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Homes of Love By Megan Slagter

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omes come in all shapes and sizes. Some people view homes as a place with a bed and a roof. Others view home as a place that does not interfere with work. A large majority see it as a place that is warm and full of love, a place where you can see people who you call family. Those smiling faces make every day a joyous one. As we grow older, we find homes in more than just one place or one person. We make families, create new friendships and make new memories. All the while, your parents or grandparents stand behind you, supporting you and watching you grow. That is why it’s important to help them when they are no longer able to take care of themselves. Whether it is no longer being able to keep track of medications or no longer being able to do daily living tasks, it’s important to make the right decisions for our elders. You can take them into your own home so you can take better care of them or hire a caretaker to be there in your absence. There is also the option of placing them in an assisted living facility or a long-term care facility. Assisted living facilities are special housing for the elderly or disabled set up to provide different levels of nursing care, housekeeping, and prepared meals as needed. Superi-

Superior Care Villa residents enjoyed the extra help from Morgan and Mila during exercise class. Pictured are Superior Care Villa residents Elsie Turbiville, Betty Kusler and Dude Veroye.

Have you had your Annual Wellness Visit? What is an Annual Wellness Visit? For our Medicare patients, the Annual Wellness Visit is a preventive screening, covered by Medicare Part B, designed to develop or update a personalized plan to prevent disease and/or disability based on your current health and risk factors. Our hope is that through these preventive care visits, we can help you live a longer, more enjoyable life.

What is included in an Annual Wellness Visit? • Complete Health History Review • Medication Reconciliation • Measurement of Blood Pressure, Height, Weight, BMI, & Visual Acuity • Screenings to Detect Depression, Risk of Falling, Cognition, & Other Potential Problems • Recommendations for Additional Wellness Services & Healthy Lifestyles Changes • Advanced Care Planning - Advanced Directives

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Medicare Will Pay For a ONE-TIME ‘Welcome to Medicare’ Wellness Visit anytime during the first 12 months you are enrolled in Medicare Part B & Every 12 Months After That.

To schedule your Annual Wellness Visit, please call Southwest Medical Clinic at (701) 523-5555.


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3 or Care Villa of Baker, MT is an exceptional facility. With high praise from the community, Superior Care Villa sets a very high standard when it comes to taking care of our elders. Superior Care Villa has interactive activities to help the residents stay entertained and physically stable. To name a few, they provide stretch and exercise classes, arts and crafts, baking, horse races, cards and bingo, even bus rides if the weather permits it. The bus rides are not just limited to the local area. They travel to surrounding communities like Plevna, Ekalaka, Ollie and Carlyle. When it’s warm, the bus will occasionally take the residents to The Box for some ice cream. Tasty Treats is a baking/cooking activity that relies on the residents and their favorite recipes. They share these recipes with the staff and/or volunteers so that they can recreate and reminisce on memories from their past. Horse racing is the all time favorite among the residents. Volunteer Jim Hufford makes the experience that much more enjoyable. He has quite the set up with his racetrack and sound effects. The staff at Superior Care Villa are top tier when it comes to taking care of the elderly. The director, Michelle Shumaker is to thank for that. Her leadership has created not only a fantastic facility but has also given this community a true gem. “We strive to encourage independence among our residents, giving them the control they need to feel more at home.” Making a new home is a feat in itself. The staff has a well-rounded relationship with the residents consisting of professionalism and family-oriented interactions. The residents know that the staffs are there for assistance but also there for much more. The staff is full of love and smiles, especially when the residents decide to play fun pranks on them. Superior Care Villa has a physical therapist assistant, Marci Breitbach, who provides assistance in helping the residents maintain their mobility so that they are able to do as much as they can on their own for as long as they can. Marci is a great example for Superior Care as a well-rounded staff member. When she is working on exercises with a resident, she maintains her professionalism as a physical therapist but also makes it light and fun. “We are like a big family here. We pay attention to what makes them laugh or what makes them smile so we can create more moments like that for them.” This facility makes it their goal to show their residents and the community that they do care. The residents and their family members have nothing but praise for Superior Care Villa. Long-term care facilities provide a variety of services that help meet both medical and non-medical needs of residents who are finding difficulty in taking care of themselves whether it is because of basic daily living tasks or because of medical issues. Long-term care facilities tend to house more dependent residents who need a little more assistance in daily living tasks or medical care. Fallon Medical Complex of Baker, MT has a Long-Term Care (LTC) facility that strives to care for all residents based off of their needs. LTC’s activities are interactive and fun filled. A few activities are bingo and cards, crafts and board games, cooking/ baking, sing-along, outings uptown and beauty shop. Stretch

