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Green Valley Care Center resident receives guitar for Christmas

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On Dec. 12, 2017, a dream came true for a resident at Green Valley Care Center in New Albany, Indiana.

Victor Crecelius is a Vietnam War veteran who used to play the guitar. He is proud of having met Willie Nelson in person at one of his concerts....

Heritage Healthcare patients create dollhouse in rehab

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Rehab patients at Heritage Healthcare in West Lafayette, Indiana, recently completed a wooden dollhouse project. 

It all started when a patient with cancer was looking for a project to enjoy, and the mother of Keith Screen, director of rehab, donated a kit to the facility....

Life Care Center of Elizabethton holds pumpkin-decorating contest

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On Oct. 31, 2017, Life Care Center of Elizabethton, Tennessee, held its annual pumpkin-decorating contest.

Residents presented their decorated mini-pumpkins for judging by residents, their family members and associates....

Magical beasts visit Life Care Center of Westminster

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You may be wondering, have creatures from the world of Harry Potter stopped by the skilled nursing facility for a visit?

Nope, nothing as fantastical as that.

The magical beasts that frequent the halls of Life Care Center of Westminster, Colorado, are rescue foster pups!

Marjorie Baillio turns 102 at Life Care Center of Centerville

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On Aug. 28, 2017, Marjorie Baillio, a resident at Life Care Center of Centerville, Tennessee, celebrated her 102nd birthday.

Family and friends gathered with Baillio and her fellow residents to celebrate the occasion with cherry pie and music from the 1960s....

Couple celebrates 50th anniversary at Life Care Center of Charleston

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On Oct. 6, 2017, Life Care Center of Charleston, South Carolina, resident Ruth Alexander and her husband, Billy, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

The couple had a party with their son in the facility’s private dining room, complete with gifts and a cake....

Cañon Lodge Care Center resident celebrates 100 years of life

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One of our beloved residents at Cañon Lodge Care Center in Cañon City, Colorado, recently celebrated a big milestone.

Florence Morrell’s family traveled from near and far to enjoy a party on Aug. 19, 2017, for her 100th birthday. Although her birthday is Nov. 13, the family wanted to celebrate sooner...

Life Care Center of Charleston resident crowned NAACP Centennial Queen

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On Sept. 23, 2017, less than a month after her 100th birthday, Earsie Jackson was crowned Mrs. NAACP Centennial Queen for the Charleston, South Carolina, chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The branch was celebrating its 100th year as well, with an anniversary gala, and created the special honor for the occasion....

Erna Beyer turns 100 at Life Care Center of Hickory Woods

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Erna Beyer, a resident at Life Care Center of Hickory Woods in Antioch, Tennessee, just turned 100.

Beyer’s family and friends celebrated the occasion with her on Sept. 7, 2017, with a party....


Green Valley Care Center resident cares for garden and rabbits

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Gene Thompson, a resident at Green Valley Care Center in New Albany, Indiana, takes on a unique role at the facility.

Thompson, who lived on a farm near Taylorsville, Indiana, in his younger days, assists with caring for the garden in the facility’s courtyard. In summer 2017, the garden was lush with organic vegetables....

AQ Project donates sensory quilts to Evergreen Nursing Home residents

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On Aug. 4, 2017, ladies from the AQ Project delivered 10 sensory lap quilts to residents on the memory care unit at Evergreen Nursing Home in Alamosa, Colorado.

AQ stands for Alzheimer’s Quilts, and the nonprofit organization makes and donates quilts to seniors with dementia as well as to blind babies and individuals with sensory perception issues....

Virginia Behman turns 100 at Life Care Center of Hilton Head

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Virginia Behman, a resident at Life Care Center of Hilton Head, just turned 100.

Behman’s family and friends celebrated the occasion with her on July 21, 2017, with a party. During the celebration, she was inducted into Life Care Centers of America’s Century Club for centenarians...

Harold Stewart turns 100 at Life Care Center of Carrollton

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Harold Stewart, a resident at Life Care Center of Carrollton, Missouri, recently celebrated his 100th birthday.

Around 100 family members and friends gathered at Life Care Center of Carrollton for an ice cream and cake social....

Life Care Center of Grandview resident meets country music star

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Frances Stanaway, a resident at Life Care Center of Grandview, Missouri, has been a country music fan all her life. Lately, she has enjoyed listening to the music of country star Luke Bryan.

