"May All Who Enter Our Doors Find Peace, Security And Respect"
                        September 2017
Celebrate your age! Here are a few ways you improve as you get older.

 Call it the upside of aging. With passing birthdays, not everything sags, droops, or wears out. Some changes are for the better...honest! Here are a couple of those changes that may make you overlook the number of candles on the cake.
1.Your Skin Gets Better - In Some Ways
"Our skin typically becomes less oily," says Julie Karen, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist in private practice. Your sebaceous glands simply produce less oil as you get older, which can be very welcome news for those who've had acne since their teen years. As the oiliness declines, so does the acne. "Even the acne that does come as an adult tends to be less severe," Dr. Karen says.
And as for wrinkles: From a dermatologist's point of view, they can actually be a boon, she says. "If you need to have surgery, such as for skin cancer, it's easier to hide a scar under a wrinkle."

2. You're Still Building Lifelong Brain Skills
With age, lots of people worry that their brain power is on the decline. But the opposite may actually be true, according to research in the April 2015 issue of Psychological Science. It turns out that some of our cognitive skills, such as the ability to remember names, learn new words, and process information, peak at different times.
According to the study researchers, your word knowledge doesn't peak until your sixties and seventies. Their conclusions are based on the results of standard IQ and memory tests taken online by nearly 50,000 participants, which included kids through older adults.
Another finding: Older adults in their forties and fifties were also better than younger people at reading other people's emotional states. This can be a valuable skill that helps you decide how to react in sticky situations, such as when you know you've really annoyed a friend or your partner.

3. Your Self-Confidence Is Booming
As people age, their knowledge of the world - and themselves - grows. "Their sense of self identity gets stronger, and they've acquired a lot of different experiences to support that," says Elizabeth Glisky, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. "With all these things together, you know who you are and what you're about, and you have a lot more self-confidence than when you were younger.

4.Looking Our Best, Not Our Youngest 
 Facing loss is part of healthy aging. As we pass through midlife, many of us realize we can gradually let go of the pressures to 'anti-age.' These efforts begin to feel futile, even a bit foolish, and shift toward looking our best, rather than looking younger. While we still care about our appearance, we learn to place more emphasis on other aspects of our identities to fuel our self esteem. We realize that true beauty -- the kind that is ageless, dynamic and always evolving -- can be enjoyed more if we rely in our own internal standards rather than those 'ideal' ones set by others.

"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." - Mark Twain

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Upcoming September Highlights:
No better way to say hello to September than with Fabulous Frank on the accordion on  Friday, September 1st at  1:30 pm!

It's "Puzzle Mania" on Saturday, September 2nd at 2:00 pm! Not only will we be solving them but we'll also be crafting our own!

Our creative folks will be painting "Faux Stained Glass" on Monday, Sept. 4th at 2:30, and finishing them up on Monday, Sept. 11th at 2:00 pm! This is a VERY cool medium and we are excited to learn it!

It's "Nature's Notes with Rena" on Friday, Sept. 8th at 2:00 pm! Where you can learn a little something AND craft a memento! 

    We've added ANOTHER Prize Bingo game to our week, giving you even MORE chances to earn those Bingo Bucks! Sundays at 2:00 pm, and now on Thursdays at 2:00 also! Bingo Bucks are legal tender at the Bingo Store, open on Monday, Sept. 18th at 2:30 pm, or on our...

Walmart Shopping Trip 
on Monday, Sept. 25th from 9:00-12:00!
Join us on Friday, September 15th as we go on a virtual safari with "Jungle Fever" at 2:00 pm!  Treats, treasures, and FUN!

With National Environmental Services Week and National Healthcare Food Service Week coming up, we'll be making thank you cards for both departments on Saturday, September 9th and on Saturday, Sept. 30th, both at 2:00 pm. We know how hard both departments work for us and we are excited to let them know how appreciated they are!

 "Trailblazers and Trail Mix" has us studying historical pioneers and, of course, keeping our strength up with trail mix!
 Saturday, Sept. 9th at 2:00 pm!

The Sherwood Cafe is open for business on Friday, September 22nd at 2:00 pm.  Delicious homemade doughnuts from EZ Orchard, specialty coffees, beautifully appointed, and some FINE COMPANY always makes this a SPECIAL treat!

Remember the term, "Use it or Lose it"?  Well if not, join us for "Improve Your Memory Games", and Ukulele Lessons  at 2:00 pm on 
Saturday, Sept. 23rd!

Don't forget Happy Hour at the Tiki Bar on Friday, Sept. 29th with the talented Rosa Gasparo playing piano starting at 2:30 pm! 

These are just a few of the highlights from our busy month, and we hope that we'll see you for at least one of our great events! 

   Life IS GOOD at The Park!

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Donna McCario, Life Enrichment Director
4062 Arleta Ave NE
Keizer, OR 97303
503 390 2271
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