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…

Tell your local paper why you oppose Medicaid cuts

Seniors and their loved ones across Minnesota are raising their voices in concern about the U.S. Senate health care proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. If enacted, the Senate’s bill would severely reduce federal funding for Medicaid and impact the fastest-growing group of Americans who rely on Medicaid—seniors. The Senate’s proposal would…

Caring for aging parents becomes part-time job for many adults

As our nation’s senior population grows, the demand for long-term care continues to increase, and for many adult children, long-term care becomes a part-time job. According to a new study published by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, about half of informal care is provided by an adult child. In fact, 17 percent…

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…

Celebrate 51st National Nursing Home Week, May 14-20

What better time to face aging than National Nursing Home Week? Established by the American Health Care Association in 1967, National Nursing Home Week provides a special time to show appreciation for nursing home staff and volunteers who provide essential care in communities throughout the country and here in Minnesota. For family members and friends…

Seniors find expression through art

Amanda Price’s passion for art led her to her senior care calling. Price studied art in college with a minor in psychology, and did not expect to be working with seniors after graduation. Now, as Therapeutic Recreation Assistant at Southview Acres Health Care Center in St. Paul, Price says working with older Minnesotans has been…