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Beni Seballos

A story about young girl who learns to care.
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Stephanie Washington

on 15 September 2011

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Results Research Beni Seballos Notes Here is a pictureof the Philippines! California Beni Seballos Important
Details (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr (cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr (cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr Philippines (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, often starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. But while tremor may be the most well-known sign of Parkinson's disease, the disorder also commonly causes a slowing or freezing of movement.


Beni is from the Phillipines. She moved to California with her grandmother and other family. When things weren't as well as they should be, She joined a volunteer group. Thats where the story begins. Reasons Beni Volunteers Get away from her grandma Makes her feel accepted It takes her mind off of home She likes to help people It gives her something to do It makes her feel like she's important It makes her feel needed It took her mind off her new school She did it to make friends • Memory loss that disrupts daily life

• Challenges in planning or solving problems

• Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure

• Confusion with time or place


• Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
New problems with words in speaking or writing

• Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps

• Decreased or poor judgment

• Withdrawal from work or social activities

• Changes in mood and personality

This is a picture of kids like us
volunteering at retirement homes! Beni is closer to
her grandmother Beni is more happy in
America Beni has helped so many people
in her life. Beni LOVES to volunteer, it makes her
feel happy I feel myself
grow old
my eyes go blind
my hands shake
please, Lord, let
someone also
help me out
when tomorrow's dawns
grow dark on
me.
- Beni Seballos me Signs of Azheimer's Signs of Parkinson's Disease The person moves very slowly and is clumsier
The person's hands and legs shake while in a resting
position
The person feels stiff and sore
The person is tripping or is unsteady on their feet
The problems start on one side of the body
The person's handwritting has changed
The person seem sad and low on energy
When the person walks one arm dosn't swing as much
The person's speech is harder to understand and hear
The person dosn't notice odors


Both of these diseases
are very bad and don't just
occur in elderly peolple. When Benni
first volunteered at the retirement home
she was shocked to see how horrable these
diseases realy are. Imagine, how would it feel
if you spent 20 years of your life caring for
your children, and then one day forget you
even have any kids! Or, if you were a famous
sports player and the doctor told you that you couldn't play sports or barley even go on a walk. Thats how these diseases affect people. "Sometimes people
think you do volun-
teer work because you
don't know how to
party. I've heard little
jokes about that, like,
'Oh! Here comes Miss
Goody-two-shoes.
what does she do on
weekends?' At first, I
would say, 'Hey, I
party on Saturday night
too. I don't do this all the
time. Hey, I'm normal' Now it dosn't
bother me. I got over
it. I laugh at them
and say, ' At least I
know where I'm going.'
Then they respect
me more."
- Beni Seballos YCS-youth community service. YCS is a chance for you to branch out and help people. Not just in california you can find one almost anywhere you go! Beni had had an open heart to everything
she did in this story. When her youth pastor
asked her to help at the retirement home she
did it. She never quit too. She tried out for the
basketball team and made it. She stuck with the
retirement home and she loved it! Beni says that
she probably got more out of her time at the
retirement home than the patients did. " The summer started
working for me when
I began to share my
life with the patients,
not just log time." "Then it
got fun. I know i did good at
the center, but i probably
got more out of it than the
patients." " I learned caring is like
a muscle. The more you exercise it,
the more you can share"
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