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Arlo the Amazing Ecumen Hospice Hound Takes Patient Care to a Higher Level

September 8, 2017

To qualify as a hospice volunteer, being human is not essential.

Read more...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/arlo-amazing-ecumen-hospice-hound-takes-patient-care-higher-level#.WbMARk2WzIV

Honoring Joan Moore: Hired on the Spot 35 Years Ago at Ecumen Bethany Community

August 22, 2017

What Joan likes best about Ecumen is how supportive the company has been when she was experiencing a personal family crisis.  “I have not had to worry about anything,” she says.

Read more...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/honoring-joan-moore-hired-spot-35-years-ago-ecumen-bethany-community#.WZxXfU2WzIU

Ecumen Leaders Encouraged To Embrace Generational Differences

August 16, 2017

Every generation is profoundly influenced by the major events going on during its formative teenage years.

Read more...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/ecumen-leaders-encouraged-embrace-generational-differences#.WZSvQk2WzIU

Aging in Place: Northfield Couple Builds an Inspired Forever Home

August 4, 2017

Most people want to keep living in their home as they age, but the home becomes the enemy.

Read more...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/aging-place-northfield-couple-builds-inspired-forever-home#.WYS-YE2WzIU

Join the 8+ Million People Who Are Loving How Rapper Macklemore Says Happy Birthday to His 100-Year-Old Grandma. It’s Glorious!

July 18, 2017

Rapper Macklemore surprised his Grandma Helen on her 100th birthday and took her on a heartwarming frolic around town – egging houses, hitting the arcade, doing karaoke and shopping for orthopedic shoes.

Watch video here...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/join-8-million-people-who-are-loving-how-rapper-macklemore-says-happy-birthday-his-100-year-old#.WW4kG02WzIU

Creating an America Freed from Ageism

July 5, 2017

This short slide presentation, created by LeadingAge, seeks to change the conversation about aging and to take positive steps toward eliminating ageism. 

Read more... http://www.ecumen.org/blog/creating-america-freed-ageism#.WV0BYU2WzIU

Ecumen Named One of Minnesota’s Best Places To Work for 10th Time

June 23, 2017

Ecumen was honored in the large-company category along with Minnesota companies such as U.S. Bank, HealthPartners and Ameriprise Financial.

Read more...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/ecumen-named-one-minnesota-s-best-places-work-10th-time#.WU1uoE2WzIU

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 108th Birthday Doris Manson

June 20, 2017

Want to know the secret to reaching age 108? It's a little sweeter than you may think.

Read more...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/ecumen-century-club-happy-108th-birthday-doris-manson#.WUmNEU2WzIU

What Does Old Look Like?

June 13, 2017

This question was posed to millennials. Their answers were recorded and were quite surprising! Check out the video in our blog.

Read more... http://www.ecumen.org/blog/what-does-old-look#.WUAQ8k2GPIU

Is Exercising with Pain Safe?

June 2, 2017

Should you avoid exercising when you are in pain? Not in all cases, it may even be good for you!

Read more...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/exercising-pain-safe#.WTGbMk2GPIU

Built with an 'Eagle' Eye: DL Teen Designs Picnic Shelter at Ecumen as Eagle Scout Project

May 26, 2017

High school senior builds a new picnic shelter for Ecumen Detroit Lakes to earn his rank of Eagle Scout.

Read More... http://www.ecumen.org/blog/built-eagle-eye-dl-teen-designs-picnic-shelter-ecumen-eagle-scout-project#.WShUME2GPIU

Tips for Talking With Older Patients

May 16, 2017

In honor of Nurses Week the National Institute on Aging (NIA) offered an article that details the best practices for health professionals that will result in effective and positive communication with older patients.

Read More...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/tips-talking-older-patients#.WRrz4rePK1s

Give Aging a New Voice: The Theme of Older Americans Month

May 11, 2017

What it means to age has changed...

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http://www.ecumen.org/blog/give-aging-new-voice#.WRR17E2GPIU

10 Ways to Make Healthier Restaurant Choices

March 23, 2017

It can be hard to make healthy and nutricious food choices in general...

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http://www.ecumen.org/blog/10-ways-make-healthier-restaurant-choices#.WNPj7bePK1s

Spring-Clean Your Mind

March 23, 2017

Though cleaning up the house may be the first thing that comes to mind....

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http://www.ecumen.org/blog/spring-clean-your-mind#.WNPixLePK1s

5 Low-Impact Exercises for Joint Pain

March 10, 2017

If your normal exercise routine is becoming too difficult due to joint pain, ...

Read More...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/5-low-impact-exercises-joint-pain#.WMLOd7ePK1s

5 Great Immune Boosting Foods

March 6, 2017

With only 18 days left until Spring, it is important to try and finish these last days of winter as healthy as possible.

