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Sep 02, 2014


Game on! Sept. 4 marks the official start of the 2014 NFL season with Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks hosting the Green Bay Packers. These Good Samaritan Society resident super fans couldn't be more excited about that.

 

 

 

 

June Ericson
Fort Collins, Colorado

 

In the 20 years June and her husband lived in Denver, they never missed a home game, thanks to season tickets from his employer.

 

“I stayed up until 11 last night to watch the Broncos beat the Seahawks, which is pretty good for a 93 year old!” she said during the pre-season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Convery
Kissimmee, Florida

 

Paul and his dog, Baby, have their eyes and fashion set on the Super Bowl's most winning team, the Steelers.

 


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Aug 29, 2014


 

(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) – Helping your mother or father understand the need to stop driving because of declining skills can be a difficult subject to discuss. Yet it’s a discussion that could make the difference between becoming another fatality statistic and staying safe.

 

Don’t wait to have that conversation. Bad things can and do happen when a senior with questionable driving skills continues to get behind the wheel. He or she might get lost, stranded, suffer an injury, cause property damage, or die in an accident.

 

Be prepared for pushback. Your parent might get upset about having this talk and possibly rebel.

 

Also keep in mind that your parent may welcome the discussion. A survey conducted by The Hartford/MIT AgeLab of 7,200 home-dwelling adults age 50 and older showed more than half followed suggestions made in conversations about driving.


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Aug 28, 2014


 

(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) – Choosing a nursing home can be a confusing, difficult journey. And it doesn’t help when studies and reports raise new questions and concerns.

 

Recently, The New York Times published an article that questions the validity of the five-star rating system from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

 

At the Good Samaritan Society, we recognize there’s so much that’s not — and cannot — be reflected in a ratings score. Things that can’t even be measured — like how welcome you feel when you step into one of our centers, how staff members respond to your questions, how happy your parents become when they’re no longer worried about their own safety.


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Corporate news

Aug 27, 2014


We recently asked residents: “What’s your top advice to your grandkids?” Here’s what some of them had to say:


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Aug 27, 2014



Tina Gangestad is at home in her center's kitchen.

(Brainerd, Minnesota) – Tina Gangestad’s expertise in the kitchen started in an unlikely place.

 

The dietary director and dietitian was hired as a window washer for the Good Samaritan Society in Brainerd 16 years ago.

 

“I was not completely sure about what I wanted to do,” says Tina. “But the beauty of Good Sam is that I had lots of support and opportunities. Before long, I had tried my hand in housekeeping, laundry, human resources, staffing, health information, and just about every department in the building.”

 

Over the years, Tina was encouraged to further her education and has since completed three degrees – most recently to become the center’s primary registered dietitian. She credits flexible work scheduling for being able to get her degree and her supervisors for recognizing her potential. She worked evenings and weekends in order to meet her daytime clinical requirements.


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