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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For over two and a half years my husband was a resident. A former nurse, a good friend of mine, went with me to look over memory care facilities and, after a few moments at Emerald Crest we both agreed this was the place for Chuck. I was happy to visit there and observe their daily activities and how they engaged the residents and how caring all the staff was. I have even visited after my husband's death, because I wanted to see staff people again. We couldn't have made a better choice.

— Alice, wife of resident

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