Imagine those weeks leading up to the decision that you need to go live in a nursing home. Everybody is telling all the things you can’t do. You can’t live alone. You can’t drive anymore. You can’t live without taking this or that medication. “Can’t” and “don’t” come at you from every direction and, frankly, you’re overwhelmed as you leave your home of many years for this great unknown.
Pearl Shoquist Nelson, a resident at Ecumen Parmly LifePointes in Chicago City, turns 103 today. She might celebrate a little, but mostly it will be like any other day. You can bet she will be busy all day. She will do her word games and write in her journal. She will read her daily devotional. She will exercise. She might crochet. And she will surely take time to be thankful.
The talented and prolific women’s sewing group at Ecumen Parmly LifePointes Studios of Art in Chisago City, Minn., enthusiastically works together to produce handmade quilts, blankets and even dolls — all for charity.
You might think the life of an activity director at a senior community is all fun and games — not something that would come under the lens of government regulation. But it does, and those professionals who help residents find fun and joy in their lives are now scrambling to figure out how to measure their work under provisions of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
Judith Swenson Johnson was born in North Branch, Minn. before the start of World War I. She recently celebrated her 104th birthday at Ecumen Parmly LifePointes in Chisago City. In a Chisago County Press article, the positive, forward-looking Judith tells reporter Denise Martin: “I just wonder what’s going to happen next.”