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

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

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

Wellness-Boosting Activities for Seniors this Fall

The lazy days of summer are coming to an end as summer flowers make way for crisp autumn leaves. Fall offers the opportunity for a whole new schedule of activities to freshen up routines and bring a little zest to life. Seniors can boost their well-being with these great fall activities. Hygge The days may be shorter and the nights

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

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