Eighty-year Friendship Sweetens Women’s Lives at Emerald Crest by Augustana Care

June 13, 2014

Lakeshore Weekly News

For more than 80 years, Myrtle Palmquist and Ginger Falk have been best friends. Now, both are neighbors at Emerald Crest by Augustana Care, a memory care community in Minnetonka. The night Myrtle moved in, she and Ginger had a sleepover party. They continue to share confidences, jewelry and more—and always dine together. Their daughters believe the women’s longstanding friendship has an especially positive effect on their lives.

The special friendship between Myrtle and Ginger makes life fuller for both of them while defying stereotypical notions about people in memory care. “Once we start seeing them in terms of capabilities, we can devise activities that reflect their passions and personalities. Then we can open the door to a richer, more fulfilled life,” says Emerald Crest Cognitive Clinical Specialist Theresa Klein. Read the full story (PDF.)

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I will never forget the time we returned our mother to Emerald Crest after a day of shopping. My mother wanted to stay out longer but just couldn't. We all felt sad taking her back. When we entered,  immediately two nurse's assistants enveloped my mom in a huge hug. Her face immediately had a smile and off she was to stay and talk to these beautiful assistants. My mother truly feels the wonderful love of these dedicated workers.

— Theresa, daughter of resident

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