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Loneliness & Wisdom

May 15, 2019 — By Margaret Wachholz. Mid-life: why do we call mid 50’s mid-life as it assumes we’ll live to +110? And, furthermore, if we could live to be 300, would we come any closer to a selfless nature? But as life expectancy stretches forward and perhaps the human condition remains the same; by mid-life, we have enough... Read More

Learn How to be Ageless from 2 Gingers founder Kieran Folliard

April 11, 2019 — By Margaret Wachholz A few years back, the owners of The Irish Gazette hosted Kieran Folliard, originally from the west of Ireland, at the Yacht & Pool Club. He is an accomplished gentleman. 2 GINGERS® Irish Whiskey was created by Kieran who was inspired by his red-headed or “ginger” mother, Mary. Kieran also has owned... Read More

Telling the Stories of our Lives

March 22, 2019 — by Carol Dexter, integrative health volunteer My name is Carol.  I have been volunteering at Woodbury Senior Living (WSL) twice a week for about nine months.  This is my story:  I never lived with elders and never experienced their lives as an adult except when they were hospitalized with an acute illness, injury, or were experiencing... Read More

Love and Meaning

February 8, 2019 — by Margaret Wachholz There are untapped sources of meaning all around us – right here, right now.  Seekers of meaning like Viktor Frankl, Aristotle, George Eliot & more educate us on the power of Love & Meaning. In some cases their hope was stolen: they were punished for doing what was right and were cast... Read More

Beauty in Imperfection: Elders Impart Wisdom to High Schoolers

January 11, 2019 — by Margaret Wachholz A trip to Kilkenny Castle as a student living in Ireland informed me that tapestry weavers will always leave subtle mistakes in their work as a reminder that only God is perfection. A trip to our campus was made by Woodbury High Social Studies  teacher Mr. Geoff Stevens and his sociology students... Read More

My life is completely changed – Aynalem Bedaso’s story

August 30, 2018 — Feeling right at home Three years ago, Aynalem Bedaso left Dubai to join her family in Minnesota. Born in a small city in northeast Ethiopia, Aynalem (pronounced Eye-NAHL-um) grew up attending school and working odd jobs, but career opportunities were limited. When she was in her late twenties, she moved to Dubai, where she supported... Read More

My Volunteer Story

August 8, 2018 — by Carol Dexter, RN, BSN, MPH, integrative health volunteer at Woodbury Senior Living Creative in My Work Hi, I am Carol and I have lived a very eventful life up until the time I decided to retire. I grew up in a moderate sized town with four other siblings and lots of cousins and friends. ... Read More

Enriching lives through music therapy

August 14, 2017 — By Erin Heidemann, MT-BC Angela Johnson, MT-BC and I are full time music therapists on the memory care unit at Woodbury Health Care Center. Angela and I have worked together on the memory care unit for four years. Together, we have developed a Music Therapy program of activities that enriches the lives of all residents.... Read More

Presenters at International Integrative Nursing Symposium

May 10, 2017 — In early April 2017, Rachel Trelstad-Porter and Amy Quarberg attended the 2nd International Integrative Nursing Symposium in Tucson, AZ, presenting on the Integrative Therapies program at Woodbury Senior Living. Rachel is the Director of Integrative Health and Wellness at Woodbury Senior Living and Amy is an Integrative Nurse Clinician at Woodbury Senior Living and at... Read More