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The Next Chapter

Kathy has been Executive Director of Interfaith Senior Programs since 2001. A native of Wisconsin, she lives in Waukesha with her husband Jim Durnil, and has two sons. Kathy can be seen often at local libraries, book stores, coffee houses, and just all over Waukesha enjoying the local businesses.

Free Community Health Fair April 12

ProHealth Care and the Waukesha Hispanic Collaborative Network are planning a ProHealthy Community Fair that is free to all!

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The Next Chapter in Living Well - Managing Chronic Conditions

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)  almost one out of every two Americans is living with at least one chronic condition such as diabetes, arthritis, or hypertension.  Chronic diseases are noncommunicable illnesses that are prolonged in duration, do not resolve spontaneously, and are rarely cured completely. 

  • Chronic diseases cause 7 in 10 deaths each year in the United States.
  • About 133 million Americans—nearly 1 in 2 adults—live with at least one chronic illness.
  • More than 75% of health care costs are due to chronic conditions.
  • Approximately one-fourth of persons living with a chronic illness experience significant limitations in daily activities.
  • The percentage of U.S. children and adolescents with a chronic health condition has increased from 1.8% in the 1960s to more than 7% in 2004.

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Tea in the Garden?

 Each year our agency coordinates a delightful spring event called Festival of Flowers.  Marty and Jane Loppnow, owners of Waukesha Floral & Greenhouse, host the event and donate 10% of the proceeds from the gift shop sales on the day of the Festival.  We held the first event in 2009, and sold out two luncheon seatings.  Every year since we have sold out the two luncheon seatings from returning attendees who are thrilled to enjoy lunch provided by Rochester Deli amidst the beautiful spring flowers in the greenhouse.

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Make your dollars stretch a little further

 On March 13 a wonderful event will happen throughout the Greater Milwaukee Region.  It's called Match Day, and it will result in nonprofit organizations that provide basic needs and services receiving a much-needed financial boost.

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Maybe 40 degrees isn't quite spring, but it does feel good!

 I'm one of the few people remaining in Wisconsin who secretly likes winter.  There's something wonderful about the clean, white, sparkling covering of snow at night.  And, as someone who suffers from allergies, I've really enjoyed the deep cold this winter because I haven't been miserable.

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