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

Meet John and Harriet!

To have someone special by your side for 75 years is a treasure. For John and Harriet Henkemeyer, the love story continues! GETTING TO KNOW YOU   John and Harriet knew each other as children attending St. Mary’s parochial school in St. Augusta. It appears their paths crossed several times throughout the years. But their first separation happened in third

Aging Gracefully

For many people, growing older is a sore subject, especially when you can’t look in a drugstore or at a magazine rack without seeing “cures” for looking younger. The beauty industry makes its fortune on selling products that are supposed to prevent age lines and wrinkles, but what is so wrong with aging or looking older? Absolutely nothing! However, there

Book Clubs for Seniors

There’s nothing quite like escaping into a great book. And you are certainly never too old to join a book club! Book clubs provide a great way to socialize, expand your outlook, and adopt a healthy hobby.   Socialization Social isolation can be a problem for older adults, especially if they’ve just moved to a new senior living community where

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Join us as we go purple in June! June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, which gives us the space we need to have important conversations about Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other diseases related to the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is a leading cause of death, and there is no treatment, cure, or way to slow down the disease. We all

Indoor Gardening for Seniors

With numerous physical and psychological benefits, gardening is a great hobby for older adults. Not only is watching something grow from a tiny seed rewarding, gardening is also a great stress reliever. Some studies have shown that gardening is linked to less stress. Not only can it boost serotonin, the feel-good chemical, it can help to boost the immune system

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

Staying Social While Social Distancing

It’s a difficult time for many as we all face social distancing and self-isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are no longer able to gather in groups over 10, and we’re encouraged to maintain a six-foot distance between us and other individuals. For those living in senior living facilities, nursing homes, and other senior housing options, this can be

Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

Image Credit: Parkinson’s Foundation   April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Through the Parkinson’s Foundation, individuals with Parkinson’s disease are encouraged to share their experience with the disease in order to raise awareness and provide coping methods.   What is it? Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurogenerative disorder. It affects the dopamine-producing neurons in the brain—more specifically referred to as the