Life has been more playful in the Huron house lately – with residents feeding off the energy inherent in spending time with fluffy kittens. Early last summer, The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support joined the Senior Foster Friends program and began fostering sets of kittens with the Great Plains SPCA. They’ve fostered four different sets so far, and the results have been outstanding. Continue reading “Fostering Kittens Brings Joy and Purpose to Seniors Needing Care”
Helping Out and Staying Active
Geurt Van Sant is a man who likes to work, likes to be helpful. His move to Hearthstone: A Ministry of Wesley Life in Pella, IA was not going to change that. “I’m going to be doing something until the day I have to crawl to get out to the yard to help,” he said. “I enjoy doing that kind of work – work that just has to be done.” Continue reading “Helping Out and Staying Active”
You Gotta Have Friends
In a 72 year (seriously…72 years) study, Harvard University researchers have been looking for answers to what makes for a happy life. An article in The Atlantic reported on the results. Subjects were interviewed at various points in their lives examining stressful events, lifestyles and so on. Continue reading “You Gotta Have Friends”
If You Are Happy and You Know It…Pass It On!
Wellness means different things to different people. Unfortunately, many seem to think that wellness means lack of illness. If this were true, then many of the elders in nursing homes everywhere are doomed to a life void of wellness. In my years of experience I have found this “wellness = lack of illness” equation to be false. It simply does not compute. I have met many, many, many (ok you get the point) people in my life who had various illnesses yet would tell you point blank that they were feeling quite well, thank you. So how can this be? Continue reading “If You Are Happy and You Know It…Pass It On!”