Caring for the whole person

Tracy Klenda’s favorite part of being a professional caregiver is spending time with the residents. “The best part of my job is being able to visit with residents and light up their day,” says Tracy, who is a Registered Nurse (RN) and Minimum Data Set (MDS) Coordinator at Good Samaritan Society in Howard Lake, Minnesota.…

An incredible opportunity to collaborate

The demographic shift that is happening in Minnesota will bring transformational change that will impact us all. By 2020, there will be more citizens age 65 and older than there are school-age children. We must embrace this incredible opportunity, challenge conventional thinking and be more collaborative and creative in our planning to ensure a high…

Transforming how we age in Minnesota

When we have candid and thoughtful conversations, we can spark the kind of bold and innovative thought we need to transform how we age in Minnesota. Minnesota, like most other states, has a growing senior demographic with a decreasing workforce availability. That tension dictates that we think and act creatively to address the gap between what…

The fifth and final Face Aging Principle

In order to successfully address the care needs of our rapidly growing senior population, we need to find more efficient ways to deliver quality care to all seniors. There will be 56% more seniors in Minnesota by 2030. That’s why we all need to consider the fifth and final of the Face Aging Principles. Principle…

23 years caring for seniors and loving it

Abigail Ashamu grew up with many family members in the health care field but didn’t want to be a nurse until she moved to the United States. When she found out she was pregnant, Abigail visited a free clinic where she and her husband were living in Washington, D.C. “The nurses offered to bring me…

“It is my calling”

“Someone took care of me throughout my life and now it’s my turn to give back others,” says Vanessa Holm, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and trained medical assistant (TMA) at Good Samaritan Society in Howard Lake, Minnesota. “It is my calling.” Vanessa says she was inspired to become a caregiver because she cares about…

Principle 4: Let’s help professional caregivers succeed in the jobs they love

Principle 4 of the five guiding Face Aging Principles highlights that caregiving is a valued career – let’s help our professionals succeed in the jobs they love. Professional senior care is a critically essential and profoundly rewarding career. We all benefit when senior caregivers have just compensation and opportunities for continuing education and career advancement.…

Putting it all together

When was the last time you put together a puzzle?  When I was growing up, my father and many of my six siblings spent hours working on puzzles. As the family rebel, I found it pointless to spend time making something that was just going to be taken apart and put back in a box.…