Zvago St. Anthony Park Wins Top Real Estate Development Honor

Zvago St. Anthony Park Wins Top Real Estate Development Honor

Morshed Alam Named Ecumen Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Morshed (Mo) Alam, has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Ecumen.

Ecumen CEO Emeritus Kathryn Roberts Receives Top Career Achievement Award

Ecumen CEO Emeritus Kathryn Roberts received the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2019 Career Achievement Award at the 2019 Women in Business luncheon and expo May 23, 2019.

Melanie Sullivan To Join Ecumen as Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer

Melanie (Mel) Sullivan, Ed.D., has been named Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer at Ecumen, effective April 1. 

Ecumen Among Top 5 Senior Living Operators in the Twin Cities

Ecumen is recognized as one of Twin Cities' top five Largest Senior Living Operators by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.   

Ecumen CEO Emeritus Kathryn Roberts Among McKnight’s 2019 Women of Distinction Winners

Kathryn Roberts, Ecumen CEO Emeritus, has been recognized as a top leader in the field of long-term care and senior care. Roberts was named to the Hall of Honor in the nationwide 2019 McKnight’s Women of Distinction awards.

Ecumen Receives Innovation Award for Its ‘Senior Care Excellence’ Training Programs

Ecumen has received a “Stars Among Us Innovation Award” from LeadingAge Minnesota for its Senior Care Excellence program designed to help reduce the shortage of long-term care nurses in rural Minnesota. Ecumen’s Senior Care Excellence program provides enhanced training for nursing school faculty focused on older adult care. Ecumen partnered with nursing faculty statewide and

Ecumen Names Shelley Kendrick as Incoming President and CEO; Kathryn Roberts Becomes CEO Emeritus

Shelley Kendrick has been named Ecumen’s incoming President and CEO, effective Feb. 4. Currently Ecumen’s SVP of Operations and COO, Shelley succeeds Kathryn Roberts, who has led the organization since 2003. Kathryn will continue to serve as CEO Emeritus, leading Ecumen Philanthropy.

Media Coverage of Ecumen’s CEO Announcement

On Jan. 9, 2019, Ecumen announced that Shelley Kendrick will become President and CEO, effective Feb. 4, 2019.  Current President and CEO Kathryn Roberts will become CEO Emeritus and lead Ecumen Philanthropy. Click the links below for local and trade media coverage of the story: Minneapolis Star Tribune: Shoreview-based Ecumen, a national provider of senior

Five Ecumen Sites Get National “Best Nursing Home” Rating from U.S. News & World Report

Five Ecumen owned and managed sites in Minnesota have received a “Best Nursing Home” rating by U.S. News & World Report magazine. 

Stories To Warm Your Heart During National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time to create awareness for this special kind of care. We have some special stories to share.  

Ecumen Meadows Veteran Featured in Worthington Newspaper for His WWII Service

Alvin Obermoller, 95, a U.S. Navy veteran from Worthington, had a haunting narrow escape from a kamikaze aircraft that barely missed his transport ship during WWII.

Ecumen Prairie Hill’s Janet Geisler Honors Veterans in a Special Way

Janet Geisler, Life Enrichment Supervisor at Ecumen Prairie Hill in St. Peter, is passionate about honoring veterans.

Rose Senior Living Carmel Hosts Dedication Ceremony

Rose Senior Living Carmel, a new state-of-the-art senior living community in the heart of Carmel, IN, managed by Ecumen, held its official dedication October 25, 2018, followed by an open house on October 27. 

Lakeshore Everyday Heroes Save a Stranger’s Life

Two Ecumen Lakeshore caregivers answered a desperate knock on the door in the middle of the night — and they saved a life.

Ecumen Partners Golf Tournament Generously Supports Benevolence Fund

More than 50 Ecumen Partners joined Ecumen Leadership on the greens for our annual golf tournament to benefit the Benevolence Fund.

Ecumen Communities Gather for Food Show Exhibition

Sysco, Ecumen’s food supplier, and Link-age, our group purchasing organization, recently hosted the Ecumen Food Show.   

Luther Park at Sandpoint Voted “Best Senior Living Community” for 9th Year in a Row

Ecumen-managed Luther Park at Sandpoint, ID, has been voted the “best senior living community” in Bonner County for the ninth year in a row in a reader survey conducted by the Bonner County Daily Bee newspaper. The “Best of Bonner County” special section was recently published listing results of readers’ voting in the survey. Residents

Ecumen Lakeshore Receives “Best of the Best” Honors in Duluth News Tribune Poll

Ecumen Lakeshore was voted “Best Retirement/Assisted Living” in Duluth in the Duluth News Tribune’s “Best of the Best” reader poll. Also, Lakeshore’s Crest independent living apartments received third place in the “Best Apartment Community” category.

Ecumen Pathstone Living Voted Best Senior Community in Mankato Four Years in a Row

Ecumen Pathstone Living has been voted best senior living community in Mankato for the fourth straight year by readers of Mankato Magazine, a publication of the Mankato Free Press.

New Ecumen Velocity Class Begins Its Journey

The Ecumen Velocity Class of 2018-2019 recently held its first session, embarking on a year-long program focused on building leadership skills and developing innovative approaches to aging services and a world without ageism.

Ecumen and Minnesota State Mankato Team Up To Enhance Nursing Care for Minnesota Seniors

Ecumen and Minnesota State University, Mankato, are teaming up to help address the state’s acute shortage of nurses working in long-term geriatric care. Nursing faculty from across the state will gather in Mankato August 7-9, 2018, for a grant-funded pilot workshop designed to help educators refresh their knowledge and skills in senior care and bring

Ecumen Planning a New Zvago Co-op Development in Stillwater

Zvago Stillwater, a cooperative housing development near downtown Stillwater for ages 62+, is now pre-selling units,

Ecumen’s Proposed Snelling Yards Development Featured as ‘Hot Property’ in Star Tribune

Ecumen and two partners have proposed an affordable multifamily development in Minneapolis.

Ecumen Welcomes Nine Super Summer Interns

Ecumen is thrilled to have nine talented interns join us this summer.

Smith & Porter Restaurant + Bar Named Among Top Restaurants in Minnesota by National Culinary Magazine

National Elite Magazine has named Ecumen's Smith & Porter Restaurant + Bar among the top 10 restaurants in Minnesota in its 2018 national awards.

A Dream Come True for Nancy Abrahamson at Ecumen Scenic Shores

Eighty-year-old Nancy Abrahamson’s dream of a high school diploma came true at Ecumen Scenic Shores Care Center in Two Harbors, Minn.

A Proud Salute to Ecumen’s Nursing Assistants

It’s National Nursing Assistants Week, and Ecumen honors and thanks its nearly 1,500 direct caregivers for their dedicated care and commitment.  

Abiitan Jazzes It Up

Abiitan Mill City hosted a lively “Jazz It Up” event featuring acclaimed vocalist Connie Evingson and pianist Marie Louise Knutson.

Amber Hernandez Honored with Ecumen Philanthropy’s Powerful Partner Award

Amber Hernandez, Human Resources Specialist at Ecumen Seasons at Apple Valley, has received the 2018 Ecumen Philanthropy Powerful Partner Award.

Zvago Glen Lake Named Among Finance & Commerce’s Top Projects of 2017

Finance & Commerce has named Zvago Glen Lake Cooperative in Minnetonka as a Top Project of 2017.  

New Novi Community for New Breed of Seniors Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Rose Senior Living at Providence Park, a new state-of-the-art senior living community on the St. John Providence Hospital Campus in Novi, MI, held its official ribbon cutting May 17, 2018.

Ecumen Receives $20,000 Grant from Delta Dental of Minnesota To Improve Oral Care for People with Dementia

Ecumen has received a $20,000 grant from Delta Dental of Minnesota to create a training program in oral care specifically designed for people with dementia.

Ecumen Honors Its 400+ Outstanding Nurses During National Nurses Week

Meet a few of them…

Ecumen Nurse Honored by Becker County United Way as Every Day Hero

Ecumen Detroit Lakes Nurse Bobbi Jo Koons, RN, got a big surprise recently when she was awarded the Every Day Hero Award of 2018 by the United Way of Becker County.

Zvago Central Village Owners Toast Their New Homes at Soil-Melding Ceremony

Zvago Central Village owners celebrate the spot where their new homes will be built.

Honoring Everyday Hero Margee Polanka — A 40-Year Ecumen Employee

Ecumen honors Margee Polanka for her 40 years of dedication and service to others.

Dr. Happy’s Rx for Better Health, Longer Life – and Happiness

Dr. Dale Anderson, aka Dr. Happy, is on a mission to help people become more ageless.  

Technology Transports Grandmother To Her Grandson’s Wrestling Tournament

Technology allows a grandmother at Ecumen Detroit Lakes to watch her grandson's wrestling matches.

Ecumen Zvago Co-Ops Featured in Senior Housing News

National media are taking an interest in Ecumen’s new Zvago cooperatives designed to appeal to younger seniors with active lifestyles. Senior Housing News, a national trade publication, recently featured reporter Tim Regan’s story at this link.

Mind Over Body: A Psychiatrist Tells How To Tap Into Wisdom And Grow With Age

Wisdom is a key strength of aging.  An expert tells how to tap into your wiser self and grow as you age.

And the Oscar for Ageism Goes to…

Hollywood made progress this year fighting sexual abuse and bias against women and minorities. But ageism — apparently the last acceptable "ism" — did not fare so well. The Academy Awards ceremony was riddled with ageist jokes, as Next Avenue's Richard Eisenberg details here. 

Two Ecumen Caregivers and a Memory Care Resident Honored by LeadingAge MN

Two employees of Ecumen communities and a memory care resident were recently honored at LeadingAge Minnesota’s “Stars Among Us” awards ceremony in St. Paul. 

We All Prosper When Seniors Stay in Their Communities

Millie, a resident of Ecumen Detroit Lakes, talks about the true meaning of living in her community.

A Briefing on Alzheimer’s That’s Full of Hope and Prevention Ideas

You can change your brain's destiny says Lisa Genova, a neuroscientist and the author of Still Alice,

Honoring Ecumen’s Amazing Life Enrichment Staff

It's National Activity Professionals Week, and Ecumen recognizes and honors its Life Enrichment staff — the people who specialize in bringing smiles to our residents.

The Aging of Minnesota: An Interactive View

Here's a graphic way to understand how fast Minnesota is aging.

Become a Dementia Friend – A Global Movement To Create Dementia Friendly Communities

A group of Ecumen employees recently became Dementia Friends – part of a global movement striving to create more dementia friendly communities by changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia.

Kids Who Spend Quality Time with Grandparents Less Ageist

Researchers in Belgium found that children and teens who spend quality time with their grandparents are less likely to have negative stereotypical attitudes told the elderly.

Proudly Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day: January 15, 2018

Ecumen proudly celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We especially thank Dr. King for the inspiration he gives us in our fight against ageism.  

Un-Resolve To Be Better: A Case for Opting Out of New Year’s Resolutions

Dr. Ken Druck makes a case for un-resolutions in the New Year.

Some Tips if You’re Thinking about Asking an Aging Parent to Move in with You

When an aging parent moves in with you, there are big changes in your household dynamics.

SEASON OF GRATITUDE: Ecumen Volunteers Help Homeless Veterans

In the holiday spirit, a group of Ecumen volunteers helped out last week at The Anoka Veteran Housing Project, which is providing quality housing for homeless veterans by restoring three cottages at the Anoka State Hospital and turning them into veteran housing. 

A Really Simple Guide to Aging Well

Making New Year's resolutions? Get some tips from this easy-to-understand guide on how to take care of yourself.

Happy Holidays from Ecumen!

We invite you to celebrations all across Ecumen in our holiday video. 

Warm, Funny and Inspirational Quotes on the Spirit of Christmas

The trure spirit of Christmas has many dimensions — captured in these quotations.

Keeping Holiday Visits with Aging Parents Cheerful

Making holiday visits joyful for everyone means staying positive and proactive. Here's how to stay cheerful.  

The Fishy Smell of Christmas at Point Pleasant Heights

It happens every year around Christmas — the traditional lutefisk and meatball meal at Point Pleasant Heights in Chisago City.

21 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

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

A Postage Stamp on a Mission To Fight Alzheimer’s

The U.S. Postal Service is now offering a stamp with a fundraising mission to fight Alzheimer’s disease.

Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Seniors

If you are searching for gifts for the seniors in your life this holiday season, look no further!

Ecumen Meadows Team Supports Worthington’s 85-Year-Old Christmas Tradition

For the sixth year in a row, the management team from Ecumen Meadows recently volunteered for Nobles County Christmas Basket Project – gathering donations and filling baskets for the needy. 

Five Ecumen Care Centers Get National “Best Nursing Home” Rating from U.S. News & World Report

Five Ecumen owned and managed sites in Minnesota have received a “Best Nursing Home” rating by U.S. News & World Report magazine. 

Transportation Options for Seniors: What the Future Holds

Finding dependable transportation is a major challenge for older adults, and a panel of experts gathered recently to discuss how innovations may help address the problem.