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http://www.ecumen.org/blog/5-great-immune-boosting-foods#.WL24S7ePJ88

Diversity and Inclusion Learning Event: An Introduction to Islam and Muslims

March 6, 2017

Do you know the distinction between Islam and Muslims? Or why Muslim women wear headscarves?...

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http://www.ecumen.org/blog/diversity-and-inclusion-learning-event-introduction-islam-and-muslims#.WL2v1LePJ88

Talking to Your Loved One About Long-Term Care

February 24, 2017

Scenarios you may be facing...

Read More...http://caregiver.com/channels/ltc/index.htm

Caregivers Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors

February 23, 2017

Caring for a loved one with dementia poses many challenges for families and caregivers. people with dementia from conditions such as Alzheimer's...

Read More...https://www.caregiver.org/caregivers-guide-understanding-dementia-behaviors

10 Misconceptions about Aging

February 23, 2017

In a recent article for AgingCare, Dr Allan Weiss, CEO and President of the NCH Healthcare System,writes that, "An old adage is again proving true...

Read More...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/10-misconceptions-about-aging#.WK9Me7ePJ88

The Ten Common Symptoms of Dementia: Knowing the Signs

February 17, 2017

We're all forgetful at times, regardless of our age and mental health. However, as we age, our risk of dementia increases...

Read More...http://www.activebeat.co/your-health/the-10-common-symptoms-of-dementia/?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=AB_GGL_US_DESK&cus_widget=&utm_content=search_fixed&utm_term=dementia

How to Protect Yourself from Health Scams

February 17, 2017

Modern technology allows for more ways than ever to fall victim to health scams.

Read More...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/how-protect-yourself-health-scams#.WKcO9LePJ88

6 Signs of Hypothermia

February 7, 2017

Since older adults are especially vulnerable to hypothermia, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) offers several tips...

Read More...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/6-signs-hypothermia#.WJnWYrePK1s

Another Way To View Alzheimer's: Without the Tragedy Narrative

February 3, 2017

Dr. Bill Thomas, who has cared for thousands of patients with dementia, was not impressed...

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http://www.ecumen.org/blog/another-way-view-alzheimer-s-without-tragedy-narrative#.WJSu1rePK1s

The Importance of Oral Health For Seniors

January 31, 2017

Though losing teeth and getting dentures as we aged was commonplace in the past, it should not be expected as we move into the future.

Read Morehttp://www.ecumen.org/blog/importance-oral-health-seniors#.WJD1drePK1s

Are You A First Time Caregiver? AARP Can Help

January 31, 2017

AARP's Caregiver REsource Center offers a guide that can help first-time caregivers...

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http://www.ecumen.org/blog/are-you-first-time-caregiver-aarp-can-help#.WJD007ePK1s

If a Family Member Has Alzheimer's Disease, Will I Have It, Too?

January 20, 2017

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss...

Read More...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/if-family-member-has-alzheimers-disease-will-i-have-it-too#.WIJm2bePK1s

Early Detection: Importance of Memory Screenings

January 18, 2017

*Memory Screenings area significant first step...

Read More...http://www.alzfdn.org/BrainHealth/memoryscreenings.html

Unique High School Program Helps Students Become Nursing Assistants

January 18, 2017

A high school in Alexandria, MN, has developed a unique program that allows students to become Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and help fill a pressing need...

Read More...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/unique-high-school-program-helps-students-become-nursing-assistants#.WH-9G7ePK1s

Tips for a Better Exercise Routine in 2017

January 11, 2017

If increasing or improving your exercise routine...

Read More...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/tips-better-exercise-routine-2017#.WHalPLePK1s

Senior Health: Paws-itive Effects of Pets

January 11, 2017

A recent study done by the National Center for Health Research found that pets improve the health of their owners...

Read More   http://www.ecumen.org/blog/senior-health-paw-sitive-effects-pets#.WHajNbePK1s 

21 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

December 29, 2016

You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon it will be too late.--Ralph Waldo Emerson

This holiday season remember that sometimes the best gift is not a material gift at all.

Read More...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/21-ways-give-back-holiday-season#.WGV3rbePK1s

How to Start Exercising After Age 60

December 29, 2016

As we age, it becomes even more important to maintain an exercise routine.

Read More...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/how-start-exercising-after-age-60#.WGV10LePK1s

Caregiving Tips: Strategies for Success

December 19, 2016

Educate yourself about the disease

A variety of valuable information...Read Morehttp://www.alzfdn.org/EducationandCare/strategiesforsuccess.html

Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Seniors

December 19, 2016

If you are searching for gifts for the seniors in your life this holiday season, look no further. Here are our Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors:

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http://www.ecumen.org/blog/top-10-holiday-gifts-seniors#.WFgA77ePK1s

National Flu Vaccination Awareness Week: Important for Seniors

December 15, 2016

Last week was "NAtional Flu Vaccination Awareness Week" and it is important to Ecumen to remind its readers, especially seniors, to make getting vaccinated a priority.

