Tuesday, October 25, 2022

The Georgia Mass Choir - "Come On in the Room"

During difficult times locally and around the world, this song showcasing
an elder may offer needed support for many in their personal "rooms."

"Come On in the Room" by Georgia Mass Choir

Album: Back to Church

Come on in the room.
Come on in the room.
Jesus is my doctor,
and He writes out all of my prescriptions.
He gives me all of my medicine in my room.

There is joy, joy in the room,
joy in the room.
Jesus is my doctor,
and He writes out all of my prescriptions.
He gives me all of my medicine in my room.

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Spirituality, Cancer, and Aging

Spirituality has often been associated positively in healthcare by most patients. Healthcare providers should be sensitive to this when they make healthcare decisions impacting patients and their families. They should provide opportunities for them to share their religious and spiritual beliefs and offer support when possible.

By understanding the importance of spirituality in many people’s lives, healthcare workers and other caregivers can create better plans of encouragement for patients. These plans could include support groups for them that involve yoga, meditation, nature, music, prayer, or referral to spiritual or religious counselors.

For older adults, cancer is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. This palliative care cancer review examines the influence of spirituality on aging in general and on the management of older cancer patients.

These are the conclusions:

1) A spiritual perspective has been associated with successful aging, better tolerance of physical and emotional stress, and the ability to cope with serious diseases and isolation.

2) Spirituality has been associated with decreased risk of suicide and depression and is especially important in older adults.

3) Spirituality has also improved the quality of life and reduced the risk of disease and death for the patient's caregiver. It may render the palliative care of cancer more effective and may also aid in detection and management of spiritual pain, which may prevent healing at the end of life.

Frances Shani Parker, Author
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback and e-book editions in America and other countries at online and offline booksellers. Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog, Frances Shani Parker's Website