Stanaway has a terminal illness, and Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care in Independence, Missouri, connected her with a way to fulfill her dream of meeting Bryan....

Small gesture blooms into big smiles for senior citizens

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By Jason Keller with The Greeley Tribune

Originally published in The Greeley Tribune on July 17, 2017. Story and photos reprinted with permission. 

Hoisting her bright new mug of flowers, Charlotte Clay on Monday was living proof that the smallest gestures can bring the widest smiles....

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau resident gets creative with sticks

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You know what they say about idle hands being the devil’s workshop.

Ernest Adams doesn’t plan to let that happen. Instead, his hands stay busy in the workshop he’s set up in his room at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. It’s here that the 92-year-old painstakingly builds birdhouses, playhouses and even garages out of brightly colored craft sticks....

Lena Phillips turns 102 at Life Care Center of Osawatomie

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On Feb. 12, 2017, Lena Phillips turned 102 at Life Care Center of Osawatomie, Kansas.

Phillips’s family threw a birthday party for her with more than 50 family members (spanning five generations) and friends stopping by to visit....

Resident has lived at Life Care Center of Cleveland for 35 years

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Dora Long has been a resident at Life Care Center of Cleveland, Tennessee, for more than 35 years.

Long, who grew up in Copper Hill, Tennessee, has a developmental disability. Her mother always tried to keep her active and involved in family life, from childhood on into her adulthood....

Resident at Heritage Healthcare enjoys Purdue game with mayor

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On Feb. 26, 2017, John Mitchell, a resident at Heritage Healthcare in West Lafayette, Indiana, enjoyed a Purdue women’s basketball game with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski.

Mitchell and Mayor Roswarski have been friends for approximately 20 years. Mitchell suffers from muscular dystrophy, and the friends met while volunteering to help fundraise for the Muscular Dystrophy Association...

Life Care Center of Cleveland celebrates Claude Ogle’s 102nd birthday

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Claude Ogle’s 102nd birthday may have fallen on Feb. 22, 2017, but the celebration lasted all week.

Ogle, a resident at Life Care Center of Cleveland, Tennessee, is a true legend in his hometown. At more than a century, he is still spry and witty, just as he has always been. In fact, his was the cover story for parent company Life Care Centers of America’s 2016 LEADER magazine, which features life stories of residents across the county.

Sybil Churchill turns 102 at Life Care Center of Omaha

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On March 10, 2017, Sybil Churchill celebrated her 102nd birthday at Life Care Center of Omaha, Nebraska, where she resides. The facility held a traditional cake and ice cream party for Churchill and her family and friends. 

Churchill was born in Laclede County, Missouri, while World War I was raging in Europe....

Street named after Life Care Center of Omaha resident

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By Becca Mann, World-Herald staff writer

Originally titled “Part of Omaha’s Lake Street renamed after civil rights trailblazer” and published in the Omaha World-Herald on Feb. 17, 2017. Reprinted with permission.

Founding the Great Plains Black History Museum, serving as the museum’s director and curator, organizing outreach efforts across the state and participating in civil rights movement protests in Omaha....

Circle of care goes around for Eyres at Life Care Center of Wichita

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Nancy Eyres and her husband, Bob, have been heavily involved in the Medical Loan Closet in Wichita, Kansas.

The non-profit organization provides a place for individuals and businesses who are no longer using their durable medical equipment to donate it so that others who need it can rent it at a fraction of the normal cost. It is run by volunteers, like the Eyres family....

Residents crowned king and queen of Green Valley Care Center

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Two residents at Green Valley Care Center in New Albany, Indiana, were crowned king and queen of the facility on Dec. 30, 2016.

Ollie Ballew, New Albany’s Harvest Homecoming queen, volunteered to come to the facility and crown Jackie Humphrey as king and Jo Madden as queen. Residents and associates were present to watch the crowning.

107-year-old resident at Payson Care Center has legacy of hospitality

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One of the friendliest residents you will meet at Payson Care Center in Payson, Arizona, is Bessie Simmons-Scott.

“She’s 107, and she’s the life of the party,” said Wesley Still, registered nurse. “She is a total joy to everyone in our facility, including other residents’ family members.”