take responsibility for the care of loved ones when they are elderly, chronically ill, physically or mentally disabled, facing addiction or otherwise impaired.

 

Since caregiving is primarily based on a person’s willingness to care for loved ones, people in our community often shoulder responsibility in silence, seeking little support for themselves. Family caregivers represent a large and sometimes unspoken for segment of the American Population. Today, approximately 46 million Americans are providing care for an adult relative or friend (Source 1). There are over 16 million family caregivers taking care of disabled children (Source. 2) , and 2.7 million grandparents caring for children under the age of 18 (Source 3). There are even as many as 1.4 million young adult caregivers providing primary care for their grandparents or other elder relatives (Source 4).

 

Currently, there are many individuals and groups petitioning for government recognition and support for family caregivers, and with good reason. The economic value of care provided by family caregivers is estimated at over $300 billion a year, which is more than 2x the nationwide spending on nursing homes and paid home care services combined. (Source 1). Unpaid family caregivers tend to suffer loss of wages and perceive their own health status to be lower than if they weren’t responsible for the care of a loved one, which often combines both physical and emotional strain on the caregiver. This can be exacerbated when the family caregiver has not chosen to be the primary caregiver, but are taking up an undesired responsibility, in reality, which is true in the case of some adult and young adult caregivers. The stress of the responsibility can force a caregiver to unwillingly limit their careers, education, decline promotions or neglect their own wellness in other ways.

 

As a family wellness advocate and patient advocate I agree that more should be done to assist family caregivers at a federal and statewide level with the physical and emotional task of caregiving. More attention should be given to this important role publicly so that family caregivers will not suffer in silence, and can improve their own health, mental and financial wellness.

Understanding options,and sharing helpful information within the community is one way local organizations can assist families in decision-making, as well as with finding the health and wellness support to make life flow smoothly for those in need of care and caregivers alike.

 

Currently there are some online communities specifically for caregivers, social supports and patient advocacy resources to help caregivers through everyday life and tough times as well.

 

Caregivers should review the many websites listed on this blog for more information and support for their role as family caregiver.

 

Sources:

 

  1. http://www.strengthforcaring.com/util/press/facts/facts-at-a-glance.html

  2. http://www.caregiving.org/data/Report_Caregivers_of_Children_11-12-09.pdf

  3. http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb12-ff17.html

  4. http://caregiveraction.org/statistics/

  5. http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/20/the-reluctant-caregiver/

NEW! Links and Resources for Seniors

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NEW LISTINGS FOR NYC AND STATE RESOURCES!

Please Click the TABS entitled SENIOR RESOURCES and SENIOR EMERGENCIES to learn more.

HIGHLIGHTS include:

NYC AND STATE HOUSING GUIDES AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR SENIORS

NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAFE STREETS FOR SENIORS

PASSES AND DISCOUNTS IN NASSAU COUNTY

FIRE SAFETY FOR NYC SENIORS

NEW YORK STATE ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES