Dear Friends of Parish Health Ministry, We began this year with a successful Refresh Your Soul Conference on Positive Aging. Thanks to everyone that attended, volunteered and sponsored the event.
 
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Dear Friends of Parish Health Ministry,
 
This newsletter includes a wonderful success story about Project Activate®, a newer Parish Health Ministry program that focuses on how to help seniors retain their independence.  Please check out the article below. 
 
We are getting closer to securing speakers for Refresh Your Soul 2019.  If you have any suggestions for speakers, please email me as soon as possible at jpalcic@erslife.org.
 
 
May God bless you and your family with a safe and joy-filled summer,
Jeanne Palcic MGS, RN,
Director, ERS Parish Health Ministry
 
Positive Aging Conference Changes Lives and Practice
By Rhonda Johnson
 
Each year the Parish Health Ministry team is challenged to choose a topic for our Refresh Your Soul conference, which not only provides education while raising funds for the ministry, but also stretches the attendees to grow personally and professionally. Read on…
 
 
The Refresh Your Soul Conference was "life changing" according to
many of the 650 attendees.
 
Healthy Thoughts – How to Improve Your Day in 5 Minutes
(included for use at your church or organization)
 
Five minutes! It's only a little bit of time. But it's long enough for you to do at least one thing that could make your whole day better. So take five minutes and try one of these 10 simple ways to lower stress, boost your mood, and get more energy. It might give you that extra spark you need to meet the challenges of the day. 
Read on...

For more information or to request the full binder of Healthy Thoughts articles to use in your church or community, contact your PHM Coordinator: 
Jeanne Palcic at jpalcic@erslife.org
Cindy Hamad at chamad@erslife.org
 
Mental Health Sunday
 
Mental Health is a sense of psychological and emotional well-being. It affects how a person feels, thinks and behaves. Keeping one’s mental state healthy is just as important as keeping the physical state healthy. In an effort to reduce the stigma around mental illness and raise awareness, ERS Parish Health Ministry has been piloting a program called Mental Health Sunday. Read on…
 
Partner Success Story 
Project Activate® Reinforces Ageless Thinking
and Encourages Personal Action

By Mary Martin

 
 
Church Leaders Find a Customized Action Approach to Well-Being and Body Movement
 
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church welcomed 19 participants from their congregation into Project Activate®. Walda Helvie (Whole Health Ministry Coordinator) and Mary Lee, RN led this dynamic program customized to the needs of their congregation. Read on...
 
 
Seniors at Gloria Dei participate in the Project Activate® program exercises.
 
Resources
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia
 
Alzheimer’s is a disease that impairs memory. It is a progressive disease that affects thinking and behavior. It usually develops slowly and gets worse over time, eventually destroying the ability to talk and respond to one’s environment. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can be devastating to the individual and overwhelming to the family and caregivers. The following are three helpful resources: Read on...
 
Educational Opportunities
 
Click here to visit the Parish Health Ministry website educational opportunities page.
 
 
ERS Parish Health Ministry
3870 Virginia Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45227
513-979-2238
1-800-835-5768
 
PHM Coordinators:
Jeanne Palcic at jpalcic@erslife.org
Cindy Hamad at chamad@erslife.org
 
 
Parish Health Ministry
3870 Virginia Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45227
jpalcic@erslife.org
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