June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

When you think of June you may think of a lot of things, but Alzheimer’s and Brain Health may not be on the top of your mind. Personally June is a big month. We celebrate our wedding anniversary on the 26th. (32 years this year) We also celebrate our son’s birthday and my birthday too. Summer weather arrives. Roses are blooming. (They are my favorite, especially pink ones.) Summer vacation, well who knows this year.

But it is also an important month in terms of awareness topics. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Brain health is a very important topic to me, and I would venture a guess, for you as well. But it may not be something we give a lot of thought to, until we or a loved one starts to experience cognitive issues. Then it might be all we think about.

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As We Move to the Next Season

Winter Grace Senior Ministries, Inc. just completed our first Virtual 50+ Resource Fair. We had 26 service providers from a variety of fields: all experts and all serving Older Adults and their families with expertise and passion! Thank you!

The Fair had over 3,000 page views. To me that means a couple of things. Not only are we on to something with this format, but, thankfully, we are finding new ways to live out our mission:

“Empower and Enrich the Lives of Older Adults Through Christian Initiatives, Connecting People, Ideas, and Resources”

What’s next? We certainly are not going to take a rest. There is much to be done to serve Older Adults, perhaps more now than ever. We must be creative and take chances. Some ideas will work and others will not, but we must use our time and energy to reach out in ways we haven’t before.

We would love to be face-to-face, person-to-person, but we cannot right now. The goal is to use our God given creativity, gifts, and talents, and package them in a new way. We took our Fair on-line, and we will be doing the same with much of our ministry.

One way is that we will begin Weekly Wednesday Worship at Noon (EDT) on May 27,2020. This will be short time of prayer, Scripture, and devotion. First things first, and that always needs to be Jesus.

Second, we are firing up the YouTube Channel and this site to share interviews, information, and hopefully share a good dose of inspiration and encouragement. We hope you will join us often.

We are opening the Resource Partner Center officially onJune 1st. We will be building an information packed place for Older Adults and those who care for them to visit and inform themselves. We look forward to its growth.

Please stay tuned, check back often to see what is next. If you have just 3 minutes you can watch this video and hear more.

Let’s see what we can do together. It may not look like we had envisioned, but, by the grace of God, we will do our best to continue to serve Older Adults.

Time May Be Money, But Actually, Time Is Priceless

Okay, okay, I am using cliches and that is breaking a rule of writing, right? Well, bear with me for a few minutes. Every once in a while you come across someone discussing what they believe is the meaning of life. They will share what they hold most dear. In this post I am taking my turn and giving it a twist. During the last two and a half months, my top 3 parts of the meaning of life have come together hard! Through the passing of my mom, I see now more clearly than ever what gives my life meaning. I am going to share a small taste of the practical and real examples of why my top 3 are what make up the meaning of life to me.

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Obituary: D. Patricia Elsnic

On December 26, 2019; D. Patricia Elsnic (nee Haas); beloved wife of the late Henry Robert Elsnic; devoted mother of 3, dear grandmother to 6, and great-grandmother to 8. went to be with her Savior. This is the abbreviated form of the obituary. I left out names for the sake of privacy. What you do need to know that this is the beginning of the obituary for my mom.

The day after Christmas started the way most of the first day after Christmas normally starts in our home. It was quiet. It was going to be a day of rest and relaxation, It was going to be a time to play with our new toys if we received any, read a new book, chat, stay in our pajamas, and eat leftovers.

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Intergenerational Living: Preschool in a Senior Center???

The first time I heard this concept my thoughts may not have all been positive. I admit it. Then I watched a video and then I read some articles and then it all began to sink in. We spend so much time in our society separating people by age. We grow to be distinct from one another. Instead of appreciating those of different ages, we become suspicious or wary. We succumb to myths. This works both ways. Younger people believe myths about older people and older people believe myths about the younger generation. Surprise, surprise, not all of these myths are positive. Yes, I say that in jest. Most of the myths are in fact negatively held misconceptions. The more time we spend with people of other ages, actively engaged in relationship, the more we will come to appreciate others.  Continue reading “Intergenerational Living: Preschool in a Senior Center???”

Keeping Your Mind Sharp

One of the greatest concerns people have as they age is cognitive decline. There may be a number of ways to combat this decline. Please check out this article that explores one route which will not only benefit yourself, but will benefit those who rely on the organizations with whom you volunteer. A  win-win situation.

 

http://www.futurity.org/volunteering-seniors-cognition-1575942/

 

 

18 Great Strategies to Prevent Falls in your Home

Falls are among the most common ways that Older Adults are injured each year. This article from the National Council on Aging provides tips for almost every area of your home to help prevent them Please take a look. What tips do you have for others that you do not see in this article? Please share them in the comments. Have a safe day.

From the National Council on Aging

https://www.ncoa.org/blog/falls-prevention-home-18-step-safety-checklist/