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…

House and Senate Bills Strive to Support Elderly and Disabled

As spending for health and human services continues to grow for Minnesota’s elderly citizens, state lawmakers are faced with a challenging balancing act: how to provide the quality care our aging seniors deserve while delivering essential services in a cost-efficient manner. Home and community based services help to assist in ensuring elderly Minnesotans get the…

The Journey of Being a Caregiver

I have often found the words “life is a journey, not a destination” very comforting. As a caregiver these are words to live by. Earlier on in my career, I often found myself consumed with a goal and a “destination” for the ones I was caring for. With the best intentions, my hopes would inspire…

Giving up the car keys

To many older people, and younger ones, too, driving is an active symbol of independence. Giving up the keys is a huge event, and one with which loved ones struggle. If you are concerned about an aging relative’s ability to drive safely, it is critically important to address the issue before an accident happens. In…