GRAND FORKS — Michael Johnson, an executive with Grand Forks-based Edgewood Management Group, and his colleagues set out in 2013 to determine what they could do to reduce the number of falls in the company's senior living facilities. They wanted to find out if the medications residents were on might be contributing to the incidence of those falls. The Edgewood company owns and operates about 60 senior living facilities—including independent and assisted living and memory care facilities—in seven states throughout the Upper Midwest.
GRAND FORKS — Telling student to embrace, not fear, technology, University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy addressed graduates Saturday, May 13, at Alerus Center in Grand Forks. More than 1,800 UND students were eligible to participate in commencement ceremonies Saturday. For the first time, UND added a commencement ceremony, held in the morning, for more than 500 students who earned graduate degrees. A commencement ceremony for about 1,330 undergraduate students, who have earned baccalaureate degrees, was held in the afternoon.
PARK RIVER, N.D.—On April 6, 2007, Good Friday, Ben Hylden, 16, was running late for an appointment in Park River, so he took the shorter but more dangerous route from his farm home, a gravel backroad, rather than the highway. A half-mile from home he lost control of his car on the icy road and drove into a ditch where he struck an approach, causing the car to flip end-over-end into a field. With no seatbelt on, Ben was tossed around "like a ragdoll" in the car, he said. When the passenger door ripped off he was ejected and thrown face first into the frozen soil.
GRAND FORKS — As Laminda Murach settles into a comfy recliner in a small room at the Cancer Center of North Dakota in Grand Forks, she's smiling, talkative and cheerful. The Buxton, N.D., woman is ready for an immunotherapy treatment for metastatic lung cancer, a diagnosis she received four years ago. "I feel good," she says. "I don't let cancer get me down." She's a motivated grandmother. "I've got little grandkids and great-grandkids," Murach said. "I'd like to see them grow."
GRAND FORKS — If you've noticed that it's getting harder to focus on things up close as you've gotten older, you're not alone. With aging comes inevitable changes in vision, a local eye specialist said, but there are steps you can take to protect your eye health and possibly slow deterioration. The most common vision problem in older adults is "presbyopia" which affects the eye's ability to focus on near objects, said Dr. Mark Sczepanski, an ophthalmologist at the North Dakota Eye Clinic in Grand Forks. This is because "the lens gets larger and less pliable."
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Sandy Gessler never imagined herself as a beauty pageant contestant. But, at age 60, she's entering the Ms. Veteran America contest to focus attention on the plight of homeless veterans—something she has experienced. The Grand Forks woman plans to compete in the Ms. Veteran America regional pageant May 27 in Las Vegas. If she's one of the 25 contestants who wins there, she'll go on to the final competition in October in Washington, D.C.
A 27-year-old Bismarck woman died as the result of a vehicle rollover accident north of Bismarck on Saturday. Rebecca Leigh Gerenz was driving north on North Dakota Highway 1804 from her Bismarck residence when, on a curve near mile marker 92.5, her vehicle left the road, entered the west ditch, vaulted off an approach and overturned in a pasture, according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
GRAND FORKS — Becca Cruger could not have guessed the response she'd receive when she challenged her online card-making community to send her cards for victims of abusive relationships. The challenge "really resonated with people," she said. She has been inundated with hundreds of handmade cards from paper-crafters around the world who share her desire to raise awareness of domestic violence. "They came from all over the U.S.—the East Coast to down South to the West Coast. And from Australia, Finland, the United Kingdom and Canada."
THIS IS A SEPARATE PULLOUT: How to get help: The North Dakota Family Caregivers Support Program provides support to unpaid caregivers of older adults, as well as grandparents and relative-caregivers who are caring for children or an adult child with a disability. For more information, call the Northeast Human Services, a division of the North Dakota Department of Human Services, at (888) 256-6742 or (701) 795-3000. THIS IS A SIDEBAR: Learn more about dementia
GRAND FORKS—Parents who are worried their children may be depressed or contemplating suicide should not hesitate to bring up the issue, local mental health experts say. "A really important step is to talk with the child," said Marilyn Ripplinger, a counselor at Red River High School in Grand Forks. "Ask that very question: 'I'm noticing that you're feeling sad. Is there something going on?' There's a myth that, if you talk about suicide, it's more likely (the person) is going to do it," Ripplinger said. "It's not true."