• SEPTEMBER Newsletter 2016

    Welcome BACK!  A lot of planning has taken place this summer with regards to our Anniversary Party and October Event with NAMI.  This month our Kick-Off meeting will be on Thursday September 8, 12:00 Noon to 2:30PM at First Covenant Church, 2101 W 2nd St. Duluth. (218-722-5451 church number). Lunch will be Catered/ provided

    Please try to make an effort throughout the year to attend the peer group meetings when you are able; it is very encouraging to our wonderful hosts and guests. We have some great projects in place and hope and trust you will find them useful to your faith communities.

    GUESTS : Resources for Dementia Project:

    Each will take some time to share and offer some tools for this aspect of our care and grant project.

    Meet Tim Sieh from Merrill Lynch (Sieh/Yung local group)

    Meet Emma Shepard, Care Consultant and other staffers from Age Well Arrowhead


    From South: Take Hwy 35N to the 21st Ave West Exit (Left lane). Then staying in the Right lane, circle around under the freeway – the Church will be on your LEFT.

    From North: Take 53 into Duluth. Go past the Mall, and at Trinity Rd make a Right (follow signs to 35W) coming down Piedmont Ave – exit at the 21st Ave West ramp. The Church will be directly in front of you.

    In Duluth: the church is on the corner of 21st Ave West and 2nd street, across from Mid-Town Manor in Lincoln Park. 


    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. . . He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs3:5-6

    Remember those in prayer on their birthday – What a wonderful gift!

    3   Cindy Salakka                      26 Rebecca May

    14 Winnie Gustafson                  29 Marcia Heyser

    24 Terrie Fossum

    Keep in your prayers:

    • Pray for those that have this ministry on their hearts to serve their faith community
    • Parish Nurses with health issues
    • New opportunities for funding available to us.
    • Community Connections and resources available to us as a group.
    • Those with family members who suffer from Chronic Diseases including Mental Health RESOURCES:September:Healthy Aging Month: www.healthyaging.netNational Preparedness Month: www.redcross.org and   www.ready.gov     Sept 7- 13: Suicide Prevention week;   www.suicidology.org  Sept. 23 – National Falls Prevention Day www.ncoa.orgOctober: Health Literacy Month: www.healthliteracymonth.orgDomestic Violence Awareness Month: www.nrcdv.orgNational Liver Awareness Month: www.liverfoundation.org     Oct 10: World Mental Health Day. www.wfmh.orgThere are so many this month – – Angelsense: I found this resource over the summer – a GPS monitoring solution designed for children with Special Needs. Go to www.angelsense.com or call 1-888-999-2013 for information. Care Transition Program – –  Please take note of the Projects we have coming forward:


    •      I hope you have had a chance to listen-in on the conference calls; there has been some good tips and info. Remember, our St Luke’s Contact is Lois Opseth RN- Discharge Advocate in the Discharge Planning office 249-5699 OR lois.opseth@slhduluth.com, Outside beeper number 218-249-8020. She has our Professional Listing. PHR forms are printed and available in the Case Manager office on 2W – (Just outside the 2W main doors)
    •      Oct 18-24: National Health Education Week;   www.sophe.org/NHEW.cfm
    •      Oct 4-10: National Mental Illness Awareness Week: www.healthyminds.org OR www.nami.org/miaw
    • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: www.nationalbreastcancer.org
    • Healthy Lung Month:  American Lung Association     www.lungusa.org
    • Alzheimer’s Association Walk Month – Duluth and Brainerd Walks in Sept   www.alz.org
    •      Sept 26 – Oct 3: Active Aging Week   www.icaa.cc
    •      Sept 11: National Day of Service and Remembrance: www.911day.org/
    • Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk – – Check local listings   www.alz.org
    • Prostate Health Month: www.pcf.org
    • Fruit and Veggies More Matters Month: www.fruitsandveggiesmorematter.gov
    • Program Planning Helps: – – Just a Few suggestions, go to www.health.gov OR www.nationalwellness.org          
      1. With the Rural Aging Initiative Grant (Northland Foundation) – we are able to provide a Scholarship for Parish Nurse Preparation – Please pass this on!!       April through June Quarterly reports were due in JULY!! If you still have stats, send them in.
      2. Check out the REPORTS tab on our Website and LIKE our Facebook Page (see back page)
      3. Transitions Coach program still ongoing- – we are keeping up with what is being done on a national level. Keep practicing on those in your congregation when discharged.
    • Our “Live Well at Home” grant from Dept. of Human Services for a Dementia and Communities of Faith (training and program tools).You have been asked to report on the screening tool results each quarter. Please know that your participation is very valuable in this grant process. You should have received your church’s copy of “Through the Wilderness” book and curriculum workbook by now. PLAN now for the fall in presenting this to your adult groups in your congregation. Add an Advance Directive opportunity at the end, or as a follow up.   CSS SN’s developed a Pre/Posttest for us as well as a list of objectives. They are attached.
    • UPCOMING Events/Educational Opportunities:  


    September 8: First PN Meeting for the next season –

    Sept 10: Walk to End Alzheimer’s – DULUTH – Meet at DECC, walk is on the Lakewalk

    September 12: Vaccinations in Long Term Care, presented by Melanie Kluck Pharm D, through Thrifty

    White Pharmacy; held at The North Shore Estates, 7700 Grand Ave in Duluth Noon to 1pm FREE

    CEU.  Call Debbie at 218-464-7258 to register.

    Sept 15 & 16: Powerful Tools for Caregivers Leader Training: 8:30am to 5:00pm each day (Breakfast

    and registration at 8AM) $150 held at Westwood Terrace Community Rom – Benedictine Living

    Community on Kenwood Ave – contact Cindy Conkins to register at 218-529-7542 or

    cconkins@ardc.org BY Sept 7th. (We have Grant money for this type of training if you would like to

    attend – contact Pam 310-0613)

    Sept. 24: Heartwalk- Duluth: 8am to 10am on the Lakewalk Contact Heather Hughley for more info at


    Oct 4: Sleep and the Brain (6-hour Seminar) 8:30 to 4pm, $79, Holiday Inn and Suites in Duluth. Register

    by calling 866-652-7414. This is put on by Institute for Brain Potential.

    Oct 4 & 5: Mental Health Community Event ; Tuesday evening 10/4On Wed 10/5: Special

        Congregational component  ½ day – Will be held at the Inn on Lake Superior –  See below.

    Oct 15 & 16: St Louis County Health and Human Service Conference

    www.stlouiscountymn.gov/hhsconference   for more info and registration information.

    Oct 20th: 25th Anniversary Party  (along with 20th for NW WI Parish Nurse Ministries) see below

    Oct 22: Advance Care Planning-NE MN will be presenting Being Mortal. An evening CEU Event at St.

    Luke’s Hospital (Duluth)  Watch for details as they develop.

    Oct 25: APNA Board Meeting at First Covenant.

    November 14, 15, 16: Spiritual Companion Series event sponsored by Essentia Hospice; Watch for a special mailing or email: 11/14 will be held in Virginia MN,  11/15 held in Grand Rapids MN, 11/16 held in Duluth  FREE CEU event.  Registration due by 11/9.


    October 4 & 5 Mental Health Event –

                       THIS WILL BE IN PLACE OF OUR MONTHLY Meeting.

    Did you know??? According to Rick Warren (Saddleback Church, CA) 65% of those seeking Mental Health counseling will search a faith community BEFORE entering the Health Care system! Are YOU and your pastoral staff prepared??