Fallon Medical Complex long-term care, had their valentines party and crowned their King and Queen. King went to Bill Randash and Queen is Lillian Leischner. and exercise classes come in a wide variety. For example, there is chair yoga, ball and band exercises, and “Passport to Wellness” which is a YouTube video you watch while doing one of the three exercises. Beauty shop is mainly aimed towards the lady residents, giving them a day of pampering. From curls to straightening, the lady residents come out proud of their new makeovers. Sing-along is an activity that LTC does that brings joy not only to the residents but also to the volunteers who come to sing with them. The staff at FMC take pride in how they take care of their residents, making the care they give first-class and full of heart. Family isn’t just defined by blood or relation and this staff proves it. The teamwork in this facility is improved greatly by walkie talkies, allowing communication among the staff members be used to its full potential. The staff at FMC also includes an occupational therapist and a physical therapist to assist residents on the road to recovery. Occupational therapy assists residents to recover skills needed to maintain independence in activities of daily living. Physical therapy assists residents in maintaining or improving their strength and mobility. FMC also has a Respite Care Program where if an at home caretaker is unable to fulfill their duties temporarily, the person in need of assistance can apply to stay at LTC temporarily until their caretaker resumes their duties or until other accommodations are made. Assistant Director of Nursing, Michelle Smith, is an exceptional leader and a wonderful teacher. Starting off as a

CNA at the age of 16, she has a great amount of knowledge under her belt to share among her staff members. She enjoys being personally involved with her residents, helping them where she can, all the while making sure to attend to her other duties with FMC almost as if she is the Momma Hen of LTC. One of Michelle’s tasks is to attend care plan meetings with the resident and their family member so they can work to improve the individual care given to the resident. Another great form of communication utilized to its full extent. Michelle reported, “Paperwork is necessary but being out there with the residents is where it’s at, interacting with them wherever I can.” She takes pride in making Christmas as special as can be dressing up as Santa Claus for the residents and their family members. FMC is lucky to have such amazing people working hard to take care of our elders. All around smiles and laughter among the residents and staff make both facilities a true home. The smell of cookies baking constantly. Watching as the staff members prank each other all the while seeking smiles from the residents. Watching a volunteer provide entertainment whether it’s singing and dancing or simply just baking for them. These are just a few moments you will experience when walking into either Superior Care Villa or FMC Long-Term Care. Our community is blessed to have two of the most home like facilities that make it their priority to provide our elders with comfort and quality of life. These two facilities cater to different levels of care but are shining examples of warmth and compassion.


