Grants will support people with dementia, those who care for them
Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia affect a large and growing number of Minnesotans, but help is on the way for some of the organizations that support them. Eleven organizations have received $750,000 in grants to help meet the needs of both individuals with dementia and those who care for them. The funds were appropriated by the Legislature and awarded by the Minnesota Board on Aging.
Activities planned include memory screenings, collaborations with health care providers to improve referrals and culturally responsive trainings. Several organizations are offering Dementia Friends training, designed to change the way community members think, act and talk about dementia.
The grants are being announced in conjunction with National Family Caregivers Month in November. This year’s theme is “Be Care Curious,” which empowers caregivers to ask questions and reminds them that knowledge is power.
“These funds support not only people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia but their family and friends, who play such a critical role in caregiving,” said Kari Benson, executive director of the Minnesota Board on Aging. “Alzheimer’s alone impacts some 91,000 Minnesotans over age 65, a number that continues to grow, and more than 254,000 people who provide care informally.”
The local grant recipients are:
VINE Faith in Action, Mankato, $76,270 for cognitive training programs for people diagnosed with early stage dementia and their caregivers.
Granite Falls Living at Home Block Nurse Program, $25,594 for memory screening, Dementia Friends training and activities to strengthen collaboration among area medical providers.
A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota, Slayton, $72,900 for Dementia Friends training, virtual aging and dementia experience trainings and dementia-specific educational plays.
Murray County Foundation Makes $6,500 Grant For Scholarships At Murray County Central Elects Karna (Tommeraasen) BowersTo Board
The Murray County Foundation (MCF) has made a $6,500 grant to Murray County Central High School (MCCHS). The purpose of the grant is to provide scholarships to graduating seniors who are pursuing post secondary education after high school. Individual scholarships funded by MCF are based on academic achievement, leadership potential and economic need. Foundation President Steve Laible has advised the MCCHS scholarship program that $4,000 of the total grant should be allocated to scholarships for deserving students with the greatest economic need.
The funding was made possible by both local donors and alumni of MCCHS who have memories of valuable experiences gained from their time at high school in Slayton. Scholarships funded by the MCF will be presented at the annual awards event in May of 2020.
The Board of Directors of the MCF also elected Karna (Tommeraasen) Bowers as a new Board member. Karna is a 1991 graduate of the high school at Slayton. She is the daughter of Karen and Courtney Tommeraasen, a long time teacher at the Slayton High School.
Karna and other Board members remind businesses, service organizations and individuals to submit their plans for year 2020 scholarships to Mary Beech at MCCHS. It is hoped that year 2020 will be a record year for scholarship funds available.
The purpose of the Murray County Foundation is to improve the quality of life in Murray County, Minnesota through charitable perpetuation of youth programs, community improvement and scholarships for higher education.
More information about the Foundation may be obtained by contacting the Foundation President, Steve Laible by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FREE THROW CONTEST
All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.The local competition will be held on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at the Murray County Central high school gym in Slayton.The girls will shoot at 1:00 p.m. and the boys will shoot at 2:00 p.m. Registration begins 15 minutes prior to each competition.There is no fee to participate.
All girls and 9, 10 and 11 year old boys will use a girl’s basketball.Girls and boys ages 9, 10, and 11 will shoot from 3 feet in front of the free throw line.
The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually with winners progressing through local, district, regional and state competition.International champions are announced by the K of C international headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions.
All boys and girls 9 to 14 years of age on January 1, 2020are eligible to participate and will compete in respective age divisions.Last year more than 120,000 kids participated in 3,600 local competitions.
All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event.Participants are required to furnish their age and parental consent on the entry form.Entry forms will be available the day of competition.For additional information contact Dave Schreiber at 836-6705.
The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with more than 1.8 million members in more than 15,000 local councils.Last year, Knights donated 70 million volunteer hours and $170 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their church, councils, communities, families and youth.
By: John Stenen
A Christian man was earnestly in prayer one morning asking God to stretch forth His hand and touch a certain friend. “Please Lord, bring him to salvation.” Suddenly, he stopped his prayer. “Why did you stop praying?” asked his prayer partner. “Because God just spoke to me and said that I am His hand here on earth, so now I must go and touch him for God.”
It’s that time of year once again when New Years’ Resolutions are decreed by most people, and more often than not, they are not kept. Wouldn’t it be great if all Christians came to the realization that we are in fact God’s hands, feet, and mouths; and we have been given a command by Jesus to go and make disciples in all the nations of the world. (Mt. 28:19-20). How can those who are without Christ possibly hear the greatest news this world could hear if we Christians do not tell them? Imagine this for a New Years resolution: Pick out a few people you know who are not born-again. Diligently pray for them asking the Holy Spirit to soften their hearts to the gospel; pray that you have favor with them, and in a spirit of love, keep planting the Word of God into their lives whenever possible. If they reject Jesus, continue to love them and pray for them, and continue planting the Word of God in their hearts whenever possible. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5: 16). If they repent of their sin and surrender to Christ, you can rejoice with the angels of heaven, that though they were lost, now they are found. That is one of the greatest joys we can experience. To think that God could use us to bring others to Christ and they receive everlasting life, living in a glorified body, and forever being with Christ facing a fantastic and awesome future that lasts forever. Read Revelations 5: When our time comes to leave this earth, there is nothing we can take with us except those who heard you tell them of our Wonderful Savior, and they accept Him. God bless.