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Exercise Your Brain!!

  Many people experience some degree of decline in cognitive abilities as they age. It is a natural & predictable part of aging, characterized by progressive troubles with memory, communication & other cognitive abilities. The experience of such decline may begin with occasional forgetfulness in one’s 30’s, with the rate of decline accelerating after age 50. A CDC statement describes, "Americans fear losing cognitive function. We are twice as fearful of losing our mental capacity as having diminished physical ability, and 60% of adults are very or somewhat worried about memory loss." The Alzheimer's Association states that there is sufficiently strong evidence that [along with other healthy lifestyle choices] a healthy diet and lifelong learning/cognitive training may reduce the risk of cognitive decline.


You are now able to access a brain exercise program called BrainHQ through the WaKeeney Public Library at no cost.

BrainHQ training is tailored to each person, since no two brains are the same. The exercises are fun, but they can also be difficult. Using a special algorithm, each exercise adapts in difficulty as the person works so that they always train at the optimum level for him/herself—where he/she is most likely to make cognitive improvements. It takes less than five minutes to do each BrainHQ level, so it can be used in tiny bites or long blocks, depending on the person's schedule. Personal training goals can be set and BrainHQ can send training reminders when the person wants them. The program provides feedback on how the person is doing. There is no competition between participants--individual progress is confidentially recorded. There are 29 exercises that work out attention, brain speed, memory, people skills, navigation, and intelligence. A person can use a pre-set program or design their own, choosing exercises and workouts that meet his/her personal interests, mood & schedule. Over 100 published scientific papers show the benefits of BrainHQ, conducted by scientists at respected universities, showing improvement in memory, driving safety, decreased medical expenses, reduced risk of depression, faster auditory processing, improved overall quality of life, and other benefits.


You may use BrainHQ on the library computers or access the program at home on your own computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. For more information or to enroll in BrainHQ, contact Nancy, stop in at the library or call 785-743-2155 during regular library hours.


The BrainHQ opportunity at the WaKeeney Public Library was funded by a grant from Heartland Community Foundation.






Dispose of your medications safely! Contact Nancy to pick up a free DETERRA medication disposal bag to get rid of your expired or no-longer-needed pills. The bags deactivate drugs easily, effectively, safely and quickly so that you can dispose of them in your household trash. Stop by the church office, call 785-743-2005 or email




he Wednesday night book study, “You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit” has recently ended. If you attended the discussion group and found the topic interesting, or if you were unable to attend the group and need a recommendation for a good book to read, you might try “Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life” by Tish Harrison Warren. I read this book through several times—I first checked it out at the local library and soon decided I needed my own copy to underline and mark up!


The author is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America, and her worship practices are very similar to what we experience in Lutheran worship. Chapter by chapter, she describes how the ordinary things that we do every day in our ordinary lives have a connection to our spiritual life. Skillfully using both a sense of humor and a very down-to-earth writing style, she shares examples of how our church liturgy intertwines with daily Sunday through Saturday life.


For example, she describes how she willingly sacrifices sleep for her family when they need her, but she also often stays up later than she should surfing the internet, watching cute puppy videos, or squeezing more work out of the day. She writes, “My disordered sleep reveals a disordered love, idols of entertainment or productivity. The truth is, I’m far more likely to give up sleep for entertainment than I am for prayer. I don’t consciously think, ‘I value this episode of Parks and Rec more than my family, prayer, and my own body.’ But my habits reveal and shape what I love and what I value, whether I care to admit it or not.” Then through the chapter she draws connections between her spiritual life and these choices and habits that cause her to be overly tired. She talked about learning to rest and relax into the words of the liturgy during worship. Then she writes, “Though the day begins in darkness, God is still at work, growing crops, healing wounds, giving rest, protecting, guarding, mending, redeeming. We drop out of consciousness, but the Holy Spirit remains at work.”


I hope you will give this book a try—I found it very easy to read and understand—and I found myself going back and re-reading and finding many personal points of connection with the author’s stories. Happy reading!


A Morning Resolve

I will try this day to live a simple, sincere and serene life, repelling promptly every thought of discontent, anxiety, discouragement, impurity, and self-seeking; cultivating cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity, and the habit of holy silence; exercising economy in expenditure, generosity in giving, carefulness in conversation, diligence in appointed service, fidelity to every trust, and a childlike faith in God.


In particular I will try to be faithful in those habits of prayer, work, study, physical exercise, eating, and sleep which I believe the Holy Spirit has shown me to be right.


And as I cannot in my own strength do this, nor even with a hope of success attempt it, I look to thee, O Lord God my Father, in Jesus my Savior, and ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(Source: Daily Prayer: A Resource of Forward Movement)

If one part of the body suffers, then all the other parts suffer with it. Or if one part is honored, then all the other parts share its honor. All of you together are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of that body.

1 Corinthians 12: 26-27

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