Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, March 6, 2000

Solid values built into Winsted's Linden Wood Apartments

Compassion, integrity, dignity, and service form the foundation for the Linden Wood Apartments, located at 215 Linden Avenue,Winsted.

Built in 1982, the living is easy at Linden Wood. Among the many amenities offered are elevator service to all floors, no steps involved anywhere in the building, mail delivery, beauty shop services, on-site laundry, and prescription drug delivery. In addition, weekly religious services are offered.

Some residents enjoy daily meals at the senior meal site, with transportation provided. Others have their daily meals delivered to them via Meals on Wheels; or may choose to prepare their own meals or go out for the day.

At present, there are 38 units filled in the 40-unit building. The manager is Sharon Pingree, and the caretaker is Jesse Nelson.

There are numerous activities offered at Linden Wood. Coffee hours occur frequently during the week, with visiting and occasional snacking. Wednesday night is movie time, Thursday afternoon is craft club and bingo in the evening.

Communion is offered on Sunday mornings. Holidays are joyfully celebrated with socializing, food and games. In the summer, the grill on the patio is kept busy.

There is always someone on hand for a game of cards, including a couple of hot cribbage players always ready for a challenge.

Not all Linden Wood residents are native to the Winsted area, although most are from the surrounding vicinity. There are some folks from the cities and other states who moved here to be closer to their families. There is a wide diversity of backgrounds, coupled with a common willingness to share memories.

The residents are encouraged to attend frequent informational sessions, which occur on a monthly schedule, sometimes more often. Among those being presented this spring are a seminar on care planning being presented by Chilson Funeral Home, a talk by the librarian from the Winsted Public Library, a speaker from Old Town Gallery of Howard Lake to discuss local history of the area, a demonstration on massage therapy, a learning session on "palm braiding," to coincide with the Lenten season, and a flower arranging session from County 1 Design of Winsted. The public is invited to any and all of these sessions.

A Mother's Day tea is also being planned this spring to honor the mothers in our facility and their contribution to our family. Their children are invited to this event, details will be announced at a later date.

Other events Linden Wood has planned for residents include an "Over 90s Day" to celebrate those tenants celebrating their ninth decade. There will be a "Guess the Tenant" photo contest with prizes, and drawings for "Tenant of the Day."

The entire community, family and friends are invited to join the residents and staff at Linden Wood to celebrate "Homes for the Aging Week" May 14-20.

The Minnesota Health and Housing Alliance, of which Linden Wood is a member, has selected the theme, "Stars Among Us: A Celebration of Age." There are "stars among us," and this year, we reflect on the dedicated "stars" that work and reside in older adult service settings.

What Linden Wood means to me . . .

"It's home, different things happen here, I meet new friends, it's interesting and a comfortable place to live. Maybe we all don't agree all the time, but everything works out in the end anyway." Othilia Otto

"You should always enjoy your life so others can enjoy theirs, too. I have found many people here who do." Arnold Johnson

"Everything is pretty good, no complaints." Lyndon Allen

"I like it here, the folks are so friendly, and there's always entertainment." Janice and Louis Kruse

"I think it's a very nice place to live and I've made a lot of friends since moving here. I think we have everything we need here, a nice activity room and other nice facilities. There are plenty of activities to keep us busy so we aren't bored." Dora Semar

National Homes for the Aging Week

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May to be "Senior Citizens Month" in the United States.

Two years later, Congress passed the first "Older Americans Act," which included the establishment of the federal Administration on Aging. The Administration on Aging then began promoting the celebration of Senior Citizens Month each May to the nation's nursing homes.

In 1970, the name of Senior Citizens Month was officially changed to "Older Americans Month." Sensing that more could and should be done in the way of promoting the celebration of this special month, around 1980, the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging began to promote "Older Americans Month" to its thousands of not-for-profit senior housing members.

About that time, many facilities began to concentrate their activities for "Older Americans Month" into a single week ­ which became known as national "Homes for the Aging Week." Since 1983, the Minnesota Health and Housing Alliance has been helping its 580 not-for-profit nursing home and senior housing members plan and promote their individual celebrations for "Homes for the Aging Week," which always begins on Mother's Day.

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