When you visit a retirement community, focus on whether or not each one of your basic needs will be met. Now the question is, have you really identified what your basic needs are?

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Jim Higbee recently became a new member of our administration. With the sudden passing of Ken Enns, who made so many meaningful contributions to our Village, we knew we needed to make a thoughtful change in our management structure. Jim has been selected to become the new Executive Director at Palm Village Retirement Community, and will lead the Community’s management team, continuing our 75-year history of providing compassionate senior residential care with our remarkable staff.

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Girls of all ages love dresses. Most young ones are given dresses from the time they are infants. So it probably isn’t often that we give much thought to those girls throughout the world who don’t have a dress because of circumstances of poverty. On April 24th, Palm Village Patio Home resident, Marilyn Chappell organized a Dress A Girl Around the World event at Palm Village to prepare the parts of the dresses for sewing by others and then given to girls in Portugal via missionaries, Otto and Marjorie Ekk. View a short video about the event below or read the full article here.

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On St. Patrick’s Day, Palm Village was visited by a group from the Community Youth Ministries afterschool program at Great Western Elementary. The children came to have a party with our residents, and brought bags they had made to give away as gifts to the residents. The children also brought coloring pages and crayons to do as an activity and letters they had written to the residents. One of the goals was to seek out pen pals for the students to create an ongoing relationship between younger and older. The event was a hit for all ages and the children were thrilled when they received return letters from our residents.

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By Jim Dueck

To help protect seniors from scammers, someone may need to have a discussion with the senior to monitor how a scammer has solicited them. Sometimes this means actually staying with them in their home for a weekend or a week.  Don’t assume that because a senior has not mentioned an involvement in a nebulous situation that it hasn’t happened. Often the seniors realize they have been scammed and they are too embarrassed to tell someone about it.

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