Dementia Friends Training

During the month of April, a Dementia Friends Champions Training was held at Kingsway Retirement Living. Training attendees were provided the knowledge needed to facilitate a Dementia Friends Information Session with community members. An Information Session is a face-to-face session that lasts approximately one hour and is run by a Dementia Friends Champion.

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A change in routine: Webinar focused on seniors and technology

When explaining benefits of Health and Safety Monitoring to older adults, Sharon Blume will often use the analogy of cars. If you think about cars from the 1950’s, when something was going wrong you wouldn’t know until the car was making a noise or stream was coming out.  To know something was wrong, there would have to be a very evident sign. A new car today has sensors that alert the driver to any potential problems.

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Reminiscing through the holidays

Barbara Droher Kline, Judy Schwartz and Judy Lloyd are three very different women; however they do have one thing in common. Each one of them shares both their time and talents with residents at The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine.

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Robotic Pets Provide Comfort for Memory Care Residents

When Wanda Kane visits her mother, Myrna Mellgren, Myrna often asks three questions: How is your husband? How are your kids? How is my cat? The pair spends a lot of time talking about Myrna’s cat, Pansy.

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Caring around the clock

When friends or family visit a loved one who has dementia, Heritage Homes resident assistant Pam Evans can relate. Her husband, Robert, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a couple years ago, at a fairly young age. He continues to live at home with Pam, who cares for him before and after her full-time job serving older adults in assisted living.

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Recalling life's many adventures in memory care close to home

Bad behavior in Barbara Thompson’s house elicited a single raised eyebrow. No yelling, no pleading. A quiet, intent glare was enough to stop the offender.

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A day away from the ordinary for residents living with dementia

Skirted rear wheels, a cloisonné emblem on its hood and silver metallic lacquer make the Tatra 87
hard to miss. The vintage automobile immediately caught the eye of four residents from The Lutheran
Home: Belle Plaine’s Special Care Residence on a tour of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) this fall. The museum visit was funded through Special Care Solutions, a Nursing Facility Performance-Based Incentive Payment Program (PIPP) grant awarded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

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River Falls hosts a dementia-friendly primer in three acts

A crowd at the River Falls Public Library last month watched Isabel Epstein slip from the past to the present and back again. Alongside her, a son and daughter were caught in the difficult ebb and flow of Alzheimer’s disease. While Isabel is a fictional character, her experiences in the one-act play “Riding the Waves” gave an honest depiction of how reality fluctuates for those with dementia and their caregivers.

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TLHA and the UofM School of Nursing Study the Impact of Health Monitoring Technology

In February 2014, The University of Minnesota School of Nursing was notified of a $1.2 million dollar grant in partnership with The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA) of Belle Plaine, Minn.

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Using Art Therapy to Make Memories

In 2011, Heritage Homes, a ministry of The Lutheran Home Association that offers independent living, assisted living and memory care services in Watertown, WI started working together with the Alzheimer’s Association to offer Memories in the Making®, an art program that encourages creative and artistic expression for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

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