Minnesota excels when put to the test for senior living

Minnesota is 2017’s healthiest state for seniors, according to a recent national study that evaluated all 50 states and the District of Columbia across five crucial areas. The five categories of the MedicareSupplement study included population, cost of living, healthcare, community factors, and environment. Minnesota ranked among the top five states for community factors and…

Long-term care resident helps spot caregivers deserving scholarships

When it comes to spotting caregiving talent, few have the eye and the experience a local nonagenarian has. Arlys Benjamin, a resident at Woodbury Senior Living in her nineties, helps identify caregivers who are dedicated to their work and deserve a scholarship to further their education in the field. Originally from Corvuso, Minnesota, Arlys received…

Growing demand for CNAs makes the profession a promising career path

June 15-22 is the 40th annual National Nursing Assistants Week, a great time to find out more about this growing and rewarding career option. As the senior population rapidly grows, so will the demand for certified nursing assistants (CNAs). CNAs rank in the top 50 fastest-growing professions in Minnesota. According to the U.S. Bureau of…

Local CNA inspires high schoolers to consider a caregiving career

You may remember local CNA Sunshine from an earlier blog post from Helen. As a six-year caregiving veteran at Woodbury Senior Living in Woodbury, Minnesota and passionate advocate for the profession, Sunshine recently joined Margaret Wachholz, Woodbury Senior Living’s community relations manager, to deliver a presentation to high schoolers about life in assisted living facilities…

The joy of volunteering in retirement

As a middle school music director for 33 years, Dick Schirmacher learned to be energetic and have a sense of humor. “When you teach junior high, you have to know how to survive,” jokes Schirmacher. “In teaching you have to be complimentary and encouraging. I was more of an encourager than a director.” Now in…

Thank you, MN lawmakers, for making a down payment on reforms to help us all face aging.

The Minnesota Legislature has passed a bill that includes important measures to help ensure all Minnesota seniors receive the care and services they need in a place they can call home. Now, that bill is with Governor Dayton, awaiting his signature. The measures are steps forward as our senior population rapidly grows: 60,000 Minnesotans are…

Honoring the memory of residents with bed memorials

There are two quotes on Lynn Petersen’s office door. One is from Maya Angelou: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” The other is from Vincent van Gogh: “Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession…