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Matthew Meadow Neighborhood Association is sponsoring a Charity 5K Fun Run/Walk Starting at 10 am Saturday October 21, 2017 Benefiting OUTCOMES, INC.

Register on Eventbrite (see link below) or in person the day of the event at Matthew Meadow Park (Matthew and Mateo Prado) between 9am-10am. Fee is $10/participant (Cash or check). Pets free/must be on leash

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Open to Everyone! Adults, Kids of all ages, Friends, Neighbors, Walking Groups and PETS!

Join us and have some family fun for a good cause!!

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ANY AMOUNT IS WELCOME!!

 *OUTCOMES is a non-profit organization that provides affordable mental health counseling to Adults, Children, Couples, Families and Groups.

Youth programs are available and Vocational testing and counseling is offered to those referred from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program offers services and information.

 

 

Help other seniors restore hope and create new meaning in their lives!

Senior Peer Counselors make home visits to older adults to ease loneliness and help with various challenges of later life. We use empathy and personal experience to make a difference.

Volunteers receive 16 hours of FREE training as well as ongoing guidance and support. Supervision is provided by a licensed master social worker. Must be 55 or older yourself and willing to drive own vehicle in and around Rio Rancho, NM. Mileage is reimbursed. Volunteer application and background check required. A one-year commitment is requested but all inquiries are welcome.

Learn useful skills and make new friends. Next training session begins this April. Register to take the training today! Contact Lynn Huxtable, Program Manager, at lhuxtable@outcomesnm.org or call toll-free at (800) 677-2947.

Excerpted from article by Janice Lloyd, USA TODAY, 6/29/11

Whether you are a twentysomething, Gen Xer or Baby Boomer, the older crew has an edge on you, according to new research.

A massive poll looking at American attitudes, health and behaviors concludes that people over age 65 consistently have a higher degree of well-being than any other age group. At the bottom: those 45 to 64.

Even when aches and pains set in and health begins to decline, the older group also is less sad and depressed than any other group, according to the Gallup-Healthways Wellbeing index. The findings are based on more than 1 million surveys done since 2008. Healthways works with health-care professionals to help people thrive and to allow officials to track health and wellness by congressional districts.

“Improve well-being, and productivity goes up and health care costs come down,” says Ben Leedle, president of Healthways. “We want to learn from the older generation’s patterns and make those patterns important parts of all of our lives, regardless of the age group.”

If younger people can change, the benefits could be huge, he says. However, if they don’t adopt healthier ways, they are not likely to do as well as these seniors, and they’ll be less well for longer because of longer life expectancies.

Wellness I: Get active

What does wellness look like to Healthways? Multiple behaviors from smiling and laughing to having access to learn new things, and — no surprise here — eating well and getting plenty of exercise. The older group outscored all groups in healthy behaviors, including not smoking.

According to the Healthways research, middle-aged Americans suffer the lowest well-being due in part to higher obesity rates, higher levels of chronic disease — including depression — and more reports of smoking.

Wellness II: Give back

Another key part of the wellness picture among those over 65: better emotional lives. That means volunteering and finding other ways to improve their community. Don’t have time? Leedle believes other age groups have to find time, or health care costs will soar in a country where one in five people will be 65 or older in 2050.

“We find a 40-year-old male working 12-14 hours a day, supporting a family with several kids,” he says. “We tell him to stop and try to incubate the wisdom of our seniors into his life. They need to learn how to weave that into their routines so it becomes part of the chaos that is the middle of our lives.”

Older people make the most of life:

Think you are happy now? Just wait. The best emotional times come later in life, according to the Gallup-Healthways well-being index.

The oldest group outscored the other three age groups in emotions, which was one of six categories measured in a massive study on well-being. Out of a possible score of 100, the 65-and-older age group scored 83. Those 45-64 had the lowest score, 76.

Credit experience, says Kay McCurdy, 72, of Springfield, Va. “You shift your idea of what a good life is into what you can have as a good life,” says McCurdy. “You get realistic. ”

Elisabeth Burnett, 73, says that having a strong emotional life takes a hefty dose of true grit. Burnett has a daughter going through a divorce and has had to bury another grown child, yet she says she looks ahead with hope and joy.

“Today is the gift,” says Burnett. “I think that’s a kind of wisdom that comes with age that I may have had as a young person but I didn’t exercise as much as I do now.” Randy Weadon, 84, says honesty and discipline turned his sad life around. After going into diabetic shock one night and nearly dying, he started walking, lost 50 pounds and eventually got off insulin. He walks 7 miles a day to keep his weight down.

“I’m happier,” says Weadon, also a Greenspring resident. “I have a better opinion of myself, and just all in all I’m a new person.”

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Who:    Persons who are  55 and older and are interested in helping other seniors.  No specific experience required.

What:   To be a listener and provide confidential support to seniors who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, or loneliness.

Where: Clients all live in Sandoval County, NM. (Rio Rancho and outlying areas.)

Does this sound like something you’d like to do? Then register for our upcoming Peer Counseling Training, beginning January 21st and meeting weekly on Fridays through March 11, 2011. It will be held at Meadowlark Senior Center from 1:15 – 3:15 pm. Must be a member of the Senior Center to participate, but membership is FREE and OPEN TO ANYONE 55 or older, regardless of where you live. Membership is NOT limited to Rio Rancho residents.

Sandoval Senior Connection is committed to the ongoing education and support of our volunteers. Following the comprehensive 16-hour initial training course, we hold monthly team meetings as well as private supervision sessions with a Licensed Master Social Worker. We reimburse your mileage for client home visits and team meetings. And we offer free in-service trainings throughout the year.

Interested? Contact us for more information or visit our home page.

We all know that volunteers are an essential part of the fabric of our communities, and that without them, many programs would have to shut their doors. But did you know that volunteering can also be good for your health?

 Studies have shown that volunteering can have a host of positive outcomes, including:

  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced cholesterol levels
  • Stronger immune system
  • Lower mortality rates
  • Decreased insomnia
  • Increased energy
  • Less pain
  • Better weight control
  • Reduction in anxiety and depression
  • Improved functional ability and faster recovery from surgery
  • Improved cognition

 Volunteering reduces social isolation and increases confidence and self-worth. It keeps you moving and keeps your mind active, helping you to stay “younger” in body and spirit. In fact, people who volunteer at an earlier stage of life are less likely to suffer from ill health later in life.

 The minimum threshold for achieving benefits seems to be 100 hours per year (at least 2 hours per week). This may sound like a lot, but consider how much we participate in other activities in a week, like watching TV, walking the dog, or talking to friends and family. Can you spare a couple more hours to help to prevent future illness and disability or improve your current condition?

 If you answered yes, and are interested in exploring volunteer options with Outcomes, Inc., contact us by e-mail or call us at 505-243-2551. We’ll be more than happy to help you take this healthy step in your life!

 References

Corporation for National and Community Service, Office of Research and Policy Development. The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research, Washington, DC 2007.

 Johns Hopkins Medicine, Office of Communications and Public Affairs. Gaining Health While Giving Back to the Community. Press release, April 6, 2004.

 Swinson, Judy Looman. (2006). Focusing on the Health Benefits of Volunteering as a Recruitment Strategy. The International Journal of Volunteer Administration, 24(2), 25-30.