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How to build friendships in your senior years

Simply put, friendships make our lives more fulfilling – no matter how old we are. Here are her tips for building friendships in a senior living community.
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  • Friends painting together
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    How to build friendships in your senior years

    Simply put, friendships make our lives more fulfilling – no matter how old we are. Here are her tips for building friendships in a senior living community.
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  • Are non-medical services right for my family?
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    Are non-medical services right for my family?

    If this sounds familiar, non-medical home care services may be what you're looking for.

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  • Father and daughter smiling as they look out the window.
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    Depression in seniors

    Depression is not a normal or inevitable result of aging, and the warning signs should not be ignored.
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  • Sad woman with a woman behind comforting her.
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    You’ve just had a stroke — now what?

    A dropped coffee mug. A blinding headache. A stumble on the stairs. You could just be having a bad day. Or you could be having a stroke.
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  • When it comes to a stroke, timing is everything
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    When it comes to a stroke, timing is everything

    Where your health is concerned, knowledge is power.
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  • Nurse giving home care patient medicine.
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    Hospice care at home

    People who need hospice services can receive care from the comfort of home. The Good Samaritan Society’s hospice teams travel to long-term care centers, assisted living residences and anywhere else patients live.
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  • Visiting someone in hospice
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    Tips for visiting someone in hospice

    If your loved one recently became a hospice patient, you might wonder how you can be supportive. Mary Wohl, a social worker with Good Samaritan Society – Home Health & Hospice in Nisswa, Minnesota, offers several tips.
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  • Haley Osterberg, supervisor of therapy and rehabilitation for Good Samaritan Society locations in Howard, De Smet and Canistota, South Dakota.
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    Occupational therapy offers practical support

    There are many tasks that people perform every day to give their lives structure and meaning. When someone struggles to do daily tasks independently, it can impact how they view themselves and the world around them. When this happens, occupational therapy can help reclaim that meaning.
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  • Person pouring water into a glass from a pitcher.
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    Preventing dehydration in older adults

    By the time a person is thirsty, they’re probably already dehydrated. And dehydration in older adults can happen even more quickly than in younger people.
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  • Cardiac rehab programs help people who have heart disease or those who have experienced a heart attack or had heart surgery.
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    What is cardiac rehab?

    Cardiac rehab programs help people who have heart disease or those who have experienced a heart attack or had heart surgery.
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  • Healthy meal
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    Healthy nutrition tips for seniors

    It’s never too late to focus on better nutrition, and it’s especially important for seniors.
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  • 4 tips for making the most of physical therapy
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    4 tips for making the most of physical therapy

    Whether you're recovering from surgery, an injury or an illness, regaining strength takes time, and it’s easy to feel exhausted and discouraged. If you’re starting rehab, certified personal trainer and exercise therapist Misty Parrish offers four pieces of advice for when the work becomes challenging.
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  • Good Samaritan Society rehabilitation therapy
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    Rehab therapy customizes patient care

    When you or a loved one finds it more challenging to complete daily tasks or you’re struggling to find the strength or motivation to do them, it may be a good time to look at rehabilitation therapy.
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  • A heart-healthy diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy coupled with limited saturated fats, trans fats and sodium.
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    Nine ways to lead a heart healthy lifestyle

    In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death. And while it can affect people at any age, older adults are more at risk. Luckily, there are steps you can take right now to start lowering your risk.
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  • Woman in wheelchair experiencing seasonal affective disorder
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    Seasonal Affective Disorder in seniors

    Seasonal affective disorder or SAD is a form of depression that typically occurs during the fall and winter months when there is less natural sunlight. While SAD can impact individuals of all ages, seniors and women can be more prone to feel its impact.
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  • Physical therapist leading client through weighted exercises
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    Physical therapy provides help for those with osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones, resulting in an increased chance of fractures. The older you get, the greater the risk of developing it – especially for women.
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  • Meaningful activities, a homelike setting promote quality of life
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    Meaningful activities, a homelike setting promote quality of life

    Residents can happily lose track of time when they’re gardening or tinkering with a fishing boat. Giving them the space and opportunity to be absorbed in new or lifelong hobbies is one way that the Good Samaritan Society makes sure residents get to do what’s meaningful to them.

