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HEALTH MINDED  .  .  .

Rolf Geyling, President SBRM Begins Feast With Grace

SANTA BARBARA RESCUE MISSION THANKSGIVING FEAST

by Bonnie Carroll

Mission Chefs Assembly Line Service

The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission held its annual Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday November 21, where volunteers from the community served over 300 meals to men, women and children in need. Due to the Rescue Mission 40,00 square foot remodel, including their kitchen ad main dining hall, the feast was held in the Rescue Mission's refurbished chapel located at 535 East Yanonali Street. The temporary kitchen was used to prepare a dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, cranberries, rolls with butter and delicious pumpkin pie served with a variety of beverages which was greatly appreciated by guests attending the feast.

Turkey Feast Dinner --- Pumpkin Pie Volunteers

According to Rolf Geyling, president of the Rescue Mission who gave a beautiful grace before the dinner began “the need to serve the homeless is great during the holiday season. So many men, women, and children in need turn to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission every day. We expect to serve more than 10,000 meals between now and the end fo the year.”

Scout Volunteers - Thanksgiving Feast Guests

Volunteers included friends of SBRM as well as whole families of volunteers, some media members who show up annually to lend a helping hand, and area Boy Scouts whose efforts are greatly appreciated by the Mission. Rolf Geyling's talented children entertained visitors with their music at the front door, and young volunteers helped top the pumpkin pies with whipped cream. Everyone enjoyed the delicious dinner prepared by an outstanding and hard working culinary team of Mission members. I have always said this group should open a restaurant because the meals they prepare are so delicious; they began preparation a week prior to the feast.

  

Gerd Jordano & Fredrik - John Palminteri KEYT3, Bonnie Carroll, Richard Mineards Montecito Journal, The Geyling Band

The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission Thanksgiving Feast is possible due to generous donations of product and money, and they will be accepting food and monetary donations for their upcoming Christmas Feast. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m and 2:00 p,m at 535 East Yanonali Street office. Visit www.sbrm.org for additional information.

About SBRM:

This 501(c)(3) organization has served the county and city of Santa Barbara for 50 years, providing emergency services and long-term recovery for the homeless and addicted. It is the only emergency shelter that is open 365 nights of the year from Santa Maria to Ventura. In 2016, the Mission provided 143,051 meals and 51,627 sfe nights of shelter for individuals wih no place else to turn. The Mission's 12-month residential recovery program aims to bring individuals from decades of addiction, institutionalization, and homelessness back to sobriety., health and wholeness. Certification through the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs ensures that participants receive the highest standard of treatment in a mon-medical facility. The Mission receives no government funding.

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ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION
Fifth Anniversary ‘Your Brain Matters’ Luncheon
Honoring Sarah Rafferty and Featuring Heather Snyder, Ph.D.

with Special Tribute to Gerd Jordano


The Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative, Santa Barbara County, led by Chair Katina Etsell of the Alzheimer’s Association California Central Coast Chapter, presents the Fifth Anniversary ‘Your Brain Matters’ Luncheon at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort (formerly the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort) this Friday, November 30, 2018, at 11 a.m. Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree is the Honorary Chair for the fundraising event honoring actress and Alzheimer’s Cham, and more.

More than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease – two thirds of who are women. In her early sixties, a woman is about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s over the course of her lifetime than she is likely to develop breast cancer. The volunteer-led Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative of the Alzheimer’s Association California Central Coast Chapter is driven by influential women who bring community leaders together to support the Alzheimer’s Association.

Alzheimer’s is the third-leading cause of death in California, and the fourth-leading cause of death in Santa Barbara County alone,” said Rhonda Spiegel, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association California Central Coast Chapter. “More than 10,000 people live with Alzheimer’s in our county, and women are disproportionately affected by the disease.”

The luncheon will also include a special tribute to Gerd Jordano for five years of leadership and service as Co-Founder of the Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative. Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Expert and Advocate for the Alzheimer’s Women’s Scientific Advisory Council Pam Montana will also give her voice to the experience of those living with Alzheimer’s. There will also be special recognition of world-renowned and local Santa Barbara artist Flavia Weedn, who passed away from Alzheimer’s, by showcasing her original art and items from Flavia’s estate.

The luncheon will feature exciting raffle prizes, including a two-night stay at Hotel Californian with dinner for two at Due Lune Cucina, and a live auction, including a two-night stay package at the new Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito and two VIP tickets to a live taping of “Dancing with the Stars.”

For tickets and to pre-purchase raffle tickets, please visit act.alz.org/awisb.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Women

Alzheimer’s is a global epidemic. Worldwide, an estimated 44 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America that cannot be cured or prevented. A woman’s estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s at age 65 is one in six. It’s the fifth-leading cause of death in California and fourth in Santa Barbara County.

Not only are women more likely to have Alzheimer’s, they are also more likely to be caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s. More than three in five unpaid Alzheimer’s caregivers are women. Women are also two-and-a-half times more likely to provide 24-hour care for someone with Alzheimer’s. Nearly 19 percent of women Alzheimer’s caregivers had to quit work either to become a caregiver or because their caregiving duties became too burdensome.

About Sarah Rafferty

Sarah Rafferty is a television and film actress, best known for portraying formidable executive assistant Donna on USA network’s “Suits,” alongside co-star Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. The hit show is currently airing its eighth season. Sarah double majored in English and Theatre at Hamilton College, studying theatre abroad in London and Oxford and, after graduating magna cum laude from Hamilton, went on to study at Yale Drama school.

