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Senior Group Meetings
Senior groups take place at IAHC and Gaelic Park. See below for specific details of senior group meetings this month. All senior group meetings begin at 10am. There is no cost and refreshments will be served. All are very welcome. If you need further information, please call our office on 773-282-8445.

Wednesday, 17th December 2014– Christmas Celebrations!
Chicago Irish Immigrant Support would like to invite you to their annual seniors’ Christmas Party which will take place at the Irish American Heritage Center. What better way to celebrate the season than with a delicious buffet meal and live entertainment in a festive Irish setting! Tickets are $30. Please call for details.

Gaelic Park – Emerald Club
Wednesday, 10th December  Sleep on It!
Regardless of age, sleep is an important factor in over health and wellbeing. However, a lot of people have a hard time getting the sleep they need to live productive, energetic lives. Today, we are joined by a representative from Metro South Medical Center who will help us to understand sleep and sleep related issues a little better, while also providing some useful tips on how we can all get the quality sleep we need.

Age and Wellness:
All in the Mind?
More so than any other time in modern medical history, there is an acceptance that our physical condition is very much related to the working of our minds. Believe it or not, there is strong evidence that we can use our minds as a time machine for the body! We can actually feel younger by changing our thinking. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) created a documentary based on a psychological study done at Harvard in 1981.

The original research took eight men in their 70’s and brought them to stay in a house in New Hampshire for five days. This however, was no ordinary house. The interior of the house had been changed to replicate the year 1959. The décor was carefully matched to that time period. The books, magazines, music, and TV shows that played in the house were from 1959, when the research participants would have been over 20 years younger. There were no mirrors, modern clothing, or photos other than those of the men at a younger age. In addition to these environmental changes the participants were asked to ‘inhabit’ 1959. They were encouraged to think of themselves as being younger and not just to reminisce about the past but to make a real attempt to relive the past. Research participants were also treated as though they were their younger selves. For example the each had to carry their belongings upstairs themselves despite their physical limitations.

Before arriving, the men were assessed on such measures as dexterity, grip strength, flexibility, hearing and vision, memory, and cognition. They were once again assessed once they had spent five days ‘in’ 1959. They were suppler, showed greater manual dexterity, and sat taller. Perhaps most improbable, their sight improved. Independent judges said they looked younger. It seemed as though the participants had put their mind in an earlier time, and their bodies had gone along for the ride. In 2010 the BBC replicated the experiment using six aging former celebrities, choosing to have them inhabit the year 1975. As with the original study the results were very convincing with all participates showing marked improvement in all test areas. Age, it seems, is not just a number, it’s a mind-set!
Happy Christmas

Chicago Irish Immigrant Support would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy holiday season and we look forward to serving you in 2015!

 

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