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Avera Medical Minute: Avera Prince of Peace

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Pat Sullivan enjoying a game of Wii Bowling at Prince of Peace Retirement Community. Pat Sullivan enjoying a game of Wii Bowling at Prince of Peace Retirement Community.

According to the last U.S. Census report, there will be nearly 58 million Baby Boomers living in 2030. In 22 years, boomers will be between the ages of 66 and 84. Some of them will be looking to downsize, some of them will be looking for their parents. Here's more on the advantages of moving into a retirement community who's focus is based on health care.

Pat Sullivan is kinda the go-to guy. The quote unquote fresh prince at the Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community in Sioux Falls. This 79 year old is the King Pin of Wii bowling. He sets it up and gives lessons to fellow residents and staff. This former high school principal is also a card shark. He teaches bridge plus plays 3 nights a week.

Pat says, "I'm really happy. I do a lot of volunteer work here. There is a priest on call all the time which I like and there's a barbershop, everything is under one roof. Now we have a hospice that's been built. All 4 divisions are right here."

Pat and his wife moved here from Dell Rapids in 2004. She had Alzheimer's and Pat could no longer care for her by himself. He lives in the Laurel Oaks Independent Apartments and she eventually moved into long term care on campus. She has since passed away. He appreciates that first and for most this is a health care facility with his well being in mind.

Kim Hejna, Avera Prince of Peace Support Services Manager says, "It's a big relief knowing that mom and dad are safe and that there's people checking on them. If it's not staff it's a neighbor saying hey, I haven't seen you in a couple of days are you doing okay? It relieves a lot of anxiety for the children."

The average age of new residents here is 82.

Kim Hejna says, " I think a lot of people think they are going to lose their independence. You aren't. You have your own apartment, you get up when you want, you can have company. You also have an opportunity to visit with other people, eat meals together. They are structured activities to do. I've seen people move here after living alone and they just blossom. Socialization is an important part of their emotional well-being."

If residents at Prince of Peace want a little more cardio vascular activity than Wii bowling they get 3 visits a week for free to the Avera McKennan Fitness Center and they provide transportation.

Pat moved here out of necessity, stayed here out of convenience and will live here forever out of love.

Prince of Peace is offering tours and free lunches the month of July. That way you and your family can see the independent living, assisted living and the long term care facilities which are all connected under one roof and sample the food which is served at lunch and supper. Just call to make an appointment (605) 322-5600


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