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Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disease that progresses significantly over time. Individuals usually have symptoms ranging from mild to severe trembling. Typically occurring on one side of the body. These symptoms often display themselves in several different areas of the body including the arms, legs, feet, and hands. Furthermore, this disease can cause significant decrease in daily kinesthetic activity. An individual with Parkinson’s Disease can have concerns with muscle spasms,...

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

From Steven R. Covey’s release The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, brings essential factors that highlight success in both personal and professional life. He places into perspective the importance of seven steps to work effectively and perform responsibly in today’s era. Be proactive: Focus specifically on what it is you wish to change and begin. (i.e. weight loss, relationship status, new employment, new skills, new location, silence, etc.) Begin an end goal in mind: Define a goal and...

Lipedema and Obesity

Lipedema is caused by an excess of adipose tissue typically in regions of the feet, buttocks, thighs, hips, stomach, and arms (Herbst, 2014). The disorder typically occurs in 11% of the population, and is typically found in females rather than males (Herbst. 2014). Development of this condition can cause early onset of Diabetes. Lipedema occurs when the dermis and epidermis is made up of enlarged adipose cells that continue their growth beneath the skin. Lipedema develops in three stages:...

Healthcare in Louisiana Prisons

Louisiana is one of the states with the highest incarceration rates, with a total of 28,387 incarcerations (Department of Public Safety and Corrections, 2020). African Americans make up the highest percentage rates of individuals being incarcerated, followed by Caucasian Americans (Department of Public Safety and Corrections, 2020). With such a massive amount of incarcerations, physical and mental health disparities are at an all time high. There have been several barriers that have led to...

7 Ways to Support Those in Need

1. Be patient, while allowing those in need to communicate following a tragic occurrence. When tragedy strikes, one may not be readily open to communicate . 2. Acknowledge how the individual looks and feels. Ask open ended questions when needed. 3. Provide support. Allow sufficient resources and assistance to be provided to individuals when needed. 4. Provide comfort in the form of physical touch (i.e. hug, gentle rub of the shoulder or hand within boundaries), to ensure the individual feels...

Simple Ways to Increase Focus

Attention span is of great importance when working with an ever-changing school and environment. With the constant change of policies, procedures, standards, and job duties, one has to continuously stay the course, while managing to juggle work and family life. I have provided a few simple ways to improve attention span. 1. Create a to-do list that includes a time line. Ensure that these tasks are within your means to complete. In other words, don’t place more on your plate than you can...

Plans afoot to bring stability to PACEs Connection

To all of you, who, like me, love this website and want to see it and its communities flourish as we work to prevent and heal trauma; build resiliency: please know there is a move afoot by a small group of strategic partners to find a suitable host for PACEs Connection. More will be announced in the coming days. In the meantime, friends, we are figuring out email addresses and other communications logistics and opportunities. PEACE! Carey Sipp, former director of strategic partnerships ...

Resilience

Resilience is the art of giving thanks when less is more. It is seeing expectancy, when there seems like no end. It is simply staying true to what matters most; faith, respect, dignity, and persistence. Resilience is often displayed daily. Whether we have a small or large task to achieve. It’s the light at the end of the tunnel. What will allow one to have the greatest hope and resiliency in any situation is to remain grounded. Never forget the solid principles that allowed you to navigate...

A Clear Voice

To listen is to understand; however, individuals cannot understand, because we are too busy going through the motions of life. Individuals do not take the time to truly listen, and interpret the true meaning of words being spoken. Words take on feelings and emotions, which leads to either the negative or positive actions of individuals. It is essential for everyone to take the much needed time to listen, and provide the necessary support and empathy to those who are in need. When I think...

Model Minority Myth

The Model Minority Myth is a model that stems from various false beliefs about the Asian American culture. This term debunks the fact that Asian Americans are the thriving force within America culture, both in society and the workforce. These stereotypes coincide with the belief that Asian Americans are “the smartest” culture in industries of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The terms reveal that this culture is the leading force, and trumps other cultures. It is a...

The Year of Prosperity

As we embark on the Holiday Season and the beginning of a new year, I invite you to focus on everything you have received and gave back to self and others. This reflection will allow you to be grateful, and prepare for a new and improved year ahead. Take some time to create a vision, some goals, or a task you wish to accomplish in the next year. Ensure that you set aside some time and might to accomplish each task in its own timing. Always remember to be blessed where you are, and where you...

Behavioral Health and the Holiday Season

The holiday season is filled with peace and happiness, and sharing time with friends and family. For many, this is a time where family and friends get together and reflect on the birth of Christ, while preparing for the new year. These events can cause those with behavioral health concerns to exacerbate. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) (2023), over 64% of individuals mental health concerns worsen. I have provided some tips on how to improve mental wellness during...

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