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Ely, Minnesota 55731

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Northwoods Partners News

The latest news from NP
Nov
18

Holiday Fundraiser @ Grand Ely Lodge November 23~December 28

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Nov
05

Give to the Max Day 2020

Give to the Max Day 2020 is November 19th!  Early giving started November 1.
We’d love your support - Click Here to Donate to Northwoods Partners
Help us enrich the lives of the seniors in our community!

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Oct
13

Northwoods Partners Names 2020 Heart of Gold Recipients

Every year as part of their Volunteer Appreciation efforts, Northwoods Partners (NP) awards deserving individuals who have gone above and beyond their esteemed Heart of Gold Award.  They are pleased to announce this year's recipients are Chuck and Jacque Glass and Dave Reiland.

Chuck and Jacque Glass have been long distance drivers for Northwoods Partners for over 5 years. They have spent countless hours taking people to medical appointments in Duluth, Hibbing and Virginia. They go over and beyond providing a very pleasant experience for their riders. They have wonderful conversations with their riders. There have been many weeks when they have provided multiple long-distance rides. NP is so grateful to be able to so frequently rely on them to get their clients to appointments safely. Jacque summed up their experience perfectly; "Chuck and I have been volunteer drivers for Northwoods Partners for many years and highly recommend it.  Everybody has a story and we have met wonderful people that we wouldn't have met otherwise.  Senior citizens have great perspective and they all have wisdom to share along with the stories about their lives.  We have learned a lot from these folks about all kinds of interests, hobbies, places they've lived and where they've traveled.  It's nice to think we are helping others by volunteer driving, but the truth is that we benefit more than they do.  We are big fans of the volunteer driving program and encourage folks to try it.  Volunteering adds joy to your life!"

Dave Reiland would share with you that he was a client of NP years back. He participated in numerous NP programs and saw a significant improvement both physically and mentally. As his life was changed significantly, he came through our doors asking if he could now possibly give back the kind of support he was given. He decided to become a volunteer friendly visitor, exercise buddy, a driver and became a crucial support person for NP's Memories and Movement Program. Dave now sets up before each class, welcomes everyone, gives rides to participants and cleans up after the program. Dave even leads the program when NP Director, Lisa Porthan, is unable to be there. Dave even eagerly volunteers to do mailings and any kind of additional support the NP needs. It's so wonderful to see how NP's programs have come full circle.

 

Northwoods Partners wants to extend a huge Thank You to all their amazing volunteers, not only those mentioned above by name, but to all the wonderful men and women that proudly volunteer for Northwoods Partners.  Lisa Porthan, Executive Director said, "They are all a blessing to our community and our organization!"

 

If you are interested in volunteering for Northwoods Partners, please call Lisa @ 218-365-8019

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Sep
15

Thank You Spiritwood “Forget Me Not” Foundation for your generous donation to Northwoods Partners Memory Care Programs.

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Aug
05

Take care of your Mental Health

This time of uncertainty can cause an increase in stress in all of us, especially among our seniors. 

It’s important that we don’t forget the importance of looking after our loved ones mental and emotional health too.  Make sure that they are actively taking breaks from the news and social media to focus on other things that bring them joy.  Suggest they adapt their daily routine to include socially distanced exercises, stretches, meditation, and hobbies.  Make sure they are maintaining a well-balanced diet that includes healthy meals.  Most importantly, make sure they are finding ways to stay connected with their loved ones.  Leverage technology like Skype, Zoom, and FaceTime to actually see your loved one’s faces and talk often.  

Are you a loved one that needs to keep a safe distance but wants to stay connected with a senior? Consider sending a handwritten letter, sending a small gift, or dropping by their house for a window visit that maintains a safe distance.

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Jun
01

Thank You Spiritwood “Forget Me Not” Foundation for your generous donation to Northwoods Partners Memory Care Programs.

