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Environmental Inspiration: The Honorable Harvest

(From Braiding Sweetgrass – Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants). This is the book chosen by the TED reading group. The guidelines for the Honorable Harvest are not written down, or even consistently spoken of as a whole – they are reinforced in small acts of daily life. But if you were…

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Grieving and Giving thanks for Barb Kuhlmann

June 16, 2022 It is with a heavy heart that we share news that Barb Kuhlmann died in her sleep during a house fire early this morning. She lived alone.   Barb has been our Christian Education and Youth Director for more than ten years. She was also a beloved preschool teacher at PUNS (Parkway…

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Alzheimer’s News June 2022

Alzheimer’s News June 2022 June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, so here are some facts and figures. More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia is estimated to have totaled $355 billion in 2021, increasing to more than $1.1 trillion (in today’s…

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Alzheimer’s News May 2022

Alzheimer’s News May 2022 The benefits of Music for People Living with Alzheimer’s: Music offers people living with Alzheimer’s the priceless opportunity to connect to their pasts and the people who love them. As the disease progresses, this medium can be used as an efficient tool for self-expression and engagement. With flexibility and creativity, music…

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Alzheimer’s News

Alzheimer’s News April 2022 New findings suggest that regular exercise may help protect cognitive function. This new study was published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. Several studies have shown these benefits but “how” was not well understood. This new work gives us clues about the underlying biology. This new study…

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4/10 – “In Search of Birds, my Adventures as a Long-time Birder,” by Claudia Spener.

Select Sundays | 11:15am | Heritage Room & Zoom A birder is a person who person who observes or identifies wild birds in their habitats. The fast-growing recreational activity of birding is relatively inexpensive and can be done by anyone. It can provide enlivenment, peace, meaning, and the incalculable wealth of time spent quietly in…

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Alzheimer’s News March 2022

Caregiver Support Tips: Consider a Daily Care Plan If you are caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease you might consider planning out a daily routine. This can be helpful for the person with Alzheimer’s and the caregiver and family members. Having activities that are structured and pleasant can help improve their mood and reduce…

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Alzheimer’s News

Alzheimer’s News February 2022 Foods that Protect Brain Health: Reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and improve your general wellbeing. Whole grains- such as pasta, oatmeal or brown rice Nuts- such as almonds, pecans, or pistachios Vegetables- leafy greens, root vegetables, vegetables from 4 petal flowered plants Fish- such as Salmon, Tuna, or Sardines Fresh…

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From Changing Diapers to Changing the World!

From Changing Diapers to Changing the World: Why Moms Make Great Advocates and How to Get Started by Cynthia Changyit Levin. PUCCer Cindy has cared deeply about global poverty and hunger even before becoming a parent. But mothering her own children toughened her resolve to stand up for her values and work to become a…

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January 2022 Alzheimer’s News

January 2022 Alzheimer’s News Walking Toward a Dementia Diagnosis Looking at different patterns in the way older adults walk could help doctors to more accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease as well as different types of dementia. In a recent study of 500 participants, four independent gait patterns- rhythm, pace, variability and postural control were studied. The…

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