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Rowing for Hope: One Goal, Two Men, 3,000 Miles in a Boat

“Even if a goal seems impossible, even if you can’t imagine reaching it, even if you don’t see a path, you just tell yourself, ‘Just take it step by step and don’t give up,’” said Mat Steinlin, Lifespark’s Director of Information Security, a guy who’s learned a thing or two about setting seemingly impossible goals. […]

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Bringing the Message of “Age Magnificently” to Life

Lifespark’s philosophy is that there’s no right or wrong way to age. What matters is that you get to live your life according to your goals and your desires. Not those of your adult daughter, your next-door neighbor, or even your doctor. But what if those goals and desires have faded into the background? You’re […]

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The Whole Person. The Big Difference.

“Sherlin has been building a relationship with Bill for two years. She knows what gets him up in the morning—what’s important to him. And because she knows him so well, she’s been able to help him fulfill his goal of staying in his home and out of the hospital,” says Hilary Frank, Lifespark’s Director of […]

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The Gravity of Falls: Addressing the risks without parenting your parent

A couple of months ago, my mom tripped on an uneven chunk of sidewalk, fracturing her patella, bruising her hands, and lacerating the skin above her left eyebrow. The ER doctors put her in a hip-to-ankle brace to immobilize her leg and stitched up her forehead. Considering her age (just shy of 90), my mom’s […]

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When the House No Longer Fits: Helping Loved Ones Make the Next Right Decision

Long after my sisters and I left home, my mom decided it was time to upsize. That’s right, upsize to a bigger house, adding on a porch, deck, and a room over the garage. Mom had always wanted a dream home, and after raising three kids in a tiny house with just one bathroom, she […]

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The Consequences of a Pants-on-Fire Approach to Health and Wellness

Some people plan ahead. They get their oil changed before the engine starts spewing black smoke. They take down the Christmas tree before it sheds all its needles. They make motel reservations before arriving at Mt. Rushmore on July 3rd. My parents were not those people. Not surprisingly, this was also how they dealt with […]

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Again! Lifespark Named a Minnesota Top Workplace from Star Tribune

We made the list. For the 10th time. Humbly (but with a big, proud smile) we accept our most recent Star Tribune award for being named one of the top 175 places to work in the Twin Cities, number 47 on the list to be exact. Even more exciting, this comes just months after earning […]

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Good Medicine: Music Therapy

What soothes you? What makes you laugh? What energizes you? These are the kinds of questions we think about all the time at Lifespark Hospice. We’re impassioned about finding ways to support the whole person in our care. In that same spirit, we’ve recently added music therapy to our in-house hospice services. “Music therapy fits […]

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Do I Qualify for Hospice Care?

It’s a good question to ask. Are you eligible for hospice? The answer is important because: The most common regret of people on hospice care is that they hadn’t started it sooner. That’s why once you qualify—or even a little before—you and your family might want to start talking about bringing hospice care into your […]

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Ardie and Bill: Moving from Isolation to Recreation

As the pandemic wore on, Ardie, 78, and Bill, 82, were becoming increasingly inactive and isolated, spending their days alone in the apartment, in their recliners watching TV. Their daughters were worried about their parents’ declining health and the number of medications they were on, but living several hours away, they hadn’t been able to […]

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