Sunday, November 19, 2006

Family Caregiving 101

Neffiti Picks! in Health:Support_Groups: 44 million people in the U.S. care for an adult who is chronically ill or struggling with age. Nearly 90% of these caregivers assist family members; more than half continue to hold down a full- or part-time job while doing so. Two years ago, the National Family Caregivers Association and the National Alliance for Caregiving launched a campaign designed to assist and bolster the people who give so much of themselves while supporting others. Family Caregiving 101 is an integral part of that endeavor. It offers practical help in managing at-home, ad hoc nursing, including navigating the healthcare maze and taking care of yourself. It circulates stories from caregivers across the country. It details signs of stress in overworked individuals. It answers the top 10 questions asked by family and friends engaged in such guardianship. And, perhaps most importantly, it says again and again: You are not alone.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Miniature Earth

Neffiti Picks! in Society: Issues: The magnititude of the world can be overwhelming. How massive is the number of impoverished people? What percentage of the overall population lives in urban areas? How vast is the threat of AIDS? It's hard to put things in perspective when the numbers are so large. The Miniature Earth gives a clear vista by reducing the global population to only 100, while keeping statistics the same. The effect enables us to see the differences on our planet more clearly, and perhaps consider how our actions can impact humanity. Where do you live in the smaller community? In the project's final words: "Appreciate what you have. And do your best for a better world."

Monday, November 06, 2006

Leonardo da Vinci's Animated Illustrations

Neffiti Picks! Arts:Visual Arts: Forget da Vinci's code, his notebooks are mind-boggling enough. And now that the Victoria and Albert Museum has translated nine of his drawings into mini-movies for a major exhibit of his books, the animated results are nearly divine. A human heart throbs, a church rises from the ground, and a beam of light moves slowly across a man's face.

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