Song and Prayer to Honor Our Veterans at Ecumen Lakeview Commons

Ecumen Lakeview Commons residents gathered November 9 for a Veterans Day service to honor people like 100-year-old Madeline Allen, who sat in the front row. She served in the Army in the South Pacific during World War II, at Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters.

Honoring World War II Veteran Katherine Schuller, a Resident of Ecumen Lakeshore

It’s been almost 75 years since Ensign Katherine Schuller was a U.S. Navy nurse caring for wounded sailors, but her memories remain vivid. “They were just boys,” she recalls. “A big population of hurt boys. And we nurses were just kids too. We called them boys, and they called us girls.” She pauses. “I guess

Helping Seniors Who Struggle To Get Nutritious Meals

Ecumen employees heard the troubling statistic that “food insecurity” affects approximately one out of every ten Minnesotans — including a large number of seniors. 

Rose Senior Living-Avon Participates In Community 5k Run/Walk Charity Run To Benefit Local Health Clinic

Through raindrops and dark skies the Rose Senior Living-Avon team braved the early morning elements to participate for the second year in a row at the Cleveland Clinic-Avon hospital charity 5k Run/Walk to benefit a local health clinic. 

Tips on Caring for Yourself as You Care for Your Loved One

Both professional and family caregivers tend to be committed and selfless people who put their own needs in the background in order to give the best care possible to others. A common consequence of this well-meaning dedication can be “caregiver burnout.”

A New Ecumen-Managed Community for a New Breed of Seniors Opens in Novi, MI

Ecumen-managed Rose Senior Living at Providence Park, a new state-of-the-art senior living community on the St. John Providence Hospital Campus in Novi, MI, is now officially open and has named Amber Bach as its Executive Director.

Aging With Purpose in America Is Abundant

All you ageists – and you know who you are – believe that older adults contribute little to the world. And you’re wrong.

When Older Brains Get Better: A Refreshing Perspective on ‘Senior Moments’

Older brains can do things that younger brains cannot.

Ecumen Centennial House Treats Apple Valley Police Officers

Ecumen Centennial House hosted several police officers and detectives from the Apple Valley Police Department this week for “Coffee with a Cop.”

“You Look Good for Your Age” and Other Everyday Ageist Expressions To Avoid

Our daily interactions are full of casual jokes, clichés, and compliments that are blatantly ageist but culturally acceptable.  “Casual ageism” is rampant and not as harmless as it seems. Katy Read, writing in the Star Tribune, takes a comprehensive look at those everyday ageist things we unwittingly say and do – and offers advice from

Abiitan Mill City Featured on KSTP-TV’s Twin Cities Live

Take a tour of Abiitan Mill City with KSTP-TV Reporter Emily Engberg.

Zvago Glen Lake Wins Top Real Estate Development Honor

Zvago Glen Lake Cooperative, a new senior housing community on the north shore of Glen Lake in Minnetonka, has won an Award of Excellence from the Minnesota Chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

An Appreciation of Ecumen’s Dedicated Chaplains

October is Clergy Appreciation Month, and Ecumen wants our chaplains to know how highly we value the work they do.

Ecumen Seasons at Apple Valley Raises Over $1,800 at Lights of Honor Event

Ecumen Seasons at Apple Valley recently raised more than $1,800 to benefit residents at its 2017 Lights of Honor ceremony.

Diversity & Inclusion Event: The Affordable Housing Crisis Especially Affects Seniors

A rapidly diminishing supply of affordable housing is a critical issue, especially for seniors, two housing advocates told a group of Ecumen employees this week. Ruth Paradise from Jewish Community Action and Christine Hart from the Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County conducted a Sept. 27, 2017, learning event sponsored by Ecumen’s Diversity and Inclusion

Ecumen Team Raises Over $1,200 in Twin Cities Marathon 5K Event

The first-ever Ecumen 5K team raised over $1,200 for the Benevolence Fund in Medtronic’s Twin Cities in Motion Marathon.

Ecumen Lights of Honor Community Celebrations: Honor, Remember, Celebrate

Honor lights are being lit across Minnesota as Ecumen communities host their annual "Lights of Honor" celebrations.

Ecumen CEO Kathryn Roberts Named Among Top “Influencers in Aging”

Ecumen President and CEO Kathryn Roberts has been named as one of the 2017 “Influencers in Aging” by Next Avenue, a PBS digital publication dedicated to covering issues for people 50 and older.

Ecumen Meadows Gets Grant To Start a Memory Care Music Program

Ecumen Meadows in Worthington will be creating a therapeutic music program for its memory care residents thanks to a $3,427 grant from the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation (WRHCF).

Ignite Your Passion! It’s Active Aging Week — A Good Time To Change the Way You Age

Ignite your passion!  Those are the watchwords for Active Aging Week®, which runs from September 24 to September 30, 2017.  

Parmly Residents Help the Homeless by Transforming Plastic Bags into Beds

A group from Ecumen Parmly LifePointes transformed plastic bags into comfortable beds for the homeless.

Two Ecumen Leaders Recognized on “50 for the Next 50” List by LeadingAge Minnesota

Two Ecumen leaders have been recognized by LeadingAge Minnesota as “innovative and influential leaders who are charting the course for the next wave of older adult services that will empower Minnesotans to age well and live fully.”

Ecumen Celebrates National Adult Day Services Week

Ecumen is joining care providers across the country to celebrate National Adult Day Services Week, September 17-23, 2017. 

Ecumen Partners Golf Tournament Raises $30,000 for Benevolence Fund

Nearly 100 golfers joined Ecumen out on the greens for the annual Ecumen Partners Golf Tournament to raise money for the Benevolence Fund.

Healthy Aging Month: How to Embrace Feeling Older

Here’s a question to ponder during Healthy Aging Month: What is “old?” Statistically, the median age is 37.8, so when you pass that mark, you are older than 50% of people. But studies show that people don’t start feeling old until their 60s, and in a recent poll, respondents said 68 was the average age

Ecumen Parmly Lakeview Apartment Residents Bring a Box Garden To Life

Residents at Ecumen Parmly Lakeview Apartments are now harvesting the vegetables of their labor from box gardens they planted last spring with a grant from Allina Health.

Healthy Aging Month: Advice for Kids Good for Older Adults Too

Some advice on getting older: Listen to what your pediatrician told you when you were a kid.

Ecumen Names Three Vice Presidents

Ecumen has named three vice presidents. William (Bill) McGarry has been named vice president of IT & chief technology officer (CTO) with leadership responsibility for company-wide information systems and technology. He joins Ecumen from Trissential, a management consulting firm. Previously, he was CIO at St. Jude Medical, International CIO at Owens Corning, Vice President of

National Assisted Living Week Honors the Special Relationship Between Those Giving and Receiving Care

Ecumen assisted living communities join other providers around the country this week in celebration of National Assisted Living Week – a time to honor the deep connections between staff and residents. 

September Is Healthy Aging Month: 10 Tips To Reinvent Yourself

Healthy Aging Month, celebrated each September, is a time to focus attention on the positive aspects of growing older. 

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

To qualify as a hospice volunteer, being human is not essential.  Take Arlo, for example. He’s the cutest little toy poodle you could ever hope to meet – spunky, happy, smart, intuitive. And his hospice skills are off the charts.

Nurse Linda Ross Retires at Ecumen Prairie Lodge: A Great Big Heart Is What Set Her Apart

When Linda Ross, RN, retired recently, her last day was a happy day – the perfect ending to her career.  

Living Ecumen’s Values: Joanna Meyer, Driver

Joanna Meyer goes above and beyond every single day in her role as a driver at Ecumen Pathstone Living. 

Living Ecumen’s Values: The Zvago Co-Op Team Brings Innovation To Life

For the Ecumen team managing the Zvago cooperative initiative, the future of senior living is now.

Ecumen’s CEO and COO Featured in Senior Living News Story on Women in Leadership

Senior Living News features Ecumen President & CEO Kathryn Roberts and COO Shelley Kendrick in an article exploring the role women leaders play in today’s aging services profession.

Living Ecumen’s Values: Chantelle Fischer, LPN

Chantelle Fischer is the definition of “to serve.” 

Language Matters: Please Don’t Say ‘Elderly’

To change the way we think about aging, we need to change the way we talk about aging.

Living Ecumen’s Values: Kenosha (Kenny) Washington, Restaurant Hostess

Kenosha (Kenny) Washington personifies customer service. 

Living Ecumen’s Values: Billy Flanagan, Environmental Services Manager

Billy Flanagan is a shining example of an employee who lives Ecumen’s values, especially Innovation and Empowerment.

Living Ecumen’s Values: Cynthia Whitcomb, Human Resources Specialist

When it comes to honoring and empowering employees, Cindy Whitcomb is a champion. 

Living Ecumen’s Values: Jennie Gerving, Resident Assistant

It can be the busiest day ever, and Jennie Gerving is unfazed.  She will have a smile on her face and a positive, can-do attitude. 

Living Ecumen’s Values: Rita Dodge, Resident Services Coordinator

Rita Dodge is wonderful at innovation. She looks at something, and her brain instantly goes to work on ways to improve the process or new ways of completing a task. 

Living Ecumen’s Values: Becky Tapper, Life Enrichment Director

Becky Tapper personifies honor. She is all about honoring the wishes and needs of residents at Ecumen Sand Prairie.

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

Ecumen has been named one of Minnesota’s Best Places to Work by the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Business Journal for the 10th time.

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

Joan Moore was hired in 10 minutes and continues working as a Nursing Assistant at Ecumen Bethany Community 35 years later.

Living Ecumen’s Values: Bress Nicneven, Environmental Specialist Supervisor

Bress Nicneven is Abiitan’s MacGyver. Like the TV character, he’s a wizard at problem-solving. 

Living Ecumen’s Values: Vanessa Alvarado, Resident Services Coordinator

Service with a smile. A beaming smile that will warm your heart! That is what we see every day from Vanessa Blanco Alvarado, our Resident Services Coordinator.

Living Ecumen’s Values: Danielle Olson, Executive Director

Under Danielle Olson’s leadership, Sunnyside Care Center has become a top performer.

Living Ecumen’s Values: Tami Rakos and Jim Heymans, Ecumen Hospice

Tami Rakos and Jim Heymans of Ecumen Hospice approached the field at different times in life, but they agree that the profession is both demanding and extremely rewarding. And it’s all about honor.

Living Ecumen’s Values: Amber Hernandez, Human Resources Specialist

Amber Hernandez is a people person – someone who genuinely wants to get to know everyone she works with and make them feel appreciated. 

Living Ecumen’s Values: Pastor Ron Gerl, Chaplain

Pastor Ron Gerl of Ecumen Parmly LifePointes is a living example of everything Ecumen aspires to be. 

Living Ecumen’s Values: Jana Odegaard, Resident Assistant

We always know when Jana Odegaard comes into the building at Ecumen Evergreens of Fargo. “It’s Jana!” the residents exclaim. 

Living Ecumen’s Values: Emily Dummer, RN, Memory Care

Emily Dummer is a caring and fun-loving nurse who can connect with anyone. She works in Memory Care at Ecumen Prairie Hill, where she has a very special rapport with residents.

Living Ecumen’s Values: Teresa Nelson, RN, Director of Nursing

Service to others defines Teresa Nelson. She is always out on the floor at St. Mark’s Living, doing something to help out.

Living Ecumen’s Values: Todd Peterson, Maintenance Technician

Parmly Lakeview Apartments has taken 1st place in HUD Customer Satisfaction Surveys twice – in a large part because of Todd Peterson’s service, dedication, and commitment to our residents. 

Abiitan Mill City Now Offering Respite Service

Abiitan Mill City, Ecumen's luxury senior living community in Downtown Minneapolis, is now offering a respite program for those who need short-term assisted living or memory care services.

Aging in Place: Northfield Couple Builds an Inspired Forever Home

Most people want to keep living in their home as they age, but the home becomes the enemy.  A Northfield couple worked with renowned architect Michael Graves to build a house specifically designed to accommodate aging.

Top 5 Blog Posts — July 31, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Ecumen’s Velocity Leadership Program Graduates Class of 2017 The Ecumen Velocity class of 2017 has just graduated from the year-long program focused on building leadership skills and developing innovative approaches to aging services. St. Mark’s Living Receives

St. Mark’s Living Receives Workforce Grant To Help Recruit and Retain Employees

St. Mark’s Living, an Ecumen-managed senior living and healthcare campus in Austin, Minn., has received a $24,840 Workforce Solutions Grant from the LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation to help recruit new employees to senior care and to retain them after they are hired.

The Exercise That Can Undo Years of Aging

Contrary to popular opinion, a recent Mayo Clinic study suggests that it’s never too late to rejuvenate aging muscles.  

Five of the Most Helpful Alzheimer’s Blogs

Medical News Today has selected five blogs on Alzheimer's disease that showcase the most recent research, provide a day-in-the-life account of living with the disease, and share perspectives from caregivers.

Top 5 Blog Posts — July 24, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Ecumen’s Velocity Leadership Program Graduates Class of 2017 The Ecumen Velocity class of 2017 has just graduated from the year-long program focused on building leadership skills and developing innovative approaches to aging services. Diversity and Inclusion Learning

Ecumen’s Velocity Leadership Program Graduates Class of 2017

The Ecumen Velocity class of 2017 has just graduated from the year-long program focused on building leadership skills and developing innovative approaches to aging services.

