World Alzheimer's Report 2013 Illlustrates Need for Integrated, Whole-Person Alzheimer's Care

Until there is an Alzheimer’s cure, there must be the very best care.  That rings loud and clear to us at Ecumen as we look at the World Alzheimer Report 2013: ‘Journey of Caring:  An analysis of long-term care for dementia.”  As this disease impacts more and more people, it's imperative that we have people throughout the care profession who can help create a standard of care that honors a whole person's being and doesn't look to antipsychotic medications as a default way to "care."  B


Ecumen’s Maria Reyes To Speak on Integrated Dementia Care at Commons Health Conference in Duluth

Ecumen Quality Improvement Nurse Maria Reyes, RN, will speak on integrated dementia care Sept. 9, 2015, at the 2015 Commons Health Conference in Duluth, Minn.—an annual working conference designed to foster new approaches to integrated health and well-being for communities.


National Senior Living Publication Highlights the Ecumen Awakenings Program

Senior Housing News (SHN), the leading source for news and information about the senior housing industry, recently highlighted the Ecumen Awakenings™ approach to dementia care that focuses on reducing the inappropriate us of antipsychotic drugs to address behavioral issues.


Star Tribune Editorial Calls for Awakenings Funding and Expansion Nationwide

A Star Tribune lead editorial on April 5, 2014, said Ecumen Awakenings dementia care program is “effective and compassionate” and “should become the standard of care across the nation as baby boomers swell senior ranks.”


Duluth News Tribune Tells the Ecumen Awakenings Story

In today’s Duluth News Tribune, reporter John Lundy gives a sensitive and compelling account of how Awakenings works to calm dementia without drugs.  Shelley Matthes, RN, Ecumen’s director of quality improvement, tells Lundy: “Our job is to identify things that bring people to a place of peace and joy.”


Ecumen Medical Consultant Dr. Tracy Tomac: A Psychiatrist Blazing New Trails in Dementia Care

Dr. Tracy Tomac

New Ulm, Minn., 18 years ago:  The bus from the nursing home moves through the below-zero snowy prairie to the clinic where a freshly minted young doctor has just started practicing.  The bus attendant unloads the elderly patients in their wheel chairs and rolls them, one by one, into the clinic. 


St. Paul Pioneer Press Highlights Ecumen Awakenings for Excellence in Dementia Care Award

In a recent Opinuendo column the St. Paul Pioneer Press highlighted Ecumen’s Excellence in Dementia Care Award, a national honor received last week in Washington, D.C.  Here’s what the Pioneer Press wrote: 

On stage with a legend

Two nurses from Ecumen, a Shoreview-based nonprofit senior housing and services provider, shared a stage this week in Washington, D.C., with music legend Glen Campbell and his family.



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