Health Benefits of Prayer (Joan Watson)

Christians have long proclaimed the spiritual benefit of prayer; and likewise, Christians and non-Christians who meditate regularly report feeling an inner peace and strength that carries them through the day. Prayer and meditation are integral components of most all the world’s religions. Thomas Ryan in, Prayer of Heart and Body, suggests meditation is a way for the soul to venture inward to f…

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Social Isolation

Caregivers, especially those whose caregiving responsibilities are 24-7 or near to it, are often in danger of becoming isolated from family, friends, things that are meaningful to them, and the world around them. Isolation is not something that the caregiver chooses or wishes to happen. Instead it often happens before you know it. So much time can be spent lovingly caring for your friend or…

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Healthy Aging (Joan Watson)

When I shared with a friend of mine that I was writing this message on healthy aging, the response was “you can sum that up in two words—Not Possible!” My intent today is to explain how healthy aging not only is possible but quite achievable. Most of us have built our lives on a foundation of independence. From the first time I gently told my parents, “ME do it,” I have grown to value and sometimes…

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Families Caring Together

Donald and Kathryn lived many miles apart – Donald in Missouri and Kathryn in Virginia. Their parents were in their eighties and in failing health: mom with physical decline that necessitated placement in a skilled nursing facility; dad in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease and still living in the family home. Kathryn lived just several miles from their parents and, thus, bore the main res…

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Peaceful Living (Joan Watson)

Clearly it is desirable for our overall health to maintain a peaceful existence. Living in peace, an outward and inward process, involves living harmoniously with yourself, others, and all beings around you. Unfortunately, a completely peaceful environment isn’t always likely in today’s world--stress finds us, accidents happen, diseases appear, relationships can be challenging, and social justice elu…

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