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Making friends in our later years

Tuesday, May 28 2019 1:50 PM
Categorized In Relationships
Billie Sakel (right) and her friends Lenus and Sarah Weisheit harvest vegetables from the garden areas at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper, Indiana. As we age, our relationships with others become more and more important. Studies have shown that loneli… Read Article

Taking care of the caregiver: Tips to avoid burnout

Thursday, September 3 2015 11:50 PM
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More than 25 percent of adults in the United States provided care for a chronically ill, disabled or aging family member or friend during the past year. If you are one of these caregivers, you know that burnout can be a critical issue. Staying healthy yourself — physica… Read Article

Six fun ideas for children and older adults to do together

Friday, May 23 2014 3:38 AM
Categorized In Relationships
 Great things happen when the young and the young-at-heart come together. Children are an important part of the Good Samaritan Society as we value the abundant joy and life they bring to our campuses. Special reading days, pen pal programs, infant rocking programs, craft… Read Article

Five ways to make Mother’s Day shopping easier

Monday, May 5 2014 3:30 AM
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When it comes to gifts, moms often say, “You shouldn’t have,” or “Homemade is best.” This Mother’s Day is no exception. When Mom or Grandma reaches a certain age, finding the perfect gift might be a bit more challenging. So, listen to her a… Read Article

Granny’s treasures: Stories from her rocking chair

Sunday, May 4 2014 3:28 AM
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Growing up, I spent many weekends at my maternal grandmother’s house. My grandfather died when I was 9, and I started staying with Grandma to keep her company. Grandma Mabel was a fun-spirited lady who was known to go sledding with us in the winter and racing down … Read Article

Serving our community builds new connections

Thursday, April 24 2014 3:23 AM
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Helping others in need and serving the greater community — whether local, statewide, national or international — are the goals of the Good Samaritan Society’s Social Accountability grant program. Each year since the program began in 2010, the Society has awa… Read Article

Long-lasting love secrets revealed: Residents share ...

Monday, February 3 2014 11:43 PM
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Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, e… Read Article

6 tips for better communication with senior loved ones

Thursday, January 30 2014 11:42 PM
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“Don’t tell me you understand how I feel. You can’t understand how it is to be old. When you are old, nobody listens to you.” Sound familiar? Newly admitted residents frequently view staff members and even family with anxiety. Often, they are experienc… Read Article

Simple ways to pay it forward

Monday, January 27 2014 11:42 PM
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What are some of the things we could do to make others’ lives better, happier or more hopeful? Sometimes, it’s the little efforts that end up making a big difference in a person’s day. Spread some cheer. Smile at others, even those you don’t know. It&r… Read Article

Cooking with your family history

Sunday, August 25 2013 12:24 AM
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Winston Churchill said, “…I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history.” Churchill was joking, but he gets at an important point: If we want our personal histories to be… Read Article

Preserving the Past

Wednesday, February 13 2013 5:21 AM
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Henry Ford once said, “History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history we made today.”With all due respect to Mr. Ford, I disagree. Hi… Read Article

Buried Treasure

Tuesday, September 11 2012 3:09 AM
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How many times have you discovered something surprising at the eulogy of a friend or relative? Over the years, both as a minister officiating at funerals and as a member of the gathered “beloved,” I’ve been made aware of some treasure I missed, so… Read Article

Supporting Loved Ones As a Caregiver

Friday, March 30 2012 4:33 AM
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re you a caregiver who takes care of a child, sibling, parent or someone else who needs help with day-to-day tasks or daily activities? No matter the age of the person you are caring for or your relationship to that person, being a caregiver has a way of putting us in touch with… Read Article