By Caitlyn Gudmundsen, Senior Manager of Program Development and Outreach
Today’s Front Line Hero is Lyngblomsten, which is engaging seniors in art projects and helping keep their spirits high.
Lyngblomsten serves older adults and their families in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN through healthcare, housing, and community-based services. Founded in 1906, Lyngblomsten has long been committed to promoting dignity through informed choices for senior living options, respecting individuality, and orchestrating the best life possible.
Lyngblomsten hosts an annual Mid-Summer Festival for the community. Unfortunately, Lyngblomsten was forced to make the tough decision to cancel the event this summer to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep seniors and community members safe. The Mid-Summer Festival would have occurred on July 31, and Lyngblomsten found another way to bring some celebration to the campus that afternoon. At last year’s festival, local artist Anne Krocak worked with festivalgoers to create a community art project they called, “Stepping Together.” The community artists created three mosaic stepping stones that highlight various aspects of the community at Lyngblomsten. On July 31, the campus celebrated that identity and community by placing the beautiful stepping stones in its newly landscaped entryway.
The residents at Lyngblomsten have been working on other art projects, as well, such as their heart art projects, which were displayed in the dining room as a reminder of the love that lives all around the campus.
Thank you to Lyngblomsten for your ongoing work to care for seniors and remind them of the love and community connection all around them!