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April 24, 2015

Shorewood senior complex to add health, wellness center

A senior living complex in southwest Rochester is adding a more than $2 million health and wellness center to its complex.
Shorewood
Construction started this week at Shorewood Senior Campus, at 2115 Second St. SW, on the more than 11,000-square-foot center, which will include a warm-water pool, exercise areas and therapy rooms. It's being added on the south side of the complex, near the main entrance.

Campus Director Eric Huntoon estimates the new addition should be completed by late September or October.
 
"We're going to try to incorporate some interdisciplinary type therapies, like acupuncture, massage therapy, podiatry, physical therapy and things of that nature," he said. "This is an opportunity to provide an additional outlet for our residents."

Huntoon said it also could help Shorewood residents prevent falls, since pool therapy helps improve balance, strength and range of motion.

The new center also will include a very specialized therapy pool called Hydroworx, which includes a platform treadmill that lowers into the water. Many professional athletes use it to recover from knee injuries. Shorewood plans to reach out to area high schools about possibly allowing high school athletes to use it.

Shorewood, which is managed by Minneapolis-based Silvercrest, has 229 apartments — 155 for senior living, 61 for assisted living and 13 for memory care.

Huntoon acknowledged the senior-housing market is becoming much more competitive in Rochester with the recent openings of Waters on Mayowood and River Bend Assisted Living. However, Shorewood has been full to capacity for the past 18 months and has a waiting list.

"With so many people turning 65 in the U.S., demand is certainly going to be outpacing the supply," he said.

March 06, 2015

10 years of blogging Rochester

On March 4, 2005, I wrote my first blog post. Kiger's Notebook blogo 2x

It was my sixth year at the Post-Bulletin. I created the "Heard on the Street" column about three years before the blog began. 

More  than 6,200 posts, stacks of columns, mountains of tweets and many gray hairs later, I'm still here writing about business and things vaguely related to businesPhoto on 2015-03-03 at 18.11s in southeastern Minnesota.

It'syou, the readers, who make this career such a fulfilling and entertaining one. Thank you everyone for your feedback, criticism and support over these past 10 years. 

10 years of blogging Rochester

On March 4, 2005, I wrote my first blog post.Kiger's Notebook blogo 2x

It was my siPhoto on 2015-03-03 at 18.11xth year at the Post-Bulletin. I created the "Heard on the Street" column about three years before the blog began. 

More than 6,200 posts, stacks of columns, mountains of tweets and many gray hairs later, I'm still here writing about business and things vaguely related to business in southeastern Minnesota.

It's you, the readers, who make this career such a fulfilling and entertaining one. Thank you everyone for your feedback, criticism and support over these past 10 years.  

February 26, 2015

Rochester senior apartments sell for $1 million

In the wake of the sale of Rochester's Maple Manor Health Care, the senior apartments next door now have been sold for $1.01 million.

The 18-unit Maples Senior Apartments at 1893 19th St. NW was purchased by Kurt Luschen, of Maynard, Minn., on Feb. 17. The Blum family, which owned Maple Manor until it was sold in January, sold the complex.

Maples senior apartmentsPat Blum, the former administrator of Maple Manor, said it made sense to sell it after the sale of the senior-care center.

Having the apartments next door, Blum previously easily could manage the apartments and handle his duties at Maple Manor. Now that he has left Maple Manor, it wasn't practical for him to continue managing the apartments.

"It's a good fit," he said. "I'm happy we found a buyer for it so quickly."

Darci Fenske, of Rochester's Paramark Real Estate, represented the Blums in the deal, while Cory Magnuson, of Edina Realty, represented the buyer.

Luschen, the new owner, also is pleased with the deal.

"It's an investment property for me. I plan to keep it fairly the same," he said. "I think it's good to invest in Rochester. It's a fairly stable community down there."

Luschen is in talks with Pritok Capital, of Skokie, Ill., which bought Maple Manor, about working out an agreement to provide some services to the apartments' tenants. Pritok bought the center at 1875 19th St. NW for $3.5 million in mid-January.

January 20, 2015

Rochester's Maple Manor sold for $3.5 million

The Blum family's history has been interwoven with Rochester's Maple Manor Health Care and Rehabilitation since its doors opened in late 1964. 

That changed last week, when Pat Blum retired after 36 years as an administrator, and the family sold the nursing home at 1875 19th St. NW for $3.5 million. Pritok Capital of Skokie, Ill., purchased Maple Manor. Pritok now owns seven small senior facilities across the country, including one in St. Cloud.

"It's time to step aside, but it's a sad goodbye," said Blum. "I have mixed feelings obviously. You're talking about moving on from something that has really defined me for 50-plus years of my life."

MaplemanorIt all started when Pat's parents, David and Dorothy Blum, with the help of their six sons, began managing the facility on the first day its doors opened. In fact, the whole family lived and worked there for a year as it was getting going.

"It was all hands on deck back then," said Pat Blum, laughing as he remembered telling school friends that he lived in a nursing home. "Nursing homes used have a lot more families involved in running them."

After he graduated from college and earned his administrator's license, Pat began working at Maple Manor in 1978. His parents retired in 1981.