Diversity and Inclusion Learning Event: Welcoming LGBT People in Senior Living Communities

Marsha Berry tells the story about the day she drove past a senior community in Minneapolis and saw two rainbow flags flying.  She pulled over and cried.

Ecumen Leaders Encouraged To Embrace Generational Differences

Kim Lear, a Minneapolis-based strategist and researcher in generational theory, last week gave a group of Ecumen leaders some insight on how to “view the world through the eyes of a different generation.”  The session was part of Ecumen’s Velocity Leadership Development Program.  “It’s not about right and wrong,” said Lear, whose company is called

Top 5 Blog Posts — July 17, 2017

  Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Join the 8+ Million People Who Are Loving How Rapper Macklemore Says Happy Birthday to His 100-Year-Old Grandma. It’s Glorious! Rapper Macklemore surprised his Grandma Helen on her 100th birthday and took her on a heartwarming frolic

Share of 65+ Americans in the Workforce Skyrocketing

Nearly a fifth of people 65+ are working – the highest share of older workers in more than 50 years.

Telling the Difference Between ‘Normal’ Forgetfulness and Serious Memory Loss

How do you tell the difference between “normal” forgetfulness and serious memory loss due to dementia?

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

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.

Top 5 Blog Posts — July 10, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: 96-Year-Old Ecumen Meadows Resident Gives 9-Year-Old History Buff a Firsthand Account of WWII Bob Roos, 96, recently sat across from Dylan Schuett, 9, telling captivating stories from his World War II service, including the bloody battle of

The Wisdom of Making Friends Across Generations

It’s rare that we have friends 10 years younger or older than we are.  And that’s a shame, says anti-ageism activist Ashton Applewhite. In a recent blog post, she argues that an intergenerational world is a better world. “A century ago Americans didn’t need programs to connect the generations: homes and communities housed people of

96-Year-Old Ecumen Meadows Resident Gives 9-Year-Old History Buff a Firsthand Account of WWII

Bob Roos, 96, recently sat across from Dylan Schuett, 9, telling captivating stories from his World War II service, including the bloody battle of Iwo Jima. Dylan aspires to open a war history museum one day, and Bob, a resident of Ecumen Meadows in Worthington, Minn., supplied some memorable stories – like how a really

Top 5 Blog Posts — July 5, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Ecumen Named One of Minnesota’s Best Places To Work for 10th Time Ecumen has been named one of Minnesota’s Best Places to Work for the 10th time by the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Business Journal. Creating an America Freed from Ageism

Join Innovators in Aging at Abiitan Mill City Event

Are you interested in mingling with innovators focused on changing the aging experience for seniors through technology? Aging2.0, an organization supporting innovation to help seniors, is hosting its “Summer 2 Pint 0” event at Abiitan Mill City, an Ecumen luxury senior living community at 428 South 2nd Street, in Minneapolis on July 19, 2017, from

Parmly Volunteers Support Community Free Meal Mission

Thank you to the Ecumen Parmly LifePointes staff who recently served at the Community Free Meal at Zion Lutheran Church in Chisago City.  

Feeling Left Behind in the Mad Rush to Never Get Old

Everybody is expected to “age well” these days. What if that's not an option?

Creating an America Freed from Ageism

It's time to change the conversation about aging.

Top 5 Blog Posts — June 26, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Ecumen Named One of Minnesota’s Best Places To Work for 10th Time Ecumen has been named one of Minnesota’s Best Places to Work for the 10th time by the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Business Journal. Cul-de-Sac Coffee Events Bring Parmly Residents

Cul-de-Sac Coffee Events Bring Parmly Residents Together

Point Pleasant Heights, a townhome and apartment community on the Ecumen Parmly LifePointes campus in Chisago City, recently held its annual Cul-de-Sac Coffees.

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

Ecumen has been named one of Minnesota’s Best Places to Work for the 10th time by the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Business Journal.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 103rd Birthday Philip Dufresne

Ecumen honors Philip Dufresne, a resident of Ecumen Scenic Shores in Two Harbors, Minn.,who is 103.

Minnesota Near the Top in Senior Services Says AARP Report

An AARP report ranks Minnesota second in the nation in overall quality of services for older adults.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 108th Birthday Doris Manson

Ecumen honors Doris Manson, a resident of Ecumen Lakeview Commons, who is 108.

Top 5 Blog Posts — June 19, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Ecumen CEO Kathryn Roberts Featured in “Bold Leader” Series Ecumen CEO Kathryn Roberts is recognized this week as a “Bold Leader” by Aveus, a global management consulting firm.  Happy 100th Anniversary Ecumen Bethany Community! Ecumen Bethany Community in

A Special Flag Day at Ecumen Parmly LifePointes

Flag Day this week was celebrated with enthusiasm at Point Pleasant Heights on the Ecumen Parmly LifePointes campus in Chisago City, Minn.

Happy 100th Anniversary Ecumen Bethany Community!

Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria, Minn., is celebrating its 100th anniversary this weekend, including a vintage fashion show on Friday, a family carnival on Saturday and a 100-year worship celebration and concert on Sunday.

Ecumen CEO Kathryn Roberts Featured in “Bold Leader” Series

Ecumen CEO Kathryn Roberts is recognized this week as a “Bold Leader” by Aveus, a global management consulting firm.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Dean Christian

Ecumen honors Dean Christian, a resident of Ecumen Prairie Hill in St. Peter, Minn., who is 100.

Top 5 Blog Posts — June 12, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Minnesota Good Age Features Abiitan Mill City Minnesota Good Age, a magazine for Minnesotans 50 and older, features Abiitan Mill City in its June issue. See “In the heart of the city” by Sarah Jackson for an overview of

What Does Old Look Like?

See what happens when some young people make ill-informed assumptions about age.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Bernice Winter

Ecumen honors Bernice Winter, a resident of Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria, Minn., who is 100.

Minnesota Good Age Features Abiitan Mill City

Minnesota Good Age, a magazine for Minnesotans 50 and older, features Abiitan Mill City in its June issue. See “In the heart of the city” by Sarah Jackson for an overview of Abiitan and its amenities. Abiitan Mill City, a luxury 55+ senior living community, is the only senior living building in the downtown Minneapolis

Top 5 Blog Posts — June 5, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: A Tribute to Vickie Thompson’s Nearly 40 Years of Service at Pelican Valley Senior Living When Vickie Thompson attended her first meeting of the Pelican Valley Health Center Hospital District Board of Directors in August,1993, it seemed hard to

A Tribute to Vickie Thompson’s Nearly 40 Years of Service at Pelican Valley Senior Living

Vickie Thompson has served Pelican Valley Senior Living for nearly 40 years, helping deal with some of the most significant issues the community has faced.

Is Exercising with Pain Safe?

In honor of National Senior Health and Fitness Day, the National Institute on Aging discusses how it is possible to exercise with pain under certain conditions.

Minnetonka Mayor Praises Zvago Glen Lake Cooperative at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Members of Zvago Glen Lake Cooperative in Minnetonka celebrated their new community with a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony May 23, 2017.

Top 5 Blog Posts — May 30, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Award-Winning Ecumen Employees and Communities Recognized at Annual Leadership Meeting Ecumen leaders and communities with outstanding achievements in 2016 were recognized at an awards presentation ceremony at the company’s annual Leadership Conference held on May 17, 2017.

In Memoriam: A Marine Comes Home 74 Years Later

This was a special Memorial Day for Mary Hagen, a resident of Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth, who recently learned her brother is coming home after 74 years.

Veteran’s Hill at Ecumen Bethany Community Honors Those Who Serve

It’s known as Veteran’s Hill – the hill below Ecumen Bethany Community’s Chapel in Alexandria, Minn.

Award-Winning Ecumen Employees and Communities Recognized at Annual Leadership Meeting

Ecumen leaders and communities with outstanding achievements in 2016 were recognized at an awards presentation ceremony at the company’s annual Leadership Conference held on May 17, 2017.

Remembering Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

On Monday, May 29, Americans will celebrate Memorial Day. Thank you to all of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, past and present. Ecumen honors you! 

Ecumen’s Cheryl Dinsmore Leading State Activity Professionals Association

Cheryl Dinsmore, Life Enhancement Supervisor at Ecumen Meadows of Worthington, Minn., currently is serving as president of the Minnesota Statewide Activity Professionals (MN SWAP).

Grilling This Memorial Day? Reduce Cancer Risk From Outdoor Grilling

With Memorial Day weekend coming up quickly, there is no doubt that cooking out on the grill is on everyone’s minds. But, it is important to keep in mind the safest and healthiest ways to cookout before firing up the grill.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 104th Birthday Elrose Milverstedt

Ecumen honors Elrose Milverstedt, a resident of Ecumen CountrySide in Owatonna, Minn., who is 104.

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

DL-Online tells the story of Cody Christen’s dedication to designing and building a new picnic shelter for Ecumen Detroit Lakes in order to earn his rank of Eagle Scout.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 101st Birthday Evelyn LeSuer

Ecumen honors Evelyn LeSuer, a resident of Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria, Minn., who is 101.

Abiitan Mill City Featured in Lavender Magazine

Abittan Mill City is profiled in the current issue of Lavender Magazine.

Top 5 Blog Posts — May 15, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: M State’s Magazine Tells the Success Story of Ecumen Detroit Lakes Nurse Bobbi Jo Koons Minnesota State Community and Technical College Magazine recently highlighted the success story of nurse Bobbi Jo Koons, who got her B.S. in

M State’s Magazine Tells the Success Story of Ecumen Detroit Lakes Nurse Bobbi Jo Koons

Minnesota State Community and Technical College Magazine recently highlighted the success story of nurse Bobbi Jo Koons, who got her B.S. in nursing degree through Ecumen’s scholarship program while continuing to work at Ecumen Detroit Lakes. Students who attend M State and work at Ecumen a minimum of 10 hours per week are eligible for

Minnesota Ranks No. 1 in Senior Health

Minnesota is the nation’s number one healthiest state for seniors, according to the  2017 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report from the United Health Foundation, a private nonprofit founded by United Health Group.

Tips for Talking With Older Patients

In honor of Nurses Week, the National Institute on Aging offers best practices for health professionals when communicating with older patients.

Top 5 Blog Posts — May 8, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Minneapolis Leaders Praise Abiitan Mill City’s Vision for Urban Senior Living Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges called Ecumen’s Abiitan Mill City “a gift to the City” that gives seniors the option to live in the heart of downtown with the

Diversity and Inclusion Learning Event: Understanding Mental Illness

One in five people reading this sentence has some form of mental illness.

Velocity 2017 Class Gets an Inspiring Perspective on Empowerment

The 2017 Velocity class recently visited the Interact Center in St. Paul to see empowerment in action. 

Minneapolis Leaders Praise Abiitan Mill City’s Vision for Urban Senior Living

Abiitan Mill City is the only senior living building in the downtown Minneapolis core and is designed specifically for the current generation of retiring Baby Boomers who want active lifestyles in walkable, urban communities, along with access to home-based care services if they need them.

Seniors and Sleep: Five Things You Might Not Know

Aging in Stride offers information on seniors and sleep just in honor of National Sleep Awareness Week.

Give Aging a New Voice

Give aging a new voice – one that reflects what today's older adults have to say! More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things and engaging in their communities. They're taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence and advocating for themselves and others. What it means to age has changed.

Top 5 Blog Posts — May 1, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Ecumen Detroit Lakes Couple Dies Hours Apart After 64 Years Together For the past 64 years, John and Anne Alexander were virtually inseparable. Within hours of each other, they died together last week at Ecumen Detroit Lakes,

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Henry (Hank) Niemiec

Ecumen honors Henry (Hank) Niemiec, a resident of Ecumen Seasons at Maplewood, who is 100.

In Praise of Meals on Wheels: Food and Fellowship for Housebound Seniors

Stacy Hanley, Ecumen Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer, is a passionate advocate of Meals on Wheels, one of the most popular volunteer activities of Ecumen employees.

Eat Like You Have Diabetes

Renowned chef, Daniel Thomas, serves up 5 tips for healthier dining in a recent article for AARP.

Ecumen Detroit Lakes Couple Dies Hours Apart After 64 Years Together

For the past 64 years, John and Anne Alexander were virtually inseparable. Within hours of each other, they died together last week at Ecumen Detroit Lakes, where they both were receiving care.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Bernice Farber

Ecumen honors Bernice Farber, a resident of Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria, Minn., who is 100.

Ecumen’s 2016 Philanthropy Report to the Community

Learn more about our fundraising efforts, innovative programs and those who support our changing aging efforts in Ecumen's 2016 Philanthropy Report.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Fern Ann Trierweiler

Ecumen honors Fern Ann Trierweiler, a resident of Ecumen Seasons at Maplewood, who is 100.

Ecumen Brooks in Owatonna Adds Memory Care Services

Ecumen Brooks, a 50-unit senior housing and services community in Owatonna, Minn., has opened a new secure memory care area.

