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Archive for June 11th, 2008

Patience is a virtue and a power too.

 

Patience tells us that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and that we get over there one step at a time.


Patience teaches us not to rush. Knowing that there is a reason and a season for everything it enables us to smile at the challenges, realizing that there is an answer to every problem.

And, even though we cannot see it, yet there is awareness that within every crisis lies an opportunity.

 

 

 

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What are you going to do to get the things you want in life?

 

You cannot be successful just hoping you will be.  You need a goal and with that goal a plan, and the courage to follow that plan.

 

A goal without a plan to achieve it, will not take you where you want to be.

 

Think of your plan as a road map…to where you want to go. Your road map to success!  A straight line is always the best way to get there, however on any road there are unexpected curves and bumps, obstacles between where you are and where you want to be.  Don’t let those obstacles keep you from your destination. Use you GPS system (Goals for Personal Success) to adjust the route you will take to get there, but do not Stop.


Take time each day to study, think, and map out your plan.  On an ongoing basis, plan your route, implement your plan, review your results, make the appropriate changes to your plan, then go out and keep going.

 

Only those that stop reaching for their goals are the ones that will never achieve them.

 

 

 

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Study Shows Brighter Daytime Lighting Brings Improvement in Mood, Behaviour

(Source:  By Kelli Miller Stacy, WebMD Health News, 10 June 2008)

 

Turning up the lights during the daytime may boost mood and improve behaviour in elderly adults with dementia, according to a new study.

 

Mood swings, sleep problems, and behavioural issues frequently affect those with dementia-related cognitive decline. Such disturbances can increase the person’s risk of being admitted to an assisted living facility, according to background information in the journal article.

 

Environmental light affects the body’s 24-hour biological clock, also known as the circadian rhythm. Too little light exposure can throw off the sensitive balance of the circadian timing system. Disturbances in circadian rhythm can lead to sleep woes. A hormone called melatonin also plays an important role in the maintaining the system’s circadian rhythm.

 

Rixt F. Riemersma-van der Lek, MD, of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam, and colleagues wanted to see how bright light with or without melatonin supplements would affect symptoms of dementia and sleep disturbances.

 

Their study is published in the June 11 issue of The Journal of the American Medical AssociationThe study included 189 adults about 86 years old on average, mostly female, at 12 elder care facilities in the Netherlands. Most participants had dementia. Researchers randomly assigned the participants to a daily dose of melatonin or placebo (fake pill). The patients took the study medicine every night for an average of 15 months.

 

The facilities kept their lights on each day from about 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; half of the facilities increased the intensity of their ceiling-mounted lights.

 

The researchers learned that bright light resulted in a modest improvement in dementia symptoms. Specifically, the use of bright daytime lighting:

 

·         Reduced cognitive scores on a mental status exam by a relative 5%.

·         Cut depression symptoms by a relative 19%.

·         Calmed slow increases in functional limitations by slightly more than half (53%).

 

Adding melatonin helped patients fall asleep about eight minutes faster and sleep longer by 27 minutes. The researchers recommend melatonin supplements only in combination with light. Melatonin combined with brighter lighting cut agitated behaviour by 9%.

 

“The simple measure of increasing the illumination level in group care facilities [improved] symptoms of disturbed cognition, mood, behaviour, functional abilities, and sleep,” the researchers write. “The long-term application of whole-day bright light did not have adverse effects … and could be considered for use in care facilities for elderly individuals with dementia.”

 

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