Gentle Shepherd Blog

Our team at Gentle Shepherd Hospice wants you to have the practical information you need to make the most of every day. Check out our selection of articles below, and make sure to read Kim’s (our co-founder and Vice President) devotionals.

Fighting Parkinson’s with exercise

If your loved one has Parkinson’s disease, you have likely observed physical symptoms such as tremors, slowed movement, and poor balance. In addition to treatment with medication, evidence is mounting that exercise itself can reduce or delay progression of these symptoms. Even as little as 2.5 hours of physical activity a week.

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Keeping your marbles: reducing dementia risk

While there is no cure as yet, there is increasing evidence that lifestyle changes in middle age may do a lot to delay the onset of memory loss. The plaques and tangles of Alzheimer’s, for instance, appear to start accumulating in the brain decades before symptoms show up.

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“Spiritual” advance directive

Every adult needs to complete an advance directive (and that means you, too!). It is the health care planning document that medical professionals follow if a patient becomes too ill to speak for him or herself. It gives your loved one the option to name someone as decision maker. And it is the place he or she can state preferences regarding life-sustaining treatment.

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Release

If you are carrying a heavy burden today, or a worry or fear, this offers a great visual of releasing this trial to the Lord. In nature, we can find some of the best illustrations of God’s promises and tender watch care over our lives.

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Managing chronic pain

“Chronic pain” is pain that lasts for 12 weeks or more. The cause is usually nervous system misfiring, like a faulty car alarm system. Often there is no specific trigger, which makes treatment difficult.

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God in Front

This verse is found in the Old Testament. It was given at the time that the Israelites were going to cross the Jordon river. They were on the precipice of conquering Jericho. You all remember that story about circling the walls daily for seven days?

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Siblings

We have been taking a few days for Don to get re-acclimated to Eastern Standard Time since returning from a mission trip to Uganda. Since Don’s biological clock has been eight hours ahead of the rest of us, the down-time has been a great gift and actually came in handy as we got up at 3:30 am this morning to get to the airport.

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