Season of Thanks, Giving, and Change During the Pandemic

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ~ Melody Beattie   The holidays are such a wonderful time of year. Families gather and memories are created. Although this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic,

Breast Cancer and the Older Adult Population

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want to discuss breast cancer and the risk in the older adult population. The biggest risk factors for getting breast cancer are getting older and being a woman. Women over fifty are the most likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer. The median age of diagnosis is 62, and approximately one quarter

Moving During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The pandemic has reshaped how we think about nearly every facet of life. But it has also taught us that where there’s a will, there’s a way. It may be different, but it can still be good. Moving is no exception. We have heard from many older adults that they are waiting to move. For some, that decision is right

Meet Donna!

Donna was born on February 9th, 1937 in Northeast Minneapolis. She lived with her mom, brother, and extended family while growing up. Her mom worked as a full-time janitor cleaning passenger trains at night, so she did not get to see her very much. Having to help around the house at a young age taught her to contribute and the

Raising Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness

For the Good Shepherd Community, each September doesn’t just represent the changing of the seasons and the transition to colder weather. Each September, Good Shepherd gathers a team together to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. We are proud to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association, and we think it’s important that everyone knows a little bit more about the

Grief Awareness

Grief seems an odd thing to “commemorate” with a special day, but in truth, it’s really not a bad idea. Many people think there are rules, or ways they are supposed to grieve the loss of a loved one, or something they love.  But there really are no rules—except for one.  While you grieve, you will move through stages.  Sadness.

Signs of Arthritis

Arthritis, a blanket term that refers to joint pain due to inflammation, causes chronic pain in the joints like swelling and stiffness. It is a common misconception that arthritis is wear and tear on the joints and only affects older adults. While it is most common in women and often happens later in life, arthritis can occur in all ages,

Cooking for One

Good nutrition is important at every age, but in older adulthood it gets a little more complicated. Taste buds change as you age. By the age of fifty, taste buds decrease and the rest shrink. At the age of sixty, some individuals may not be able to tell the difference between salty, sweet, sour, and bitter foods. Older adults require

Meet Bernita!

Bernita was born on November 22, 1936, in the same house as her dad in Dexter, Minnesota. Every seven years her birthday lands on Thanksgiving. Her parents were farmers who raised livestock and crops. Her dad was a real pet-lover who at one time had 13 dogs on the farm. They moved to Adams (closer to the Iowa border) when

Meet John and Harriet!

To have someone special by your side for 75 years is a treasure. For John and Harriet Henkemeyer, the love story continues! GETTING TO KNOW YOU   John and Harriet knew each other as children attending St. Mary’s parochial school in St. Augusta. It appears their paths crossed several times throughout the years. But their first separation happened in third