Time is passing by very quickly and already it is February. As a young student in school, I enjoyed studying and learning about presidents; February was referred to as President’s month.  We celebrated two of the most popular men we had in that office – George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Maybe we enjoyed learning about these men because we had

Coping with Winter Blues: Mental Health Support for Seniors

During the winter season, many seniors experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), sometimes referred to as “the winter blues.” SAD is a type of depression that is associated with a specific time of year, especially fall and winter. Mental health professionals don’t conclusively know the cause of SAD—the most popular theory is that a decrease in sun exposure alters the brain’s

Show a Little Kindness

Kindness is the quality of being friendly, considerate, and generous. I have witnessed these characteristics more in people since my personal life has changed and I’ve grown older. It’s probably not the age so much, but the means you physically have to use to get around. Using a cane to stabilize yourself is obvious and kindness shown is that someone

Carol Wingard (Teigen) and Kari Jo Markham (Teigen)

Carol Wingard (Teigen) I have always been interested in art and remember at an early age loving coloring books, paint by number, and any piece of paper and a drawing pencil. Both my mother, Leatrice, who is a resident here, and my late father, Charles, encouraged and supported my interest in art. My father was also an artist, and I

Meet Eloise

Eloise has seen a lot of changes in her lifetime; she is celebrating her 100th birthday in December. She is sharp as a tack, recalling her past in vivid detail and reminiscing about being a Rosie the Riveter working at Honeywell soldering mercury switches for airplanes during WW II, her family, travels, work, and volunteer history. Eloise was born on

Jack’s November News

In your younger years, how did you get the news?  Commonly, a local, weekly paper provided what’s happening in both the past and the present.  Most people did not have a radio until the 1930’s, if they could afford one.   The radio became very important for news in the 1940’s during WWII.  Families would crowd around the radio to hear

How to Celebrate the Holidays in Assisted Living

Transitioning to life at an assisted living facility can be a significant challenge, especially during the holidays. For many families, holiday celebrations are among the most important annual traditions, and residents can be reluctant to move those celebrations into a new and unfamiliar place.   Luckily, there are several ways to spruce up your celebrations to help your loved one in

Preparing for Flu Season: Promoting Senior Health in Care Facilities

A female nurse in blue scrubs checks the pulse of an elderly man with a stethoscope.

  Flu season is just around the corner, and while it’s important for everyone to take precautions to avoid getting sick, it is especially important for seniors. The CDC estimates that somewhere between 50% and 70% of all influenza-related hospitalizations are among those aged 65 and over. Taking adequate steps to protect at-risk seniors can not only prevent illness—it can


Did you have grandpas full of wisdom?  Were they looked upon as knowledgeable, as a person who worked hard throughout their life?  Were they happy to see you when you visited, or did they spend their last years living with their family? I have several pictures on my bedroom wall that I look at every day.  One large picture is

Day of a Teacher October 2023

Let’s look at a day with a teacher.  We are near the end of September and by now teachers are acquainted with their class of students, and more familiar in the elementary with hopefully about 25 students in a classroom.  Secondary, teachers are meeting a new class each hour, the number multiplies by at least 5. The foregoing probably describes