A vibrant group of adults 55+ Some of our activities include monthly lunch meetings with speakers and entertainers, concerts, boat rides on the local lakes and picking strawberries for local Food Pantries. Messiah members and friends are welcome at all events. Read our newsletter for information on upcoming events: SAM July-Sept Newsletter 2018

Kids from Wisconsin 50th Anniversary Show

Join Messiah’s Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) for the Kids from Wisconsin 50th Anniversary Show, on Friday, August 17, Show Time  7:00 pm at the Monona Grove High School.  

Cost is just $12 per person!  Order forms available on the kiosk or click here: Kids from Wisconsin–2018 

Invite your friends, make your dinner reservations now to enjoy the show and great fellowship!!!

There are a lot of fun activities planned for the coming months.  Please check out the SAM July-September Newsletter 

SAM July-Sept Newsletter 2018

Here’s another benefit for being part of the SAM activities – It’s great for your health!!!

Social Wellness and Its Benefits to Seniors

There’s no question that staying fit, following a healthy diet, and keeping the brain sharp, are pivotal in shaping the way we live our lives. But what about social wellness?

PUBLISHED: Jun 19, 2018

A Big Piece of the Puzzle
When it comes to feeling our happiest and healthiest, two of the most significant factors are undoubtedly physical and mental wellbeing. There’s no question that staying fit, following a healthy diet, and keeping the brain sharp, are pivotal in shaping the way we live our lives. But what about social wellness? Often described as one’s ability to communicate and maintain meaningful relationships with others, social wellness is just as vital as physical and mental wellness, and requires the same level of maintenance. As we age, it’s especially important that we foster positive social engagement to not only safeguard against isolation, but to also improve various aspects of our physical health. 

Why Is It Important?
Let’s face it, almost every aspect of life changes as we reach our senior years. Children may move out of state, friends and family may pass away, and certain health conditions may make it harder to fully enjoy the things we love doing. And as these changes occur, it’s important that we talkabout them. Without a support system of friends and family in place, many of life’s events can slowly begin to take their toll on us and potentially lead to a downward spiral of loneliness, isolation, and even major depression. But by nurturing current relationships and taking steps to build new ones, seniors can create a reliable network that allows them to learn new skills, view things from different perspectives, and see how others effectively manage the challenges of aging.

Though it may go without saying, maintaining social wellness brings about a number of other health benefits as well. Not only can it help strengthen our immune system, but it can lead to better sleep and increased productivity. Studies also show that increased socialization can enhance our cognitive abilities and even reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. In fact, one study showed that socially active seniors had a 70% lower rate of cognitive decline than those who were less socialized.

What Can Seniors Do?
One of the barriers some seniors may face is that they may not know what opportunities are available to them. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the ways seniors can begin to build and maintain their social connections:

  • Volunteer, or become involved in community efforts and activities.
  • Join a senior center, and make connections with like-minded individuals.
  • Continue learning through online courses or those offered by universities and community colleges.
  • Find a new hobby or interest, or revisit old ones.
  • Invite a friend or friends over for coffee or tea.
  • Take a part-time job.
  • Offer assistance to someone in the family.
  • Join an exercise group or class. 
  • Reach out to those at a church, synagogue, temple, or other place of worship to sign up for upcoming events.
  • Utilize social media to stay connected with friends and families (near and far).

References:
Psychology Today. “The Health Benefits of Socializing” by Angela K. Troyer Ph.D. C. Psych. Web. 2018.
Everyday Health. “How to Stay Socially Engaged as You Age” by Krisha McCoy. Web. 2018.
How Stuff Works – Health. “Top 5 Ways for the Aging to Remain Socially Engaged” Web. 2018.

SAM On-Going Events:

Health Ministry Team  

SAM will hold complimentary blood pressure checks on the second Saturday and Sunday of the month. The Saturday checks will take place prior to the 5:00 pm service.  Sunday blood pressure checks will be done between services. If you have been trained to take blood pressures, more volunteers are always needed.  For more information, contact Denise at: nisie7575@gmail.com.

SAM to Offer New Lunch Opportunity for Women

Janet Alfonso has developed a lunch program for women called “Let’s Do Lunch Bunch.” They meet on the second Wednesday of the month starting at 11:30 am.   Sign up for the luncheons will be on the kiosk. The group will go to area restaurants that take individual checks. This will be a nice way to go to a variety of restaurants.  For more information, contact Janet at (608) 221-1040 or by email alfonso_janet@yahoo.com

Keith Schlesinger, Coordinator of Senior Adult Ministry – Email Keith