Honoring National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. This month, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and other organizations are teaming up to encourage citizens to increase their understanding and awareness of end of life care.

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A Walk Through Time with Dr. John Sanford and Dr. Julie Moller at Ecumen Lakeshore

Today, like every day, Doctors Sanford and Moller are making their rounds at Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth.  It’s been a few years since they practiced medicine, but their regular walks through the rehabilitation unit and around the campus are a reassuring ritual.

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Ecumen Honors Bob Cervenka, Who Passed Away Saturday

Ecumen honors Robert (Bob) Cervenka, who passed away Saturday at Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth. 

Bob and his wife Debbie have had a profound impact on Ecumen through their leadership and generosity.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cervenka family.

Read Bob and Debbie’s moving story on the Changing Aging blog.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held Sunday, October 18, 2015, in the Great Hall and Ballroom on the campus of UW-Stout from 1-3pm.

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Ecumen Lakeshore Hosts “Longest Day” Sunrise-to-Sunset Event Honoring Those with Alzheimer’s

Today Ecumen Lakeshore is participating in The Longest Day team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer's Association® and welcoming the Duluth-area community to join its team.

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A Four-Generation Family Affair at Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth

Working at Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth is literally a family affair for Cathy Firth.  Four generations of her family have worked here — her mother, sisters, son and grandson.

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Ecumen’s Matt McNeill Joins Regional Aging Board

Matt McNeill, Ecumen Director of Business Development, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging.

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Ecumen Lakeshore Resident Bob McFarlin Recalls His Career as a State Legislator and Bridge Builder

Former State Rep. Robert (Bob) McFarlin, now a resident at Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth, was a rarity in the Minnesota Legislature.  He was a bridge builder — in both his primary occupation and his political life.

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Holiday Visits Often Reveal Seniors Needing Help

The holidays can be a time of joy but also a time when adult children see changes in their aging parents that concern them.

In a recent Northland’s NewsCenter story, Rita Walker, Memory Care Director at Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth, says calls about assisted living increase this time of the year as families visiting relatives are alerted to needs for assistance.

"Often we see an influx of calls following the holidays," Walker says, as adult children seek guidance about the options for help.

Although the discussion may be difficult for families, especially this time of year, experts advise taking immediate action when concerns arise. 


NPR Series Probes Dementia Care: What’s Wrong and What’s Right

National Public Radio Correspondent Ina Jaffe, who covers the aging beat, recently took a deep dive into the issue of overmedicating elderly nursing home residents in a revealing  three-part series.

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Well-Traveled Ecumen Lakeshore Residents Jay Amato and Pat Richard-Amato Love Duluth as Their Retirement Haven

It's been a long and circuitous route that brought Jay Amato and Pat Richard-Amato to Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth. But both agree that coming here was one of the best choices they ever made.

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