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Apr
28

Join Minnesota and:

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Apr
20

Thank You Volunteers

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Mar
17

Classes and Groups Cancelled

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Mar
03

Thank You Spiritwood “Forget Me Not” Foundation for your generous donation to Northwoods Partners Memory Care Programs.

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Feb
27

Caregiving Fact Sheet

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Jan
20

5 Tips to Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's can start formulating in your brain as early as your 30s. Follow these tips to change your lifestyle for better brain health.

Most people think of Alzheimer's as an old person's disease, but doctors say it can actually start formulating in your brain as early as your 30s. While that might be a scary thought, there are a few lifestyle changes you can make now that experts believe could impact your risk of developing the disease.

"One out of three cases of Alzheimer's may be preventable if that person does everything right," explained Dr. Richard Isaacson, director of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell & New York-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.

1. Exercise regularly, at a high intensity.

Exercise can protect against Alzheimer's because it not only increases blood flow to the brain, but it loosens up that amyloid plaque, the bad sticky stuff that gets caught up and gunked up in the brain of a person with Alzheimer's disease.

Any exercise helps, but experts recommend getting at least three hours of rigorous activity a week. Ideally, that would be two cardio workouts and one strength-training session.

2. Get at least 7.5 hours of quality sleep every night.

When you sleep, the brain can clean out the damaging amyloid plaques.

Turn off the electronics, no bright lights from the screens, no texting, no emails. Have a quiet, dark room. And clear your mind.

3. Eat right and eat less.

Avoid sugar and processed foods, and consider switching to a Mediterranean diet. The brain shrinks as you age, but a study published in The Journal of Neurology found people in their mid-70s who consumed a Mediterranean diet (more fruits, veggies, olive oil, and less meat and cheese) lost less brain mass than people who ate a diet more typical of their country. A bigger brain later in life is beneficial and could protect from diseases like Alzheimer's.

Experts say the best brain diet is comprised of foods like leafy greens, whole fruits and vegetables. While you shouldn't obsess over counting calories, try to aim for 2,100 calories a day.

4. Get your blood checked every year.

Having high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes is a way towards Alzheimer's disease ... Know your blood pressure, know your fasting blood sugar, know what your cholesterol is.

5. Keep your brain challenged.

Your brain wants to be used and wants to learn something new every day.  Participate in lectures, community ed, read books…even visiting web sites and using apps that feature brain exercises have been linked to dramatically lower rates of dementia in seniors.

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Jan
09

You matter

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Dec
20

Wishing you...

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Dec
20

Office Closed for the Holidays - Will reopen Thursday, January 2, 2020

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Nov
07

Dementia Training Opportunity

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Nov
05

Festival of Trees 2019

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Oct
09

Aging Mastery Program starts Tuesday, October 15th

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Oct
07

Healthy Aging Expo

Northwoods Partners will host their 10th Annual Health Aging Expo on Thursday October 10 from 9-3 at Amici’s Event Center (10 W. Pattison Street, Ely).  The Healthy Aging Expo is an event dedicated to Senior Adults’ Healthy Lifestyles, Education and Caregiver Support. 

This years Expo features a wide variety of presentations by area experts, including Dr. Joe Bianco presenting Healthy Approaches to Pain.  Michel Coyle, CEO Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital (EBCH) will address the Future of Aging in Ely. Dr. Crystal Chopp will present “Aging Gracefully Also Includes Taking Care of Your Smile”.  Sheri Cook & Laura Lussier from the Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss will talk about “Technology & Me: Using Technology to Improve Health, Safety & Quality of Life”, Michelle Moore & Autumn Cole “Get Fit! Get Happy!”, and Peter Heffen “Dementia Friendly Living”.  

Doors will open at 9am for vendor table viewing.  Pebble Spa will be offering FREE chair massages from 9-10am.  EBCH will be providing FREE flu shots throughout the day. Speakers will begin at 10am.  Your $5 admission will also cover Lunch.  Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your health & well-being!

Questions? Please contact Lisa Porthan at 365-8019

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Sep
27

Healthy Aging Expo October 10th

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