In a recent Opinuendo column the St. Paul Pioneer Press highlighted Ecumen’s Excellence in Dementia Care Award, a national honor received last week in Washington, D.C. Here’s what the Pioneer Press wrote:
On stage with a legend
Two nurses from Ecumen, a Shoreview-based nonprofit senior housing and services provider, shared a stage this week in Washington, D.C., with music legend Glen Campbell and his family.
Ashley and Shannon Campbell, children of legendary country music singer Glen Campbell, gave a stunning performance to cap last night's Great Minds Gala in Washington, D.C. Campbell was honored at the Gala for his and his family's efforts toward continued research, education and support for those living with Alzheimers. Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimers in 2011, after which he and his family decided to launch a Glen Campbell goodbye tour, giving him a chance to connect with family, friends and fans through music.
A couple of years ago, Janelle Meyers, housing manager at Ecumen Prairie Lodge in Brooklyn Center, was feeling a little pressure and a lot of anticipation. An elite group of aging-services professionals from all over the country were descending on Ecumen Prairie Lodge to take a close look at the Enhanced Memory Care Program she had developed. The program was beginning to build a national reputation for its innovative approach to caring for people with especially difficult dementia behaviors.