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Beating the Winter Blues By: Kim Palka For many, the cold grey days of winter can make it harder to get out of bed in the morning. Feeling lethargic and lacking motivation or enthusiasm often times accompany the “winter blues.” Humans are physically and emotionally affected by the sunlight, or the lack thereof. For a … Continued

Led to Care for Others

  When John Waltner was looking for chaplain jobs in the Redmond area years ago, Emerald Heights caught his eye. He admired the neighborhood and the sense of intimacy that the community offered and he knew that he wanted to serve as chaplain. His previous 17 years as a Pastor gave him the edge and … Continued

The Best Adventure Yet

Tom Stoebe grew up on an orange grove in Southern California, considers one of his greatest passions being on the water, and has looked for adventure as far back as he can remember. His impressive professional track record began when Tom took on a tremendous task of earning a bachelor, masters, and doctoral degree in … Continued

Second Generation Embarking on New Adventures

For the McEwen sisters, a sedentary retirement lifestyle was never an option. Irene was a physical therapist and worked with students with disabilities in the public schools for fifteen years. She finished her career as a professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. Choosing a different initial … Continued

How to Find a Retirement Home that Doesn’t Make You Feel Old

Dread the thought of an ‘old folks’ home? These retirees deflate that stereotype By: Maryalene LaPonsie, US News and World Report Lynn Mercer sports a bumper sticker on her vehicle that reads “Living in the Cove and Loving It.” That’s how much the 67-year-old likes her retirement community, Colony Cove, in Ellenton, Florida. However, not … Continued

Building a difference for others

Growing up in a house full of tools, a father with skill and a yearning to learn, Emerald Heights’ resident Dale Thompson quickly began to craft an art for working with wood. “If my dad had the time and knowledge to make or fix something himself, he would do it,” said Thompson.  “I learned as … Continued

For the Love of Stitching

The year was 1962 when Maggie Backman took her first trip to Japan and indulged in her love of textiles and silk embroidery. Soon after, her husband and U.S. Navy Captain Fred was stationed in the Far East country taking Maggie to Japan fulltime. While exploring a Tokyo department store several years later, Backman recognized … Continued

10 Tips for Planning a Heart Healthy Grocery List

By: Courtney Riffe, nutrition manager and dietician at Emerald Heights Whether you have made a New Year resolution to eat healthier or your doctor has recommended it, shopping for heart healthy snacks and meals is challenging. Most of us don’t know what eating with your heart in mind means. Heart healthy eating involves limiting foods … Continued