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Elder Care eyes Bowman area for nutritious programs By Brad Mosher bmosher@countrymedia.net Bowman had a Café 60 restaurant a year ago until JaBBR’s closed. That meant the city had a place where seniors could go to have a well-balanced and nutritious meal for a suggested donation of $5, until the restaurant closed. That doesn’t mean there may not be another in the future. The program is part of Elder Care in Bowman County and also Slope, Stark, Hettinger, Adams, Dunn, Golden Valley and Billings counties along the western edge of the state. The executive director of Elder Care is Colleen Rodakowski. Based in Dickinson, the program receives some funding from the Older Americans Act, which means that the restaurants involved in the program must meet certain meal requirements. “Elder Care’s Cafe 60 menus are created by a dietitian who understands the required Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs). The menus are then approved by the state of North Dakota. “Justin Abrahamson had the restaurant (JaBBR’s) in Bowman,” Rodakowski explained. Restaurants in the area can join the Café 60 program, she said. “Café 60, a program of Elder Care, partners with restaurants to offer senior meals to people age 60 and over. Through the Elder Care program, the meals through Café 60 has to be a nutritional meal. It has to meet the nutritional requirements set by federal and state (33 percent of the DRIs) because our meal is subsidized through the Older Americans Act. The dollars that come to support Café 60 comes from the Older Americans Act so we have to meet quite a few requirements to offer that meal.” Elder Care has 22 restaurants in western North Dakota, including six who are part of the Café 60 restaurant voucher program, ranging from Jodeo’s in the small Dunn County community of Halliday all the way to the Hawks Point dining room in Dickinson, along with Buzzy’s Café in Beach, 4 Corners Café in Fairfield, The Perch (on the Dickinson State University campus) and the Roosevelt Grand Dakota Hotel (also in Dickinson). She is proud of that number. “Out of the whole state, we have the most Café 60 meal sites. Elder Care created the Cafe 60 program and shared it with other agencies in the state. For us, we have a lot of sites because we are trying to help those small towns that have seniors,” she added. “Some of those small restaurants are just struggling to stay open.” “The meal can’t be just a hamburger and fries. It would have to be a hamburger, fries, mixed vegetables or carrots and there has to be a fruit and milk,” she explained. “The state looks at the nutrients, not the meal pattern. It can not be just any vegetable. For example, green beans would not be a substitute for carrots,” she explained. “But a protein can be substituted by any protein. Restaurants have to have a lot of choices of nutrients to make

hard for us unless they had a really good soup and salad bar,” she added. “They would need to be offering a variety of fruits and veggies.” If any restaurant wants to partner with the Café 60 program, they would need to offer the required menu and follow the state regulations in addition to the restaurant license, she explained. “There are a lot of requirements they have to do for us. Restaurants have to temperature check the food and participate in meal site assessments. They have to temp their refrigerators and freezers. Any restaurant that is able to do our menus, is somebody we can partner with,” the director said.

sure they can be offering the state approved menu. That is because we are regulated through the Older Americans Act. “JaBBR’s had such a nice selection. It was a family restaurant,” she said, explaining how the restaurant had been able to earn its Café 60 status and hold it for several years before it closed. “Café 60 is for seniors who are not home bound and still can get out and about,” the executive director said. The available nutritional selection is the stumbling block for many places,” she said, noting places like gas stations might just be offering a menu with pizzas, sausages and donuts…or have deep fried foods. “Gas stations would be

Brand new program Elder Care is also creating a new, less stringent, program called “Bistro 60,” in hopes of expanding nutritious senior meals into more of the smaller communities of western North Dakota. “Bistro 60 is going to be a senior meal as well, but will not meet the Older Americans Act requirements. We are struggling in some of the smaller towns to find restaurants that can offer the required foods. JaBBR’s was struggling with that too. Even though they had a large selection of food, it was at a high cost for them to provide that meal. The Bistro 60 program is something that Rodakowski hopes to get started this summer. “Bistro 60 is going to be a good meal for the seniors. It is just not going to meet the DRI regulations. “The biggest difference is that people would have to pay $5 for that Bistro meal, while through Elder Care’s Café 60, the way the Older Americans Act was read, we cannot charge for the meal. We ask for a suggested contribution of $5,” she explained. “Some people would pay $5. Others would pay $4, $3 or $1...or even nothing. It depends on what they can afford.” Funding support is what will differentiate between the two programs, Rodakowski explained. “For the Bistro 60, they will have to pay the $5 for the meal. However, the meal will still be nutritious. “I am working to establish a Bistro 60 in Bowman, because it is so hard to cook as we age,” she said. It is a problem that Rodakowski hopes to solve. “We are trying to think outside the box and how to feed our seniors. We want to feed them a good meal that they are going to eat.” Rodakowski would like to see communities like Bowman actually having several locations where seniors could get good and nutritious meals like the Café 60 and Bistro 60 programs are designed to offer. “Subway’s offer healthy meals. They have salads and sandwiches,” she noted as an example, although the chain recently closed in Bowman. That type of local restaurant would be a good fit for the Bistro 60 program because of the healthy options, she explained.


