Free blood pressure clinic available

Wellhaven Senior Living hosts a free monthly blood pressure clinic at 10:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Upcoming dates include Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20. The free screenings take place in the Fireside Lounge.

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Neighbors are nicest at Heritage Homes

Moving to senior living doesn’t mean giving up a sense of community. John and Eileen Bray live at Heritage Homes in Watertown, Wis. They enjoy excellent neighbors, and a calendar dotted with brunches, social calls, cocktail hours and housewarmings.

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Never far from the love of a friend at The Lutheran Home

Carman Meyer retired a decade ago, but every week she’s back at her former workplace in Belle Plaine. She didn’t want to leave Eunice. The pair met when Eunice moved to The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine with her dad in 1977.

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‘Renaissance woman’ residing at St. Michael’s

You name it, Belva Ruben did it — upholstering furniture, gardening, canning, laying carpet, sewing, working on the farm. She was a good shot too.

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Serving seniors: “I really enjoy it”

People often tell Morgin Hannon they couldn’t do her job.  She realizes working with seniors may not appear glamourous, but being a resident assistant at St. Michael’s Assisted Living in Fountain City, Wis., has been incredibly rewarding.

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Russian is the language of love for senior at Cedar Haven

It’s past 10 a.m., but Vasiliy Shevstov is slow to start his day. He’s waiting for someone special. When his visitor arrives and greets him in Russian, Vasiliy lights up.

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Local art reawakens the past for Cedar Haven residents

A solitary silo and bright red wooden building peek through years of undergrowth on an abandoned  farm site near Chisago, just north of the last signs of Minnesota’s suburban metro. The quiet scene captivated photographer Henry Hintermeister. He snapped his shutter and named the image “Come Hear My Story.”

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Carol gets residents talking at St. Michael’s Assisted Living

Volunteer Carol Colbenson encourages residents in St. Michael’s Assisted Living to roll the dice. There’s no money on the line. Instead, the numbers correspond to a card with a discussion question like “Have you ever made homemade bread?” or “Have you ever driven a boat?”

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“Just something about it” for employee turned resident

Violet Krueger has been in and out of The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine since she was a teenager, but not for her health. She started working there after ninth or 10th grade, when she decided high school was not for her.

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Even when life is hard, there is beautiful music

You’ll often find Miss M sitting at the piano in Hope Residence and thumbing through a binder of music
until she finds “Tara’s Theme,” the refrain at the beginning of “Gone with the Wind.” Her fingers hover above the keys, then fill the lobby with chords that swell and fade.

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