Ecumen Hospice-Litchfield Celebrates 28-Years of Community Connection

Ecumen Hospice-Litchfield held its annual hospice dinner and silent auction April 7, 2017, and raised about $11,000 – money used to help pay for care and supplies that are not reimbursable by insurance. The fundraiser is a Litchfield community tradition going back 28 years.

Are You Prepared for Allergy Season? Take this Quiz

AARP offers a quiz and some uncommon options to soothe your symptoms this season.

Top 5 Blog Posts — April 11, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Rose Senior Living-Avon Hosts Grand Opening Ceremony Rose Senior Living-Avon, a new senior living community adjacent to the Richard E. Jacobs Health Campus in Avon at 33200 Health Campus Blvd., hosted a gala ribbon-cutting ceremony and open

Rose Senior Living-Avon Hosts Grand Opening Ceremony

Rose Senior Living-Avon, a new senior living community  in Avon, Ohio, hosted a gala ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house March 31.

Diversity and Inclusion Learning Event: Understanding the Hispanic and Latino People

Victoria Amaris, an anthropologist who specializes in cross-cultural communication, recently gave Ecumen employees an overview of the challenges and issues faced by Hispanic and Latino people and discussed common misconceptions she regularly encounters.

Feel Down? Get Up—Emotional Benefits of Exercise

In a recent article, Go4Life, discusses research showing that the benefits of exercise go far beyond just physical wellbeing. 

Top 5 Blog Posts — April 4, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: 107-Year-Old Verna Bloom Reveals Her Secret To Longevity Meet Verna Bloom, who lives at Ecumen-managed Sunnyside Care Center in Lake Park, Minn. She has lived through eight major U.S. wars, watched 19 presidents come and go, and

Honoring Ecumen’s Social Workers — The Resourceful Problem-Solvers in Senior Care

Ecumen honors its dedicated social workers — the pathfinders and problem solvers of senior care.  

107-Year-Old Verna Bloom Reveals Her Secret To Longevity

Meet Verna Bloom, who lives at Ecumen-managed Sunnyside Care Center in Lake Park, Minn. She has lived through eight major U.S. wars, watched 19 presidents come and go, and experienced the rise of radio, television and the internet.  

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Floyd Skinner

Ecumen honors Floyd Skinner, a resident of  Ecumen Seasons at Apple Valley, who is 100.

Ecumen Regional Operations Directors Libbon and Barness Go To Washington To Oppose the American Health Care Act

Ecumen Regional Operations Directors Paul Libbon and Craig Barness joined a delegation of LeadingAge Minnesota members on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, this week to meet with the Minnesota congressional delegation to voice concerns about the impact of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on seniors and their caregivers.

Spring-Clean Your Mind

In a recent article, AARP offers 3 can’t-miss tips for clearing away those cobwebs.

10 Ways to Make Healthier Restaurant Choices

In honor of National Nutrition Month, Ecumen is sharing 10 ways to make healthier restaurant choices, courtesy of the National Institute on Aging.

Top 5 Blog Posts — March 13, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Two Ecumen-Managed Communities Receive Workforce Grants for a New Program To Help Retain Employees Two Ecumen-managed communities in rural Minnesota are teaming up to create a new program aimed at increasing employee retention by helping employees balance

Ecumen Scenic Shores Residents Feel the Beat

There’s something primal about beating drums that brings people together. 

Two Ecumen-Managed Communities Receive Workforce Grants for a New Program To Help Retain Employees

Two Ecumen-managed communities in rural Minnesota are teaming up to create a new program aimed at increasing employee retention by helping employees balance their work and personal lives. Pelican Valley Senior Living in Pelican Rapids and Sunnyside Care Center in Lake Park each have been awarded a $25,000 Workforce Solutions Grant from the LeadingAge Minnesota

5 Low-Impact Exercises for Joint Pain

AARP offers several exercises to help keep up an exercise routine, even with chronic joint pain. 

Grand Village Receives Workforce Grant To Help Recruit and Retain Caregivers for Seniors

Ecumen-managed Grand Village, a senior living and care center community in Grand Rapids, Minn., has received a $25,000 Workforce Solutions Grant from the LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation to help recruit new employees to senior care and to retain them after they are hired. While demand for senior care in the Grand Rapids area is increasing, the

Top 5 Blog Posts — March 6, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Ecumen Bethany Community Receives Workforce Grant To Help Recruit and Retain Caregivers for Seniors Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria, Minn., has received a $25,000 Workforce Solutions Grant from the LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation to help recruit new employees

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

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

Ecumen Bethany Community Receives Workforce Grant To Help Recruit and Retain Caregivers for Seniors

Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria, Minn., has received a $25,000 Workforce Solutions Grant from the LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation to help recruit new employees to senior care and to retain them after they are hired. While demand for senior care in the Alexandria area is increasing, the available workforce is shrinking. Ecumen Bethany Community is using

5 Great Immune-Boosting Foods

A recent article for AARP discusses five great immune-boosting foods to help the public, especially seniors, stay healthy this winter. 

Top 5 Blog Posts — Feb. 27, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Mark Ritchie Shares the Story of Minnesota’s World’s Fair Bid with Abiitan Mill City Residents Former Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie paid a call on a welcoming audience of Abiitan Mill City residents this week to

Mark Ritchie Shares the Story of Minnesota’s World’s Fair Bid with Abiitan Mill City Residents

Former Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie paid a call on a welcoming audience of Abiitan Mill City residents this week to talk about his current job promoting Minnesota’s bid to host a three-month long World’s Fair Expo in 2023. 

St. Mark’s Living Helps Paint the Town of Austin Pink – And Supports Its Director of Nursing in Her Cancer Battle

For the past five years, St. Mark’s Living has been raising money for Austin, Minnesota’s annual “Paint the Town Pink” to support research on breast cancer prevention and treatment. 

10 Misconceptions about Aging

A recent article for AgingCare explains that there is no typical “older personality.”

Eleanore Ebeling Remembers Calvin Coolidge, Model T Fords and the First Radios

Over the past 102 years, Eleanore Ebeling, a resident of Ecumen Meadows in Worthington, Minn., has gathered a lot of wonderful memories. 

Top 5 Blog Posts — Feb. 20, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Wednesdays with Genny, Ecumen Hospice Volunteer Hospice volunteers know a secret. The common perception is that they do the sad work of helping people die. The truth is, they do the joyful and fulfilling work of helping

Congratulations to Pelican Valley Senior Living – Winner of the LeadingAge Minnesota Community Impact Award!

Ecumen-managed Pelican Valley Senior Living in Pelican Rapids received the 2017 LeadingAge Minnesota Community Impact Award.

Abiitan Mill City Featured in The Journal

The Journal, a newspaper serving downtown and northeast Minneapolis, this week highlights Ecumen’s Abiitan Mill City and Smith & Porter Restaurant.

Wednesdays with Genny, Ecumen Hospice Volunteer

Genny Swanner of Chisago City shares the rewards of hospice volunteering.

How to Protect Yourself from Health Scams

Learn how to spot a health scam from an honest advertisement.

Congratulations to Grand Village’s Wendy Griese — Winner of LeadingAge Minnesota’s Ray Johnson Leadership in Action Award

Wendy Griese's purpose in life is to help others find their purpose. 

Top 5 Blog Posts — Feb. 13, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Why Calling Older Adults ‘Sweetie’ or ‘Honey’ Is Ageist Using pet names and child-like vocabulary with older adults is one of the most common ageist behaviors by well-meaning people.  3 Hot New Superfoods for 2017 With each

In Loving Memory of Peter Hilleboe: A Man Whose Legacy Made Life Better for Others

A heartwarming story of how the need of one resident at Ecumen Detroit Lakes made life better for many other residents.

Why Calling Older Adults ‘Sweetie’ or ‘Honey’ Is Ageist

Using pet names and child-like vocabulary with older adults is one of the most common ageist behaviors by well-meaning people.

3 Hot New Superfoods for 2017

A study from the Journal of Medicinal Foods suggests one food could help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Margaret Rose

Ecumen honors Margaret Rose, a resident of Ecumen Centennial House, who is 100.

Top 5 Blog Posts — Feb. 6, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Smith & Porter, New Restaurant at Abiitan Mill City, Now Open Smith & Porter, a New American restaurant with a casual atmosphere, is now open in Ecumen’s new Abiitan Mill City building at 428 South 2nd St., Minneapolis.

Another Way To View Alzheimer’s – Without the Tragedy Narrative

Dr. Bill Thomas encourages another way to think about Alzheimer's without the "tragedy narrative."

6 Signs of Hypothermia

The National Institute on Aging offers several tips on how to spot, treat and prevent hypothermia to help older adults stay safe this winter.

Ecumen North Branch Receives Dignity Quilts

Recently, Piecemakers Quilt Guild donated handmade “dignity quilts” to Ecumen North Branch. 

Top 5 Blog Posts — Jan. 30, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Favorite Blog Post: A Hospice Client Gives His Nurse a Day She Will Never Forget The last wish of a hospice patient became a life-affirming lesson for his hospice nurse. Smith & Porter, New Restaurant at Abiitan

Are You a First Time Caregiver? AARP Can Help.

AARP’s Caregiver Resource Center offers a guide that can help first-time caregivers prepare to care in five simple steps.

The Importance of Oral Health for Seniors

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.

Smith & Porter, New Restaurant at Abiitan Mill City, Now Open

Smith & Porter, a New American restaurant with a casual atmosphere, is now open in Ecumen’s new Abiitan Mill City building at 428 South 2nd St., Minneapolis. 

Zvago Glen Lake Co-op in Minnetonka Planning for an April 2017 Opening

Zvago Glen Lake Cooperative, a new senior housing community on the north shore of Glen Lake in Minnetonka, is planning for residents to start moving in sometime in April 2017.

Favorite Blog Post: A Hospice Client Gives His Nurse a Day She Will Never Forget

Roger's last wish was one more tractor ride. And what a ride it was.

Happy Birthday to Ecumen Bethany Community

Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria is 100 years old this year.

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

The National Institute on Aging says, “learning about your family health history may help you know if you are at increased risk for certain diseases or medical conditions, like Alzheimer's disease.” 

Top 5 Blog Posts — Jan. 16, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: In Loving Memory of Peter Hilleboe: A Tall Man Whose Legacy Made Life Better for Others A heartwarming story of how the need of one resident at Ecumen Detroit Lakes made life better for many other residents.

Senior Health: The Paw-sitive Effects of Pets

An article by the Huffington Post details a recent study finding that pets improved the health of their owners “by lowering blood pressure and regulating the heart rate during stressful situations."

Top 5 Blog Posts — Jan. 9, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Unique High School Program Helps Students Become Nursing Assistants A high school in Alexandria, Minn., has developed a unique program that allows students to become Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and help fill a pressing need for senior

Ecumen-Managed Rose Senior Living Avon Now Open

Ecumen-managed Rose Senior Living Avon, a new senior living community adjacent to the Richard E. Jacobs Health Campus in Avon, Ohio, is now open, and residents have begun moving into their apartments located at 33200 Health Campus Blvd.

Unique High School Program Helps Students Become Nursing Assistants

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

Tips for a Better Exercise Routine in 2017

If increasing or improving your exercise routine is one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2017, the National Institute on Aging offers several different resources.

Top 5 Blog Posts — Jan. 3, 2017

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Clarkfield Care Center Honors Its Four Centenarians The Clarkfield Care Center recently honored four of its residents who are 100 or more.   Year in Review: Top Changing Aging Blog Posts of 2016 From the Changing Aging Blog,

How to Keep Track of Medicines During the Busy Holiday Season

The National Institute on Aging offers some tips for seniors to help keep track of medications, not only during the holidays, but all of the time.

Year in Review: Top Changing Aging Blog Posts of 2016

From the Changing Aging Blog, here is a roundup of the 2016 posts that captured the most reader attention.

Clarkfield Care Center Honors Its Four Centenarians

The Clarkfield Care Center recently honored four of its residents who are 100 or more.

How to Start Exercising After Age 60

The Cleveland Clinic offers six practical tips to help you start exercising. 

Luther Park at Sandpoint Named Among Top 10 Assisted Living Communities in Idaho

Ecumen-managed Luther Park at Sandpoint, ID, has been named by Assisted Living Today among the “Top 10 Assisted Living Communities in Idaho.”

Top 5 Blog Posts — Dec. 19, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: The Acting Debut of 107-Year-Old Judy Johnson of Ecumen Parmly LifePointes Judy Johnson, who was born in 1909 during the silent movie era, became an actor when she was 104, shortly after she moved to Ecumen Parmly

The Acting Debut of 107-Year-Old Judy Johnson of Ecumen Parmly LifePointes

Judy Johnson, who was born in 1909 during the silent movie era, became an actor when she was 104, shortly after she moved to Ecumen Parmly LifePointes in Chisago City. 

Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Seniors

If you are searching for gifts for the seniors in your life this holiday season, look no further!

New York Times Features Storytelling Program at Ecumen-Managed Assisted Living Community in Norwood Young America, Minn.

In a recent story about how older people find peace through telling their life stories, The New York Times features a program at The Harbor, an Ecumen-manage assisted living community in Norwood Young America, Minn.

