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Throughout her life, 93-year-old LaVerne has been a devoted role model for her three kids and grand-kids. She moved into Vista Prairie at Windmill Ponds in Alexandria, MN during a difficult year. George, her beloved husband of 70 years, was in hospice at the time. And then there was COVID.

“It was really hard at first,” LaVerne recalls. “Things got a little better. I got to go see him every day. I spent from one to four in the afternoon. I looked forward to that; it was enjoyable.”

While she was able to see and say good-bye to George, who was in a separate location, other in-person family visits were not allowed during the height of COVID. Instead, some video technology helped LaVerne stay in touch with her far-flung three children, in the Twin Cities, Nebraska and Texas.

LaVerne’s Twin Cities daughter Cathy Woodward also knows something about devotion. She painted the rock that LaVerne is holding as a thank-you for Windmill Ponds’ quality care. Cathy also contributed her comments about the COVID crisis as part of a 2021 video produced by LeadingAge – Minnesota to recognize the state’s caregivers. See the entire 5-minute video, which honors all the caregivers in Minnesota.

Beyond family, LaVerne is devoted to the friends she’s made at Windmill Ponds this past year, “The ladies are so friendly and neighborly,” she says. “They have a movie once a week, so we go together, and we play cards.” LaVerne says she and her friends are going to sign up for the regular boat rides on Alexandria’s many local lakes.

“It’s gone surprisingly very well,” LaVerne says putting the year into perspective, “because of the friendly people. You don’t get a chance to get too lonesome because there’s always something going on. I enjoy it here very much. I wouldn’t want to be anyplace else.”

Windmill Ponds offers assisted living in 65 one- and two-bedroom apartments, designed for seniors who enjoy an active social environment and expect high quality care.

Celebrating Grandparents Day From Miles Away

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The connection between grandparents and their grandchildren is an almost magical bond. In fact, many believe that the relationship children have with their grandparents is the second most important emotional bond in their lives after their parents. Grandparents are sources of unconditional love, wisdom, identity, and family values. The history and heritage they offer make them many children’s first experience of belonging to something larger than themselves.

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Staying Connected: How Seniors Can Benefit From Social Media

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In the past few years, social media has become an integral part of day-to-day life, from browsing Twitter over lunch to checking Facebook in line for coffee. Yet despite being so prevalent, social media is still largely considered a youthful technology. However, seniors are in fact the fastest growing demographic on social media today. Although most people assume seniors have stayed away from social media because they struggle to manage technology, the truth is that their reluctance often stems from a lack of perceived value. But as more and more seniors sign up for Facebook accounts, it’s becoming clear that social media can be a valuable resource for seniors.

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The Benefits of Social Media for Seniors

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When most people hear ‘social media,’ seniors don’t typically come to mind. However, seniors aged 65 and older represent one of the fastest growing age groups to use social media, according to NPR and the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project. In fact, seniors are the fastest growing demographic on Facebook today. Older adults are learning that social media sites are easy to access and are user-friendly. They are also catching on quickly to all the benefits social media has to offer them. We’ve laid out 5 of the top benefits of social media for older adults.

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