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5 “We created the Bistro 60 to help us feed seniors in the small towns that struggle to get in the DRIs that the state requires,” she added. She said that she would like to see seniors in the Bowman area have more Elder Care meal options as early as summer. “If local restaurants are interested in the Café 60 or Bistro 60 programs, they can contact Elder Care at 701-4561818,” Rodakowski said. Home-bound support Southwest Healthcare provides Elder Care home-delivered meals in Bowman to the seniors who are homebound, Rodakowski added. “Southwest Healthcare, has been able to partner with us because they have the foods available as well as substitutions due to feeding the hospital and nursing home,” she said. Contact Elder Care 701-456-1818 director@eldercareregion8.org

JaBBR’s family restaurant in Bowman was one of the Cafe 60 restaurants in the state which had partnered with Elder Care to provide nutritious meals for seniors. PHOTO/Brad Mosher

Fallon County Public Health

Our health department provides a variety of services to people of all ages and income. Some examples of these are immunizations, family planning, blood pressure clinics, WIC, equipment loans, medication setup, housekeeping services for elderly or those who qualify, and much more. Feel free to call or visit for additional information. The health department also offers Certified Lactation Counseling. Department Administrator: Kim Cuppy, R.N., Director of Public Health

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A gentle way to stay active By Shannon Johnson Yoga has been increasing in popularity in Western cultures since the 1960’s, and for a good reason! As the health and fitness industry advances, we’re learning more and more about the benefits that yoga has on the body as a whole and individual body systems. With so many benefits, there’s something for everyone. Yoga for seniors is becoming increasingly popular, with many studios and work out videos offering yoga sessions specifically for seniors. A huge benefit that yoga boasts is reduced stress. The relaxing movements and breath work help to lower heart rate as well as blood pressure and can make breathing easier. With heart disease being ever present in America we need to be vigilant in making heart healthy choices. As well as reducing physical stress, it also calms mental stress and anxiety, and many have reported that it helps combat feelings

Yoga is especially beneficial for many seniors trying to prevent muscle atrophy, osteoporosis, and loss of balance. Stock Image

of depression. Another added perk to the mental and physical relaxation that it offers is that many people find the quality and length of their sleep improving. Sleep is vi-

tal for bodily processes, including keeping the immune system functioning well. Yoga improves balance, flexibility, mobility, and strength. This is great for any

age group, but with many seniors trying to prevent muscle atrophy, osteoporosis, and loss of balance it is especially beneficial. Improving balance and strength can help prevent falls and improve the quality of life, while improving flexibility and mobility can make activities of daily living easier to perform. One of the biggest and most sought-after benefits is that it alleviates aches and pains. Many Americans of every age group suffer with chronic pain. Many people hold tension in their shoulders and back, and yoga offers a relaxing way to release the tension you are holding in those muscles. It has also been known to reduce pain from chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis. Most people of any age group can safely practice yoga; however, it is important to consult your doctor before beginning any new fitness regimen. It is also important to discuss with your yoga instructor any physical limitations or pain that you have, so they can make modifications to various poses as needed.

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Preventing slips, trips, and falls By Shannon Johnson

Avoiding loose fitting clothing can also be great in helping prevent tripping and slipping. A pesky pant leg getting caught under a foot could easily lead to a fall.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the number one cause of injuries in seniors.

Upgrading things within your home can help too. Install-

Falls can result in hip and extremity fractures, head injuries,

ing grab rails in the shower, by the toilet, next to chairs and

and cuts and bruises. In situations where no injury occurs, it

beds, and even next to the sink can help you get up with

can still be a frightening experience that prompts seniors to

proper body mechanics, as well as give you something to

avoid activities they once enjoyed doing.

hold onto while standing on surfaces that could be potentially slippery.

The home is one of the most common places for falls to

Upgrading lighting fixtures is a good idea as well. Ade-

occur, and thankfully we all have a level of control over

quate lighting allows you to see tripping and slipping haz-

making our home environment safer and more suitable! One of the easiest and most effective things you can do

ards that you might have otherwise missed in a dimly lit

is to pick up clutter. If you have stacks of news papers sit-

room. Other preventative measures, such as laying down

ting by your couch, boxes in the hallways, or things laying

non-slip mats down in the shower, bathroom, kitchen, and

around they can easily be overlooked when you are tired or

other hard floors and being sure to wear shoes or non-slip

distracted, posing a tripping hazard.

socks are important too.