Read More...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/national-flu-vaccination-awareness-week-important-seniors#.WFLnP7ePK1s

Ecumen Lakeview Commons Artists Exhibit Their Watercolors

December 15, 2016

The lobby of Ecumen Lakeview Commons in Maplewood was recently transformed into a colorful gallery to celebrate the art of residents who had just completed a watercolor class.

Read More...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/ecumen-lakeview-commons-artists-exhibit-their-watercolors#.WFLmibePK1s

How To Start Exercising Again After a Break

December 2, 2016

It can be hard to keep a normal exercise routine, especially during this busy holiday season. ...READ MORE

http://www.ecumen.org/blog/how-start-exercising-again-after-break#.WEHpk7ePK1s

The Soothing Role of Music in Hospice Care

December 2, 2016

At the end of life, music's natural calming effectcan help hospice patients...

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http://www.ecumen.org/blog/soothing-role-music-hospice-care#.WEHozrePK1s

Grief and the Holidays: 15 Ways to Cope

November 29, 2016

"If your life has changed, then certainly your holidays will change...

READ MORE...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/grief-and-holidays-15-ways-cope#.WD3IdLePK1s

The Comfort of Touch in Hospice Care

November 29, 2016

Hospice is fundamentally about giving peace, support and comfort to people in the last stages of life. Often there is pain...

READ MORE...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/comfort-touch-hospice-care#.WD3Hn7ePK1s

Facing the Holidays with an Empty Chair: Ecumen Hospice Hosts Remembrance Service

November 29, 2016

The first holidays after the death of a loved one can be a looming and stressful time...

READ MORE...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/facing-holidays-empty-chair-ecumen-hospice-hosts-remembrance-service#.WD2tirePK1s

A Good Night’s Sleep is a Key Player in Healthy Aging

November 18, 2016

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) says that, older adults need roughly the same amount of sleep...

Read More...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/good-night-s-sleep-key-player-healthy-aging-0#.WC9rg7ePK1s

Flu shot advice for people over 65

November 15, 2016

Flu season is upon us and medical professionals are advising the public...

Read More...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/flu-shot-advice-people-over-65#.WCs6pLePK1s

Fraying at the Edges

November 15, 2016

A withered person with a scrambled mind, memories sealed away: That is the familiar face of Alzheimer's. But there is also the waiting period...

Read More...http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/05/01/nyregion/living-with-alzheimers.html?_r=0

Our Favorite Veterans Day Stories Told by Ecumen Residents

November 11, 2016

Veterans is a special time at Ecumen communities. Many residents are veterans with rich and deeply moving stories about their military experience....

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http://www.ecumen.org/blog/our-favorite-veterans-day-stories-told-ecumen-residents#.WCYN0rePK1s

Alzheimer's Myths

November 11, 2016

Myth #1: Memory loss is a natural part of aging...

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http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_myths_about_alzheimers.asp

Parkinson's Disease

November 1, 2016

Parkinson's Disease is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system that affects...

Read More...http://www.alzfdn.org/RelatedIllnesses/parkinsonsdisease.html

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar Visits Ecumen North Branch To Discuss Act on Alzheimer’s Initiative

October 26, 2016

AS part of her effort to change the stigma around Alzheimer's and dementia U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar recently visited Ecumen North Branch to talk about Act on Alzheimer's, the statewide effort to make Minnesota more dementia friendly.

Read more...

http://www.ecumen.org/blog/us-sen-amy-klobuchar-visits-ecumen-north-branch-discuss-act-alzheimer-s-initiative#.WBC4-rePK1s

'Does it pass the smell test?' Seeking Ways to Diagnose Alzheimer's Early

October 17, 2016

Alzheimer's researchers are looking to our noses ans our eyes for early signs of disease.

Read more... 

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/26/health/alzheimers-eye-and-smell/

An Understandable Explanation of Alzheimer’s

October 14, 2016

Alzheimer's is a complex condition that eludes simplification. But...

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http://www.ecumen.org/blog/understandable-explanation-alzheimer-s#.WADa23mPK1s

'Celebrating Wisdom'--A Short Video History of Aging in Minnesota

October 11, 2016

"Celebrating Wisdom", sponsored by the Minnesota Board on Aging, is a Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) program that examines getting older in America and in Minnesota. It shines a light on many important Aging issues...

Read More...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/celebrating-wisdom-short-video-history-aging-minnesota#.V_z4NHmPK1s

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION ISSUES $7 MILLION CHALLENGE

October 4, 2016

The Alzheimer's Association in partnership with a fundraising initiative led by...

