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Monthly Archives: September 2021

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior, where symptoms eventually grown severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Sadly, as many as 50 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of life altering dementias.  

As the globe recognizes World Alzheimer’s Day on Wednesday, September 21st, it is important to remind ourselves to not only be vigilant of the early signs of dementia and memory loss, but to consider what can be done in our everyday routines to potentially delay the onset of serious symptoms. 

Look at these five easy steps from the Mayo Clinic that can help sharpen your memory! 

  1. Participate in Frequent Physical Exercise-According to The Department of Health and Human Services, exercise increases blood flow throughout the body, including the brain! Such stimulation is great for keeping your mind active and sharp. That means riding a bicycle, taking a brisk job, or even taking a leisurely stroll around the block. For optimal results, it’s best to have 150 minutes a week of moderate activity be part of your routine.   
  1. Socialize Regularly-Although it’s been difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s amazing how technology can help bring us closer to those who mean the most to us. Social interaction with family and friends is a great way to fight depression and stress, both of which can be contributing factors to memory loss.  
  1. Stay Organized-a cluttered and chaotic mess in your home leaves ample chances for you to misplace things. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution! Stay organized and fight memory loss by making sure tasks, meetings, to do lists, and special events are written down and updated. Use your phone, a wall calendar, or an electric planner-whatever system works best for you, use it and use it often! 
  1. Try Puzzles-Participating in quiet yet stimulating activities such as crossword puzzles, sudoku puzzles, or word puzzles is an excellent way to stay mentally fit and challenged. You can also experiment with alternative routes while driving to familiar places, or even learn a new instrument to also accomplish this.  
  1. Eat and Sleep Well-A healthy diet is just as good for your brain as it is for your body! Implement a diet that is rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat protein sources. Avoid excessive amounts of alcohol, which can lead to confusion and memory loss over time. And be sure to get a minimum of seven hours of sleep each night; sleep plays a vital role in helping you consolidate your memories so they can be easily accessed down the road. 

Alzheimer’s and severe memory loss is a horrifying truth many pray they and those they hold most dear will never have to face. To know that life’s most precious moments might soon be forgotten is a terrible fate no one deserves. But taking small steps today to help improve our minds and sharpen our memories is key to enjoying the most out of the time we are given. 

To learn more about Alzheimer’s Disease, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website here 

Since Milwaukee Catholic Home’s founding by a group of Catholic laywomen in 1913, our identity as a Catholic institution has informed and guided everything we do here at Milwaukee Catholic Home. 

From daily Mass and the rich sacramental life offered on our campus, to our commitment to responsible investment and stewardship of our resources, to the caring and supportive community found among residents, staff and friends, our Catholic culture is evident and is at the heart of who we are.  

One of the ways our commitment to fostering spiritual life is most seen is at our annual retreat. The Milwaukee Catholic Home retreat offers our residents, staff and families an opportunity to grow in their relationship with Christ through a series of talks and guided prayer. 

This year’s retreat, “Three Stories of Jesus,” begins on Wednesday, September 8th and runs through Friday, September 10th. Led by Fr. David Shields, SJ and Fr. Philip Sutherland, SJ, “Three Stories of Jesus” will offer an opportunity for residents to combine their spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius with a closer look at scripture.  

Each day of the three days of the Milwaukee Catholic Home retreat, all of which begin at 10 am and conclude each day with 4:00 pm Mass, has a special theme. The first day will center on Jesus as the Son of Man. While the second day will focus on the suffering servant, the third day will examine Jesus’ return. 

“After we hosted a virtual retreat last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am thrilled to say that an in-person Milwaukee Catholic Home retreat is once again being offered this fall, ” says Terri Adrian, Pastoral Care Coordinator. “This spiritual offering is something that residents have greatly missed this past year, and I know that everyone will grow in their faith due to the outstanding leadership of Fr. David and Fr. Philip. We are truly blessed to have these men at Milwaukee Catholic Home and leading us in our individual spiritual journeys.” 

Fr. David Shields, SJ, a Midwest Province Jesuit, has been involved in retreat and spiritual direction ministry for over 40 years. Fr. Shields was professionally involved for over 20 years with the Oglala Sioux in South Dakota. His more recent ministry includes 23 years at Casa Romero Renewal Center in Milwaukee, WI where he served as the Director of Spiritual Programs. Fr. Philip is a doctoral student in philosophy at Marquette University and from the Jesuits West Province. His specific area of study is ancient philosophy, particularly Aristotle. Fr. Philip has both a Master’s of Divinity, as well as a Licentiate of Sacred Theology. 

For more info or to RSVP, contact Terri Adrian at 220.8468 x.3416 or tadrian@milwaukeecatholichome.org.