Free help to start conversation about aging with senior loved ones

During the holiday season, it’s a good time to remind families of the importance of having conversations about aging with older loved ones and consider whether they need additional care or services to age well. The Senior LinkAge Line is a free statewide information service that makes it easier for seniors and their families to…

Take action: we all have a role in helping Minnesota face aging

Minnesota’s rapidly growing senior population affects all of us. In his article “Face it, Duluth: We are getting older” featured in the September/October edition of Duluthian Magazine, Blaine Gamst, the executive director of Ecumen Lakeshore, reminds us that seniors are vital to our communities and ensuring they have necessary care and services should be a…

A heart for veterans

When Verna and her husband moved to Chula Vista, California after they retired, Verna had no idea that she would soon become a 25-year “veteran” volunteer of her local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post. Verna’s husband had been in the Navy before they were married, and occasionally they would stop by the VFW to…

The sweet reward of a trick-or-treat meet and greet

Every year on Halloween, residents’ family, friends and community members visit Lakeview Methodist with their young Power Rangers and princesses in tow. Residents pass out candy to the kids, visiting with loved ones and meeting new people while enjoying the energy and excitement. It’s amazing what joy children can bring. They’re so good for our…

Continuing to embrace technology… at 92!

Woodbury Senior Living resident Verna Toso loves her iPhone. With four sons, six grandsons and two great-granddaughters, the 92-year-old enjoys keeping in touch with her family and seeing photos of the kids, including her one-year-old great-granddaughter who lives out of state. While working for General Mills in the late 1980s, Verna delayed her retirement plans…