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 Roy!

It’s summer and for Roy Tomala that sparks many pleasant memories of growing up on a farm in Center Valley near Pierz, Minnesota. The farm was truly a family operation and instilled a work ethic that continues to this day. Growing up on a farm also included the best that Minnesota has to offer, hunting and fishing. Rural living often

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

Meet Nellie

Nellie was born in Cold Water, Mississippi but grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She was the oldest child so she would watch her younger brothers and all of her cousins while her mom worked at an Envelope factory. While she was growing up, Nellie loved to sing her church’s gospel choir. She babysat very often and enjoyed playing with

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.

Meet Debbie!

Debbie is living her dream life!  One year ago, she moved to the Shepherd of Grace community in Becker. She was drawn here by the culture, sense of stability and opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others in a clean, beautiful and safe living environment where she’s surrounded by wonderful residents. Debbie says living here feels like

Meet Lloyd!

Lloyd was born on July 23, 1925, on the family farm in Harvey, North Dakota. Like most farmers, his dad raised livestock and crops and his mother was a homemaker. They did what they had to do to be self-sufficient including growing a garden, canning, and butchering. Lloyd particularly remembers enjoying the good German food, and country dishes with ribeye

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

Understanding Your Stroke Risk

May is Stroke Awareness Month. Strokes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. It is important to recognize your risk, the warning signs, and what to do if you suspect you or a loved one is having a stroke.   What is a Stroke? The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) reports that

Stress Coping Mechanisms for Older Adults

No one is exempt from stress (except maybe young children). Stress doesn’t end in older adulthood just because most individuals are retired and have fewer responsibilities. Many older individuals are especially stressed and anxious during this time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a great time to review some effective coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety.   Stress doesn’t just