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Residents' legacy to continue as Heritage House keeps rolling into active lifestyles - August 24, 2014

Underwood Family donates 14-passenger bus to Heritage House in honor of former residents, Ray and Joan Underwood Read More »


Dahl Adult Day Center Expands Independence and Well-Being - August 22, 2014

Life took a twist the day David Haraldson had a stroke. After visiting with a neurologist, David, his wife Shirley, and their three daughters believed there was no reason David wouldn't fully recover. In fact, the Haraldsons were planning a vacation and the doctor encouraged the couple to travel. This was perfect, as they both enjoyed being active and on the-go. During their vacation, however, it became clear that David wasn't going to recover fully. Read More »


Creating Best in Class Memory Support Services to Enhance Quality of Life - August 20, 2014

According to the Alzheimer's Association, 69,000 Iowans age 65 and older were living with Alzheimer's disease in 2010. By 2025, that number is expected to reach 77,000--with an estimated 78 percent of people in long-term care having some level of cognitive impairment. As a leader in health and well-being services for older persons throughout the state of Iowa, WesleyLife launched an initiative to define, develop and implement a best-in class memory support program in late 2012. "We knew even before starting, the passion and dedication of team members working with memory support residents was amazing," says Nancy VanWyk, RN, and Certified Dementia Practitioner at Hearthstone. Read More »


Learning Leaps from Text Book to Real Life at The Village - August 18, 2014

A high school student's questions about Bill Hansen's heritage led to...cheesecake. Read More »


Redefining Home to Enhance Quality of Life In Pella, Iowa - August 15, 2014

It's a sunny Sunday afternoon as a car pulls into the garage at 1746 Main St. in Pella. As soon as the driver and passenger exit the vehicle and enter the door to the household, they're greeted with laughter and the aroma of apple pie lingering in the air. Four residents are gathered at the kitchen table reminiscing of previous years' plentiful-and not so plentiful- crop yields. It's a slice of a pretty normal Sunday afternoon in Pella-friends, family and coffee time. The only thing that's a bit out of the ordinary is it's not happening in the preconceived image of "home"; rather, it's happening at The Cottages, an innovative community of small households dedicated to older persons. Read More »


Wesley Wheels Connects Loved Ones to Life's Memories - August 13, 2014

Marguerit, a Park Centre resident, was resigned to missing the 35th wedding anniversary celebration for her son and daughter-in-law in Colo, Iowa. Except for her, the entire family was planning to be present. Adding to the specialness of the occasion, Marguerit's son was battling some health issues. Read More »


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