Wednesday, May 06, 2009

letting go and true love

True love is like quick-silver," said Ann Landers, "if you hold it in the palm of your hand, it will remain. If you try to grasp it, it will slip through your fingers." Perhaps this is what Jesus meant when he said, "Whoever will save his life will lose it: and whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it."

Some parents never let go of their children even when they are adults. Out of their own insecurity they cling to their offspring and smother them. In so doing they drive them away and the thing they need the most—love—they lose. As the saying goes, "If you love someone, let them go; if they come back to you, then they are truly yours. If they don't, they never were."

In other words, when we cling to life to live for ourselves or cling to someone else for our own sake out of our own need, we lose what we need the most—love. This is because we have mistaken need for love. Only as we let go of clinging are we free to love and live life to the full.

When we do this and truly love, we give love without strings attached. In so doing we receive more love to give.

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Monday, May 04, 2009

Fwd: Welcome to the latest issue of CARP Action Online!

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May 1, 2009

Welcome to the latest Edition of CARP Action Online! This issue is a Health Care Special, please take a minute to fill out Our Special Health Care Survey. We also have an update on pension reform where we recently took our message on pension reform! Also, check out Zoomermag: The Online Magazine For Grown Ups visit our new beta site at:

Electronic Health Records Update

A popular trend in health care these days is the concept known as electronic health records (EHR). Proponents of EHR claim that the successful implementation of this scheme will streamline our health care delivery system, making it more efficient and cost effective... Read more
A Silent Killer

Did you know that high blood pressure, or hypertension, is the most common diagnosis for office-based doctor visits in Canada? Over one-quarter of the Canadian population has hypertension, and 90% of adults will develop high blood pressure if they live to an average lifespan.Read more..
Men's Health:
Protect Yourself Against Prostate Cancer

One in six. Those are the odds. This year, one of six Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, the most common cancer among Canadian men... Read more
The Innovation Cell: Patient-Led Innovation

The new Health Strategy Innovation Cell ("Innovation Cell") focuses on low-cost, low-tech solutions to make the user experience in healthcare perfect...Read more
Incontinence Coalition calls on government leaders to help de-stigmatize the condition and improve access to care

Members of The Incontinence Coalition endorsed a letter to Federal and Provincial Ministers of Health urging greater recognition of the prevalent and chronic condition of incontinence. Incontinence affects more than 3 million Canadians and is a chronic condition that carries a stigma.Read more

Previous Issues

April 13, 2009
March 26th 2009
March 13th 2009
February 27, 2009
February 13th, 2009
January 27th 2009
January 16th 2009


Red tape update

The issue of reimbursement for out of country medial services has come to symbolize the madness that is the current state of our healthcare system... Read more
Primary health care teams

The Health Council of Canada recently released a report to update Canadians on the status of primary health care teams in the country. Released in late April, Teams in Action: Primary Health Care Teams for Canadians is a follow-up report on a plan implemented by Canadian governments in 2004 to ensure that 50 per cent of all Canadians would receive support from health care teams by the year 2011. Read more
If you experience problems completing the survey, please fill it in here
Health Care Survey
1. How do you access health care?

Have a family doctor who practices alone

Have a family doctor who practices with others who I do not interact with

Have a family doctor who practices in a Primary Health Care Team with other medical professionals who I see as well, including nurse-practitioners, nutritionists, social workers, etc.

Do not have a family doctor/use the hospital/ walk-in clinics/emergency room

2. How many of the following chronic health conditions - arthritis, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or mood disorders/depression - do you have


One only


Three or more

3. Does your health care provider give you the full range of services that you require?



4. How would you rate the quality of the health care you receive?






5. The federal and provincial governments committed to having 50% of Canadians cared for by multidisciplinary Primary Health Care Teams by 2011. Do you believe this goal will be achieved?




6. a) If you had to seek medical care outside Canada should the Canadian public health care system reimburse you…?

Without conditions

Under limited circumstances


6.b) If you had to seek medical care outside Canada, do you think this reimbursement…

Should require prior approval

May be approved after treatment is started or completed

Should not require approval, just referral from a Canadian doctor

7. Which region do you live in?






8. What size community do you live in?

500,000 or more

30,000 to 500,000

10,000 to 30,000

Less than 10,000

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Driving Researchers Need Your Help In Finding Ways To Keep Older Drivers Behind The Wheel

Are you over 70, own a 1996 or newer vehicle and drive at least once a week? Candrive needs participants for an important research study...Read more
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Pension Reform:
CARP Takes Your Proposals to Ottawa, Squares off Against Employers Who Say Pensioners Shouldn't Have a Say

Susan Eng, CARP VP of Advocacy headed to Parliament Hill last week for an appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. We took the opportunity to highlight the need for immediate action to repair Canada's pension system and bold leadership...Read more
James Pierlot's Pension Reform

In the last edition of CARP Action Online we published a column by noted pension analyst James Pierlot. One of our readers disagreed with Mr. Pierlot's thesis and issued us a challenge to publish his response to the column. Given that this person raised some worthwhile questions, we accepted - but not without giving Mr. Pierlot the chance to respond to his critic...Read more
UPP Survey Analysis

CARP extends its thanks to the nearly 4000 people who took the time to let us know what they thought of our proposal for a Universal Pension Plan. We brought your views to Ottawa to share them with the Finance Subcommittee last week when we argued for pension reform to protect the rights of retirees. Read more
Submit your Nominations for CARP's 25th Anniversary "Top 25 Canadians Award"

Submit your Nominations for CARP's 25th Anniversary "Top 25 Canadians Award" "I can think of a dozen people who could be nominated" says General Richard Rohmer. Gail Hinchliffe says she too can think of several people deserving of the honour. And Dr. Colin Powell, who practices Geriatric Medicine at Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary, says he meets people on a weekly basis who are worthy of the nomination. Read more.
50&Più Olympiad 2009:
Package Offer for AARP Global Network Member Organization's members

Our friends at 50&Più Turismo (a subsidiary of 50&Più, an AARP Global Network member) are offering a 9 day/8 night travel package to visit Rome, Italy to participate at the 50&Più Olympiad 2009 in the southern Italian province of Puglia. Read more
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