Coming alongside families through joy and loss

Reverend Daryl Jacobson says it’s a blessing to support seniors and their families through joy and loss. “You see them face tough circumstances and so many of them are able to meet the challenges and rise above those circumstances of life,” says Daryl, who spent thirty years in pastoral ministry before becoming a chaplain at…

Helping parents navigate getting older

Sandra Burklund wants decision-makers in our society to know the importance of implementing policies that recognize that we’re all part of the aging population and we’ll all eventually be faced with caregiving needs. “Not all are fortunate to have a family support system to help navigate aging challenges,” says Sandra. Sandra’s parents both receive care…

Walking through the aging journey with mom

Having worked as an administrator at Maple Lawn Senior Care for 26 years in Fulda, Minnesota, Arlan Swanson says it’s interesting to be on the other side of long-term care. When his 90-year-old mother fell and broke her hip, he experienced senior care from the perspective of a patient’s family. Arlan says seeing his mom…

A lifelong passion for long-term care

One summer in college, Annette Thorson thought about working on a dude ranch in Montana, but her mother didn’t approve. Instead, Annette took a job at a local nursing home, and found her lifelong passion. She started working in laundry and then became involved in activities. “I just fell in love with it,” says Annette.…

Local institute connects New Americans to long-term care careers

“Virtually all of our students end up working in long-term care. It’s what they want to do,” says Michael Donahue, Associate Director at the International Institute of Minnesota. “The cultures of most societies represented in New American populations so esteem elders. They tell us it would be like taking care of a grandparent.” As one…

Caring for Seniors with Dementia

Amanda Gruber began her career as a caregiver on her sixteenth birthday. Growing up visiting a nursing home where her mother was a nurse for 50 years and volunteering with seniors throughout her childhood gave Gruber an early sense of working with seniors. Now she has been a caregiver for 20 years, and is a…

Mike Maday Makes Seniors’ Days Brighter

When asked about his favorite part of caregiving, Mike Maday pauses. “You want me to pick one?” Maday, a Care Manager at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont, Minnesota, has been a caregiver for thirty years. Being faithful and humble in his work, and making residents smile and feel happy, are some of the…

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…