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…

Face Aging at the Capitol

  The 2017 Minnesota Legislative Session is now underway. In the coming months, you’ll hear how legislators plan to prepare for the needs of our rapidly growing senior population. A big part of the discussion at the Capitol will be about ways to recruit and retain dedicated professional caregivers. Minnesota will need another 25,000 professional…

Birthdays & Ballots

You won’t believe me, I surely don’t, but I’ve lived through 16 presidents. Way back when I was born on November 8, 1921, Warren G. Harding was the president. And every year that I could, I voted. My choices weren’t always the winner, but at least I voted my piece. My dedication to voting stems…

MN Senior Care Providers Share Their Thoughts on Who Stands With Seniors

Citizens concerned about how our elected officials will help Minnesota face aging got a chance to hear from legislative candidates at nine forums held throughout the state this past month. More than 50 legislative candidates took part in the forums, which were attended by members of the public and the media and hosted at local…

Who Stands With MN Seniors?

Ask your candidates how they Face Aging in Minnesota. 60,000 Minnesotans will turn 65 next year, and the year after, and every year after that through at least 2030.  This is the fastest growing segment of our society, and soon, we will have more than a million Minnesotans who are seniors. These seniors will live…

Emma is Among Many Minnesota Residents Advancing A Career in Nursing, Thanks to Senior Care Reform

For Emma, a certified nursing assistant and trained medical assistant at Perham Living, the decision to continue her education with a full scholarship and become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) was an easy one. Perham Living awarded Emma the scholarship under Minnesota Long Term Care Nursing Facility Scholarship Program. This program is aimed at enhancing…

A Message of Gratitude from Around MN this Thanksgiving

  Long-term care leaders and workers from around the state are thanking lawmakers who supported legislation earlier this year to increase senior care funding. Thanks to 148 lawmakers coming together across party lines and bridging urban-rural differences to care for aging residents, Minnesota is better prepared for the coming age wave. Senior care facility residents…

Real reform takes time

On November 6, 2015 the Morris Sun Tribune featured an opinion piece from LeadingAge Minnesota’s Gayle Kvenvold and the Care Providers of Minnesota’s Patti Cullen. In their piece, they commended the lawmakers who helped ensure that Minnesota seniors will get high quality care in a welcoming place close to their loved ones. From their piece…