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…

Maple Grove works to become age-friendly

A majority of Americans believe it’s important for their communities to be age-friendly, according to a recent survey we highlighted here on FaceAgingMN.org Now, Maple Grove has become the third Minnesota city to be recognized as an AARP Age Friendly Community. The AARP Age-Friendly Communities, part of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities…

You Won’t Believe What This 94-Year-Old Wrote When She Was 16

Did I get ya? Little old ladies can write clickbait, too. We just titled it, “Story continues on page 3” back in my day. Anywho, the premise of this article is to show off a poem of mine. Another secret talent, I know. I am full of secrets. I’ve always loved writing, and still dabble…

Take seniors seriously

It may seem like us older folks have always been “old,” but we’re growing and figuring out life day by day just like everyone else. We may be a bit slower, but that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t take us seriously. I learned the reality of being seen as “old” a few years ago. When I…

Grandmas go glam for photo session

FARGO – Grace Nelson, 89, whispers to 92-year-old Irene Klenow. “You look really pretty,” she says. Klenow is wearing a colorful, feathery hat and a brown fur stole. She poses for the camera.  “It feels exciting,” Klenow says. “It’s been a long time since I’ve had my photo taken.” Read the full story here: http://www.inforum.com/shesays/4026362-grandmas-go-glam-photo-session

2015 Senior Care Reform result in real benefits to SW MN center

For the St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield, senior care reform approved by the Minnesota State Legislature in 2015 has meant substantial changes for the better. For starters, CEO Josh Jensen says the nursing department wage scale has been raised significantly. Base wages for the nursing department were increased in October 2015. Across-the-board increases are…

Opportunities for senior volunteers to make valuable contributions to society

For many seniors, retirement and the golden years mean staying active through volunteering. Each day, seniors are making a huge difference in their communities by sharing their time, wisdom and talents in service to thousands of Minnesotans – older and younger alike. The Corporation for National and Community Service reports that in Minnesota more than…