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Morning Study Club learns about Wellness Community

Jan. 23, 2014 at midnight
Updated Jan. 22, 2014 at 7:23 p.m.


Imagine a place where both physical and mental health are managed - improving the quality of life for the mentally challenged. One in five persons fits into this category, yet only 40 percent of these persons seek help in coping with their needs. Sixty percent do not.

The Morning Study Club members met recently to hear Lane Johnson, clinical director for the Gulf Bend Center, discuss a project in which the community will partner with Gulf Bend Center and Citizens Medical Center to provide housing as well as integrated care, treatment and support for individual health and well-being of this segment of our population. Thirty percent of persons with chronic diseases such as diabetes and depression also have behavioral health treatment needs such as counseling, getting to doctor appointments as well as daily care.

Johnson described an apartment living community called Wellness Community designed to teach residents healthy lifestyle behaviors and to help them develop healthy social supports and interactions. Land has been purchased, and ground breaking will be early this year for this 32-apartment building. There will be offices for case managers and professionals who will work with residents to learn the basics for caring for themselves. Issues such as medication management, eating a healthy diet, personal hygiene and building trust and relationships will be addressed.

The Wellness Community will also provide integrated care, treatment and support for individual health and well-being. Johnson asked that the club's honorarium be sent to the Wellness Community.

Michael Ann Ruddock introduced our speaker. Virginia Shults presided. Sharon Green led the collect and the pledges to the flags. Margaret Williams called roll and read minutes from our last meeting. Ruddock announced that the Feb. 6 meeting will be a guest day and a style show. Models will be ladies from Beta Sigma Phi sorority and fashions will be from Dillard's.

LaNell Billings discussed the upcoming games party and country store, which will be Feb. 20. She reminded members of responsibilities. Betty Mercer moved that the club buy five new card tables. Betty Walker seconded, and the motion carried. Don Beth Junkin discussed the nominating committee's work. The past presidents' club meeting was at Sky Restaurant at 11 a.m. Jan. 20. It was announced that all but 10 of the folding chairs from the Victoria Women's Club House had been sold for $5 each.

Shults said that Decora Club was planning a trip to San Antonio to the Institute of Texas Culture and had extended an invitation to our club members. She also requested that the meetings begin at 10 a.m. for the rest of the year, which was approved.

Helen Knebel announced that she had sent four get well greetings. Prayers were asked for Ethel Beck.

The raffle drawing was won by Charlene Abshire. The prize was donated by Mary Gleinser and netted $45 for our scholarship fund.

Shults thanked the hostesses, Mary Gleinser, Marge Rohde and Grace Beck, as well as Dorothy Bone, greeter of the day.

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