    This 2nd Annual Event will be held during Mental Illness Awareness Week. It will be at the Inn on Lake Superior, on Canal Park Drive, Duluth.  Please make plans to attend and bring your pastor(s) and lay leaders to be better prepared.  This is financially sponsored by Miller Dwan Foundation – we are working in partnership with NAMI. (National Alliance for Mental Illness – Duluth Chapter)

    Tuesday October 4: 6pm doors open. 6:30-8pm De-Escalation Training provided by Laura Nechanicky-Booth, Clinical Director at Birchtree. This training is relevant to working with people in ANY sort of crisis, whether it involves mental illness (and if so, ANY type of mental illness) or not.  This would also pertain to those dealing with those with Dementia.  FREE- but please RSVP for handouts and food considerations

    Wednesday October 5: 8:15AM doors open Neuroscience of Mental Illness followed by Panel Presentation on Suicide “Pre-vention and Post-vention”. $10/person OR 3 for $25.00

    This session will be led by Deb Semmelroth, retired Nursing Professor of nursing at the College of St Sholastica, and currently works as a mental health nurse at Birchtree.


    INVITATION TO OUR 25th CELEBRATION: Thursday Oct 20th at Greysolon Ballroom, Duluth MN. Hopefully you have received this special invite. If you did not –please let me know!

    There has been a very nice response so far, and it is hoped that it will be a very enjoyable and meaningful event. Responses are due by Sept 25th. Those that have been our donors, grantors, program presenters have also been invited to share in our special event.

    NOTE:   IF you would like your pastor/pastoral staff to attend – please extend the invitation, as invites were not sent to each individual congregation.


    Duluth is at work on becoming an Alzheimer’s Friendly community.

    This is very timely with our Congregational Educational tool that you all have received (“Through the Wilderness”). Carlton has been going through this process since last year and now Duluth is in this process. God has certainly helped with our timing in this community need;  For more resources on this process click on this LINK “Demetia  Friendly Faith Community”  at


    Here are some suggestions from the website on Being a Welcoming Faith Community:

    • Always be respectful toward the person with Alzheimers
    • Wear a nametag and greet the person warmly, using simple sentences and calm voice
    • Be patient and accepting of the person’s behavior and appearance.
    • Resond in supportive ways
    • Help unite the person with family members if he or she appears to be disoriented or lost.
    • Send “thinking of you” notes and cards; include worship bulletins and newsletters to help the family stay connected.
    • Provide ongoing prayer support for the person with Alzheimer’s and family members.

    Some other resources to be aware of: some of the Investment companies have developed a staff position titled “Investment Gerontologist” to help disseminate information about the issue of Alzheimers and also to help customers plan for longer life-spans. This was a new term for me come and learn more about this at the meeting this month!



    News of Hospitals in area coping with the Higher Deductibles and patients not being able to pay their hosptial bills — (Uninsured and Underinsured)

    St Lukes gives EVERY patient infomation about their Share/Care Fund and encourages them to apply if they need to.

    Essentia Health offers a Financial Assistance Program as well (THIS PERTAINS TO THE REGION). Visit the EssentiaHealth.org website under Quick links and select Financial Assistance. OR call the Essentia Health Business Office toll-free at 800-985-4675 or 218-786-3333 and request a free application to be mailed to you.   (At a summer meeting I received this information – the Director of this Dept said they average 30 applications/DAY and try to help as many as they can.)  Encourage your congregates to apply if financial help is needed.


    TAKE NOTE – If You are trained in any of the Evidence Based Classes!!

    Effective September 1st – the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging is offering a STIPEND up to $600/program to community volunteers in the Arrowhead Parish Nurse Association that host evidence-based health promotion programs in the REGION.  To qualify it must be a NEW location, with a minimum of 8 people registered for the program and 5 or more must complete the program. The document with the specifics is attached in this mailing. Contact Georgia Lane at glane@ardc.org or call her at 218-529-7525 for more info or any questions.


    Home Instead Offers some interesting topics for presentations. Another option for speakers for your congregation this fall (or next year). Contact Mary Andrews at 218-727-8810                         

    –          The 40-70 rule is a program that helps adult children begin pro-active, positive conversations with their aging parent.

