According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 47 million people live with Alzheimer’s and other dementias worldwide. June is a month dedicated to raising awareness of Alzheimer’s.
It’s true what they say: happiness is a choice. And everyone wants to be happy, right? But as we age, certain things happen that are unexpected and beyond our control. Stressors of younger days might be replaced by new worries of health and independence. Priorities shift from planning for the future to focusing on the present. New worries are alleviated by a different approach to finding happiness.
Knowing your calling early on is not something everyone has the chance to experience, but for Calvin Diekmann, knowing he was destined to work with seniors came at an early age. “I love working with the elderly and always have since my grandparents passed away when I was a teenager,” Calvin said. “I always knew that’s where I would be.”
Calvin has been part of Vista Prairie Communities since 2003. He started out in Memory Care at Vista Prairie at Goldfinch Estates Senior Living Community as a Care Provider working weekends only. His love for VPC and its mission grew and he soon became Goldfinch’s Program Coordinator. In April 2012, Calvin took the next step with VPC and accepted a role as Executive Director at Vista Prairie at Fieldcrest Senior Living Community.
Fieldcrest responds to growing demand for more senior living services and
memory care options in the Sheldon, IA area
The increased need for senior living services and memory care options in Sheldon, Iowa prompted Fieldcrest Senior Living Community to expand its services to help area seniors. Fieldcrest Senior Living, a Vista Prairie community, will be celebrating the grand opening of its expanded facilities with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and tours of the new addition. The public is invited to join Fieldcrest staff, residents and families at the grand opening event for tours, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages, entertainment, prizes, and speakers. The grand opening will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. The ribbon cutting will take place at 4:00 p.m.
Keelson Harbour Senior Living, a Vista Prairie community, is pleased to welcome Jean Greeley as Executive Director. Greeley brings significant experience in senior care to Keelson Harbour, most recently having spent the past eight years as Executive Director at Prairie Hills in Fairfield, Iowa. During her time at Prairie Hills, Greeley managed the construction of its senior living facility and led the community’s expansion from 50 units to 74 units where she reached and maintained 100 percent occupancy within two years of the expansion’s opening. Greeley’s appointment is a clear indication of the goals and expectations Vista Prairie has set for Keelson Harbour.