The Journey of Being a Caregiver

I have often found the words “life is a journey, not a destination” very comforting. As a caregiver these are words to live by. Earlier on in my career, I often found myself consumed with a goal and a “destination” for the ones I was caring for. With the best intentions, my hopes would inspire…

Seniors Need Care and Service Options

I think it is very important for our senior population to have a range of services and care, from in-home support to skilled nursing care. The senior population can vary so very much. One person may just need the use of Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels can deliver a well-balanced meal, and also serve…

Caring for Seniors with Dementia

Amanda Gruber began her career as a caregiver on her sixteenth birthday. Growing up visiting a nursing home where her mother was a nurse for 50 years and volunteering with seniors throughout her childhood gave Gruber an early sense of working with seniors. Now she has been a caregiver for 20 years, and is a…

The Luck of the Irish (or in this case, a Scot)

              I’m not Irish as far as I know, but I do consider myself lucky. After all, I’m still here at 95! And as luck would have it, my granddaughter Monica was born on St. Patrick’s Day. Monica has always been feisty, and now she’s an aeronautical engineer and…

Caring for Seniors at Home

Heidi Jones received her CNA certification in 2003 and hasn’t looked back. Jones, a CNA (certified nursing assistant) at Matrix Home Health Care Specialists in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has worked in private in-home care for 14 years. Jones enjoys the accomplishment she feels at the end of the day knowing she has made someone’s life easier.…

New research offers insight to help MN seniors age in place

New research from the University of Minnesota reveals how Minnesota builders can help local seniors age in place. Jessica Finlay, an environmental gerontologist and doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota, has focused her studies on how Minnesota seniors interact with their homes and neighborhoods as they age. Over the last year and a half,…

Caregiving: It’s a Calling

Missy Keenan found her calling as a caregiver thirteen and a half years ago. Keenan, a CNA (certified nursing assistant), TMA (trained medical aid), Health Support Specialist, and Household Manager at Good Shepherd Lutheran Services in Rushford, Minnesota, says helping others is in her blood. “It’s I guess a calling. My dad was a nurse…

Mike Maday Makes Seniors’ Days Brighter

When asked about his favorite part of caregiving, Mike Maday pauses. “You want me to pick one?” Maday, a Care Manager at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont, Minnesota, has been a caregiver for thirty years. Being faithful and humble in his work, and making residents smile and feel happy, are some of the…