Read More...http://www.alz.org/documents_custom/ptc_grants_080216.pdf

Caregiving Tips: Strategies for Success

September 26, 2016

Ecumen Celebrates National Adult Day Services Week

September 23, 2016

Ecumen is joining care providers across the country to celebrate National Adult Day Services Week.The week is set aside to raise awareness...Read More...

http://www.ecumen.org/blog/ecumen-celebrates-national-adult-day-services-week-0#.V-WEJXmPK1s

Dramatic Demographic Shift in Age Affects Employers, Seniors and Communities

September 23, 2016

Finding the right people to fill open positions is a growing challenge for employers all across Minnesota. Read More...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/dramatic-demographic-shift-age-affects-employers-seniors-and-communities-minnesota#.V-WAzXmPK1s

Things You Can Do as a Long-Distance Caregiver

September 14, 2016

Do you live far away from a family member or friend who needs care? You might not be able to be there everyday, but you can still participate in caregiving in many important ways.

Read More...http://www.ecumen.org/blog/things-you-can-do-long-distance-caregiver#.V9l8InmPK1s

Stage's of Alzheimers

September 6, 2016

Alzheimer's typically progresses slowly in three general stages...

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Honoring 50 Leaders Over 50

September 6, 2016

You've no doubt seen those pervasive lists that honor youthful leaders...

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The Hollywood Perspective on Ageism

August 17, 2016

Hollywood tends to be the bell cow for new trends and changing attitudes.  Lots of talk lately centers on how age barriers in the entertainment world are breaking down, and there are some good examples.

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Ecumen Lakeview Commons Artists Weave a Tapestry of Smiles

August 12, 2016

The 10 weavers at Ecumen Lakeview Commons sat at a table in the lobby proudly showcasing their work.

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Ecumen Scholars Fellowship Program Graduates its 2016 Class

July 19, 2016

Ten nursing students recently graduated from the Ecumen Scholars Fellowship Program after an intensive three-week program learning about senior care.

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Why and How To Be a Hospice Volunteer: Your Questions Answered

July 19, 2016

Ecumen Hospice is looking for volunteers in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metro area to provide comfort, support and friendship to hospice patients in their final months, weeks or days.

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Lakeview Commons Interns Get Some Life-Changing Experience

July 19, 2016

When Jill Forrest (class of 2016) learned about a summer internship opportunity at Lakeview Commons, a senior living community, she was immediately interested.

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Ecumen Centenarian John Scanlan Honored as Oakdale’s First Fire Chief

May 27, 2016

John Scanlan, a resident of Ecumen Lakeview Commons, recently celebrated his 100th birthday and received a tribute from Oakdale, Minn., city officials.

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Shakespeare’s Wisdom on Aging

May 6, 2016

William Shakespeare, who died at age 52, made many comments on aging -- pro and con.

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The Haven at Peace Village Celebrates Grand Opening

May 6, 2016

Ecumen-managed The Haven at Peace Village in Norwood Young America, Minn., recently celebrated its grand opening.

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“Happy Lights” at Ecumen Detroit Lakes Help Residents with Dementia

May 6, 2016

Ecumen Detroit Lakes has been using light therapy to improve the sleep cycles and general wellbeing of residents with dementia, and it’s working.

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After 100 Days of Rehab, the Ecumen Coyote Goes Free

April 27, 2016

The Ecumen Coyote, with a little help from her friends, returned home last week after 100 days of rehabilitation. Now she is roaming somewhere in the Shoreview area, being a coyote again, doing what coyotes do.

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Construction BEgins on Zvago Glen Lake Co-op in Minnetonka

April 22, 2016

Zvago Glen Lake Cooperative, a new senior housing community on the north shore of Glen Lake in Minnetonka, is now under construction. 

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Ecumen Employee Jen Rasmussen:
Making Life Better by Making Life Fun

March 24, 2015

Jen Rasmussen is Director of Fun at Ecumen Lakeview Commons. Today she has unleashed a feisty dog and a small child on the residents of the Maplewood assisted living community.

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Two Ecumen Communities Receive
National Award for Service Excellence

January 27, 2015

Two Ecumen communities have been nationally recognized as "Caring Stars of 2015," by Caring.com, a leading senior care website.

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Ecumen Lakeview Commons Celebrates 20th Anniversary

December 17, 2014

Ecumen Lakeview Commons in Maplewood, Minn., celebrated its 20th anniversary December 16, 2014, at a festive holiday gathering of more than 100 residents, community leaders and Ecumen staff.

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Gus the Dog Charms Ecumen Lakeview Commons Residents

July 11, 2014

Gus is in the business of making people happy, and residents of Ecumen Lakeview Commons are his best clients.

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