National Flu Vaccination Awareness Week: Important for Seniors

Last week was “National Influenza Vaccination Awareness Week” and Ecumen thought it was important to remind its readers of the importance of getting vaccinated, especially for seniors.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Erna Panning

Ecumen honors Erna Panning, a resident of The Harbor in Norwood Young American, who is 100 years old.

Top 5 Blog Posts — Dec. 12, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Ecumen Lakeshore Nurse Hanna Norman: A Lifelong Journey into Nursing Some say it’s a calling; others might call it a passion. For Hanna Norman, a career in healthcare is simply what she wanted to do. Her career

Ecumen North Branch Residents Help Students with Disabilities Learn Life Skills

For the past nine years, students with disabilities from the Life Work Center have been coming to Ecumen North Branch to socialize with residents — with heartwarming results.

Ecumen Lakeview Commons Artists Exhibit Their Watercolors

Watercolor artists at Ecumen Lakeview Commons recently exhibited their work.  See the video.

St. Mark’s Living Receives Care Award

St. Mark's Living in Austin, Minn., received this year’s Champion of Care award given by Heartland Hospice. 

How Getting Out in Nature Can Improve Your Health

A 2016 study, developed by The Wildlife Trusts found that people were 30% more likely to rate their health as “excellent” after spending time in nature every day for a month.

Ecumen Lakeshore Nurse Hanna Norman: A Lifelong Journey into Nursing

Ecumen Lakeshore Nurse Hanna Norman, RN, was recently featured in a cover story in Career Impact magazine, published for the community, alumni and friends of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. 

Top 5 Blog Posts — Dec. 5, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: State Loan Forgiveness Program for Nursing Home Nurses Accepting Applications Now The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is now taking applications for its loan forgiveness for nursing home RNs and LPNs. The award is up to $5,000 a year

State Loan Forgiveness Program for Nursing Home Nurses Accepting Applications Now

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is now taking applications for its loan forgiveness for nursing home RNs and LPNs.

How to Start Exercising Again After a Break

It can be hard to keep a normal exercise routine, especially during this busy holiday season. The National Institute on Aging offers some tips on restarting and staying on track with your exercise regimen after a break.

The Soothing Role of Music in Hospice Care

At the end of life, music’s natural calming effect can help hospice patients express and experience a wide array of emotions at a time when self-expression and coping matters more than ever.

Top 5 Blog Posts — Nov. 28, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Grief and the Holidays: 15 Ways to Cope “If your life has changed, then certainly your holidays will change,” said Chris Quistad, Ecumen’s Director of Spiritual Care. “Although there is no avoiding the holidays, there are ways to cope

The Comfort of Touch in Hospice Care

Massage therapy is one of the most effective ways to help hospice patients relax and find comfort in their last days and hours. 

How to Keep from Overeating During the Holidays

With Thanksgiving coming up tomorrow, Ecumen thought it would be helpful to share some tips to keep from overeating during the holidays.

Grief and the Holidays: 15 Ways to Cope

With the holidays approaching, Ecumen knows that those who have lost a loved one will be facing changes and, inevitably, grief. Read this post for 15 ways to cope with grief through the holidays.

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

The first holidays after the death of a loved one can be a looming and stressful time for loved ones. To help the family and friends of those who passed away in Ecumen Hospice this year cope with the upcoming holidays, Ecumen Hospice staff hosted a remembrance service on Sunday, Nov. 6, at Ecumen Seasons at Maplewood.

Top 5 Blog Posts — Nov. 21, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Five Ecumen Sites Get National “Best Nursing Home” Rating from U.S. News & World Report Five Ecumen owned and managed sites in Minnesota have received a “Best Nursing Home” rating by U.S. News & World Report magazine. 

The Mission of Hospice Vigil Volunteers: Comfort at the Very End of Life

As St. Paul resident Molly McCarthy was considering volunteer opportunities, she remembered a significant event in her own life – when her father was in hospice just before he died.

Ecumen Detroit Lakes Women Honored for Community Leadership

Two Ecumen Detroit Lakes women recently were featured in Women 360, a magazine all about Becker County women, published by Detroit Lakes Newspapers.

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

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) says that, older adults need roughly the same amount of sleep as all adults, but, in the cases of many older adults, this is not reality due to variables such as chronic pain, sickness, or even medication. The NIA offers some tips to get a good night’s sleep.

Five Ecumen Sites Get National “Best Nursing Home” Rating from U.S. News & World Report

Five Ecumen owned and managed sites in Minnesota have received a “Best Nursing Home” rating by U.S. News & World Report magazine. 

Top 5 Blog Posts — Nov. 14, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Ecumen CEO Kathryn Roberts Urges Colleagues To End Ageism Ecumen CEO Kathryn Roberts, who is also LeadingAge Board Chair, addressed providers from around the country on a subject she is personally passionate about: ending ageism. Our Favorite

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 103rd Birthday Eldora Clark

Ecumen honors Eldora Clark, a resident of Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria, who is 103.

Our Favorite Veterans Day Stories Told by Ecumen Residents

Many Ecumen residents are veterans with rich and deeply moving stories about their military experience and how profoundly it influenced their lives.

Read the “History of Veterans Day”

Veterans Day is observed in many ways across the United States – parades, ceremonies and even with retail, service and restaurant discounts to honor Veterans. But do you know the historical significance of November 11? Do you know why Veterans Day was observed on October 25 in 1971?

Flu Shot Advice for People Over 65

Flu season is upon us and medical professionals are advising the public to get their flu shot "the earlier, the better." In a recent blog post for The Huffington Post titled The Best Time to Get a Flu Shot is Now, Dr. Brian S. Koll, MD, provided additional advice for those 65 years and older:

Ecumen CEO Kathryn Roberts Urges Colleagues To End Ageism

Ecumen CEO Kathryn Roberts is passionate about ending ageism.  In a recent speech, she urges her colleages to make ending ageism a top national priority. 

Top 5 Blog Posts — Nov. 7, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Teamwork and Training Save the Life of an Ecumen Bethany Community Employee Lynn Malvin knew she worked with a great team at Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria.  She found out how truly great they are the day

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 105th Birthday Orphea Mattsfield

Ecumen honors Orphea Mattsfield, a resident of Ecumen of Litchfield, who is 105.

Heritage at Irene Woods Voted “Best Assisted Living”

Heritage at Irene Woods, an Ecumen-managed senior living community near Memphis, Tenn., has been voted “Best Assisted Living” in the Collierville area by readers of the Collierville Independent.

Teamwork and Training Save the Life of an Ecumen Bethany Community Employee

When Lynn Malvin's heart stopped, her coworkers at Ecumen Bethany Community saved her life with a well-trained quick response.

Deb Dodgen of Ecumen Meadows Named Volunteer of the Year by State Activity Organization

The Minnesota Statewide Activity Professionals (MN SWAP) recently named Deb Dodgen as Volunteer of the Year for her work at Ecumen Meadows in Worthington, Minn.

Top 5 Blog Posts — Oct. 31, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: An Art Trove at Ecumen Meadows Wows the Worthington Community Art treasures were hiding behind closed doors throughout Ecumen Meadows in Worthington. Ecumen Considers Operating Skyway Senior Center in Minneapolis The popular Skyway Senior Center in Minneapolis

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 101st Birthday Joe Hickman

Ecumen honors Joe Hickman, a resident of Ecumen Detroit Lakes, who is 101.

Scott McGuire Named Ecumen CFO

Scott McGuire has been named Ecumen’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He replaces Dennis Johnson, who retired after 11 years with Ecumen. For the past 17 years, McGuire worked at Sysco Corporation. Most recently, he was Market CFO and Vice President of Finance for the Sysco Midwest region.  Prior to that, he was

Ecumen Considers Operating Skyway Senior Center in Minneapolis

Ecumen is exploring the possiblitity of assuming operation of the financially strapped downtown Minneapolis Skyway Senior Center.  

Ecumen Housing Director Kiza Olson Participating in Blandin Foundation Leadership Program

Kiza Olson, Housing Director at Ecumen Oaks & Pines in Hutchinson, Minn., is among 24 Litchfield area residents participating in the Blandin Foundation’s Community Leadership Program.

An Art Trove at Ecumen Meadows Wows the Worthington Community

Art treasures were hiding behind closed doors throughout Ecumen Meadows in Worthington.

Top 5 Blog Posts — Oct. 24, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: A Tribute to Pastor John Peterson, Beloved Hospice Chaplain in Litchfield Pastor John Peterson recently retired as chaplain at Ecumen Home Care & Hospice-Litchfield.  The staff held a retirement party for him and reminisced about his special

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 103rd Birthday Frieda Westphal

Ecumen honors Frieda Westphal, a resident of Ecumen Pathstone Living, who is 103.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Ellenora Mattfield

Ecumen honors Ellenora Mattfield, a resident of Grand Village, who is 100.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Ellenora Mattfield

Ecumen honors Ellenora Mattfield, a resident of Grand Village, who is 100.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Ellenora Mattfield

Ecumen honors Ellenora Mattfield, a resident of Grand Village, who is 100.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Ethelyn “Sam” Thunstrom

Ecumen honors Ethelyn “Sam” Thunstrom, a resident of Ecumen North Branch, who is 100.  

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

As part of her effort to change the stigma around Alzheimer’s and dementia, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar recently visited Ecumen North Branch to talk about Act on Alzheimer’s.

A Tribute to Pastor John Peterson, Beloved Hospice Chaplain in Litchfield

Pastor John Peterson, the recently retired Hospice Chaplain at Ecumen Home Care & Hospice – Litchfield, has a special way of meeting people where they are — with grace and without judgment.

A Shakespearean Day at Ecumen Lakeshore

Ten Thousand Things Theater Company of Minneapolis traveled to Duluth last week to perform Shakespeare’s “Pericles” for Ecumen Lakeshore residents, who were on the edge of their seats for the entire performance.

Zvago Glen Lake Hosting Moving Solutions Seminar

Zvago Glen Lake Cooperative, a senior housing community opening in the spring of 2017 on the north shore of Glen Lake in Minnetonka, is hosting a seminar on how to move to a new home. It will be held Oct. 26, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gold Nugget Tavern & Grill

Top 5 Blog Posts — October 17, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Ecumen Bethany Community Named Employer of the Year by Lakes Area Professional Women Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria, Minn., has been named the Employer of the Year (in the large employer category) by Lakes Area Professional Women.

An Understandable Explanation of Alzheimer’s

If you've had trouble understanding Alzheimer's, try this short, straightfoward video explanation. 

Ecumen Bethany Community Named Employer of the Year by Lakes Area Professional Women

Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria, Minn., has been named the Employer of the Year (in the large employer category) by Lakes Area Professional Women. 

Zvago Glen Lake Hosting Open House October 15

Zvago Glen Lake Cooperative, a new senior housing community on the north shore of Glen Lake in Minnetonka, is holding an open house this Saturday,October 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m….

Top 5 Blog Posts — October 10, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Ecumen Velocity 2017 Class Holds First Workshop    The Ecumen Velocity 2017 held its first two-day session last week, focusing on the theme of “Authenticity and Emotional Intelligence.” The workshop included numerous leadership development activities, a Velocity

Ecumen Velocity 2017 Class Holds First Workshop

The Ecumen Velocity 2017 class held its first two-day session this week, focusing on the theme of “Authenticity and Emotional Intelligence.”

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 101st Birthday Lillian Jorgenson

Ecumen honors Lillian Jorgenson, a resident of Ecumen Sand Prairie in St. Peter, who is 101.

‘Celebrating Wisdom’–A Short Video History of Aging in Minnesota

“Celebrating Wisdom,” sponsored by the Minnesota Board on Aging, is a Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) program that examines getting older in American and in Minnesota.

The Aging Workforce Is a Wellspring of Opportunity

Digital technology empowers older people to stay in the workforce in ways that can benefit everyone.

Top 5 Blog Posts — October 3, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: A Purposeful Woman: Wendy Griese, Life Enrichment Manager at Grand Village Wendy Griese is very clear about her purpose in life. It’s to help others find their purpose. Get Moving! It’s Active Aging Week — A Good Time To

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 101st Birthday Ellen Saine

Ecumen honors Ellen Saine, a resident of Ecumen Scenic Shores, who is 101.​

A Purposeful Woman: Wendy Griese, Life Enrichment Manager at Grand Village

Wendy Griese is very clear about her purpose in life. It’s to help others find their purpose.

Get Moving! It’s Active Aging Week — A Good Time To Change the Way You Age

Stand up and get moving!  Those are the watchwords for Active Aging Week, which runs from September 25 to October 1.

Top 5 Blog Posts — September 26, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Dramatic Demographic Shift in Age Affects Employers, Seniors and Communities in Minnesota Finding the right people to fill open positions is a growing challenge for employers all across Minnesota. It is a very serious issue aging care

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Irma Kreie

Ecumen honors Irma Kreie, a resident of Ecumen Oaks & Pines in Hutchinson, Minn., who is 100.  

Dramatic Demographic Shift in Age Affects Employers, Seniors and Communities in Minnesota

Finding the right people to fill open positions is a growing challenge for employers all across Minnesota, especially for aging care providers who have a large number of retiring employees and a smaller pool from which to draw younger employees.

