Ecumen Detroit Lakes Charity Benefit Previews New Wellness Center

More than 200 people filled the halls at Ecumen Detroit Lakes last Saturday for the community’s annual charity benefit, which also served as a sneak preview of the newly remodeled campus and a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary on singer Glen Campbell’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease. 

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Scouts Build a Labyrinth Garden for Ecumen Detroit Lakes

As a child, Brandon Christen often visited Ecumen Detroit Lakes, where his mother worked and where two of his grandparents received services. It made an impression, and when it came time to find an Eagle Scout project, that's the first place he looked.

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Finding Comfort in the Midst of Dementia

Patricia Lopez never imagined that her Spanish-speaking mother, Alicia Cono, would have learned to speak English this late in life, especially given that Cono suffers from dementia. But that's what has happened during Cono's time at Ecumen of Litchfield's Adult Day Service.

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Top 5 Most-Read Articles - November 17

In case you missed out, here are the articles Ecumen's online visitors found most interesting last week:

Ecumen Employees: Sandy Lia's Career of Caring at Ecumen Detroit Lakes 
In her 36 years at Ecumen Detroit Lakes, Sandy Lia has been an activity director, a volunteer coordinator, the founder and manager of the adult day services program, a housing manager and currently the fund development coordinator with additional duties in marketing and event planning. ...

Army Veteran Wanda Nordlie, a Resident of Ecumen Litchfield, Cared for Prisoners Liberated from Nazi Concentration Camp 
Ecumen of Litchfield resident Wanda Nordlie, 91, was an Army nurse in World War II who helped care for thousands of ill and malnourished prisoners liberated from a Nazi concentration camp in Ebensee, Austria. “It was a long time ago, but you never forget stuff like that,” she says. ...

How to Become a Professional Caregiver: 5 Steps to Turn Your Passion and Skills Into a New Career as a Professional Caregiver 
Gertrude Hii Beimers decided she wanted to be a professional caregiver during years of caring for her husband, who died a few years ago of Lou Gehrig's disease. So she got her certified nursing assistant (CNA) degree and started work for Catalina In-Home Services in Tucson, Arizona, providing home care. "Like a lot of other direct care workers," she said, "I found my way to my career through caring for a member of my own family." Her story is not unusual these days, with these two trends conflating at rapid speed: people living longer and requiring help with chronic illnesses, and boomers like Beimers wanting to make a living doing something meaningful. By Dave Singleton, Caring.com Author; Courtesy of Caring.com. 

Policy and a Pint - How Will We Take Care of Mom?
As baby boomers reach retirement and beyond, younger generations need to think about the kinds of care their aging parents will likely need. At the Citizens League and 89.3 The Current's next Policy and a Pint® program - “How will we take care of Mom?” - they will look at how changing demographics are shaping the way we think about aging in the 21st century. ...

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 101st Birthday Eldora Clark
Eldora turned 101 on November 12. ...

You can read these articles and learn more about Ecumen at www.ecumen.org. 

 


Ecumen Employees: Sandy Lia’s Career of Caring at Ecumen Detroit Lakes

In her 36 years at Ecumen Detroit Lakes, Sandy Lia has been an activity director, a volunteer coordinator, the founder and manager of the adult day services program, a housing manager and currently the fund development coordinator with additional duties in marketing and event planning.

Working with seniors is her passion, and her considerable impact on the Detroit Lakes community recently drew the attention of the Detroit Lake’s Tribune. Read about Sandy and her accomplishments in this profile in a special section on Women in Business.


How to Become a Professional Caregiver

5 Steps to Turn Your Passion and Skills Into a New Career as a Professional Caregiver

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Top 5 Blog Posts - November 3

Music legend Glen Campbell, rural health care, a 40-year-old veteran nurse's story and connecting the arts and aging lead our list of most popular blog posts this week. In case you missed out, here are the stories our online visitors found most interesting:

"Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me" Opens Today in Minnesota, Alabama and Missouri (October 31)

Ecumen's Janet Green Speaks on Creating an Innovative Rural Health Care Center

Ecumen Awarded Grant to Reduce Hospital Readmissions Through Improved Medication Management for Seniors

Ecumen Employees: St. Mark's Living Nurse Debbie Klouse Embraces Her 40 Years in Long-Term Care

Ecumen and ArtSage Team Up to Connect Aging and the Arts

To read more Changing Aging sotries or Ecumen news, visit www.ecumen.org!


Glen Campbell I'll Be Me Theaters and Dates

"Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me" Opens Today in Minnesota, Alabama & Missouri

Glen Campbell I'll Be Me

The moving documentary, "Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me" tells the story of the Grammy Award-winning artist's battle with Alzheimer's and his farewell tour. The movie is in theaters in Minnesota, Missouri and Alabama today, Friday, October 31. 

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Glen Campbell I'll Be Me Theaters and Dates

Top 5 Blog Posts - October 28

Rural healthcare, economic development and connecting aging and the arts top Ecumen's list of most popular blog posts this week. In case you missed out, here are the stories our online visitors found most interesting:

Chuck Zimmerman: The Joy of Service Defines His 35 Years with Ecumen

Alexandria Leaders Gather to Honor Ecumen Bethany Community

Ecumen's Janet Green Speaks on Creating an Innovative Rural Health Care Center

Ecumen Employees: Recreation Therapy Director Christy Johnson's Can-Do Attitude

Ecumen and ArtSage Team Up to Connect Aging and the Arts

To read more Changing Aging stories or ecumen news, visit www.ecumen.org!