A lifelong passion for long-term care

One summer in college, Annette Thorson thought about working on a dude ranch in Montana, but her mother didn’t approve. Instead, Annette took a job at a local nursing home, and found her lifelong passion. She started working in laundry and then became involved in activities. “I just fell in love with it,” says Annette.…

Leading the next generation of long-term care advocates

After working in long-term care for many years, Gail Sheridan found herself on the receiving end as a family member this summer. Gail’s mother had a serious fall at the age of 87. “I took care of her for a few days and realized she needed short-term care,” said Gail, the Chief Clinical Operations Officer…

Not retirement, but “refirement”

Minnesotan Grant Meidal is beginning to imagine life moving forward in a different way. Although still working full-time, Grant recently turned 65. “I’m slowing down on some of the projects I take on, going deeper in things I’ve always loved and valued, imagining what new things I want to do, and then finally investing in…

Two Minnesota caregivers share their perspective

As professional senior caregivers, Carli Lindemann of Alexandria and Monica Scheldrup of Blackduck have dedicated their careers to enriching the lives of the seniors they serve. Along with thousands of other committed women and men working in professional senior care across the state, their hearts break over recent reports of elder abuse. They want justice…

Find a key, open a door

Take a look at the Face Aging Principles which “provide guidance to anyone who wants to help Minnesota face aging.” They can provide a key to successful aging. It makes sense to place guiding principles related to aging in front of our community at this time in Minnesota history – right now, our state’s aging…

Minnesota needs to face aging – here’s how we can do it

The need to face aging is undeniable and unprecedented. Minnesota isn’t ready to support the one million seniors who will soon call our state home. That’s why we must all work together now to ensure our elders will receive the care and services they need as they age. Legislative session begins tomorrow, February 20, and…

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…