    –          The 50-50 rule is a program that offers practical support services to develop open discussions between adult siblings. It can help improve communication skills, develop teamwork, make decisions together and divide the workload in caring for aging parents.

    –          Making Home Safer for Seniors is a program that provides a home safety checklist to ensure an older adult’s home is safe from the pitfalls that could put them at risk for falls and injuries that can lead to hospitalizations and decline.

    –          Protecting Seniors from Fraud is a program that prepares family caregivers with a kit to protect seniors by informing them of the latest scams that target aging adults. It offers a variety of resources and tools to help their seniors avoid becoming a victim of these scams.

    –          Prevent Senior Hospitalizations addresses the issues of aging that can make seniors vulnerable to the potential risks of hospitalization such as infection.

    –          Too Close for Comfort is a program that helps adult children and their parents answer the question, “should we live together?” It also addresses the emotional, safety, and financial aspects of intergenerational living.

    –           Let’s Talk about Driving, various conversation starters and tips on what to watch for.


    Be sure to add these in your church bulletins as reminders for your congregations!

    Long Term -Financial Update:

    Are you a member of Thrivent Financial who is eligible to direct Choice Dollars?

    You and Your Choice Dollars recommendation can make a world of difference to OUR Organization. Look for Arrowhead Parish Nurse Association to direct your dollars. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to find us OR Call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt.


    Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program from Boston University, designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels.

    Classes will be held once a week, at Lakeview Covenant Church, starting October 19 We will meet on Wednesdays, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm for 8 weeks, downstairs in room B34. (a $10 donation is suggested for materials.)

    Please call Penny LaBerge at 218-525-6625, ext 123 if you are interested in attending OR would like more information.


    Following is an example to help advertise for a class on Advance Care Planning or Living Wills.


    What’s a Good Death?

    Polls asking Americans about how they would like to die indicate that most of us want a peaceful transition with the end spent at home surrounded by our loved ones. Yet the reality is that far fewer that voice this preference actually spend their final days in this way. One reason for this disparity is that people are not clear about their preferences for end-of-life care, leaving their family members unsure of the most important decision anyone can make. Come join us talk about the how’s and why’s of this important discussion.



    Community Grief Support Group offerings:

    If you are or know anyone who is grieving over the loss of someone they loved, please consider the following GriefShare support groups offered in the community:

    St. Paul’s Episcopal Church                              Elim Lutheran Church Tuesdays at 12:30-2:30 PM                             Thursdays at 10am September 6 – November 29                            September 15 – December 8

    The class is limited to 12 people. If you are interested, please call Kathy Leonard218-310-2933 to sign up.     This is a 13-week faith based structured course. The group will be conducted by facilitators, Kathy Janzig, parish nurse from Our Saviors Lutheran Church and Kathy Leonard from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The cost of the course is a suggest $10 donation for your workbook payable to Our Saviors Lutheran Church (tax deductible).

    The faith based format utilizes

    Video seminar with experts,   Support group discussion with focus, Personal study and reflection

    During the week you will have the opportunity to use your workbook for further personal study of the grieving process and to help sort out your emotions through journaling. Your group will spend time discussing questions and comments from the workbook study.


    As you begin your new season in ministry – –

    May God’s Love Be Fixed Upon You

    May God’s love be fixed upon above you, overshadow you with grace; may God’s love stand firm beneath you, welcome you with glad embrace! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorify the Lord with praise!

    May God’s love advance before you, vigilant of all your ways; may God’s love keep watch behind you, shielding you through all your days! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorify the Lord with praise!

    May God’s love be close beside you, qualify you for life’s race; may God’s love live deep within you, with assurance of his grace! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorify the Lord with praise!

    May God’s love remain upon you, and your faithfulness repay, with a peace the world can’t give you, neither shall it take away! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorify the Lord this day!

    (Covenant Hymn #669; words John Dalles, Music John Gross)



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