Other things to take into consider for tripping include replacing throw rugs that could be a cause for slipping or tripping or repairing loose carpet and broken floorboards.

Falls can be a frightening experience that prompts seniors to avoid activities they once enjoyed doing. Stock Image

Slips and trips can be scary and potentially harmful for seniors, so it’s important to be proactive in making sure your living environment is one free of fall hazards!


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Local seniors find home-like option at Sunrise Village By Brad Mosher bmosher@countrymedia.net Since it opened 15 years ago, Sunrise Village has been at full occupancy with its dozen two-bedroom senior apartments. Rarely, is there a vacancy. Located on the northwestern edge of the city (203 Eleventh Avenue NW), the major qualification for rental is being over the age of 55. “Other than that, we have a screening process where we look at independence. They have to be able to be safe here, physically and cognitively as we are staffed just eight hours each day,” Amy Smyle, a registered nurse and manager for the assisted living complex, explained. The tenants can choose what level of assistance they may need and each unit has its own kitchen facilities. “We can help with medication, bathing or increased housekeeping, laundry and that kind of thing. The assistance is available but they are not overly managed.” “We have had residents get Meals on Wheels delivered in

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the past. The people here can take advantage of those opportunities. Southwest Transportation serves a lot of the people that live here but do not drive.” However, 24-hour assisted living is not an option for the people who rent any of the dozen apartments. According to Smyle, that means Sunrise Village is not involved with the some of the government programs. “We assist renters and their families with reviewing their insurance policies to see if the services meet the qualifications,” she said. Smyle said the there is a waiting list for vacancies, with some people on the list years before they plan to make the move. Each time there is a vacancy, the registered nurse said she’d go down the list to find the next person ready for the move. The list has about 40 to 50 names, with the people given the option of whether to accept the vacancy or to pass the opportunity on to others. “The (waiting list) number is very deceiving. People put their name on it as a safeguard. It is a long list, but they can get on the list early. There is no commitment when they put their name on the list. They can easily say no and wait until the next time when I call again,” Smyle explained. “It is

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okay. I encourage people to put their names on the list and not wait until they are ready to move in because that might be too late.” Sense of community According to Smyle, the tenants become a community themselves, participating in activities, trips and games together. All of the units are on the ground floor, ensuring access to tenants with mobility issues, Smyle said. “There are no steps, except at the curb,” she said. The complex is perfect size for handling the seniors from Bowman and the surrounding communities of Scranton, Rhame, Marmarth and Amidon, she added. “We have tenants from Bowman, some from Rapid City, some with family here who have never lived here before,” she explained. “We are open to serve anyone who wants to move in.” Recently, they have had a tenant who moved from Grand Forks because of family ties, while another was raised in Scranton, got married and lived locally for awhile before moving away. She moved back about three years ago because of family in the area, Smyle said.


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9 “We are open to serve anyone who wants to move in, depending on their situation,” she said. Independence “The facilities I manage are for fairly independent living. They are about 1,000 square feet. It is a nice sized apartment. They have a walk-in shower. They can come and go as they please.” They have to be able to be safe here and with the cognition to be able to be alone because we do not have 24-hour assistance, Smyle said. “The fact that we are not staffed 24 hours a day is one of the reasons that there is not government or insurance funding,” she added. “We have assistance available. We provide breakfast,” Smyle said. “We have an ala carte menu of services they can pay for,” she added. From time to time, the complex will have a vacancy but there are no current plans to expand. “It will pretty much stay at 12 units…there just wasn’t a larger market for this type of housing, so we have stayed at 12,” she explained. Most of the tenants are singles right now, but they do cater to couples. “We do have common areas. That is where we do our breakfast and dining. They do come there for coffee in the afternoon. We have a private family room where they can do Bible studies, quilting and puzzle-making,” Smyle said. Although the staff does not offer recreational activities, the tenants have been able to get local schools and groups to come to the complex. “The schools are really good. The youth organizations are really good about coming and playing games. Both Scranton and Bowman schools and the churches in the area visit and play games quite frequently. Occasionally, we have musical entertainment come in.” The tenants also get out, sometimes as a group. “We had many attend Celebrity Waiter together. They do like to go out in the community together,” she added.