Ecumen Celebrates National Adult Day Services Week

Ecumen is joining care providers across the country to celebrate National Adult Day Services Week, September 18-24, 2016.

Top 5 Blog Posts — September 19, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting:

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Irene Williams

Ecumen honors Irene Williams, a resident of Ecumen Pathstone Living in Mankato, who is 100.  

Woonerf Next to Abiitan Now in Place

The woonerf next to Ecumen's Abiitan in downtown Minneapolis is now in place.  Get the details.

Drama on the High Seas at Ecumen Prairie Lodge

The “mateys” at Ecumen Prairie Lodge in Brooklyn Center recently put on a pirate play, complete with pretend swords, sea monsters, booty and buccaneers.  It was a glorious day of make-believe on the high seas.

Music and Memories on the Jukebox at Ecumen Pathstone Living

A special jukebox brings back memories at Ecumen Pathstone Living.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 105th Birthday Helen Hansen

Ecumen honors Helen Hansen, a resident of Ecumen Oaks & Pines, who is 105.

Top 5 Blog Posts — September 12, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Things You Can Do as a Long-Distance Caregiver If you live far away from a family member or friend who needs care, here are some tips on things you can do. Ecumen Century Club: Happy 101st Birthday

Things You Can Do as a Long-Distance Caregiver

If you live far away from a family member or friend who needs care, here are some tips on things you can do.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Eileen Pederson

Ecumen honors Eileen Pederson, a resident of Ecumen Detroit Lakes, who is 100. 

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 103rd Birthday Thelma Andersen

Ecumen honors Thelma Andersen, a resident of St. Mark's Living, who is 103.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 101st Birthday Milton Leske

Ecumen honors Milton Leske, a resident of Ecumen Oaks & Pines in Hutchinson, Minn., who is 101. 

Top 5 Blog Posts — September 6, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Honoring Dr. John Beaumier and His Life of Giving Back  When a young John Beaumier was trying to make his way in the world, someone was always there for him. With help from others along the way,

Honoring Dr. John Beaumier and His Life of Giving Back

When a young John Beaumier was trying to make his way in the world, someone was always there for him. With help from others along the way, he became a highly accomplished Mayo-trained orthopedic surgeon who loved his work and prospered.

Honoring 50 Leaders Over 50

You’ve no doubt seen those pervasive lists that honor youthful leaders — 40 under 40 or 30 under 30. This begs the question: Is leadership solely the province of youth?

Ecumen Bethany Community Makes Lake More Accessible

A new ramp to Lake Winona makes access to the lake much easier and safer.

Top 5 Blog Posts — August 29, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Join Ecumen at the Minnesota State Fair    Ecumen is WCCO Radio’s broadcast partner for Day 5 of the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, August 29. Monday is Senior & Kids Day – when adults over 65-years-old

Join Ecumen at the Minnesota State Fair

Join Ecumen at the Minnesota State Fair today.  Ecumen is WCCO Radio’s broadcast partner for Day 5 of the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, August 29, which is Senior & Kids Day. Ecumen employees will be answering questions about healthcare careers, housing, home care and hospice, and handing out medication containers (while supplies last).

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Irene Jerrow

Ecumen honors Irene Jerrow, a resident of Ecumen Pathstone Living, who is 100.

Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease: Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging

The National Institute on Aging's "Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease" guide will help you learn about and cope with the changes and challenges of caring for someone living with the disease.

Top 5 Blog Posts – August 23, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Ecumen Century Club: Happy 104th Birthday Muriel Swenson Ecumen honors Muriel Swenson, a resident of Sunnyside Care Center, who is 104. Dementia Friendly "Memory Cafe" Concept Moves to Rural Minnesota Memory Cafe's are places where those with

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 102nd Birthday Leona Hanson

Ecumen honors Leona Hanson, a resident of Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids, who is 102.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 103rd Birthday Albert Ruckelshausen

Ecumen honors Albert Ruckelshausen, a resident of Ecumen Meadows in Worthington, who is 103.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Margaret Letourneau

Ecumen honors Margaret Letourneau, a resident of Ecumen Parmly LifePointes, who is 100.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Erma Lefebvre

Ecumen honors Erma Lefebvre, a resident of Ecumen Bethany Community, who is 100.

Ecumen Century Club: Guthrie Theater Legend Annette Garceau Celebrates Her 103rd Birthday

Legendary Guthrie Theater costume designer Annette Garceau, a resident of Ecumen Lakeview Commons in Maplewood, Minn., is celebrating her 103rd birthday today. 

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 104th Birthday Muriel Swenson

Ecumen honors Muriel Swenson, a resident of Sunnyside Care Center, who is 104.

Dementia Friendly “Memory Café” Concept Moves to Rural Minnesota

Willmar, Minn., is among the first rural areas to launch the memory cafe approach to help those with dementia. 

Top 5 Blog Posts — August 15, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Ecumen Pathstone Living Caregivers Help Wayward Turtle Get Back Home    Caregiving includes turtles at Ecumen Pathstone Living. Ecumen Lakeview Commons Artists Weave a Tapestry of Smiles Ten artist at Ecumen Lakeview Commons finished a six-week weaving

Ecumen Pathstone Living Caregivers Help Wayward Turtle Get Back Home

A wandering turtle brings back childhood memories at Ecumen Pathstone Living in Mankato. 

The Hollywood Perspective on Ageism

Follow the debate on whether Hollywood is changing its ageist views.

Ecumen Lakeview Commons Artists Weave a Tapestry of Smiles

A weaving class at Ecumen Lakeview Commons exceeded all expectations.

Top 5 Blog Posts — August 9, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Gertie Nelson Checks Another Adventure off Her Bucket List with a Little Help from Her Friends In celebration of her upcoming 96th birthday, Gertrude Nelson, a resident of Ecumen Parmly LifePointes, checked another adventure off her bucket list

Gertie Nelson Checks Another Adventure off Her Bucket List with a Little Help from Her Friends

Skydiving Gretie Nelson keeps checking adventures off her bucket list.

Ecumen Evergreens of Moorhead Hosts Scrubs Camp To Boost Interest in Healthcare Careers

Ecumen Evergreens of Moorhead is hosting a “Scrubs Camp” to give middle and high school students an opportunity to explore healthcare careers firsthand.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Edith Tauer

Ecumen honors Edith Tauer, a resident of Ecumen Lakeview Commons in Maplewood, Minn., who is 100.

Luther Park at Sandpoint, Idaho Voted Best Senior Living Community

Ecumen-managed Luther Park at Sandpoint, ID, has been voted the “best senior living community” in Bonner County in a reader survey conducted by the Bonner County Daily Bee newspaper.

Top 5 Blog Posts — August 1, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Ecumen’s Velocity Leadership Program Graduates Class of 2016    The Ecumen Velocity class of 2016 has just graduated from the year-long program focused on building leadership skills and developing innovative approaches to aging services. The Day Ecumen

Honoring Ha Thu Rethwisch: Exemplary Nursing Assistant at Ecumen Detroit Lakes for 40+ Years

Ha Thu Rethwisch has dedicated more than 40 years to serving the residents of Ecumen Detroit Lakes with dignity and compassion as a Nursing Assistant.

Ecumen’s Velocity Leadership Program Graduates Class of 2016

The Ecumen Velocity class of 2016 has just graduated from the year-long program focused on building leadership skills and developing innovative approaches to aging services.

Warm Water Fitness at Ecumen Detroit Lakes

Ecumen Detroit Lakes recently installed a warm water aquatic pool that is becoming a big hit with area residents.

10 Things To Know About Hospice

Hospice is not a topic people tend to seek information about — until they need it.

Top 5 Blog Posts — July 25, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: The Day Ecumen Prairie Lodge Became a Dance Hall        A spirited dance troupe recently transformed Ecumen Prairie Lodge in Brooklyn Center into a makeshift dance hall full of smiles, memories and movement.  Abiitan Mill City Executive Director

The Day Ecumen Prairie Lodge Became a Dance Hall

A spirited dance troupe recently transformed Ecumen Prairie Lodge in Brooklyn Center into a makeshift dance hall full of smiles, memories and movement. 

Tips for Recognizing Heat Stroke in Older Adults

Older adults (that is, people aged 65 years and older) are more prone to heat stress than younger people for several reasons: Older adults do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature. They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat. They

Ecumen Pathstone Living Voted Best Senior Community in Mankato

Ecumen Pathstone Living has been voted best senior living community in Mankato by readers of Mankato Magazine.

Top 5 Blog Posts — July 18, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Centenarian and Navy Veteran Doris Brand Taught Kids to Read and Pilots to Fly    Doris Brand, who is 101, was born during World War I, taught in a one-room school in the 1920s, weathered the Great

Centenarian and Navy Veteran Doris Brand Taught Kids to Read and Pilots to Fly

Ecumen honors Doris Brand, a resident of Ecumen Parmly LifePointes, who will be 101 July 16.

Abiitan Mill City Executive Director Erwan Moison Speaks the Language of Hospitality

When it comes to customer service, Abiitan Mill City's new Executive Director does not mince words.

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

Cori Ballew, Ecumen Hospice Volunteer Specialist, talks about how and why to become a hospice volunteer.

Brain Fitness Takes More Than a Game App

Using brain-game apps to improve mental acuity are good as far as they go. You get better at playing games but not necessarily smarter or fitter.

Ecumen Lakeview Commons Interns Get Some Life-Changing Experience

"You think you're changing [the residents'] lives, but in reality, they're changing yours."

Top 5 Blog Posts — July 11, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Ecumen Scholars Fellowship Program Graduates Its 2016 Class Ten nursing students recently graduated from the Ecumen Scholars Fellowship Program after an intensive three-week program learning about senior care.  Honoring Pelican Valley Health Center Resident Dick Lyon and His Thousands

Doctors Specializing in Geriatrics In Short Supply

The elderly population in the United States is growing by leaps and bounds, but the number of doctors specially trained to treat them are not.

Ecumen Scholars Fellowship Program Graduates Its 2016 Class

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

Honoring Pelican Valley Health Center Resident Dick Lyon and His Thousands of Photographic Memories

For Dick Lyon, photography is more than just taking pictures. It’s about preserving memories.

Top 5 Blog Posts — July 5, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Nicole Larson Receives Ecumen’s Powerful Partner Award Nicole Larson’s mission is to make every day count for people near the end of life.  Let’s Give a Big Round of Applause for Jerry Barnhart and Archie Cobb at

Adult Children Dread the “Senior Care Talk” with Parents More than the “Sex Talk” with Kids

A national survey regarding senior care issues finds that adult children would rather talk to their kids about sex than talk to their parents about senior care.

Nicole Larson Receives Ecumen’s Powerful Partner Award

Nicole Larson of Ecumen Home Care & Hospice has won Ecumen's Powerful Partner Award for her hospice fundraising work.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 101st Birthday Willis Miller

Ecumen honors Willis Miller, a resident of Ecumen Pines in Hutchinson, Minn., who is 101.

Top 5 Blog Posts — June 27, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Let’s Give a Big Round of Applause for Jerry Barnhart and Archie Cobb at Point Pleasant Heights Jerry Barnhart and Archie Cobb have been performing together for more than 70 years. They’ve traveled the world, bantering back

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 104th Birthday Mildred Nelson

Ecumen honors Mildred “Millie” Nelson, a resident of Ecumen Pathstone Living in Mankator, who is 104.

Let’s Give a Big Round of Applause for Jerry Barnhart and Archie Cobb at Point Pleasant Heights

After more than 70 years performing together, Jerry Barnhart and Archie Cobb are still making people laugh.  

Models Now Open at Rose Senior Living in Avon, Ohio

Model apartments are now open at Rose Senior Living–Avon, a new senior living community managed by Ecumen on the Richard E. Jacobs Health Campus in Avon, Ohio. 

Uncovering the Truth about Alzheimer’s

While it is common knowledge that Alzheimer’s disease robs people of their ability to remember, other truths about the disease are less well known.

Remembering Pat Videen at Ecumen Parmly LifePointes

The staff at Ecumen Parmly LifePointes remembers how Pat Videen would push her wheelchair down the hallways always leaving a song in her wake. She was a larger-than-life personality who dedicated herself to bringing joy to others with beautiful music, excellent food and a wonderful sense of humor..

Top 5 Blog Posts — June 20, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Honoring Ecumen Lakeview Commons Resident Mary Alice Landeen On Christmas Day when Mary Alice Landeen was five years old, her father gave her a gift that has kept on giving for the past 82 years.   Honoring Vern

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 102nd Birthday Philip Dufresne

Ecumen honors Philip Dufresne, a resident of Ecumen Scenic Shores, who is 102.

Honoring Vern and Shirley Sunshine Mollan at Point Pleasant Heights

A couple of weeks ago, people were streaming into Ecumen’s Point Pleasant Heights in Chisago City, and Shirley Mollan was trying her best to hug them all.

Honoring Ecumen Lakeview Commons Resident Mary Alice Landeen

On Christmas Day when Mary Alice Landeen was five years old, her father gave her a gift that has kept on giving for the past 82 years. 

