Top 5 Blog Posts — March 9

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

A Housekeeper at Ecumen North Branch Helps Rebuild a Remote Philippines Village
Halfway around the world in the tiny tropical Philippine barrio of Navitas on the island of Panay live about 150 elderly poor who have an angel looking out for them in North Branch, Minn.  Her name is Luz Pedersen, who works as a housekeeper at Ecumen North Branch. 

Thank You, Chuck Zimmerman, For Changing Aging
After more than 35 years at Ecumen, Chuck Zimmerman retired last week.  He has been a leader in changing aging, presiding over countless transformations in senior care as an administrator at three of Ecumen’s largest campuses, a regional operations director for 15 years and most recently the head of the purchasing department. 

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.

Dementia Symptoms May Have Other Causes — And Be Reversible
Sometimes symptoms that mimic dementia are due to other causes.  In the elderly, infections, dietary deficiencies, reactions to medications, stress or depression all can bring on forgetfulness, paranoia, mood swings and other indicators that doctors and family members assume are caused by dementia. 

Minneapolis Park Board OKs Woonerf for Ecumen Mill City Project
Ecumen is among a trio of developers working to bring affordable senior housing to downtown Minneapolis in the Mill City district along the riverfront.  One of the acclaimed features of the development is a “woonerf” — a Dutch-inspired concept for a shared pedestrian, bike and car street that will run between two apartment buildings. Last week, the Minneapolis Park Board approved the plans for the woonerf. 

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