In addition to starring on “Suits,” Rafferty has appeared in numerous TV series such as “Law and Order,” “Six Feet Under,” “CSI: Miami,” and “Bones,” feature films, and countless professional stage productions.

Rafferty also lends a hand to many causes including the Alzheimer’s Association and The Brain Project. Rafferty hosted the annual Night at Sardi’s event held in Los Angeles for two consecutive years, which benefited the Alzheimer’s Association. Rafferty sadly witnessed her grandmother’s decline due to Alzheimer’s disease, and so strives to promote brain health and the Alzheimer’s Association. Rafferty also takes on a role as an ambassador for the newly founded organization, The Brain Project. The goal of TBP is to promote brain health, to bring awareness to diseases like Alzheimer’s, and to raise funds for Baycrest Health Sciences, a world leader in brain health and aging.

About Heather Snyder, Ph.D.
Heather M. Snyder, Ph.D., is Senior Director of Medical and Scientific Operations at the Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Snyder manages the Association’s International Research Grant Program, through which the Association funds research around the world. She oversees the Association’s relationship with the leading disease journal in clinical neurology, Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, and its two companion open access journals. She is responsible for implementing the Alzheimer’s Association Women’s Alzheimer’s Research Initiative and leads the Association’s efforts to understand the role of vascular factors in Alzheimer’s and dementia. Dr. Snyder earned a Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Religious Studies from The University of Virginia.


About the Alzheimer's Women’s Initiative:
Inspired and influenced by The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s, a group of key women leaders and visionaries came together to use their amazing brains to help wipe out Alzheimer’s disease. Today, women account for almost two-thirds of Americans living with the disease, and 65 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are women.

With women at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s crisis, these women were charged, inspired, and moved to form the Alzheimer’s Women Initiative (AWI), a volunteer driven community group, which aims to educate families, associates and neighbors on the economic and human impact of Alzheimer’s, honor those who selflessly provide care for people affected by Alzheimer’s, expand the resources available to more than 40,000 families locally who are living with Alzheimer’s each and every day, and advocate for more federal research dollars to find a way to prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease.

About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. The California Central Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is headquartered at 1528 Chapala Street, Suite 204, in Santa Barbara, CA 93101, and serves San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. For more information, please visit alz.org/CACentralCoast or call 805.892.4259.

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ARTHRITIS AND YOUNGER PEOPLE

Think arthritis only affects the elderly? Think again. By 2030, an estimated 580 million people worldwide, ages 18 and older, will have been diagnosed with the disease. Pretty eye-opening, right?

Conventional medicine tends to treat arthritis with strong, immune-suppressing medications that temporarily relieve the symptoms of the disease. Unfortunately, I've seen how these medications can also damage your gut and how they fail to truly address the root cause of the issue. This World Arthritis Day, it’s time to make a change. I’m here to tell you that there’s another way—a way that’s designed to address the underlying causes—in order to reduce inflammation without medication. Here’s how:

1. You can treat all kinds of arthritis with one approach.

There are more than a dozen different kinds of arthritis, and while there are certainly differences in conventional understanding and treatment for each one, they all have common root causes and triggers for inflammation and pain. For example, the two most common diagnoses are rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA). While RA is considered an inflammatory (autoimmune) disease and OA is typically thought of as the result of "wear and tear" and injury to the joint, both of these conditions are influenced by lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise. No matter what kind of arthritis you have, it’s important to know that it can be made worse by inflammation that starts elsewhere in the body, including the gut. Which brings me to my next point…

2. Heal the gut, and you heal the joints.

You may have heard some talk about gut health—and the gut-brain connection or the gut-pain connection—and you’ve probably heard the word "microbiome," or the friendly bacteria in your body. Fascinating studies have confirmed that the root cause of your arthritis is most likely lurking in your digestive system, so to heal your joints, you must first heal your gut. But where do you start? The best first step is to take a probiotic daily to help remove the harmful microbes that might be causing your symptoms, but some require a more intensive plan.

3. Treat your terrain with inflammation-fighting foods.

A fresh start for your microbiome means a new chance to influence your "terrain," or what I think of as the body’s deepest soil, where cells either thrive or wither. There’s a strong connection between your diet, your gut microbiome, and your pain level, so I recommend choosing foods that fight inflammation like organic plants and foods high in fiber and healthy fats, while avoiding refined sugars, dairy products, and red meats. Here are some of my guiding principles:

  • Increase fiber, micronutrients, and phytonutrients, or, in less-scary terms, eat more vegetables and fruits, and choose organic whenever possible.
  • Reduce refined sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and refined grains.
  • Improve the quality of fat by removing refined oils and hydrogenated fats.
  • Improve the quality of the animal protein you eat by choosing 100 percent grass-fed and finished beef, free-range chicken, and sustainably farmed, low-mercury fish.
  • Limit salt, food dyes, and preservatives (which happens naturally when you limit processed foods).

4. Carve out time for daily stress-reduction activities.

Traumatic events and ongoing stress are very real triggers for inflammatory diseases. In our go-go-go world, we’re always rushing; we can’t miss this deadline or that meeting, and we very rarely take the time to sit back, relax, and let our minds reset. Diet and stress are two root causes of a damaged gut, inflammation, and chronic disease, so it’s no surprise that in order to heal your arthritis naturally, you must take time to practice your favorite stress reduction activities daily. I recommend meditation, yoga, long walks through nature, and journaling to ease the mind.

Susan Blum, M.D.

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