Part II of “Realities of Aging Series”

Health & Wellness Team Presents Part II of “Realities of Aging Series” It has been a pleasure for me to work with the St. Francis Health and Wellness Team over the past five and a half years. This group of parishioners is truly committed to providing educational opportunities for our parish family regarding their physical health and their spiritual well-being. You have received monthly inserts that highlight good, solid health information for people of all ages. You have received invitations to guest speakers on subjects such as Vaccinations, Suicide Prevention, Mental Health and Healthy Eating. They have hosted winter Yoga for four years, Matter of Balance Classes, Health Fairs and Blood Drives here in our parish. They continue their good work with the current offering of a four-part series on the

“Realities of Aging.” This series is intended for those who are experiencing changes in their lives due to age, as well as for parishioners who are now being challenged to assist their parents’ health and lifestyle changes, while they continue to raise their children. We understand how stressful that can be and as a team of Faith Community Nurses in union with those committed to assisting people in need, this team has designed four evening presentations to offer education, support and information on resources

available to assist both the aging and their caregivers. At the first session on October 2nd, retired doctors Greg Schlosser (SFX Member) and Patrick Zook provided an amazing overview of the Natural Aging Process and the Aging Brain. Sixty-nine people in attendance shared a very positive response to both presentations and look forward to the remaining three parts of this series. Please plan to join us for

“Realities of Aging” Part II on Tuesday, November 6th

at 7:00 p.m. in the Gathering Place The agenda for the evening includes: Staying Safe in Your Home – by the Central MN Council on Aging, Hospice, Palliative Care & Health Care Directives, by CentraCare Hospice, Nutrition for Aging by a licensed CentraCare dietician and Driving Safely for Seniors by Ruben Zaya (SFX Member), from the Cold Spring Police Department. Each will give a 20 minute presentation with time for Q&A. Yes, we do realize this is also Election Day, so please plan to VOTE before attending the presentation at 7:00 p.m.!

As requested in our feedback from the first session, we promise healthy choices for our refreshments and look forward to welcoming many more guests! Part III and Part IV are scheduled for January and February, 2019 – Watch the bulletin and bulletin boards for posters and information. Bring a friend, bring Mom and Dad or come learn more knowing you will be in good company and you will go away better informed about facing this natural phenomenon called “aging”. Hope to see you there! Have a great week!

Deb Rudolph

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