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Patience is Key to Handling Residents with Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Patience is Key to Handling Residents with Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Anyone who has a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s or dementia knows how heartbreaking and stressful the illness can be. Megan is a CNA and Med Aide at the Good Samaritan Colonial Villa. She works with residents who have Alzheimer’s and dementia on a daily basis. Even she admits when her career first started seven years ago, she wasn’t sure she’d be able to handle the difficulties of working with residents suffering from the disease. But over time, finding the positive things helped turn her job into a rewarding experience.
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Transformation Tuesday: Prostitute to Soul Renewed

Transformation Tuesday: Prostitute to Soul Renewed

When she realized she really could use her body to get what she wanted, she began making the men actually pay her because she was no longer looking to share the drugs. This became a terrible habit she got sucked into.

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Taking a Stand

Taking a Stand

She received a phone call late at night while away on a vacation with her husband.. She answered it. On the other end her daughter was crying, “Grandpa hurt us, he hurt all of us..” Trying to calm her down and understand, she asks, “What do you mean he hurt you?? Is your grandma there?” Her daughter replies, “Yes but she's in the other room. Grandpa had us alone, he touched us mom..” Her daughter is crying uncontrollably, the mother is infuriated and confused. She tells her husband to get in the car and they drive home as fast as they can. They arrive and do not understand what is happening. The grandfather and grandmother say the children are making up stories. She is so frazzled she can not think straight so she packs the children in the car, takes them home and then stays up all night listening to each one about what exactly happened.
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Transformation Story: Antiquing Brings Positive Lessons on Living

Transformation Story: Antiquing Brings Positive Lessons on Living

Jan’s advice is simple but down to earth. “Look for the good things,” she says. “Make a list of good things you see. The problem is we always look for the bad things.” Jan has a lifetime of experience. She has raised four children with Jim. They have been married for almost 58 years. What’s their secret?
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Transformation Story: Feeling Your Loss

Transformation Story: Feeling Your Loss

It was the end of sophomore year, sitting in class she listened to the teacher drag on and on. The door opened behind her, she turned to see her principal pointing to her and asking her to come with him. Nervously she gets up and follows him. The whole walk to his office is silent, she is wondering “What could I have possibly done wrong?”. They arrive, he opens the door and inside is sitting her aunt and uncle, her best friend and her best friend's mother... When she asks what is going on, they tell her to take a seat. The principal looks nervously around the room. Finally he opens his mouth and says, “We are so sorry to tell you this, but your mother has passed away.” The rest of this memory is fuzzy to her. She remembers screaming and crying and being in complete shock. What had started off as just another normal boring school day was now the day her whole world was turned upside down.
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Finding Peace

Finding Peace

I was always nervous about horrible things happening. I was a happy child but I had vivid imaginations that keep me on edge.   These days my imagination no longer has to work so hard. When you turn on the news you see violence, xenophobia, destruction and senseless killings.
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Transformation Story: Recovery

Transformation Story: Recovery

An addiction is an addiction...there is no getting around it. When the word “addiction” is heard most people immediately think of drugs and alcohol...but what about food? People's addiction to food gets swept under the rug quite a bit but...an addiction is an addiction, and every form of addiction also has recovery on the other side if the person is willing to surrender and accept help.
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Dealing with Tragedy

Dealing with Tragedy

Tragedy, however, is unexpected. We can’t predict it. We never see it coming. It’s a sucker punch coming out of thin air. It steals peace of mind and leaves a gaping wound on our hearts.
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Healing and Teaching Through Music

Healing and Teaching Through Music

“Music changed my life by giving me the platform to express how I feel,” Brittany went on to say. She also said that music allows her to reflect, mirroring the same feelings someone else might have.

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Transformation Story: Fearless in the Face of Danger

Transformation Story: Fearless in the Face of Danger

Shei’Londa said as the car flipped the fire started. “My mouth dropped. I knew it was going to blow.” When the car stopped flipping, Shei’Londa ran toward his car.
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