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 providers, who are faced with a double whammy of large numbers of retiring employees and a smaller pool from which to draw younger employees. This is especially concerning, because the senior portion of our population will continue to grow as Baby Boomers retire, and more and more people will need aging care services.

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

Music and Memories on the Jukebox at Ecumen Pathstone Living
Warren and Beverly Smith met their senior year of high school and married the following summer.  It was the 1960s— a magical time when the music of Elvis and the Beatles played on jukeboxes all over town. Warren and Beverly loved that jukebox music, so much so that they put a jukebox right in the living room of their Mankato home.

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 as residents starred in Ahoy, Me Pirate Tale! — an interactive, improvisational play designed specifically for people with dementia.  

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. Now a resident of The Crest at Ecumen Lakeshore, John deeply believes in paying his good fortune forward. In his retirement and throughout his career, he has generously given his time, money and expertise to others who need a little help.

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