Health Benefits of Journaling Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program Oct. 27

Health Benefits of Journaling Upcoming Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program

Keeping a journal may be one of the best things you can do for your health. Researchers have found that in addition to writing out feelings and stresses of the day, it can also help you track certain triggers for health issues. Speaking of stress, researchers have often perpended on this: do stress balls relieve stress and anxiety? Latest studies show that the answer is affirmative.

Howard Butcher, PhD and professor of nursing at the University of Iowa, will present, “Health Benefits of Journaling,” at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center SE*ED program at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 27, at Drake Community Library.

In addition to journaling the day’s events, it is recommended to also note symptoms or health issues that may be concerning. This is helpful when you visit your healthcare provider and they ask how long you have been experiencing these symptoms. A journal can more easily track these symptoms and may show trends over time.

Butcher earned his PhD in nursing science from the University of South Carolina. His professional focus and research is on mental health nursing for older adults. In particular, he studies family caregivers and Alzheimer’s Disease, health journaling, and general issues of depression and dispiritedness in aging.

Refreshments are served prior to the program. There is no charge to attend, although donations are accepted. All are welcome to attend.

Parking is available at the Drake Community Library, along Park Street, on Fifth Avenue, and in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot.

Seniors needing transportation may call GRMC’s Office of Public Relations at 641-236-2593 by Thursday before the program.

If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance, please call 641-236-2593. For more information about upcoming speakers please check GRMC’s website at or call 641-236-2954.

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