A new administrator, Karl Swedberg, took the reins last week. He has known the Blums professionally for 17 years and is familiar with Maple Manor.

"We're really excited to be in Rochester. I don't expect any big changes immediately for residents or the staff," Swedberg said.

Maple Manor has more than 100 full-time and part-time employees on staff.

"This is a good match for us. They really 'get' it," Blum said of Pritok.

Pritok is coming into the Rochester market during a senior living building boom, with several new facilities, such as River Bend Assisted Living and The Waters on Mayowood, opening and almost all of the existing ones in the area expanding. Being near Mayo Clinic makes Rochester very attractive to the more than 77 million baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964.

While the Blums are no longer involved with Maple Manor, that doesn't mean they are done with senior care. In 1981, the Blum brothers realized when residents were discharged, "They weren't getting enough support," Pat said. That drove them to start Comfort Health, one of the first home health-care programs in the area.

The family still owns Meadow Lakes Senior Living in Rochester and Prairie Meadows Senior Living in Kasson. Pat still has responsibilities at Comfort Health, which is run by his brother, Chris Blum. Another brother, Pete Blum, still handles the finances of Meadow Lakes and Prairie Meadows.

"I'm still working toward being totally retired," Pat said. "The irony is that my wife just recently graduated as a nurse."

April 24, 2014

River Bend facility shaping up

04222014riverbend1Rochester's River Bend Assisted Living facility seems to be shaping up pretty well on the shores of the Zumbro River.

Titan Development and Investments and Good Neighbor Care Centers of Eugene, Ore. broke ground on $15 million, 81,000-square-foot complex project in September.

Since then, they've made pretty good headway on the construction. It's expected to open in the fall.

04222014riverbend2River Bend will feature 70 assisted living units and 18 memory-care units on overlooking the river. The goal is to complete the facility by fall of 2014.

Good Neighbor Care, which is owned by Yakima, Wash.,-based Wilkinson Corp, will manage the community.

 When it opens, River Bend is expected to employ nearly 50 full- and part-time staff members.

River Bend Assisted Living is being designed by Rochester-based CRW Architects, built by Weis Builders and financed by West Bank.

September 08, 2013

New med spa to open soon in S.E. Roch.

Looks like Fat Willy's has a new neighbor - Posh Facial Esthetics and Med Spa.

IMG_20130907_180106_468I guess I haven't been paying close enough attention to that area for a while. It looks like Posh is very close to opening. In fact, Posh's website says they hope to open by Thursday, Sept. 12.

Stephanie Kriener, who's an ICU nurse, is the owner of this new venture.

Posh will offer a variety of facials, Botox treatments, waxing and tinting.

Now that center is completely full with the expanded Fat Willy's and the Hexum Cos. office sandwiched in between them.

August 27, 2013

New Roch. senior living facilty digging in

The Waters on Mayowood, a new senior living complex at 16th Street Southwest and Mayowood Road, is really digging in with the dirt flying as the site preparation rolls along.

SeniorlivingThe 276,000-square-foot facility will include a four-story assisted living wing with 70 units and six enhanced care suites, a four-story independent living wing with 71 units and a two-story memory care wing with 28 units. It will also feature heated
underground parking.

The hope is to open The Waters on Mayowood in fall 2014.

Senior Living of Minnetonka. The Waters is an owner as well as the future operator.

The Waters manages 11 senior living centers in Minnesota, including Sugar Loaf Senior Community in Winona.

August 20, 2013

Mayo Clinic lands $3 million grant to study aging

Here's a snippet from a press release from Mayo Clinic's pneumatic email tubes about a research grant for the Rochester campus to study aging.

Of course, $3 million is not a big number when it comes to Mayo Clinic research, but every little bit helps. Heh.

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Mayo Clinic has been awarded a $3 million grant from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research to establish the Paul F. Glenn Laboratories for Senescence Research. The grant will support the laboratories’ mission of exploring how age-related diseases and disorders are affected by aging cells and how eliminating these senescent cells can improve and extend life span.
 
Mayo-clinic-logoJan van Deursen, Ph.D., a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Mayo Clinic …, will serve as laboratory director.
 
“This grant will allow us to investigate the identity and the properties of senescent cells that accumulate with aging and at sites of age-related pathologies, as well as the potential therapeutic effects of their clearance,” van Deursen says. The Glenn Laboratories at Mayo Clinic will work with the Mayo Clinic Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging….
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Dr. van Deursen is researching the drivers of aging and looking for interventions that delay age-related disease and dysfunction. His concept is that aging and age-related diseases are caused at least in part by aging cells that accumulate in tissues and organs. These senescent cells have lost the ability to divide in response to various stimuli that increase the risk of malignant cell transformation, and they affect the functionality of other cells. The critical barrier to determining whether and how cell senescence causes aging and age-related disease has been the lack of a method to selectively remove them.
 
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This study opens an entirely new field of research that is expected to lead to the development of drug-based strategies that will clear senescent cells in humans. Once available, these strategies hold the promise of delaying, preventing, or reverting a range of age-related diseases, leading to a longer, healthier, more independent quality of life.