The Benefits of Tai Chi for Older Adults

As we embark on a new year and hope for a more peaceful, positive, forgiving year, we are all looking for a bit of relaxation that brings about a sense of peace. Tai chi is a great way to find peace, increase flexibility, and improve balance. What is Tai Chi? An ancient Chinese movement practice, tai chi embraces mind, body,

New Year, Less Clutter!

The New Year is a great opportunity to take a good look at your life and make changes to the things you would like to improve. A great resolution to tackle is to declutter. Many of us have tendencies to collect items, and those items end up in drawers, closets, on countertops, and in other areas in your home. Sometimes

Staying healthy…Minnesota Winter Survival Tips

It’s no secret that I don’t like being cold. Every winter I ask myself, “Why do I live in Minnesota?” The answer is family. It’s hard to move away from those I love just because I don’t like the weather. For those folks who do like the cold, there are many great ways to stay active and healthy during the

Jack’s Reflection on 2020

What a difference a year makes. As I was writing The Column December 2019, my perspective of daily life was very different. The theme I tried to promote was to maintain a healthy lifestyle at an older age. This is now something we at Shepherd of Grace look back at with fond remembrances. The exercise was not only keeping physically

Zoom Ideas for Christmas

Christmas will be a little different this year, but that’s okay! There are still ways we can all celebrate together while staying safe. Zoom and other similar video platforms have made connecting with family and friends from the comfort of your respective homes easier than ever! If you need ideas for activities to enjoy or games to play with your

Improving Well-Being with Gratitude

2020 has been a tough year, and no population or group of people has gone untouched. Perhaps one of the most affected groups is the elderly population, as they are among the most at-risk so they have strict regulations in place to stay safe. They may not have seen family or friends in months. It may be hard to feel

Staying Cheerful Throughout the Holidays

The holidays are normally a time of cheer, but unfortunately, we are still dealing with COVID-19, which means that many people may be feeling the blues this holiday season. Even if we can’t celebrate the holiday season like we did in past years, there are ways to feel the holiday cheer. Host Virtual Gatherings The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

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,

Caregiving

“Patience in the present, faith in the future, and joy in the doing.” ~ George Perera We all have a special calling in life. For some of us, it takes a while to figure out what that special gift may be. For others, it is apparent from a very young age. Caregiving is one of those natural special gifts for

Jack’s trip to Northern Canada’s Arctic

Many years ago, in the 1960s, while attending a lyceum program at a high school, my interest in polar bears piqued. A local professional photographer presented a program of slide pictures of his recent trip to Northern Canada’s Arctic region to explore the life of polar bears. Thirty years later my wife and I were able to travel to the