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  • Understanding glaucoma
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    Understanding glaucoma

    Glaucoma is an eye disease that can cause vision loss and blindness due to damage of the optic nerve. Learn more about the symptoms, causes, treatment options and tips to protect your vision.
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  • Adult daughter sharing information on advance care directives with her parents.
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    Advance care planning: Start the conversation this holiday season

    Many of us put off the things in life that we know we should do, including advance care planning.
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  • Caregivers and provider talking.
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    What staff members need to know about family caregivers

    Family members and friends who are responsible for looking after and helping their loved ones are an extremely valuable part of the care team for Good Samaritan Society residents living in long-term care.
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  • After LSVT therapy, Bob became a regular participant in the Rock Steady Boxing group class at Good Samaritan Society – Hot Springs Village.
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    LSVT treatment is the best option for those with Parkinson’s

    The gold standard for Parkinson’s treatment is LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG. It trains patients to use a stronger, louder voice and move their body more regularly.
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  • Man experiencing the holiday blues
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    The holiday blues and your senior patients

    The most wonderful time of the year may not be so wonderful this holiday season for your older adult patients. There are several factors that lead to holiday-related depression.
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  • Family at Christmas time
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    How caregivers and older adults can cope with holiday stress

    Many caregivers and older adults struggle with stress during the holidays. Find strategies for coping with the stress of the season here.
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  • Heather Herlyn, director of quality and safety for the Good Samaritan Society, spoke at the 2023 AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit about the collaboration between the Society and Sanford Health.
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    A catalyst for innovation – right in our own backyard

    Over the past few years, the Good Samaritan Society has identified and implemented opportunities with parent company Sanford Health that include new care delivery models for residents and clients.
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  • A cross on a hill at sunset representing the hope hospice brings
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    The truth about hospice

    Hospice, defined as “providing care for the sick or terminally ill,” is a seven-letter word that many think of as a four-letter word.
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  • Older senior couple sitting together looking at a computer as go through advance care planning.
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    The importance of advance care planning and directives

    Advance directives are state-specific legal documents for communicating end-of-life and care wishes. Learn why it's important to create one and how to do so.
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  • Senior couple smiling as they wrap Christmas presents together.
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    Alzheimer's and the holidays

    Although the holidays are a time for rejoicing, this time of year can be stressful for those with Alzheimer's. Read how to make the holidays more comfortable for people with memory loss.
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  • Senior woman contemplating a decision as she sits on the couch.
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    Coping with grief

    When someone you love dies, the grief can feel overwhelming. Take steps toward healing while remembering and honoring your loved one with these five strategies.
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  • Two people with arms upraised for a balance class
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    Fall prevention is top of mind as risk increases for older adults

    Whether you are at low, moderate or high risk for falls, the Good Samaritan Society’s locations have options to keep you on your feet.
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  • Senior gentleman sitting on the couch pondering a life decisionl
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    5 ways to overcome loneliness

    Keeping a daily routine and serving others can help alleviate loneliness after the loss of a loved one. We have suggestions for overcoming loneliness, particularly for older adults.
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  • Group of senior adults participating in a Tai Chi course at an independent living community.
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    Independent living at the Good Samaritan Society is an upgrade

    The Good Samaritan Society is ready to help you enjoy a life that's maintenance-free. Independent living options at the Society bring services that fit the unique needs of every resident.
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  • Caregiving for multiple sclerosis is a team effort
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    Caregiving for multiple sclerosis is a team effort

    Battling fatigue, pain, vision loss and impaired coordination, all of which come with a multiple sclerosis diagnosis, is not easy.
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  • Elderly couple enjoying a meal together at an independent living community
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    How do I pay for senior living?

