July Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

Summer School is in Session!

We are excited to announce that the Trinity Woods Summer School sessions are back by popular demand – and there are more options than ever for lifelong learning!

This year will mark the seventh year of Trinity Woods Summer School all taught by our very own community members in July and August.

All the classes will be held on the Trinity Woods campus. The classes are all at different times, which makes it easy to take part in as many classes as you wish. Peruse the
fascinating course offerings and see what you would like to learn more about. Class will soon be in

July STAR Employee of the Month are announced – Angie!

July Wellness Events
In July we will feature young talent from Tulsa with the Young Talent Discover Night and we are excited to welcome back Barron Ryan for a special piano concert. It wouldn’t be the Trinity Woods neighborhood without Supper & A Show. Singer Janet Rutland and her husband, fiddler Shelby Eicher, return for a night of country music with plenty of Patsy Cline. They’ll be joined by Spencer Sutton on piano and Rodney Lay on bass. Join in this relaxed gathering that is a chance to meet new friends as well as enjoy a casual meal and some great music!

New Neighbors
Meet Betty and Dorothy!

Just Another Reason Exercise is Great for You!

By Alison McMillan, Wellness Manager

Scientists have been hard at work researching exercise, knowing that brain health is a top concern among older adults. We’ve seen studies that show that exercise reduces the risk of developing
Alzheimer’s. Imaging studies have shown that the hippocampus (the area of the brain that stores long term memories) is greater in volume in adults aged 59 to 81 who are more aerobically active than those who are not. Those same adults also showed better performance in memory tasks. Lastly, studies have shown exercise can lead to improved learning, attention, and memory for patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia, or brain injuries. Overall, studies indicate that exercise is beneficial for
brain health.

But how?

Researchers are studying hormonal and chemical changes in exercising mice, and have seen an increase in a chemical called Irisin, which is produced by muscles during exercise. This chemical was
found to boost protein levels in the hippocampus that promotes neuron growth and health in the brain. Irisin also was found to decrease the inflammation in the brain that causes Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Knowing this, scientists are confident that the effect is similar in humans because the Irisin composition is identical in mice and humans. Studies already show that post exercise, there is a boost of Irisin levels in humans. In examinations of Alzheimer’s patients, Irisin’s precursor protein was 70% less than in patients without Alzheimer’s. This leads scientists to believe that Irisin is linked as protective to the neurons.

So, to summarize, exercise is great for brain health by helping new neurons and connections grow and be healthy and helps reduce risk for Alzheimer’s. All the more reason to go outside, or head to the gym for an exercise class or to use the machines every day!

Source: National Geographic “New clues are revealing why exercise can keep the brain healthy” June 2022

Navigating and Finding Joy in the Journey of Aging

By Steve Dickie, CEO

In the age of the smartphone, we have instant access to driving directions that are delivered with GPS precision. But where do we go for a “roadmap” to guide us through the aging process? How do we fi nd help navigating the confusing mix of complex issues when our care needs begin
to change?

On Thursday, June 15th Trinity Woods is extending an open invitation to all who are navigating the journey aging. This is the great session for parents, their adult children and anyone walking through making decisions for seniors.

This 90-minute event will open with a summary of the book, “They’re Your Parents Too!” which is subtitled “How Siblings Can Survive Their Parents’ Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazy.” Then we will off er a candid discussion about some of the most important questions
our family will face in the future:
When you get to the point where your care needs change, how will the roles and relationships among your adult children adapt?
Is there a way for you to help your adult children take on supporting roles?
What happens when old sibling rivalries emerge?
What family legacy do you want to pass on? What stories are important to remember?
How can decisions be made in a way that helps everyone make peace with change and loss?

“Your Parents” is like a “fi eld manual.” It off ers help for navigating through one of the most
challenging seasons in life. We hope this event will help initiate conversations. It can give you
directions to help navigate complex relationships and diffi cult exchanges. It can bring joy,
reconciliation, and peace to the journey of aging.

Filled with expert guidance from gerontologists, family therapists, elder-care attorneys,
financial planners, and health workers; resonant real-life stories; and helpful family negotiation
techniques, this is an indispensable book for anyone whose parents are aging. We hope you will
mark your calendar for Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. on the campus of Trinity Woods to be part
of this book discussion.

To learn more about this event and the book, see page 7 of the June Trail Mix Newsletter. You may also visit our website at TrinityWoodsTulsa.com or call 918.346.6671. This event is free and open to the public.

Let Those Cares Go

By Weldon Tisdale, Chaplain
Though I closed my eyes and tried to rest, my mind refused to turn off. I couldn’t stop wondering if I should have said or done something different.

Finally, I got up and went over to my computer, hoping to find some nugget of truth to ease my mind. Tears came to my eyes as I caught sight of a scripture someone had posted: “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” Psalm 55:22.

All week long, the Lord had been speaking to me about casting my burdens or cares upon Him–now here was that theme again! Suddenly, I knew I needed to hand over to Him all my worry about the situation and what would happen. If I’d messed up, He was big enough to handle it! I didn’t need to carry the burden.

Cares come in all sorts of different sizes and shapes. We can be careful about all the things we do, careful about what we’ve said or done, careful about other people, careful about our health — we seem to attract cares like a magnet! At the time, the cares on our shoulder seem heavier than anything else in the entire world could possibly be.

But whatever our care might be, we weren’t meant to carry it! We were meant to cast it. It’s actually prideful of us to insist on worrying and carrying our cares when God tells us to cast them. God cares perfectly for each one of us. He is our infallible heavenly Shepherd. He urges us to humble ourselves–admit our inability–and cast every worry, burden, and care upon Him.

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

reprinted from christianperspective.net

June STAR of the Month

Lori Morton, Member Services
» Start Date: May 2022
» Born: Rossville, Illinois
» Raised: Illinois and Oklahoma
» Wanted to be as a Kid: A physician or Novelist
» One Meal Forever: Fried Chicken
» Hobbies: Sewing, Crafting and Reading
» First Job: Waitress at Pizza Hut
» Favorite Holiday: Halloween, so I can dress up!
» First Car: Buick Regal
» Favorite Movie: Urban Cowboy
» Favorite Book: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
» Free Time: Enjoys spending time with her dog Lucy a Red Heeler
» Fun Fact: She won “Top Sales Person” at her last job and she was the receptionist
» What her supervisor says: “Lori has great attention to detail. She is a bright spot in Crestwood and is
always kind and helpful to everyone on campus. It makes my job easier knowing I can depend on her.”
– Carri Matheson, Director of Member Services

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