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The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep

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Sleep impacts our ability to function during the day and overtime this can impact our quality of life and lead to chronic health conditions. The link between poor sleep and weight gain happens because sleep regulates the hormones that tell us when we are hungry and signals when we are full. When our sleep is disrupted, it can cause us to eat more and to crave junk food. 

Getting enough sleep is also important for mental health, a strong immune system and balanced emotions. Sleepiness during the day puts people at higher risk of falling. 

We each need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Waking up during the night is okay, as long as you are able to fall back asleep . The quantity and quality of sleep is what’s important. 

So, how can we improve our sleep?

* Use your bedroom for sleep only. No TV, computers, smart phones. Keep the temperature comfortable

* Have an evening of routine. Stop using technology at a certain time of the night and listen to relaxing music or journal. 

* Limit foods and beverages (i.e., caffeinated drinks and alcohol) after dinner – as those can keep you up longer.

* Be physically active every day and get outside. Exercising in the morning can improve your mood and gives you energy to go all day.

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2021 OBT Grant Received

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Otto Bremer Trust awards

Faith in Action of Marathon County

Recently, more than $1.5 million in grants were awarded to organizations in Wisconsin from Otto Bremer Trust (  Faith in Action of Marathon County (FIAMC) is extremely humbled and blessed to receive funding as a portion of those grants.

The funds received will help our organization connect seniors with volunteers through investments in online technology, as well as, ongoing operating costs, allowing FIAMC to enhance senior services and extend our footprint in North-Central Wisconsin.


Five myths about aging

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Myth 1: The older you get, the less sleep you need. 

– We might wish this were the case, but older adults still need 7 or 9 hours of sleep each night. Adequate sleep can help reduce your risk of falls, improve your overall mental well-being, and help reduce your risk for certain health conditions.

Myth 2: Depression is normal for older adults

– Although depression is a common mood disorder, it is not a normal part of aging. Talk with your doctor if you begin showing signs of depression, such as irritability or decreased energy.

Myth 3. Older adults can’t learn new things

– Not true! Older adults can still learn new things, create new memories, and improve their performance on a variety of skills.

Myth 4: Memory problems always mean Alzheimer’s disease

– Not all memory problems are a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Talk with your doctor to determine whether the memory changes you’re noticing are normal or whether they may be a sign of something more serious.

Myth 5: Older adults do not need to exercise

– Older adults have a lot to gain by being active- and a lot to lose by sitting too much. Exercise and physical activity can help manage some chronic conditions, improve mental and physical health, and maintain independence as you age. 


June is Brain Health Awareness Month

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Brain Health Awareness Month

Did you know that the brain:

–Is more efficient than any computer. Although the processing speed varies, it’s estimated that information can move through the brain at speeds of 268 miles per hour and has a virtual unlimited storage capacity.

–Only feels pleasure as there are no pain receptors in the brain; headache pain is felt in the brain’s covering, not the brain itself.

–Runs on electricity, producing enough power to light a 25 watt bulb

–Has 3 major parts

–Is the fattest organ in the human body

–Operates through chemical and electrical processes that allow communication with the nervous system

So what can we do to keep our brain healthy and functioning well?

–Take care of your physical health by having an annual wellness check. 

–Limit use of alchohol and quit smoking

–Working out at least 3 times a day for 30 minutes 

–Eating healht foods and limiting sugar intake

–Reading or journaling to stimulate the brain 

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Winner for the 2022 Best of Wausau Awards – Non-profit Organizations

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We are happy to announce that Faith in Action-Marathon County has been selected as the Winner for the 2022 Best of Wausau Awards in the category of Non-Profit Organization.

We can’t thank our faithful volunteers enough for spending time with our care-receivers and offering quality services.

We want to express our sincere gratitude to our donors. You truly make the difference for us, and we are extremely grateful!


Giving Tuesday

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Together we give.

OUR COMMUNITY IS STRONG… Let’s help it grow even stronger.
Join us in giving back for GivingTuesday on November 30.

Donate financially to Faith in Action of Marathon County, or volunteer, or do an act of kindness.

Every act of generosity counts and each means more when we give together.