New Civilization News: Volunteers Needed for our NCN Global Touch Project    
 Volunteers Needed for our NCN Global Touch Project12 comments
picture29 Sep 2007 @ 23:50, by Gerald Vest

We can create a beautiful universe. When our problems become our friends and supporters, like gifts or contributions, we no longer have any problems. Then we have freedom from inner conflict; we have inner peace, the highest freedom there is. (Tarthang Tulku, Openness Mind)

Volunteers Needed Throughout the World--Come Join our New Civilization, Global Touch Project - Humanity Needs Us Now!

Global Touch Program-
Our Las Cruces Health Promotion Team with Elders would like to introduce and teach you to give the 15-Minute StressOut Program with Elders—a program designed to give ethical, safe, skillful, and nourishing touch with elders.

Our StressOut Program Experience is often described as {link:http://jerryvest.pages.web.com/id5.html

Using acupressure and other skillful techniques, coordinated with the breath to balance our body, mind, emotions and spirit, is a heartfelt or empathic experience for both the giver and receiver of this partner massage.

While systematically applying pressure points and introducing the 'laying-on-of-hands,' we ask that givers and receivers maintain an awareness of their breath throughout the activity. While we refer to our "stressout program" as a chair like massage, it may be more accurate to describe the mindful experience as a partner meditation - relaxing, yet energetic. (See 15-Minute StressOut Program - [link]

During this past year, our volunteers – seniors, NMSU social work, nursing and health science students, caregivers, in-home care workers, senior staff, and others gave over 3,800 “stressouts”(chair-like massage) in nursing homes, diabetic health clinics, day care and in-home care services.

REQUIREMENTS:

1) Volunteer for minimum of 2 hours per week in one of the settings identified;

2) Participate in orientation and training session;

3) Administer (6)stressouts with friends, family, colleagues, others;

4) Report (6)evaluations of your work.

RECEIVE:

1) Free Instructional DVD, Protocol & Guidelines for the Ethical Use of Safe, Skillful and Nourishing Touch;

2) Partnership & Certification in our healthy touch organization committed to advancing the quality of lives, health and relationships of elders on a global scale; [link]

3) An exchange of energy, love, respect, and good will knowing that you have contributed through skillful touch to help support the basic human need requirements for elders and others to live a healthy, dignified and respectful life.

CONTACT:

Jerry Vest, ACSW/LISW/LMT, Professor Emeritus, New Mexico State University, School of Social Work, (505)524-2379 and email: geraldvest@comcast.net

or

Francesca Smith, LBSW, City of Las Cruces, In-Home Services Manager, (505) 541-2460 and email: fsmith@las-cruces.org

SEE ATTACHMENTSincluded in our Homepage – [link]

1) Protocol

2) Ethical Guidelines for Safe, Skillful and Nourishing Touch

3) Partner Certificate (example)

4) Good Samaritan News

NOTE:The American Diabetes Association selected our research article, "Alternative Health Practices in Ethnically Diverse Rural Areas," using the 15-Minute StressOut Program as the primary intervention, with diabetic patients and their families as "Best Practice Research" during the past decade.,(See Abstract No.8--point & click on this link)
[link]

Become a Global Partner-

If you wish to be a volunteer, schedule an in-service training program in your agency/community or know of care-givers and others who may be interested in learning our ethical, safe, skillful and nourishing touch program for all populations, please let us know.

We will help you develop your orientation workshop/training program and send you a free Instructional DVD and Power Point Program Outline. We suggest that our volunteers/givers, give a minimum of 2 hours a week of skillful touch-"stressouts." After meeting our requirements and submiting your evaluations, we will add your name to our list of Certified Team Members}. [link]


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30 Sep 2007 @ 01:25 by vaxen : How exciting!
Wow...way to go Jerry! Thankyou so much.  


30 Sep 2007 @ 02:36 by jerryvest : Thanks, Vax....we are having
a great time and our volunteers and students are feeling great about their experience. It is very hard to see so many frail elders who seem to be lonely, yet cared for. I'm not sure of the extent of the drugging that goes on in nursing homes, but I know there are guidelines that should be followed. I am waiting for a report from our state ombudsman's program as I inquired about the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual loss of so many of the residents. But, we all loved our touch and exchange of energies without a doubt.  


30 Sep 2007 @ 04:05 by a-d : Are you in touch with
[http://www.lightcenter.info/page9.html] already? Might be one avenue to some expansion via co-operation... Just a thought...