    Independent living or senior living communities are designed to make life a little simpler for healthy, active older adults.
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  • Elderly gentleman and home health caregiver looking out the patio window.
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    5 common conditions supported by home health

    People of all ages diagnosed with a variety of conditions can benefit from the Good Samaritan Society’s home health services. Clients receive high-quality medical care in the comfort of their home, avoiding an extended hospital stay or moving to a rehab center.
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  • Social connections provide health benefits for seniors
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    Social connections provide health benefits for seniors

    Your senior parents may be among the 43 percent of adults 60 and older who are lonely.
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  • Senior suicide prevention
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    Senior suicide prevention

    Seniors commonly talk about the end of life.
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  • Warning signs and ways to manage stress
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    Warning signs and ways to manage stress

    Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. Stress happens to everyone, and these days we have plenty of occasions to feel it.
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  • Senior resident embracing a smiling staff member.
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    The Good Samaritan - none other than Jesus himself

    March 13 marks Good Samaritan Day – a fitting time for the Good Samaritan Society to celebrate our namesake.
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  • Female speech therapist working with a older male patient
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    Speech therapy: a crucial part of recovery

    Seeking help quickly is vital if you lose your ability to communicate.

    Speech-language pathologists can help you regain communication skills such as speaking, listening, writing, reading and gesturing and recover deficits in swallowing and cognition.

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  • Female physical therapist working with a female patient inside a wellness center.
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    Questions to ask when looking for a rehab therapy program

    If you’ve been hospitalized for a surgery or illness, you’ll likely need follow-up rehabilitation therapy to help you recover.
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  • A elderly Hispanic couple enjoying a healthy meal together.
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    A healthy diet: Your first line of defense against disease

    Heart disease. Cancer. Diabetes. If only there were an easy way to protect yourself — some simple thing you could pop in your mouth to help ward off these and other health worries.
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  • Heart & vascular screenings: What’s the difference?
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    Heart & vascular screenings: What’s the difference?

    There is a difference in the two screenings, but both are important to your health.
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  • Two women laughing while holding cups of coffee
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    Staying social is important at every age

    As you age, staying socially active can help support your physical, emotional and mental health.
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  • Aromatherapy enhances the well-being of seniors
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    Aromatherapy enhances the well-being of seniors

    Aromatherapy is good for the mind, body and soul and it’s used regularly at Good Samaritan Society – Specialty Care Community in the Twin Cities.
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  • Senior woman exercising at home with light weights.
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    5 ways to stay active as you age

    Strength training counteracts muscle loss over time.
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  • 5 things to consider when choosing home health services
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    5 things to consider when choosing home health services

    Choosing home health services for yourself or someone you love is a big decision, but considering these five things can help you make the right choice.
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  • Two senior-aged women walking for exercise.
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    9 ways to make exercise fun

    Are you intimidated by exercise? Don’t be.
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  • Caregiver and elderly woman walking outside on a nice day.
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    8 tips to avoid caregiver burnout

    Caring for a loved one can take a financial, emotional and physical toll. Here are suggestions on how to prevent caregiver burnout.
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  • Tips to prevent memory loss
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    Tips to prevent memory loss

    Prevent memory loss by giving your brain a workout. Find a list of easy activities you can do to stimulate and engage different parts of your brain.
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  • Younger woman kindly holding an older woman's hands.
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    What to do when your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

    No one wants to hear a loved one has received a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia.
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  • What you need to know about Alzheimer’s disease
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    What you need to know about Alzheimer’s disease

    Nearly everyone knows someone who has been affected by Alzheimer's disease.
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  • Older friends putting their hands together and looking down at the camera.
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    It’s not always Alzheimer’s disease

    Not everyone who has dementia has Alzheimer’s disease.
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  • Multi-generational family sitting on a couch taking a fun photo
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    Do I need advance care planning?

    Not sure if you need to outline your healthcare preferences and end-of-life wishes?
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  • Mother and daughter snuggled close under a white blanket looking out.
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    How do you know if you’re a caregiver?

