Spend quality time with elderly loved ones

Spending quality time with residents is very rewarding, and some of my favorite experiences have happened when I accompanied residents to the county fair. The fair gets residents to think back to memories from their own lives, whether it’s something they raised in the garden or something they entered in a sewing contest. One gentleman…

Caregiving: It’s About Compassion

When Staci Beranek was five or six years old, she visited her great-grandmother at an assisted living facility and the experience left a permanent impression. It helped inspire her to pursue a career caring for seniors, and she has now been a caregiver for almost seven years. As a CNA (certified nursing assistant) and TMA…

Couple wears color coordinated outfits for all 52 years of their marriage

“My grandparents have been married for 52 years and they match outfits every day,” the couple’s grandson posted along with photos in a viral tweet. Read the full story here: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2016/08/31/Grandparents-wear-matching-outfits-every-day-for-52-years/2241472667064/

Olympic Athletes Prove That Older Doesn’t Have To Mean Slower

Olympian athletes: Proof you don’t need to slow down with age. Read the full story here: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/08/16/490111771/olympic-athletes-prove-that-older-doesnt-have-to-mean-slower

Minnesotans lace up for Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. In 2015, more than 50,000 teams participated in more than 600 Walks across the country, raising more than $75 million. The Walk is held annually in communities nationwide, including 11 Minnesota cities…

Golden Friendships: How to Make Friends as a Senior

Making friends when you were a kid was so simple. They wanted to play kick the can, so did you. Voilà! Friends for life. But when your hair starts to gray, how to make friends becomes a little grayer, too. At least it was for me. Luckily, you have me and 30 years of attempting…

Seniors Day at the Minnesota State Fair is this Thursday, September 1!

At 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell, two Minnesota seniors will be honored with the Outstanding Senior Citizens Award. The award recognizes outstanding senior citizens who have contributed their time and talent to benefit their community after reaching the age of 65. Honorees are chosen out of a pool from nominees submitted…