It’s Time To Face Aging

The rapid aging of Minnesota’s population is not only going to impact our economy and communities, it will touch the lives of virtually every person in our state. Together, we must prepare so that today’s and tomorrow’s seniors have the support they need to live well. For their benefit—and someday—yours. Face Aging MN is a

Top 5 Blog Posts — June 13, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Karen Sjostrom & Cindy Mostue: Dedicated CNAs with 71 Years of Combined Experience at Pelican Valley Health Center In recognition of National Nursing Assistant’s Week, Ecumen honors two very special Certified Nursing Assistants at Pelican Valley Health

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 103rd Birthday Ethelyde “Toni” Rasmusson

Ecumen honors Ethelyde “Toni” Rasmusson, a resident of Ecumen of Litchfield, who is 103 today.

Sunnyside Care Center Rallies Support for a Cherished Colleague Who Is Fighting Cancer

The team at Sunnyside Care Center are rallying to support their beloved Activity Director, a 40-year employee who is battling cancer.  

Karen Sjostrom & Cindy Mostue: Dedicated CNAs with 71 Years of Combined Experience at Pelican Valley Health Center

It's National Nursing Assistant's Week and Ecumen honors its 1,800 Nursing Assistants for their dedicated care and commitment.  Here's a story about two very special ones.

Heritage Community Residents in Park Rapids Make a Special Effort To Fight Cancer

A group of residents at Ecumen-managed Heritage Manor and Park Villa in Park Rapids, Minn., have been working especially hard to raise money for cancer research by decorating luminary bags for Hubbard County’s upcoming Relay for Life. 

30 Couples Celebrate 50+ Years of Marriage

Thirty couples married more than 50 years recently gathered at the Coon Rapids Senior Center. It was a happy group.

Top 5 Blog Posts — June 6, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: How To Practice Good Alzheimer's Etiquette Tips on how to treat a friend or loved one who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Zvago Glen Lake Owners Toast Their New Homes at Groundbreaking Ceremony The rain stopped, the

7 Centenarians Share Their Aging Secrets

Do you wonder what the secret to living to 100 is? U.S. News has compiled a list of 7 centenarians who have shared their wisdom on aging. This list includes a wide range of advice topics, from daily exercise to spending time with family. One woman summarized her advice into three words, "Moderation, attitude, gratitude…

Why ‘Senior’ Proms Are Catching On

High school students are not the only ones who have been enjoying evenings filled with fancy dining, dancing and boutonnieres. Many high schools are opening up their Prom doors to include seniors. 

How To Practice Good Alzheimer’s Etiquette

This short but enlightening Washington Post video by Gillian Brockell offers tips on how to treat a friend or loved one who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Top 5 Blog Posts — May 31, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Zvago Glen Lake Owners Toast Their New Homes at Groundbreaking Ceremony The rain stopped, the sun came out and a festive group of homeowners gathered May 25 on the north shore of Glen Lake in Minnetonka for

Ecumen Pathstone Living Hosts Memorial Day Celebration

Ecumen Pathstone Living has a special way of honoring Veterans on their campus, and those who died serving next to them. Veterans, residents and community members gathered on Monday to celebrate Memorial Day, and remember the fallen soldiers that lost their lives for others to live in freedom.

Holocaust Survivor’s Baseball Game Wish Finally Gets Granted

89-year-old Hermina Hirsch fulfilled her lifelong wish on May 21, when she sang the national anthem before the Detroit Tigers game. Hirsch, who is originally from Czechoslovakia, spent time in five different concentration camps, including Auschwitz, when she was 17 years old. Hirsch's granddaughter recalls the importance of the national anthem to her grandmother. "It's

Zvago Glen Lake Owners Toast Their New Homes at Groundbreaking Ceremony

The rain stopped, the sun came out and a festive group of homeowners gathered May 25 on the north shore of Glen Lake in Minnetonka for a celebratory toast on the spot where their new homes will be.

‘Granny Does Graffiti’ Program Brings Those With Dementia and Street Artists Together

A new program in Denver, Colorado is changing the way that their community is affected by dementia in a positive way. 'Granny Does Graffiti' is giving the community new art to enjoy, while providing a creative outlet for those with dementia.   

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 103rd Birthday Elrose Milverstedt

Ecumen honors Elrose Milverstedt, a resident of Ecumen CountrySide in Owatonna, Minn., who is 103.

Top 5 Blog Posts — May 23, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Celebration Gone Wild at Ecumen Parmly LifePointes It was Celebration Week at Ecumen Parmly LifePointes, and here’s the video to prove it — produced by Christy Johnson, the Recreation Therapy Director. You’re in for a treat! Award-Winning

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Alva Morrison

Ecumen honors Alva Morrison, a resident of Ecumen Meadows in Worthington, who is 100.

Award-Winning Ecumen Communities Recognized at Annual Leadership Meeting

Ecumen leaders and communities with outstanding achievements in 2015 were recognized at an awards presentation ceremony at the company’s annual Leadership Meeting held on May 17, 2016, in Saint Cloud, Minn.

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

John Scanlan, a resident of Ecumen Lakeview Commons, recently celebrated his 100th birthday and received a tribute from Oakdale, Minn., city officials as the city's first fire chief.

Brothers Bond through Truck Restoration During Family’s Time of Need

Irene Linn, received an incredible tribute this Mother’s Day. Her five sons, to their friends and family known as “Da Boyz,” restored an ’80 Chevy pickup truck that once belonged to their father, who died in a farm accident when they were young. The brothers started the project following their mother’s Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. The

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Evelyn LeSuer

Ecumen honors Evelyn LeSuer, a resident of Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria, who is 100.

Top 5 Blog Posts — May 16, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Celebration Gone Wild at Ecumen Parmly LifePointes It was Celebration Week at Ecumen Parmly LifePointes, and here’s the video to prove it — produced by Christy Johnson, the Recreation Therapy Director. You’re in for a treat! Veronica

Celebration Gone Wild at Ecumen Parmly LifePointes

It was Celebration Week at Ecumen Parmly LifePointes, and here’s the wild video to prove it

Veronica Olsen: Being a Nurse Was Her Childhood Dream

Can you remember what you wanted to do with your life at the age of 15? And are you currently doing it? Veronica Olsen is.

Ecumen Celebrates National Nursing Home Week

May 8 to 14, 2016, is National Nursing Home Week, which is part of May's Older Americans Month. This year's theme of National Nursing Home Week is "It's a Small World, with a Big Heart" to commemorate the New York World's Fair of the 1960s, a historical time for older adults. The American Health Care

Take a Lesson from a Charming 91-Year-Old Who’s Going on 15

Meet Flossie Lewis, a charming 91-year-old who’s crippled on the outside but feels 15 on the inside. 

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Bill Remmers

Ecumen honors Bill Remmers, a resident of Luther Park at Sandpoint, Idaho, who is 100.

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

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

Life Stories in Six Words: What’s Yours?

How would you tell your life story in six words? Lots of people have given it a try.

The Haven at Peace Village Celebrates Grand Opening

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

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Rosemarie Hedtke

Ecumen honors Rosemarie Hedtke, a resident of Ecumen of Litchfield, who is 100.

Top 5 Blog Posts — May 2, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Ecumen Hospice Chaplain Chris Quistad: Helping People Find Peace and Meaning at the End of Life When you think your time on earth is short, life comes sharply into focus.  Ecumen Hospice Chaplain Chris Quistad knows this

Ecumen Hospice Chaplain Chris Quistad: Helping People Find Peace and Meaning at the End of Life

After she faced a life-threatening illness herself, Chris Quistad devoted her career to helping others who are near death.  

Shakespeare’s Wisdom on Aging

"With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come," said the bard.

After 100 Days of Rehab, the Ecumen Coyote Goes Free

A dying coyote rescued by Ecumen employees returns home after a long rehabilitation.

Top 5 Blog Posts — April 25, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Honoring Margee Polanka — A 38-Year Ecumen Employee In 1978 Margee Polanka was at the University of Minnesota-Duluth studying to be an elementary school teacher.  On spring break, she took a job at Ecumen Lakeshore as a

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 102nd Birthday Lecil Arends

Ecumen honors Lecil Arends, a resident of Ecumen Meadows in Worthington, who is 102.

Honoring Margee Polanka — A 38-Year Ecumen Employee

In 1978 Margee Polanka was at the University of Minnesota-Duluth studying to be an elementary school teacher.  On spring break, she took a job at Ecumen Lakeshore as a part-time nurse’s aide that changed her career path from young kids to older adults.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 105th Birthday Pearl Anderson

Ecumen honors Pearl Anderson, who is 105. Born: April 14, 1911, in Boyd, Minn. Residence: Ecumen North Branch.                       Hobbies/Interests: Sewing, visiting and volunteering. Family: Married to Philip, now deceased, for 58 years.  Two children, 6 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren. Secrets of Longevity: No smoking or drinking, a healthy diet, staying active and

Ecumen Home Care & Hospice-Litchfield Receives Grant from Operation Round Up

Ecumen Home Care & Hospice-Litchfield has received a $2,000 grant from Operation Round Up®, the charitable arm of the Meeker Cooperative Light and Power Association.

Construction Begins on Zvago Glen Lake Co-op in Minnetonka

Zvago Glen Lake Cooperative, a new senior housing community on the north shore of Glen Lake in Minnetonka, is now under construction.  Work started Tuesday, April 19, 2016, on the 54-unit co-op at 14301 Stewart Lane, which is expected to open in the spring of 2017.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 102nd Birthday Lisolette (Lisa) Erickson

Ecumen honors Lisolette (Lisa) Erickson, a resident of Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth, who is 102.

Top 5 Blog Posts — April 18, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Honoring the Memory of Legendary Coach ‘Soup’ Stromme, a Resident at Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth Coach Graydon “Soup” Stromme died peacefully at his home at Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth last week at the age of 91. Meet

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 102nd Birthday Adele Strike

Ecumen honors Adele Strike, a resident of Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids, Minn., who is 102.

A Salute to Ecumen’s Generous Volunteers

Our deepest appreciation to the hundreds of volunteers who help out at Ecumen sites, selflessly giving their time, energy and expertise to make life better for our residents.

Meet Ecumen’s Devan Luth — A Proud Young Cobber Who’s Changing Aging

Devan Luth signed on as a Development Specialist in the Ecumen Philanthropy Department last year shortly after she graduated from Concordia College — home of the “Cobbers.” She’s a Cobber through and through and used her alumni connections to find a mentor and a career path that eventually led her to Ecumen.  She took initiative,

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Elaine Altstatt

Ecumen honors Elaine Altstatt, a resident of Ecumen Centennial House, who is 100.

Honoring the Memory of Legendary Coach ‘Soup’ Stromme, a Resident at Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth

Coach Graydon “Soup” Stromme died peacefully at his home at Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth last week at the age of 91.

Top 5 Blog Posts — April 11, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Ecumen Awakenings Educational Sessions Planned in North Dakota for Families Dealing with Dementia Free educational sessions and luncheons for caregivers of people with dementia will be held April 25, 2016, in Mott, ND, and April 26, 2016

The Pirates of Prairie Lodge Set Sail on a Journey of Dramatic Fun and Adventure

Ecumen Prairie Lodge is experimenting with a drama program that helps residents with dementia put on a play.  

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday John Scanlan

Ecumen honors John Scanlan, a resident of Ecumen Lakeview Commons, who is 100.

Ecumen Awakenings Educational Sessions Planned in North Dakota for Families Dealing with Dementia

Free educational sessions and luncheons for caregivers of people with dementia will be held April 25, 2016, in Mott, ND, and April 26, 2016 in Wishek, ND. The Mott session will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 315 Brown Avenue, in Mott from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 25. The Wishek

How To Start Designing Your Life for Aging — No Matter What Your Age

It’s never too soon to design your life for aging, says architect Matthias Hollwich.  And he’s not just talking about designing space. 

Ecumen Home Care-Lakeshore Receives Customer Experience Award From National Customer Satisfaction Survey Firm

Ecumen Home Care-Lakeshore has received the 2015 Customer Experience AwardTM from Pinnacle Quality Insight, a national healthcare customer satisfaction measurement company.

Top Blog Post — April 4, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Ecumen Century Club: Happy 103rd Birthday Ruth Knapp Ruth Knapp, the oldest nursing home resident at Ecumen Detroit Lakes, is 103.  Millennial Entrepreneurs Move into Senior Community to Develop Wearable Technology for Older Adults Two young Twin

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

About one million Americans and seven to 10 million people worldwide live with Parkinson's disease. 

Millennial Entrepreneurs Move into Senior Community to Develop Wearable Technology for Older Adults

Two young Twin Cities entrepreneurs recently moved into a senior living community to get firsthand feedback on a smart watch app they are developing specifically for seniors.

Unique Partnership with Local Food Shelf Benefits Residents of Uptown Maple Commons in North Branch

Family Pathways in North Branch has gone mobile to help meet the needs of residents who have difficulty getting to the food shelf. 