Senior perks and discounts

The Sunrise Village apartments have a large interior hallway with vaulted ceiling and benches along the way. PHOTO/Brad Mosher

A large open area near the entrance at Sunrise Village apartments provides a place for tenants to visit. PHOTO/Brad Mosher

(MetroCreative) Growing older may come with some added laugh lines or a few extra aches and pains, but many will attest to the benefits and wisdom earned from a life well-lived. And if that’s not enough, the discounts and other perks afforded seniors can make reaching one’s golden years a bit easier to embrace. Every day the list of companies offering special deals for people of a certain age continues to grow. Individuals willing to do the research or simply ask retailers and other businesses about their senior discount policies can be well on their way to saving serious money. Keep in mind that the starting points for age-based discounts vary, with some offering deals to those age 50 and up, and others kicking in at 55 or 60-plus. The following is a list of some of the discounts that may be available. Confirm eligibility as companies change their policies from time to time. Also, the editors of Consumer World say that the senior discount might not always be the lowest price, so comparison shopping is a must to find out which discount or coupon is the best deal. •Amtrak: Travelers age 65 and older can enjoy a 10 percent discount on rail fares on most Amtrak trains. For those who prefer ground travel but want to leave the car at home, this can be a great way to get around. •Fast-food/sit-down restaurants: Establishments like Wendy’s, Arby’s, Burker King, Denny’s, Applebees, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, and Friendly’s offer various senior discounts. Most are 10 to 15 percent off the meal. Others offer free beverages or an extra perk with purchase. •Kohl’s: This popular department store provides a 15 percent discount every Wednesday to shoppers ages 60-plus. Other stores like Modell’s, Belk, Bon-Ton, and SteinMart offer similar discounts. •Marriott: Travelers age 62 and older are privy to a 15-percent discount on room rates at Marriott brand hotels, subject to availability. •Roto-Rooter: Plumbing problems can get expensive, but online sources cite a 10 to 15 percent discount depending on location for this drain cleaning service provider in North America. •National Parks: The U.S. National Parks Service offers steep discounts on the annual pass, which provides entry to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. •Grocery store: Food shopping gets a little easier with discounts at Bi-Lo, Fred Meyer, Gristedes, Harris Teeter, Piggly-Wiggly, and Publix. Be sure to check with local supermarkets about senior discounts, as they vary, particularly as to what day of the week and for what age they kick in. •AARP membership: It is important to note that many companies require enrollment in AARP for people to get senior discounts. AARP also has its own AARP Prescription Discount Card so that members and families can save around 61 percent on FDA-approved drugs that prescription insurance or Medicare Part D plans fail to cover. •T-Mobile: This carrier offers two lines with unlimited talk, text and LTE data for $35 with AutoPay for seniors age 55plus. Only the primary account holder has to be 55. With a little digging, seniors can find scores of discounts to help them save money while enjoying their golden years.


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Bowman man still saving lives at 94 By Brad Mosher bmosher@countrymedia.net

At 94, William Mason Sr. is still saving lives. He has been doing that for almost 40 years. Mason has been donating blood since the 1980s. According to Camille Jones, the donor recruitment representative at Vitalant’s Bismarck office, Mason received a certificate of achievement Monday for donating 69 units of blood. Jones said those donations had the power to save 207 lives since he started in March 1984. “There are 55 times that he actually gave blood in the chair. Those resulted in 69 units of lifesaving blood. “What an incredible guy,” she said after she had a chance to talk to Mason. “I asked him why he started donating. He said he was able to and it was something he could do and he figured it would be nice to something to help somebody else. He donated Monday and received the certificate, but all he wanted was a new blood donor card, Jones said. “It is really cool. It is really something that he is looking to continue (donating),” she said. “There isn’t any stopping him. “He is very dedicated … a ded-

