Rise in number of older Americans on the job and hours worked

The Pew Research Center is a Washington, DC-based center focusing on public opinion polling, demographic research and content analysis. The center analyzed employment data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics and found nearly 19 percent of Americans age 65 and older – almost 9 million seniors – reported working full- or…

One caregiver’s journey takes him from CNA to CEO

The America poet, essayist, and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” However, John Zwiers’ professional journey took him from a certified nursing assistant all the way to CEO of LB Homes in Fergus Falls. We recently came across John’s story in The Fergus Falls Daily Journal. His is one…

Quiz time! Test your knowledge about aging in Minnesota

We are excited that more than 396 visitors to the new Face Aging MN website have taken the Aging IQ quiz. The quiz asks five questions to test knowledge about aging in Minnesota. So far, participants scored high on two of the questions. In fact, 79 percent of them correctly answered the question: “By 2030,…

Minnesota among top five states in the nation for senior health

Minnesota ranks as the fourth healthiest state for seniors, according to the United Health Foundation’s 2016 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report. Among Minnesota’s strengths, the report finds our state has a low prevalence of food insecurity – one in four seniors living in poverty in Minnesota are served a home-delivered meal compared to 19.1 percent…

Take seniors seriously

It may seem like us older folks have always been “old,” but we’re growing and figuring out life day by day just like everyone else. We may be a bit slower, but that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t take us seriously. I learned the reality of being seen as “old” a few years ago. When I…

Face the facts and face aging

So you know that the senior population is growing. Fast. But did you know that Face Aging MN has a handy fact sheet that shows some pretty stunning stats about this unprecedented demographic shift? We hope this fact sheet is a useful resource to spur a conversation on aging in your family, among your community…