    You check the mail for Mom since you're already at the post office.
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  • What to expect in therapy
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    What to expect in therapy

    You’re recovering from an illness, a fall, surgery or a stroke, and you need a little help getting back to full strength.
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  • Six Domains of Quality Care
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    Providing quality care for 100 years

    For the last century, the Good Samaritan Society has been committed to providing an unprecedented level of quality service to ensure our residents are safe and cared for.

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  • Female nurse assisting a senior male walk with a walker
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    Seeking caregiver support is a matter of health

    Finding support is crucial if you’re caring for a loved one. It’s one of the best things you can do for your well-being. Learn more.
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  • Elderly man, who lives in a nursing home, working on putting together a puzzle.
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    6 items every nursing home resident should have

    Is your loved one moving to a nursing home? Bring these six meaningful personal items to help them feel more comfortable in their new space.
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  • Stock photo of middle-aged woman talking to senior woman
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    Responsibilities of a caregiver

    If you’re stepping into a caregiver role for your loved one, learn everything you need to know and explore the caregiver support resources available to you.
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  • Stock photo of a senior couple walking at sunset
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    Navigating the many scenarios of caregiving

    Read through common scenarios faced by caregivers as well as links to services we provide if you find yourself in any of these situations.
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  • Stock image of two women laughing while walking
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    The positive impacts of caregiving

    Caregiving is an opportunity to help the people you love. It can enrich your life and fill you with a sense of purpose.
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  • Stock image of a woman using a laptop
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    Long-distance caregiving brings unique challenges

    Caregiving from a distance can be complicated. Whether the task is big or small, helping from a distance adds layers of complexity to any task. But you're not alone.
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  • 8 tips to ease into a caregiver role
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    8 tips to ease into a caregiver role

    The transition to becoming a caregiver can be gradual or sudden. If you have an aging parent, you should be prepared for either scenario.
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  • young child kissing their grandmother on the cheek
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    Flu vaccines: Protect yourself and your family

    Adults over the age of 65 are at an increased risk of serious flu complications. Your best defense is to get vaccinated. Learn more about the flu vaccine.
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  • 3 ways memory care should help
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    3 ways memory care should help

    Becoming involved in a memory care program will help reduce daily living concerns.
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  • How to talk to your doctor about depression
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    How to talk to your doctor about depression

    Not every doctor is attuned to their patients’ state of mind and depression is often overlooked in older adults. How do you recognize depression and talk to your doctor about it? Dr. Victoria Walker, chief medical officer of the Good Samaritan Society, offers some suggestions.
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  • Parkinson’s disease: Coping after the diagnosis
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    Parkinson’s disease: Coping after the diagnosis

    If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, find your next steps here. We’re here to offer guidance and support.
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  • Not all memory loss is the same
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    Not all memory loss is the same

    Have you ever misplaced an item? Or forgotten an appointment, only to remember it when it was too late?
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  • Don’t like meal planning or cooking? This system can help.
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    Don’t like meal planning or cooking? This system can help.

    Don't like to cook? You're not alone.
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  • Rehab therapy and assisted living Q&A
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    Rehab therapy and assisted living Q&A

    We have answers to your top questions about rehab therapy and assisted living. Read more below.
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  • Healthy eating habits critical to aging well [infographic]
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    Healthy eating habits critical to aging well [infographic]

    Eating is an important part of life for the nutritional and social benefits it provides. Yet many seniors don’t eat very much because of sensory changes that happen with aging.
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  • A Matter of Balance: What goes into fall prevention?
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    A Matter of Balance: What goes into fall prevention?