icated lifesaver, that is for sure,” Jones added. In Bowman, Doris Bucholz is the coordinator and chairperson for the blood drives, according to Jones. “She does a few blood drives every year for us. She is part of the Rancherettes, a Homemakers Club who were the sponsors of Monday’s blood drive,” she said. Mason may be back again in a few months to make another donation, she explained. “With whole blood donations, you can donate every 56 days. With a double red cell donation, there is a 112-day wait. He (Mason) does both,” Jones said. Mason’s efforts have really been helpful, according to Jones. “We need about 250 donors a day to meet the needs of about 70 hospitals (in North Dakota) and we have about only 10 percent of our population that donates. “So he (Mason) is very special and he is very committed. We are very happy to be recognizing him for his efforts. There is this common misconception that there is an age limit as to when you can no longer donate. “He proves otherwise, with the fact that he still comes in at 94 years old, donating and giving the gift of life,” Jones said. There are guidelines limiting the

number of times each year a person can give a double red blood cell or whole blood donation, she explained. Still, to Jones, it is amazing that he is still donating. “He is so kind and if there were more people that would emulate that kindness, I think we would see less shortages of blood overall. “I think it was time to recognize him,” she added. “As long as he is healthy and feeling good, he can come see us.” Started with family According to Mason, he started in 1984. “I had given my first pint of blood to my wife just before the birth of my second son. Then I gave to a few individuals after that. Then I decided to start giving to the United Blood Service. “It (donating) is just something I can do and so I keep doing it,” he said. He started giving whole blood and eventually also started giving the double red blood cell donation, which requires nearly four months before he could donate again. At Monday’s blood drive in the Four Seasons Pavilion, Mason said they told him that he could not donate again for about two months. Mason grew up on a farm 11 miles south of Marmarth and graduated from high school in the small

town near the Montana-North Dakota border in 1941. “It was a dying town even when I was growing up. The railroad was about done there,” he said. “But I have been a lot of places since then.” “I have worked for a seismograph crew for about seven and a half years, then I came back to Bowman,” he said. After working at a local service station, he bought it and did that for more than 30 years. In addition, he worked with

the Ford garage for more than 15 years, he said. He permanently moved to Bowman in the 1960s, he said. Mason still gets around when he is not donating blood. “I like to gamble. We go over to Montana. The have these poker and Keno machines and we play them over there. We (Mason and his wife) go from Bowman to Baker every couple of weeks,” he added.

Recommended vaccines for adults MetroCreative) Newborn babies endure quite a bit in the first few days and months of their lives. Routine immunizations help newborns overcome these obstacles, and as newborns get old they receive vaccines to prevent measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis, and chicken pox. A common misconception suggests that vaccines are only for the young. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that the protection provided by some childhood vaccines can wear off. In addition, some people may be at risk for certain vaccine-preventable diseases due to lifestyle, existing health conditions and age. As a result, it’s important for adults to make sure their vaccines are upto-date. Those who are unsure of their vaccine status should discuss their health history with their doctors. In the meantime, adults should know that the following vaccines are recom-

mended for people of various ages. •Influenza: An annual flu shot is highly recommended. Doctors and health officials indicate that getting the flu vaccine is the single most effective way to prevent seasonal flu or reduce the duration and severity of the illness should it be contracted. •Tdap: This vaccine contains strains of tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). All three are implicated in serious illnesses or death, according to WebMD. Just about every person, young and old, should receive the Tdap vaccine. The CDC says that every adult should get the Tdap vaccine once if they did not receive it as an adolescent. Then a Td booster shot every 10 years is sufficient. •Shingles: People who have been exposed to varicella (chicken pox) in their youth are at risk for shingles as they grow older. The CDC says nearly one out of three people in

the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime. A shingles vaccine can protect against shingles and complications from the disease. Adults who are 50 and older should get the vaccine, which is administered in two doses. •Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23): This vaccine protects against serious pneumococcal diseases, including meningitis and bloodstream infections. It is recommended for all adults age 65 and older. •Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV 13): This protects against serious pneumococcal disease and pneumonia. Adults 65 years or older who have never received a dose of PCV13 should discuss PCV13 with their physicians. Vaccines protect the very young from various diseases, but there are many vaccines that are still vital to health in adulthood.


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Preventative measures can help combat the spread of disease By Shannon Johnson With an intense cold and flu season, as well as the rise of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, it is important to take the proper preventative steps to keep yourself from getting sick as well as to lower the spread of illness. Although there is not a vaccine currently, there is one for the flu! It is recommended that everybody who can get the flu shot does so, especially at-risk populations including the young, the elderly, and the immunocompromised. Even if you yourself don’t fall into any of those categories, it is still important to get your flu vaccine to help prevent the spread of the flu. Getting your flu shot will also help combat the coronavirus. Although it won’t do anything directly, preventing yourself and others from contracting the flu will keep healthcare workers and hospital workers more available to care for patients who contact the coronavirus.

