Ecumen Provides 50 Tips for Aging Gracefully

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Senior housing and services provider Ecumen provides 50 Tips for Aging Gracefully. Highlights importance of empowerment in senior housing and services.

Apparent in these tips is that aging is ageless

Ecumen, an innovative non-profit senior housing and services company, has introduced 50 Tips for Aging Gracefully. The tips are provided by Ecumen customers and employees.

"Apparent in these tips is that aging is ageless," says Debbie Manthey, Ecumen vice president of housing operations. "So much of how we live earlier in our life ties to and influences how we live as older people. Whether we're 25 or 100, we're all aging, and, as individuals we have significant control in how set our course for growing older."

A major theme running through the 50 Tips for Aging Gracefully is empowerment -- people empowering themselves to positively impact their health and wellness. None of the tips can be implemented without a person making a conscious decision to act on behalf of him or herself.

"Interestingly, several of these tips came from our customers who are living with Alzheimer's and dementia," said Manthey. "They face the challenges of illness, but within those challenges they're still doing a great deal on their terms. That's a lesson in itself, especially for the senior services profession."

"We as senior services providers have to see ourselves as being in the business of empowering people," said Manthey. "As human beings we are wired to live as independent and as empowered a life as possible, and senior services providers are uniquely positioned to empower Americans to age gracefully."

A new way Ecumen empowers its customers is through its Lifestyle Covenant. The Ecumen Lifestyle Covenant is an agreement with customers, who reside in an Ecumen assisted living or memory care community, to empower each person to live fully. The Lifestyle Covenant begins with a series of questions that the customer and Ecumen team member discuss and explore together.

The discussion guide helps both focus on what is most important to the customer and how Ecumen can support his or her lifestyle. The employee and customer then jointly sign the agreement and work toward the goals and desires identified as most important by the customer.

About Ecumen
Ecumen, based in Shoreview, Minn., is the most innovative housing and services provider, empowering individuals to live richer and fuller lives. Ecumen provides senior housing, at-home services, rehabilitation and long-term care services, and senior housing development and nursing home consulting services.

Ecumen is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). It writes about news and ideas that are shaping the future of aging at its Changing Aging blog Ecumen also provides blogs on senior housing development and clinical consulting in long-term care.


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