    There’s no real debate on whether or not preventing a fall is a good idea. But what can people do to prevent them? What can people do to move around more confidently?
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  • Caregiving for a loved one with dementia during a pandemic
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    Caregiving for a loved one with dementia during a pandemic

    Living through the crisis of a pandemic can be hard enough for the average person, let alone someone who has dementia.
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  • Preventive screenings give insight into general health
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    Preventive screenings give insight into general health

    There’s more to healthy living than good genes, good numbers, healthy weight and sound diet. Sanford Health, a Good Samaritan Society partner company, offers a multitude of preventive screenings that provide a more detailed look at your overall health.
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  • Portion size an important piece of the nutritional puzzle [infographic]
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    Portion size an important piece of the nutritional puzzle [infographic]

    When it comes to nutrition, how much you eat is just as important as what you eat.
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  • Good Samaritan Society: Keep up with therapy and rehab
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    Good Samaritan Society: Keep up with therapy and rehab

    While the pandemic has put a halt to many aspects of our daily lives, it shouldn't stop your day-to-day care.
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  • Exercise, social time can slow progression of Alzheimer’s
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    Exercise, social time can slow progression of Alzheimer’s

    Alzheimer’s is a disease that robs those diagnosed of cherished memories.
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  • Our home health services help you stay in your home longer
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    Our home health services help you stay in your home longer

    Home health care services from the Good Samaritan Society include skilled care, hospice care and help with household and personal care, such as grocery shopping, meal preparation and light housekeeping.
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  • The loneliness epidemic: Serious long-term health risks
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    The loneliness epidemic: Serious long-term health risks

    Loneliness is serious. In fact, it’s so serious that it can lead to an early death.
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  • It’s never too late to serve
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    It’s never too late to serve

    Are you looking for opportunities to serve your community after retirement? Here are some ways that seniors can make a difference in others’ lives through Senior Corps programs.
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  • Physical therapist standing next to a resident in a workout room
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    Choosing your post-acute care provider

    When your physician says you'll need rehabilitation following surgery, they are suggesting you seek out a service provider that fits your needs.
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  • Hearing loss: Tips for better conversations [infographic]
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    Hearing loss: Tips for better conversations [infographic]

    Having a conversation with someone who has hearing loss can sometimes be difficult and frustrating. But there are things that you can do to ease these issues.
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  • The healing power of music
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    The healing power of music

    In the video above, Megan Godfrey demonstrates a variety of music therapy styles. She says music therapy can be active — you and the therapist might sing, play instruments or write a song. Or it can be receptive — you listen, meditate or pray while the therapist makes music.
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  • Tips on cooking for one
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    Tips on cooking for one

    Making meals for yourself presents challenges if you've always cooked for a family.
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  • Drums Alive program combines fitness and fun
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    Drums Alive program combines fitness and fun

    Good Samaritan Society – Mountain Home is pleased to offer Drums Alive, a unique fitness experience that joins dynamic, full-body movements with the pulsating rhythms of the drum.
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  • Filling the void: The gift of our volunteers [video]
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    Filling the void: The gift of our volunteers [video]

    I have 8-year-old twin boys, Jeremiah and Joshua. They look completely different from each other, and yes, they act completely different, too.
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  • Preventing loneliness as you age [infographic]
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    Preventing loneliness as you age [infographic]

    Loneliness isn’t just a feeling. It can cause depression, anxiety, chronic pain, sleep problems and other health issues. But pursuing interests and being social can alleviate some of these concerns.
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  • Seniors and smartphones: 9 handy apps
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    Seniors and smartphones: 9 handy apps

    In the last few years, “app” has become a household word. But what exactly is an “app”?
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  • Alzheimer’s disease: What is sundowning? [video]
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    Alzheimer’s disease: What is sundowning? [video]

    Sundowning is a term that gets thrown around quite a bit in caregiver circles. It shows up in blogs, dementia training materials and casual conversation.
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  • ‘The hardest and best decision I ever had to make’ [video]
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    ‘The hardest and best decision I ever had to make’ [video]

    It started out with some minor adjustments to their daily lives.
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  • How can Services@Home help me?
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    How can Services@Home help me?

    Services@Home focuses on your convenience.
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  • Is your mom or dad at risk for malnutrition?
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    Is your mom or dad at risk for malnutrition?

    Why are older adults more likely to become malnourished?
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  • What does an end-of-life care team do? [infographic]
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    What does an end-of-life care team do? [infographic]

    At the Good Samaritan Society, a team of staff members with different skills works together to provide each resident with quality care at the end of life.
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