The first line of disease control is prevention! Be sure to wash your hands regularly for at least twenty seconds with soap and water, being sure to scrub all surfaces, including the palms, tops of hands, wrists, fingers, and under the fingernails, and always avoid touching your face. Regular and diligent hand hygiene is one of the most proactive things that you can do to protect yourself. Practice washing your hands upon coming home, after blowing your nose, before eating, after using the restroom, and while you are out about after touching high-contact surfaces, such as light switches, doorknobs, currency, gas pumps, or buttons on credit card machines. Hand washing is always the best option, but if soap and water isn’t available to you and the hands are not visibly dirty, hand sanitizer with at least a 60% alcohol is recommended. You can avoid touching commonly touched areas by doing things like using your elbow or hip to open doors, turn faucets off with the paper towel you used to dry your hands, and

pressing buttons on elevators, credit card machines, and gas pumps with your knuckles. Another thing you can do is to avoid contact with people who are sick. Both the flu and the coronavirus can be spread before symptoms appear, so be sure to remain diligent with hand hygiene even around those who are not sick. Good cleanliness in the home can help prevent the spread of illness. Disinfecting commonly touched objects and surfaces regularly with a household cleaning spray or wipe can help keep illness from spreading through your home. Be especially mindful of wiping down surfaces that are commonly touched when you first arrive home, such as light switches, doorknobs, and surfaces where you empty your hands, pockets, or purse. Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces in your vehicle is a great step to take as well. To help prevent the spread of illness, be sure to always cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow, even if you don’t

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feel as though you are sick. Throw away tissues into the garbage after blowing your nose and be certain to always practice hand hygiene after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, or accidentally touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, such as the coronavirus. Facemasks should be implemented by those who show symptoms of COVID-19 to prevent the spread of disease. Facemasks are crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings, such as at home or in a health care facility. Most importantly, stay home when you are sick! There’s no item at the grocery store, job, or errand that is important enough to risk spreading illness to someone whose immune system may not be able to fight illness off as good as yours, such as the elderly, the immunocompromised, or children and infants.

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101 S. 2nd St. West • Baker, MT • Phone 406-778-3201

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Supervised Living For Peace of Mind in a friendly home environment. Our ServiceS include:

• 24 hour care • Assistance with activities of daily living • Transportation to and from local appointments

Pet day at the Villa is always a hit. It’s hard to say who likes it better, the residents or furry friends Maddie and Mickey!

• Home cooked meals • Laundry • Housekeeping • Beauty shop • Medication assistance

• Recreational activities • Shopping • Spiritual services • Assistance with financial management

~ lOtS Of fun ActivitieS ~

• Outings around town and to local areas on the Villa Bus • Pet Day • Waffle Supper monthly • Baker/Plevna grade school students visit • Movies and Popcorn • Stretch Class • Walking Group • Birthday parties for residents • Holiday parties/picnics for residents and families

There is never a dull moment at the Villa. Pictured are Villa residents all dressed up and celebrating the 4th of July!

• Church Services on Sundays • Bible Study • Sing a longs • Readings/Poetry • Various games – most popular being Bingo • Scrapbooking • Trivia • Card parties in the evenings • Horse racing with Jim • Manicures/Pedicures • Foot Massages

Villa residents posing for a picture after an outing to Ollie and Carlyle on the Villa bus.

• Crafts • Reminisce • Jigsaw Puzzles • Pokeno • Communion •Volunteer Appreciation Party • Garden/Flower Planting • Plinko • Visitation by local youth groups • Dancing/Live music in the evenings

Villa residents on an excursion to the fairgrounds for pie and coffee.

For More information Contact Serving ntana eastern Mo kotas Michelle Shumaker owner, administrator and RN a phone: 406-778-3201 • cell: 406-891-0185 • fax 406-778-3211 & Western D email: mrsshumaker@yahoo.com

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