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Resilient aging a topic at Back to Basics in Pine River

According to current studies, we have a strong chance of living 34 years longer than our grandparents. This is an entire second adult lifetime! Only one-third of what predicts how well we age is controlled by genetics, and about two-thirds is bas...

Theresa Eclov, executive director of Faith in Action for Cass County, is shown at the Back to Basics: Recipes for Resilience conference in Pine River.Submitted Photo
Theresa Eclov, executive director of Faith in Action for Cass County, is shown at the Back to Basics: Recipes for Resilience conference in Pine River.Submitted Photo

According to current studies, we have a strong chance of living 34 years longer than our grandparents. This is an entire second adult lifetime!

Only one-third of what predicts how well we age is controlled by genetics, and about two-thirds is based on our personal lifestyle choices. How we live and what we do will greatly impact the quality of our lives as we age.

Our resilience, or ability to bounce back, in the face of aging was one of the workshop topics at Back to Basics: Recipes for Resilience, on Saturday, Feb. 7, in Pine River.

Executive Director Theresa Eclov and Program Coordinator Sandy Gilbertson of Faith in Action for Cass County discussed five aspects of healthy aging: physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual, including what makes up wellness, how to make healthy lifestyle changes, and the importance of community resources and a support network.

Participants received a booklet that included Recipes for Resilient Aging.

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The annual Back to Basics focuses on building sustainable and living communities. This year's event included keynote speaker Tom Hanson, owner of the Duluth Grill, and dozens of informational workshop and vendor opportunities. If you missed the event, you can get information at www.happydancingturtle.org .

Faith in Action for Cass County can provide a speaker to bring informational presentations to you and your organizations any time of the year. Topics include Resilient Aging, Preparing to Care: A Key to Choice for Seniors, Stress Management for Caregivers, The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, Moving from Faith to Action: Why We Help Others, and Radical Hospitality Creates Better Communities.

Faith in Action for Cass County is a community-based, non-profit organization providing non-medical assistance to older adults, veterans, adults with disabilities, and other individuals experiencing difficult circumstances, including caregivers in need of support.

Volunteers provide transportation, breaks for caregivers, visiting, light housekeeping and chore services, build accessibility ramps, and make connections with other local resources. For more information about speakers, services or volunteering for Faith in Action, call 218-675-5435 or visit www.faithinactioncass.com .

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