Dear Friends of Parish Health Ministry, We began this year with a successful Refresh Your Soul Conference on Positive Aging. Thanks to everyone that attended, volunteered and sponsored the event.
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Dear Friends of Parish Health Ministry,
Spring is here! Seeing the flowers and buds open on the trees in my neighborhood is such a delight. Makes me think of new beginnings. We began this year with a successful Refresh Your Soul Conference on Positive Aging. Thanks to everyone that attended, volunteered and sponsored the event. We will start planning for next year’s conference in May. If you have any suggestions for speakers, please email me at your earliest convenience at
We also began the year with two new wonderful programs called Seasoning Lent and Project Activate. Soon, we will be promoting a new program called Walking with Jesus in partnership with the Church Health Center. We are blessed with these new programs and new partners. If you are interested in information about partnering, please contact me.

May God bless you and your family,
Jeanne Palcic MGS, RN,
Director, ERS Parish Health Ministry
Refresh Your Soul 2018 – Positive Aging
The Refresh Your Soul Conference was held on March 12th to a sold-out crowd of 650+ at Xavier University Cintas Center. Our Keynote speaker, Dr. Gary Chapman, along with Kay Van Norman, Wendy Rogers, and Liz Tassone provided an uplifting, informative day and inspired us to improve as we age. Through the valuable gifts of love, forgiveness, technology, a mindful spirit and vitality for life we can age well and with purpose, as well as helping those around us to age in a more positive light. Read on …
Jeanne Palcic, Director of Parish Health Ministry with conference speakers Kay Van Norman, Dr. Gary Chapman, Liz Tassone, and Wendy Rogers.
Healthy Thoughts – Acts of Kindness
People who perform acts of kindness say it has a profound impact on their lives. Researchers now know that “doing good” not only makes you feel better, but it also has a positive effect on both your physical and mental health. Read on …

For more information or to request the full binder of Healthy Thoughts’ articles to use in your church or community, contact your PHM Coordinator: 

Jeanne Palcic at
Cindy Hamad at
Project Activate ®
(Inspire – Engage – Activate)
Project Activate® is a program through ERS Parish Health Ministry and Brilliant Aging where the focus is on retaining health and independence as we age through exercise. Lifestyle choices are vital to a person’s wellbeing while aging. Project Activate offers behavior change resources that are innovative ways to engage seniors in physical activity that aren’t used to it.
Read on …
The Five Love Languages and Caring for Our Aging Parents
By Peggy Slade-Sowders
At the recent Refresh Your Soul conference, Gary Chapman shared five ways to express and experience love: “The Five Love Languages.” We often find ourselves caring for our aging parents, yet unable to effectively show love to them or receive their love in return. As conditions deteriorate and relationships change, both the adult child and aging parent need to look at different, more effective ways to express and receive love. Read on …
Partner Success Story
Forest Chapel United Methodist Church
Parish Health Ministry (PHM) is proud to have many engaged church and community partners. Through reports of ministry from our partners, there is evidence that lives are being touched in a meaningful way. The following is a success story from Forest Chapel United Methodist Church in Cincinnati. “One of our big accomplishments was being able to convince a younger member of our congregation to get the medications she needs for her blood pressure and diabetes. A volunteer wanted to take her to the hospital for dangerously high
blood pressure, but she was unwilling. The volunteer called her the next day to let her know she had been praying for her. By the end of the week, the member reported that she had started back on her meds. The following Sunday, she was happy with her blood pressure,” reports Carolyn Bretz, PHM Lead at Forest Chapel UM Church.
Positive Aging Resource
Parkinson’s is a disorder of the nervous system that affects movement, causing tremors, bradykinesia, rigid limbs and problems with balance. The symptoms usually develop slowly, but there is no cure. The cause is unknown but researchers think there could be genetic and/or environmental factors. The Parkinson’s Foundation developed a theme this year called “start a conversation.” it is designed to help raise awareness for the disease. They have developed a guide with 10 ways to help spread the word so more people can understand the disease. To learn more about Parkinson’s disease and their “start a conversation” guide, visit
Educational Opportunities
Click here to visit the Parish Health Ministry website educational opportunities page.
ERS Parish Health Ministry
3870 Virginia Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45227
PHM Coordinators:
Jeanne Palcic at
Cindy Hamad at
Parish Health Ministry
3870 Virginia Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45227
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