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Community of Harmony receives grant to get Dementia-friendly action plan underway


Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

ACT on Alzheimer’s-Harmony is in the final phase of a readiness process to create a more dementia-friendly community and has received a grant through ACT on Alzheimer’s to help implement priorities specific to Harmony, Minn.

Harmony is one of 34 Action Communities throughout the state working to prepare Minn. for the growing number of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are 89,000 Minnesotans age 65 and older with the disease and thousands more with other dementias. The disease also touches nearly 250,000 family members and friends who are caregivers.

“We are excited that what we heard and what we learned from our community is allowing us to make a difference in Harmony,” said Tim Samuelson, Action Team lead. “This grant will help us accomplish our priorities to create dementia caregivers support opportunities and to host education training for local medical staff. Supporting our community members with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers will do tremendous good for the community as a whole.”

“These community action teams thrive on passion and commitment,” said Michelle Barclay, executive co-lead for ACT on Alzheimer’s. “They worked hard to complete the convene, assess, and analyze phases of our Dementia-Capable Community Toolkit process and are now in phase 4 (ACT Together), ready to implement action priorities and achieve their vision of a dementia-friendly community.”

ACT on Alzheimer’s is a volunteer-driven, statewide collaboration preparing Minn. for the personal, social, and budgetary impacts of Alzheimer’s. Working with communities striving to become dementia-friendly is one of ACT’s key strategies.

“As the population of Minn. ages, it’s important to build awareness of dementia and Alzheimer’s,” said Barclay. “Some of the most exciting practices will emerge from the work happening in communities. Having a dementia-friendly community means that care partners are supported and people with Alzheimer’s can stay out of residential care settings longer. That helps everyone – families and taxpayers who pay for institutional care, employers who have workers trying to balance work and caregiving demands, and most importantly, the people living with dementia.”

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Cooking Safely for a Crowd to be held in Mabel

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

We need to change the ways we handle food. Today, our food comes from all over the world. New, stronger bacteria and viruses are finding their way into our food. Also, food handling for large events is very different than home cooking. It is importa ..... 
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Chatfield to host Relay for Life

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

For the first time on Friday, July 10, Chatfield will be hosting the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Relay for Life at the Chatfield City Park on Main and 4th Street. The event raises funds for the American Cancer Society, and this year marks the ..... 
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May is mental health month. Let’s make sure all kids have the mental health care they need.

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

By Lucinda Jesson Minn. Department of Human Services Commissioner We all want kids to grow up healthy and strong. From scrapes and bruises to ear infections and strep throat, we want to make sure that when the need arises, our children receive th ..... 
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Valley ramps up for 2nd Annual Rover Run

By Kirsten Zoellner

Thu, May 7th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

In 2014, Farmers Co-op Elevator in Rushford saw an opportunity to bring together the company’s products, its growing Town & Country Store, and community-minded efforts with a push towards healthy living for both area residents and their canine com ..... 
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National Infant Immunization Week April 18-25

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

“National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) provides an opportunity to celebrate the success of immunizations in preventing deadly diseases,” said Lantha Stevens, Fillmore County Public Health Director, “Maintaining high vaccination rates by vac ..... 
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Harmony bloodmobile collects 42 units

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on March 31, 2015, succeeded in collecting 42 units of blood. There were 42 donors that presented and one first-time participant. Congratulations to these seven donors who reached the following milestones: •Maril ..... 
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Bloodmobile in Harmony on March 31

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. Typica ..... 
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Feel good about giving back by donating blood, Red Cross says need for blood is constant

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Looking for a way to give back to the community by don’t have a lot of time to volunteer? The American Red Cross reminds people that in only about an hour, those eligible can help save lives by donating blood and feel instant gratification. “ ..... 
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