Drugging down the Elderly IS a REAL problem; one never talked about!...
I dare to guess, that none of them have less than ten-fifteen (some can even have up to twenty-twenty-five pills ea time an assortment of "necessary" Pills to take; up to three times a day!... ( I've prepared "a few" of those Medicine Trays myself... so I know first hand ... ) Big Pharmacas makes Billions this way, just in this particular "field". ( Add to this the billions made in drugging our Kids! )

If you ever saw the Feature Movie "She Devil"/Roseanne Barr, there was a section in that movie from an Elderly Home... It was a VERY accurate description of what goes on in these places! If you don't like the rest of the Movie I still recommend that you watch that whole section about the Elderly Home... Most people think it was just a movie, with all the "freedoms of exaggeration that Movies have", but, no it was a very realistic description!... made a little PRETTIER than in the Real World in many instances! That might be an Issue that eventually you and your Colleagues could raise somehow... Just another thought... : )

(What happens in the Movie in the Home there, was a real eye-opener to me!... and I felt so bad.... knowing that I once allowed myself to "believe" in that kind of view of human treatment swallowing their; the Profiteer's lie!... )  



30 Sep 2007 @ 14:08 by jerryvest : Thanks, Astrid. I always appreciate your
comments. Yes, these drug cocktails seem to be the standard opperating procedures for most of these nursing facilities. I was going to say "homes", but we know there are few 'home-like' resources for our elders administered by these corporations. Recently, the NY Times pointed out that these greedy corporations are cutting their staff to make more money.

"Golden Opportunities
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Articles in this series are examining how businesses and investors seek to profit from the soaring number of older Americans, in ways helpful and harmful.

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The facility’s managers quickly cut costs. Within months, the number of clinical registered nurses at the home was half what it had been a year earlier, records collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services indicate. Budgets for nursing supplies, resident activities and other services also fell, according to Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration.

The investors and operators were soon earning millions of dollars a year from their 49 homes.

Residents fared less well. Over three years, 15 at Habana died from what their families contend was negligent care in lawsuits filed in state court. Regulators repeatedly warned the home that staff levels were below mandatory minimums. When regulators visited, they found malfunctioning fire doors, unhygienic kitchens and a resident using a leg brace that was broken."

“They’ve created a hellhole,” said Vivian Hewitt, who sued Habana in 2004 when her mother died after a large bedsore became infected by feces."

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Several years ago, I participated in Dolorus Kraeger's training on therapeutic touch (TT) and did enjoy it. However, because they do not connect physically with the body, the intervention is more subtle. I have incorpoated the awareness of the energy field while we do the "laying-on-of-hands" with our partners. As we get more touch experience, it becomes more evident and very powerful to lay our hands on the shoulders of our partners and exchange our energies. I call this the "empathic connection or relationship" as we do unify our energy and become one body, mind and spirit.

Thanks for the movie recommendation--I'll look for it. I think that if the staff gave their residents a "stressout" on a regular basis they could cut back and/or reduce the meds. by volumns. We have now observed and experienced, first hand, how effective touch can be with our Elders and we are making these activities a standard operating procedure for several nursing homes and health clinics. Our city aging programs are introducing our touch projects in their newsletters and training the home-care staff in giving our "15-Minute StressOut Program" with the home-bound and in nursing facilities.

Do stay tuned in to our Global Touch Project as we are beginning to get some requests for our DVD in other communities. For example, on Oct. 13, Dawn Harriett will be offering an "Introduction to 15-Minute StressOut Program," for the Hospice of Southern Illinois. Do visit our coming events and other announcements, progress notes and resources, on our homepage. [link]

Best wishes,

Jerry  



30 Sep 2007 @ 15:24 by Ned Hamson @71.72.227.85 : GoodOnYou&Friends
Jerry: Looks wonderful. I have forwarded to a wellness associate who runs a meals on wheels program for senior as a possible add on.  


30 Sep 2007 @ 15:58 by jerryvest : Great, Ned. I know how much you
appreciate these international service programs as you've done such a great job with your computer project in Central America.

Also, thanks for passing this message on to your friends and colleagues. These home-care services are so vital for our elders. By adding some healthy, nourishing touch with the use of certified volunteers is just what the Dr. *doesn't* usually order. ;)

Jerry  



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