How to Get to Know Your MN Candidates

It’s election season, Minnesota. While you’ve most likely heard a thing or two about the national election, it’s time to get to know your local candidates—the people determining the issues that hit close to home. You have a few weeks before November 8, so use that time to get to know the people representing your…

Take action: ask your legislators how they plan to Face Aging in MN

Let your voice be heard on senior care issues this election season! Consider attending a community forum near you with candidates for the Minnesota House and Senate. At the forums, hear from legislative candidates on the future of senior care and how they plan to face aging in Minnesota. Forums are free and open to…

Who Stands With MN Seniors?

Ask your candidates how they Face Aging in Minnesota. 60,000 Minnesotans will turn 65 next year, and the year after, and every year after that through at least 2030.  This is the fastest growing segment of our society, and soon, we will have more than a million Minnesotans who are seniors. These seniors will live…

A Minnesota Goodbye

Recently, one of my dear friends, Helen Van Allen, at Woodbury passed away. Her nicknames here were Helen #3 and Helen the Tornado (My name was very popular in the 1920s apparently!) She didn’t suffer, which is a blessing. I’ll miss her company a lot, but I feel lucky that we were able to give…

Seniors an “endangered species” on screen

A recent study conducted by Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism reports seniors on screen as an “endangered species.” Read the full story here: http://time.com/4489884/older-people-underrepresented-films/?xid=homepage

New research reveals coming caregiver shortage

The number of family caregivers is shrinking just as the number of older adults is rising, a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine finds. By the year 2030, more than 25% of U.S. adults will be 65 or older. At the same time, the report suggests that the pool of…

Leading edge of dramatic demographic shift affects employers, seniors and communities statewide

Finding the right people to fill open positions is a growing challenge for employers all across Minnesota. It is a very serious issue aging care providers, who are faced with a double whammy of large numbers of retiring employees and a smaller pool from which to draw younger employees. This is especially concerning, because the…

Couple wears color coordinated outfits for all 52 years of their marriage

“My grandparents have been married for 52 years and they match outfits every day,” the couple’s grandson posted along with photos in a viral tweet. Read the full story here: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2016/08/31/Grandparents-wear-matching-outfits-every-day-for-52-years/2241472667064/