Meet Dale: I Will Keep On Writing [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Apr 4, 2018 8:45:00 AM

You’re never too old to teach, or at least that’s what we learned from 93-year-old Dale, a resident at The Commons on Marice. Dale was, at times, a professor, department head, and dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine for the University of Minnesota. As Dale puts it, “I was department head for a long, long time, and I rose to be a dean for a while. Large animal medicine, that was my specialty.”

But just because Dale retired, doesn’t mean he’s finished working with his alma mater. “I’m still going up to the University of Minnesota every Wednesday,” he says.

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Meet LeRoy: I Will Keep on Walkin’ [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jan 24, 2018 4:56:48 PM

The oldest resident at The Commons on Marice is also one of the most active. LeRoy takes two laps around the senior living community in Eagan, Minnesota every single day.

If you saw him on his two mile jaunt, you’d never guess he just turned 104. In fact, LeRoy barely believes it himself. “I have to admit that I’m lucky,” he says. “To be honest, I really do feel better now than I did ten years ago.”

We caught up with the retired teacher after one of his recent walks and he regaled us with story after story, including the one about coaching a championship swim team — even though he couldn’t swim.

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Reliving the Nostalgic Days of Radio with a Residents Players Group

Posted by The Goodman Group on Dec 21, 2017 10:15:53 AM

Back in the day, there was nothing better than gathering the family around the radio for a prime-time show. Before television took over, radio dramas and variety shows were a special source of family entertainment. Actors' voices and sound effects filled the airwaves while imagination filled in the blanks, creating the so-called "theater of the mind."

That’s the nostalgic era that’s being re-created by a group of 15 residents who call themselves The Timber Pines Players Group. This resident-led group of men and women who live at The Residence at Timber Pines, a senior living community in Spring Hill, Florida, all have a special fondness for the radio shows of yore.

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Honor Flight: Veterans Visit World War II Memorial

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 16, 2017 10:32:33 AM

"The Honor Flight reunions are very moving," says Char Antoine, Life Enrichment Assistant and Valiant Veterans Program Coordinator at Chandler Place, a senior living community in St. Anthony, Minnesota. As Americans, we know the importance of our military heroes when it comes to our rights and freedoms. But we also recognize that veterans can often go unthanked for their service and sacrifice. "They need to know they are heroes,” says Char. Through her involvement with the Honor Flight Network, Char has experienced firsthand the effect an Honor Flight can have on a veteran as they visit the U.S. war memorials in Washington D.C.

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Seniors, Youth and Theatre: A Unique Intergenerational Partnership

Posted by The Goodman Group on Aug 24, 2017 10:30:22 AM

Picture a popular play, presented by actors younger than eight and older than eighty. Fill the audience with their friends, family and the rest of the community and you have the unique learning experience that is an intergenerational theatre program.

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Memory Care: Understanding the Caregiver's Journey [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Aug 8, 2017 9:14:33 AM

“I love him and I don’t want to be lonely,” reflects Linda Walsh-Klein, the wife of memory care day care participant at Villa at Terracina, a memory care community in Florida. “I think I’m selfish because I know that he’s probably going to do just fine. It’s me who will struggle. I’m going to have to learn how to live without him and that’s the hardest thing, I think.”

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Addressing Guilt When Your Loved One Has Dementia [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Aug 1, 2017 9:03:17 AM

“I have been with Marcia for over 30 years, being as close as any two people could be,” said Garry Wright, husband of Marcia, a resident at Villa at Terracina in Naples, Florida. “It’s very difficult to suddenly say I am not going to be with you anymore. I think that anybody who puts their loved one into memory care feels guilt regardless of how nice the community is.”

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Who's the Real Mentor? Intergenerational Program Bonds Students and Seniors

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jul 27, 2017 4:34:53 PM

What started off as a service project for gifted students has evolved into so much more. “Originally, it began as a way to share what was happening in the younger generation and show how technology is now helping today’s students learn with seniors. But it actually grew from this original idea. Friendships were built!” says Darla Williams, a teacher at Rose Park Elementary School in Billings, Montana.

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Moments Matter: Evelyn Reminisces on 110 Years

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jul 13, 2017 9:53:42 AM

The first thing you notice when you meet Evelyn Kleine is her sunny disposition and sense of humor. 110 years sure looks good on her. After all, for Evelyn, age is just a number.

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