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The Cassia Life: Reflections on Happiness as a Choice

The Cassia Life By Jesse Watkins, Cassia’s own resident blogger Exploring the territory known as the pursuit of happiness, most specifically how as seniors we get there, or don’t, was the subject of … View article »
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The Cassia Life: Happiness is a Choice You Make, Says Book’s Author

The Cassia Life By Jesse Watkins, Cassia’s own resident blogger I wish I could read aloud to you from the book Happiness is a Choice You Make. Released in 2018, the 250-pager was written by New York … View article »
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The Face of Caring: Karla Kulseth

Meet Care Coordinator Karla Kulseth, Lakeside Apartments and Assisted Living Karla has been a Lakeside campus staff member for 10 years. She has worked as a certified nursing assistant and a trained … View article »
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The Cassia Life: Being Fair About the State Fair

The Cassia Life By Jesse Watkins, Cassia’s own resident blogger How could any Minnesotan, Iowan, Dakotan, etc. put down their own State Fair? Here in Minnesota and certainly in Iowa, the fairs are … View article »
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The Cassia Life: Reaching 90 Worth the Trip

The Cassia Life By Jesse Watkins, Cassia’s own resident blogger I’m talking about 90 years of age, not 90 miles per hour.  There are times, of course, that the two do feel like they’ve bonded--things… View article »
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The Face of Caring: Heather Vickerman and Bear

Health Unit Coordinator Heather Vickerman is the first person you’ll see when you come through the door at Cassia’s Haven Homes in Maple Plain. In addition to welcoming people to the community, Heathe… View article »
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The Cassia Life: Exercise Strengthens The Brain, Too

The Cassia Life By Jesse Watkins, Cassia’s own resident blogger The newspaper headline seemed to jump up from the page.  Apparently my 20-minute workouts have not been just beefing up my heart muscle… View article »
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The Challenges of Time

By Patty Crawford When I walked into the Manor to visit my father, he looked years older than when I visited two weeks before. He was leaning to the left and his eyes were sleepy.  He recognized my v… View article »
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The Cassia Life: The Many Upsides of Moving to a Senior Living Community

The Cassia Life By Jesse Watkins, Cassia’s own resident blogger The world at large probably wonders why many seniors choose to stay in their own home as long as possible rather than move to a care ce… View article »
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The Face of Caring: Noah Braafhart

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Noah Braafhart began working at Cassia’s Newton Village community six months ago after being recruited from a CNA class at the local high school. According to Assista… View article »
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