Living in Community

What can a Benedictine monk tell us about living in community.  A lot, it turns out. Rev. Roman Paur, OSB, St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, MN, was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of five retirement communities residents’ council members on April 19.  All are  managed by Erickson Living. As the …

Lucky Duck

We had a fun event and fundraiser this afternoon as we watched 350 ducks race to the finish line. Okay, the ducks were plastic and they were pushed along by folks shoving noodles at them. The ducks were all numbered and we had a chance to “adopt” ducks for the event. …

Leadership in Retirement

 I am now the President of the Residents’ Council in our over 2,000 resident continuing care retirement community. Did I forget to mention that? I was elected by the members of the Council at the August meeting. I will finish my three-year term in August 2016. 

In Touch With Nature

Get in touch with nature is many times suggested as an antidote for what ails you. I have a “secret” spot where I do just that. I like people, but I also like solitude. I found my spot close by the St. Charles apartment building where we live. It has …

Will the sticky bun melt my baggie?

After an experience in the dining one Sunday morning, I wrote this article for our monthly newspaper, the Sunburst. I have received a positive response from everyone who commented to me. Will the Sticky Bun Melt my Baggie? The Atrium kitchen staff baked over 200 sticky buns for breakfast on …

What’s in a Name?

What does continuing care retirement community mean to you? Do you think of old, feeble, not for me? So do others. Leading Age joined with Mathers Lifeways in Evanston, Il to come up with a new name for our type of living arrangement. They called it CCRC Namestorm to create …