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Ruth Hanson, left, and Gladys Palm hand out treats Wednesday to children, including little pumpkin Taden Hamstad, 1, of Pennock, during a Halloween event at the Rice Care Center in Willmar. Proceeds from this year's Rice Health Foundation's gala will be used to create an activity center at the nursing home. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

'Their lives are not over': Activity program is essential to Rice Care services

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WILLMAR -- There are many opportunities for residents of the Rice Care Center to keep their hands and minds busy, from group sing-alongs to exercise classes to a Christmas cookie exchange.

The skilled nursing facility's activity program helps combat the boredom, loneliness and loss of purpose that can happen when someone enters a nursing home.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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