Center Pierre Senior hears about happiness | Community
More than 40 people gathered on June 17 for fun, camaraderie and food during the potluck and weekly entertainment on Thursday.
Sandy Jacobson, a retired pharmacist, spoke of “Happy”. Jacobson said there has been an increase in depression over the past year, when people were isolated and worried about the state of affairs.
Jacobson discussed his suggestions for gaining joy from body-generated medications without using over-the-counter or prescription drugs.
Dopamine – an internal reward chemical that you might get from eating, doing a good thing, sleeping, or relaxing in the tub.
Oxytocin – the love hormone – we get it through activities like socializing, physical contact like cuddling, petting an animal, or helping someone else.
Endorphins – this internal pain reliever is activated by activities such as exercising, laughing or listening to music.
Serotonin is an internal mood stabilizer activated by activities such as nature walks or a little sunshine.
According to Sandra Kangas of the Center, Center Pierre Senior has been a busy place this week with normal activities.
“We also started serving tanks of root beer at the Capital City Band concerts on Wednesday nights for a free will offer. Great music, great scenery and great treats add up to a relaxing evening. You can’t beat this – seems to incorporate many of the ways to “be happy”. The street construction crew are almost done with the curb and gutter in front of the building and are also fixing the broken driveway. It looks good and it will be really good when it is done, ”said Kangas.
A group of people looking for fun head to Deadwood for a day trip on June 22. On June 24, some members of the Pierre Trappers baseball team will visit and talk about the team. Plans are underway for a possible bus trip to the State Fair, September 2-6.