Support Groups

Support groups of various varieties have been around for a number of years.  These groups were started to meet the needs of people to give one another helping hand to both parties – those helping and those in need of help. A support group available to meet the needs locally is a Dementia Caregiver Group.  This group meets the 4th

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By the end of the month most schools will be in session and family life will change.  The activity of the family will be centered around school.  As we enter another year, our young people are faced with many social problems which distract from learning.  One of the many technical developments that have distracted our present-day students is the cell

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“The Land of 10,000 Lakes” is Minnesota’s name.  Sounds like a lot of water but we have rivers too and many small streams.  Many of our cities started on a lake or river.  In fact, the main mode of transportation was either on foot or canoe before horses were introduced. Early explorers were eager to find a source of the

The Role of Social Activities in a Senior Living Community

Senior women having fun together, branded with Good Shepherd logo

As we get older and begin the later stages of life, there is a lot to consider regarding independence. Health conditions or simply age may impact a person’s ability to live alone and care for themselves effectively. Some families may have a live-in nurse or caretaker, have another member of the family move in to assist with care, or transition

Talking to Your Loved One About Assisted Living With Compassion

Assisted living staff handing water to aging woman

When it comes to having conversations about long-term care needs with your aging parents, addressing the topic sooner rather than later is best. While this can be a difficult and complex conversation, discussing the possibility of moving into assisted living can help ensure your loved one receives the care they need to live a happy, healthy life.  The experts at

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Recently I attended a gala banquet held by an organization called Faith in Action.  This is a yearly activity to raise funds to actually help put their faith in action.  I have been to the banquet in past years, but I am amazed at a gathering of 250 people with a goal to help those less fortunate.  Their helping activities

Transitioning Your Assets | Tips for Managing Your Estate

Estate planning can often be an uncomfortable and overwhelming process, making it easy to put off for years. If your plans aren’t in order, however, it can cause your loved ones a lot of stress in the future. It’s important to think about estate planning as a positive solution for making sure your wishes are followed and making it easy

Muscle Building for Older Adults

Aging adults working out with The Good Shepherd Community Logo

The body is like a machine: it needs attention and effort to stay in the best shape. This is true at all stages of life, but especially in older age. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that all adults do strength training exercises at least twice a week and this includes aging adults. It’s never too late

Signs You Should Think About Memory Care for Your Loved One

Older woman holding the hand of a caregiver

Moving a loved one into memory care is often a difficult and emotional decision. Knowing when to move to memory care can leave caregivers feeling concerned and overwhelmed about the well-being of their loved ones. When to Move From Assisted Living to Memory Care For those making this important decision, it’s important to know the signs that it’s time for

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Gathering wood.  Stacking wood.  Cords of wood.  These are familiar terms to an era gone by, when a majority of the population used wood for central heating and cooking. Keeping the wood box full probably was one of your duties.  Your mother depended on you to have a supply handy so she could cook a hot meal. Things changed with