Aliyah’s Podcast Discussion with Judith Oakland!

 aliyahJuly 1, 2015
A New Paradigm
Care giving Circlesa discussion with
Aliyah Alexander and Judith Oakland, MA, LPC
What Piece of this Model Can You Bring to YOUR circles?Aliyah Alexander has been dealing witht the devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis for 10 years. She can no longer even lift her finger to control her computer. Despite her extreme limitations, she has created a powerful concept in caregiving.Aliyah was a psychotherapist with a successful practice prior to her diagnosis. She chronicled her journey in dealing witht her losses in bodily function in her blog and book “Meet Me by the River,” which she published this year.

She talks about her care circles in there and I met 3 of the women who care for her on my trip to Crestone to visit this week. She described to me the way she has organized the team and I knew it would be something that I should share with you.

Whether you are in a group home, nursing home, private residence, listen to Aliyah and Judith Oakland (her therapist) describe how they go about this process. You will be able to take something away for your situation. Both Judith and Aliyah are available to talk with you if you are interested in the concept. Contact them through Aliyah.

It is truly a new paradigm to honor the whole being of the caregiver who is part of intensely caring for someone chronically ill with a life threatening illness. We are taught to leave our troubles by the door and our personal thoughts. While this is standard professional practice, there may be situations or there may be pieces of Aliyah’s process that we can bring to our own circles.


Editorial Comments: Lynne Kaplan

“Aliyah lives a new vision of healing… one where our ‘curriculums’ are our steppingstones… and our common ground to grow and expand a more loving world.” – Judith Oakland: Licensed Professional Counselor.

“Aliyah’s work puts life in perspective and serves as a reminder of how the human spirit can triumph… Through her intimate reflections on her life, she’s offered me a priceless gift… the reminder that even in the face of seemingly bleak outcomes, I am exactly where I need to be…
– Lynne Kaplan: Photographer

Editorial Comments: Teri Daniel

“As a hospice chaplain and grief counselor, I have heard countless stories… many involve sorrow and loss… but never have I been so impressed as when I met Aliyah… She knows how to listen to her heart… and has turned tragedy into joy… She wrote much of this book while being able to move only her wrist!”
Rev. Terri Daniel: Author, Educator, End-of-Life Advisor, Interfaith Chaplaincy.