Recognizing Falls Prevention Day, September 23

Today, September 23 marks the 8th annual Falls Prevention Day (FPAD). This day raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. This year's theme is Take A Stand to Prevent Falls.

To learn more about Falls Prevention Day, and view resources surrounding falls prevention, visit the following links from The National Council on Aging:

6 Steps to Prevent a Fall

Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs: Saving Lives, Saving Money

Falls Prevention Webinar Archive

Ecumen Century Club: Happy 100th Birthday Valeria (Val) Fredell

Ecumen honors Valeria (Val) Fredell, a resident of Ecumen Parmly LifePointes, who is 100.

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The Ecumen Parmly LifePointes Choir: Oh, Say Can You Hear Them So Gallantly Singing

The Ecumen Parmly LifePointes Resident Choir took to the football field last Friday night and won the crowd with a memorable a capella version of the National Anthem.

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The Growing Realization That Older People Are at the Height of Creativity

Those who think older people can’t be creative are “Wrong.  Deeply wrong,” writes prominent journalist Chris Farrell.

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89-Year-Old Grandmother Stole the Show as a Bridesmaid

When thinking of who she wanted to stand with her on her wedding day, Christina Quinn said it was a no-brainer to ask her 89-year-old grandmother, who she considers to be one of her closest friends. 

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Ecumen Century Club: Happy 101st Birthday Eva Nielsen

Ecumen honors Eva Nielsen, a resident of Ecumen Parmly LifePointes, who is 101.

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

Doris Brand, who is 100, was born during World War I, taught in a one-room school in the 1920s, weathered the Great Depression, and became a Navy flight instructor in World War II.

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After Almost 90 Years, a Dream Comes True for Ethel Dahl at Ecumen Parmly LifePointes

Ethel Dahl, 95, waited most of her life for the motorcycle ride that finally happened last week.  

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Ecumen Parmly LifePointes Roars Back to the Twenties

The Ecumen Parmly LifePointes annual candlelight dinner Thursday night was the bee’s knees.  The Chisago City joint was jumpin’ to jazz as gangsters and flappers mingled at the annual event that brings resident, family and staff together.

This year’s theme was “Speakeasy Soiree.”  The annual dinner began as a Valentine’s Day celebration and has grown to become one of the most anticipated Parmly social events.  It started as an elegant dinner and evolved into a full production of entertainment, decorations and costumes.

About 100 residents, 60 family members and 25 volunteers attended. The photo booth offering gangster mug shots was a huge hit, along with entertainment by Carl Kronowski and the Forest Lake High School Jazz Band. 

At Isabelle’s House, the memory care community, family and residents enjoyed a “Spring Fling” theme evening with food and conversation and harp music.


Ecumen Donors Don and Joan Bungum: Benevolence Personified

Don and Joan Bungum of Lindstrom, Minn., are committed advocates for quality senior care.

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