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 103rd Birthday Ruth Knapp

Ecumen honors Ruth Knapp, who is 103. Born: March 29, 1913, in Thief River Falls, Minn. Residence: Ecumen Detroit Lakes in Detroit Lakes, Minn.                       Hobbies/Interests: Bowling, playing bingo, reading, visiting, music events and playing Rummikub. Family: Married for 30 years. Now widowed.  No children. Secrets of Longevity: “I am always in good spirits and enjoy

Ecumen Home Care-Twin Cities Receives Customer Experience Award From National Customer Satisfaction Survey Firm

Ecumen Home Care-Twin Cities has received the 2015 Customer Experience AwardTM from Pinnacle Quality Insight, a national healthcare customer satisfaction measurement company. Based on surveys of customers, Pinnacle gave its Customer Experience Award™ to Ecumen Home Care-Twin Cities for its “caring staff.” The Customer Experience Award™ is awarded to care providers who have achieved best-in-class

Top Blog Post — March 28, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Ecumen Century Club: Happy 106th Birthday Verna Bloom Everybody wants to know Verna Bloom’s secret.  She’ll tell you being 106 years old “surprises” her because she has no big secrets to longevity — except maybe a positive

North Branch Reporter and Mayor Get a Dementia Simulation at Ecumen North Branch

Mike Bleninger, a reporter for The Post Review in North Branch, Minn., and North Branch Mayor Kristen Hagen-Kennedy got a firsthand sense of what it’s like to have dementia. 

Ecumen Pilot Study Shows Light Therapy Helps Reduce Dementia Symptoms

Results of a pilot study by Ecumen show that light therapy can improve nighttime sleep and reduce agitation among residents with dementia.

A Salute to Ecumen’s Social Workers — The Resourceful Problem-Solvers in Senior Care

Social workers are the pathfinders of senior care. They get answers, connect dots, navigate through uncertainty and, most of all, solve problems. 

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 106th Birthday Verna Bloom

Everybody wants to know Verna Bloom’s secret.  She’ll tell you being 106 years old “surprises” her because she has no big secrets to longevity — except maybe a positive attitude.  “Every day is a gift from God,” Verna is fond of saying.   The staff at Ecumen-managed Sunnyside Care Center in Lake Park, Minn., where

Top 5 Blog Posts — March 21, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Grace Larson Ecumen honors Grace Larson, a resident of Clarkfield Care Center, who is 100. In Memoriam: Chuck Zimmerman, Who Devoted His Life To Caring for Others Chuck Zimmerman, who died

An Action Plan for Living to 100

So you want to live to be a 100.  What’s your plan? The Stanford Center on Longevity (SCL) can help with research-based action items to get you to the 100 mark — a milestone that more than three quarters of American say they would like to achieve. SCL’s Sightlines Project identified three areas that are

Ecumen Scholars Internship Program for MnSCU Student Nurses Accepting Applications Through April

The Ecumen Scholars Internship Program is accepting applications through April, 2016, from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) student nurses interested in working in senior health care.  To be eligible, student nurses must be enrolled in a MnSCU nursing program (baccalaureate or two-year associate degree nursing program) and have completed the fundamental nursing course; be

Annual Conference for People with Dementia and Their Caregivers Set for March 19

The annual “Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference” will be held March 19, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Saint Paul RiverCentre to inform and support people with dementia along with their family, friends and professional caregivers.

Ecumen CIO Larry Jorgensen Named to National Commission on Aging Services Technology

Larry Jorgensen, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Ecumen, has been named a Commissioner for The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST).  

Top 5 Blog Posts — March 14, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: In Memoriam: Chuck Zimmerman, Who Devoted His Life To Caring for Others Chuck Zimmerman, who died last Monday, retired from Ecumen a year ago after 35 years of distinguished service as an administrator of three of our

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Grace Larson

Ecumen honors Grace Larson, a resident of Clarkfield Care Center, who is 100.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Honors Ecumen’s Dena Meyer with “40 Under 40” Recognition

Each year the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal honors top Twin Cities leaders under 40 years old.  Ecumen's Dena Meyer was recognized this year.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Helen Berger

Ecumen honors Helen Berger, a resident of Ecumen Le Center, who is 100.

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 104th Birthday Alice Stehlik

Ecumen honors Alice Stehlik, a resident of St. Mark's Living in Austin, Minn., who is 104.

Ecumen Moves Up on Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Senior Living Operators List

Ecumen ranks as the sixth largest senior living operator in the Twin Cities metro area, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s annual Senior Living Operators List — moving up from a seventh place ranking in 2015.

In Memoriam: Chuck Zimmerman, Who Devoted His Life To Caring for Others

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Chuck Zimmerman, who died Monday. Chuck retired from Ecumen a year ago after 35 years of distinguished service as purchasing director, an administrator of three of our campuses, and a regional director. He always had a warm smile and a kind word — and made a

Top 5 Blog Posts — March 7, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Cat Therapy at Ecumen Detroit Lakes — Without the Cats These therapy cats nuzzle, purr, meow, roll over, blink their eyes and go to sleep.  But they never scratch or need a litter box.  They are totally

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 101st Birthday Lila Myers

Ecumen honors Lila Myers, who is 101. Born: March 4, 1915 in Nevins, Minn. Residence: Ecumen Evergreens of Fargo.                       Hobbies/Interests: Loves to play cards. Family: Married to Glenn, who is now deceased, for 75 years.  Four children and nine grandchildren.  Secrets of Longevity: No secrets. Occupation: Housekeeper. Interesting Facts: Lived on a farm for 50 years, then moved to Valley City, ND.

The Mankato Clinic Foundation Awards Grant to Ecumen Pathstone Living For NuStep Exercise Machine

Thanks to the Mankato Clinic Foundation, Ecumen Pathstone Living received a $4,475 grant to purchase a NuStep exercise machine, a cross-trainer designed specifically for older adults. “We’re so grateful to the Mankato Clinic Foundation for this gift,” said Becky Kunst, Community Relations Coordinator at Ecumen Pathstone Living.  “We just installed the NuStep and residents are

Ecumen Offering Scholarships to Direct Care Employees Under New State Funding Program

Ecumen has received a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health for scholarships to fund training for Ecumen direct care employees in Home Care, Assisted Living and Adult Day Services.

Cat Therapy at Ecumen Detroit Lakes — Without the Cats

These therapy cats nuzzle, purr, meow, roll over, blink their eyes and go to sleep.  But they never scratch or need a litter box.

An Evening of Merriment at Ecumen Parmly LifePointes Point Pleasant Heights

Four former Saint Paul Winter Carnival Klondike Kates joined the residents of Ecumen Parmly LifePointe’s Point Pleasant Heights last week for their annual Candlelight Dinner. 

Top 5 Blog Posts — February 29, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Revisiting the Rescued Ecumen Coyote It’s been a month and half since Ecumen Home Office employees and Ramsey County Sheriff’s deputies went to great lengths to save an emaciated coyote from freezing to death and sent her

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 101st Birthday Lois McKinnon

Ecumen honors Lois McKinnon, a resident of Ecumen Lakeview Commons in Maplewood, who is 101.

Ecumen Detroit Lakes Wins Design Award for Its New Wellness Center

Ecumen Detroit Lakes has won a “Best in Show” SAGE Design Award for its new Transitional Care Unit and Rehabilitation Center that opened earlier this year. The Minnesota Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments (SAGE) presented the award at the recent LeadingAge Minnesota 2016 Institute & Expo. SAGE is a nonprofit

Ecumen-Managed Rose Senior Living in Avon, Ohio, Now Taking Reservations

Ecumen-managed Rose Senior Living–Avon, a new senior living community on the Richard E. Jacobs Health Campus in Avon, Ohio, is now under construction with a planned opening in the Fall of 2016.

Star Tribune Columnist Gail Rosenblum Has “The Talk” With Her Aging Mother

Star Tribune Columnist Gail Rosenblum frequently writes about aging and encourages adult children to ask their parents the tough questions about growing older and being less independent.  Recently she found out firsthand how tough starting that conversation is.

Revisiting the Rescued Ecumen Coyote

If you’re wondering how the rescued Ecumen coyote is doing, here’s your update. 

85-Year-Old Woman Celebrates Her Birthday with Snow Angels

One woman's joy while making a snow angel has put smiles on the faces of over one million viewers. 85-year-old Betty Ritchie's family filmed her experiencing joy that only a child-like activity, like playing in the snow can bring. Ritchie's daughter stated, "She was the kind of mom who always went sled riding with us,

Ecumen Bethany Nurse Awarded First Ecumen Scholars Hiring/Retention Incentive Program Payout

From The Echo Press in Alexandria Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria recently handed out the first award through its Ecumen Scholars program. The program is a workforce development partnership between Ecumen and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) to help address a shortage of senior care nurses in rural areas. Mary Moore, who recently celebrated

Top 5 Blog Posts — February 22, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Couple Married 83 Years Offers Advice on Valentine's Day After 83 years of wedlock, John and Ann Betar have been named the "longest married couple in America." This Valentine's Day, the couple, who are 104 and 100

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 104th Birthday Irene Polsfuss

Ecumen honors Irene Polsfuss, a resident of Ecumen Lakeview Commons in Maplewood, who is 104.

Caregiver of the Year: Ecumen Home Care & Hospice-Litchfield Nurse Shelly Hank

Ecumen Home Care & Hospice-Litchfield Nurse Shelly Hank, RN, was named was named “Caregiver of the Year” in District D at the annual LeadingAge of Minnesota “Stars Among Us” awards presentation Feb. 10, 2016, in Saint Paul.

Loretta Eschen Celebrates 40 Years at Clarkfield Care Center

Loretta Eschen has been a cook at the Clarkfield Care Center for the past 40 years.  Her coworkers describe Loretta as reliable and fun-loving — and an excellent cook.  She was honored by her colleagues earlier this week. Congratulations, Loretta, on 40 years of hard work and dedication to the Clarkfield Care Center!

Caregiver of the Year: Ecumen Lakeshore Nursing Assistant Jo Ann Salo

Ecumen Lakeshore Nursing Assistant Jo Ann Salo was named “Caregiver of the Year” in District B at the annual LeadingAge of Minnesota “Stars Among Us” awards presentation Feb. 10, 2016, in Saint Paul.

Ecumen Opens Hospice Serving the Twin Cities Metro

Ecumen, one of the oldest hospice providers in Minnesota, has opened a new hospice service for the Twin Cities metro area.

Ecumen Lakeshore Resident Hank Noordzy Named “Volunteer of the Year” by LeadingAge Minnesota

Ecumen Lakeshore resident Hank Noordzy, a former Luther pastor, has been home delivering meals to housebound seniors for 43 years.

Top 5 Blog Posts — February 15, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting: Top Honors for Ecumen Employees at LeadingAge Minnesota “Stars Among Us” Awards Three Ecumen communities took home top awards for caregiving, workplace excellence and volunteerism at the annual “Stars Among Us Awards” presented by LeadingAge Minnesota. The

Couple Married 83 Years Offers Advice on Valentine’s Day

After 83 years of wedlock, John and Ann Betar have been named the "longest married couple in America." This Valentine's Day, the couple, who are 104 and 100 years old, will take to social media to spread their wisdom of love to other couples.

The Story Behind Ecumen Detroit Lakes “Excellence in the Workplace” Award at LeadingAge Minnesota

Achieving workplace excellence is hard under the best of circumstances. When Ecumen Detroit Lakes employees went on stage in Saint Paul this week to accept LeadingAge Minnesota’s prestigious “Excellence in the Workplace” award, their accomplishment was that they had done it under the worst of circumstances.

Top Honors for Ecumen Employees at LeadingAge Minnesota “Stars Among Us” Awards

Three Ecumen communities took home top awards for caregiving, workplace excellence and volunteerism at the annual “Stars Among Us Awards” presented by LeadingAge Minnesota.

In Memoriam: Dr. Jack Heimark, A Gentle Giant of a Man

On February 5, 2016, hundreds of people crowded into the chapel at Ecumen Pathstone Living to remember Dr. Jack Heimark. There is so much to remember.

Top 5 Blog Posts — February 8, 2016

Did you miss last week's most-read Changing Aging blog posts? Ecumen's online visitors found these articles most interesting:  The Harbor at Peace Village Featured in Senior Perspective Newspaper The Senior Perspective newspaper, distributed in more than 250 communities in Minnesota, featured The Harbor at Peace Village in Norwood Young America in its February issue. Ecumen Seasons

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 102nd Birthday Bernice Peterson

Ecumen honors Bernice Peterson, a resident of Ecumen Pathstone Living in Mankato, who is 102.

Tell Us About Your Technology Use

Link-age Connect, one of Ecumen’s partners in understanding the needs of an aging population, would like your help… 

Will You Live To Be 100? Get Tested.

What are your chances of making it to 100? Now there’s a test for that.

The Harbor at Peace Village Featured in Senior Perspective Newspaper

The Senior Perspective newspaper, distributed in more than 250 communities in Minnesota, features The Harbor at Peace Village in Norwood Young America.

Ecumen Seasons at Maplewood Chef Bill Evanoff Gets a High-Profile Assignment at the Super Bowl

Ecumen Chef Bill Evanoff has a key role at the Taste of the NFL Party with a Purpose, a charity event held on Super Bowl eve.

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