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Thorne Crest’s annual participation in the Albert Lea/Austin “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” was highlighted in this article in the Albert Lea Tribune.  

Thorne Crest’s team the Thorne Crest Team Tangles has been at the top of the teams chart for the Albert Lea/Austin walk for a number of years. This year they reached and even surpassed their goal of $4,000 in donations!

You can read the entire article by clicking here.

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In this video, Shanna Eckberg, COO at Thorne Crest’s parent company ABHM, and Matt Reiners, Co-Founder of Eversound, (a company that creates listening technology for better engagement) discuss changes in senior living during the pandemic and those made at ABHM communities like Thorne Crest. 

Ms. Eckberg describes how ABHM adapted new methods of engaging residents and delivering services while maintaining a healthy and safe environment for residents. One key factor in the success of ABHM is the staff. Eckberg states, “The professionalism and dedication of the staff has never wavered. During these difficult times they always put our residents first and we want to recognize those efforts.”

Reiners and Eckberg also discuss the use of technology during the pandemic. Ms. Eckberg explained, “ABHM Communities encouraged residents and families to use technology and social media to stay connected. Maintaining relationships during these difficult times is vital to their wellbeing.”

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Instructions on how to view “Downsizing” Online Presentation are as follows:

1)  To access this ZOOM presentation at the scheduled time, simply click here

2)  If you require a separate audio connection to the presentation (if your computer doesn’t have adequate audio playing capabilities) or if you prefer to just listen to the presentation via the phone rather than accessing through a computer, you can call in at 219-321-0605 (you may need to enter the PIN number 562061514).


On January 15th at 2pm, Thorne Crest Senior Living Community will have downsizing expert Kimberly Alwin, owner of A Smooth Move, share insights on this critical phase of life during an online virtual presentation.

In this presentation, viewers will learn:

•How to begin the process of sorting your precious belongings
•Which items are important to keep
•Options for re-homing things you no longer need
•Space planning 101
•Pitfalls to avoid when you move

“Most of our clients have not moved in 30 years or more and need to considerably reduce their possessions in order to resettle”, says Kimberly. While the task can seem overwhelming, the team at A Smooth Move has successfully helped countless families navigate this stressful time over the past 14 years.

About A Smooth Move
Kimberly Alwin, owner of A Smooth Move is a Downsizing and Move Expert.
BBB+ Accredited, A Smooth Move has been assisting Seniors in transition throughout the Twin Cities and Southeast Minnesota since 2006. They help with downsizing, move planning, packing, transfer, unpacking, organizing and storage services. For more information call 507-280-6683 or go to www.asmoothmove.biz.

For more information, please contact Catherine at Thorne Crest at 507-373-2311 or by email at cbuboltz@abhomes.org

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Thorne Crest is proud to partner with the Mayo Clinic Health System for a FREE WEBINAR titled “Health Talk: Social Isolation” on Thursday, October 15, from 11:30am to 12:30am.

Learn how seniors can maintain social distance without increasing risks of social isolation.

Join us at the time of the event by phone at 1-312-626-6799 or online via Zoom.

Here is the webinar connection information:

www.zoom.us/join

Webinar ID: 984 2704 3718.   Password: 722780.

No pre-registration required.

Contact Kathy Leidal at 507-377-6389 for more information.

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If you missed Gary Schindler’s historical lecture featuring “Songs from ‘Your Hit Parade’ in WWII” on Friday, Sept.25th, we are pleased to be able to offer a link to view a recording of the presentation.  Enjoy some of the major hit songs and performers from December 1941 through April 1945.  We had some technical difficulties with the music during the presentation, but are hopeful we have worked that out so our next presentation will be much clearer.  We hope you enjoy this series and are pleased to join Gary in presenting this wonderful historical information.

To listen to and view the presentation, click here.

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Instructions on how to view Historical Lecture Series:

1.  To access this presentation, click here
2.  You may be required to enter a meeting number/access code, which is:  133 449 0165
3.  You may also, be required to enter a password, which is:  Abhm2020

If you require a separate audio connection to the presentation (for instance, if your computer doesn’t have adequate audio playing capabilities), OR  if you just want to listen to the lecture and music with your phone, you can call in on this separate line: 877-668-4490.
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In our ongoing effort to provide seniors with engaging educational opportunities Thorne Crest Senior Living Community is partnering with retired Riverland Community College administrator and local historian Gary Schindler to provide a monthly Historical Lecture Series, beginning September 25th and running through November 20th.

Schindler will be presenting the following historical topics:

“Songs from ‘Your Hit Parade’ in World War II” (Sept. 25 • 2pm)
Listeners will hear the original hit songs from performers from 1941 through 1945, as determined by the producers of ‘Your Hit Parade’.

“The Big Bands from Freeborn County to the United States – 1937 to 1945”
(Oct. 16 • 2pm)
This review of the Big Band Era will examine bands that played through southern Minnesota and then focus on the leaders, bands and tunes that dominated popular music in the late 1930’s through the end of WWII.

“Drama in the Kennedy Limousine – November 22, 1963” (Nov. 20 • 2pm)
As we approach the 57thanniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, this lecture will examine the reaction of the people in the President’s limousine; what they said and what they saw over the course of eleven seconds that changed history forever.

Participants will be able to watch the lectures live, online, or call-in to listen to the presentations.  Linking instructions are provided above.  Contact Catherine/Thorne Crest at 507-373-2311 for more information.

 

 

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Please show your support to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  Join our team or help us to raise funds to stop this devastating disease. Thank you to the Dyrdal family for graciously volunteering to share their story as this year’s honorary family.

To view a video about our sponsorship efforts, click here.

To support our efforts directly, click here.

For a “Frequently Asked Questions” informational PDF, click here.

 

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