Oct 31, 2014
David Carson (left) of the Central Nebraska Transportation Club, and Phil Stebbins (center) with Union Pacific Railroad, watch Bill Wright, mayor of Grand Island, Nebraska, sign a proclamation on May 12, 1986, declaring the week National Transportation Week. Read Bill's story of public service below.
(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) – Small steps can bring great change. That’s why several Good Samaritan Society residents pursued and held elected offices. Here, they share successes that made them proud, and the reasons that serving the public was important to them.
Dorothy Roemeling was mayor of Holland, a tiny town in southwest Minnesota, from 1989 to 1994, and from 1999 to 2000 to fill a vacated office. She also served on the city council from 1985 to 1988.
Her time as mayor started simply. No one challenged her when she filed to run, so she won.
Dorothy pursued improvements immediately. She led efforts to have Holland’s streets paved. “It had been so dusty with gravel streets,” Dorothy says.
A fire hall also was built after Pipestone County “gave back a house because the taxes had not been paid for a long time,” Dorothy says. Two other townships also now hold meetings in the hall.
“It is used a lot,” she says.
Dorothy also says she is proud that rural water service arrived during her tenure, which led to fire hydrants and greater fire protection for the community.
Oct 31, 2014
The simplest gestures often mean the most. Our residents love to get phone calls, letters and visits from loved ones and our free, online send-a-card service makes keeping in touch easier than ever.
Send your favorite resident a holiday greeting, a birthday message or a thinking-of-you greeting any day of the week. You don’t even need a stamp! Just fill out a simple online form through the Good Samaritan Society website for your loved one’s campus. We’ll print it, insert the message into a card and deliver it to the resident. You can even include a photo.
The messages take only a few seconds to send but they brighten each recipient’s entire day.
Don’t know a Good Samaritan Society resident but want to make a difference in any senior’s day? Put “any resident” in the name of resident field, and we’ll make sure your message is delivered to someone who would love to receive a card. Please allow 48 hours for your card to be delivered.
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Oct 30, 2014
(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) - Sioux Falls has been named one of Money Magazine's "Nine Great Places to Retire."
Sioux Falls was listed as a runner-up in the article's "Best Place to Keep Costs Low" category. Sioux Falls also ranked high for access to specialty healthcare and its variety of excellent dining options.
All nine winning towns offer affordable living, great encore career opportunities, and various amenities, according to the magazine.
To determine its list, Money started with a study by the National Institute on Retirement Security, which included factors such as housing prices, taxes on pension income, job opportunities, and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. Researchers then mined data including crime rates, available green space, job growth, and access to healthcare.
The magazine also accounted for number of large employers and amenities such as the arts and recreation.
Oct 28, 2014
(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) – Voices from “flyover country” often fall to a whisper in the discussion on senior care.
But AARP's Dennis Eisnach hopes to turn up the volume for those in rural America.
Dennis belongs to the AARP's National Policy Council. The group's 25 volunteer members from across the United States tackle three areas for study each year.
Among this year's topics: creating affordable rental housing and service opportunities for older Americans.
Dennis visited three Good Samaritan Society affordable housing communities in Sioux Falls this week, accompanied by Society staff members. He says his research will help guide AARP policy and advocacy at federal, state and local levels. South Dakota — and the Good Samaritan Society — were specifically tapped for insights on serving seniors in rural settings.
Oct 28, 2014
No tricks, just treats around here! We recently asked residents and staff members: “What’s your favorite sweet treat?”
Here’s what some of them had to say:
|“Pumpkin candy corn!”
– Patty Morter and Pearl Schultz, a staff member and resident at our location in Lodi, Wisconsin