The Luck of the Irish (or in this case, a Scot)

              I’m not Irish as far as I know, but I do consider myself lucky. After all, I’m still here at 95! And as luck would have it, my granddaughter Monica was born on St. Patrick’s Day. Monica has always been feisty, and now she’s an aeronautical engineer and…

Minnesotans lace up for Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. In 2015, more than 50,000 teams participated in more than 600 Walks across the country, raising more than $75 million. The Walk is held annually in communities nationwide, including 11 Minnesota cities…

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…

Reform Brings Welcome Boost to Caregivers in Rochester

The good news keeps coming about what Minnesota’s 2015 senior care reform is doing for seniors and their caregivers. The historic reform passed last year by the Minnesota Legislature has allowed senior care facilities to give employees much-deserved salary increases and provide them with other important benefits. These are the hard-working, dedicated staff who provide…

Helping Minnesota’s Seniors

It’s time to say the two words our legislators rarely hear: “Thank you.” When you see your lawmakers around your community, you may want to offer them your gratitude. A bipartisan group of 148 lawmakers came together in 2015 to pass reforms that help ensure that Minnesota seniors will get high quality care in a…

When You Get Old, Will There Be Someone to Care for You?

Over the next decade, we will need another 25,000 professional caregivers in Minnesota, in large part to care for our rapidly growing senior population. The number of Minnesota seniors will double in the coming years as baby boomers reach retirement age. Thanks to healthier living and medical innovations, seniors are living longer, many into their…

Share Your Story: Ideas for Capturing Your Family History

Recording the recollections of older relatives can do a lot more than preserve family history. It can help connect older and younger family members while giving youth a new appreciation for their elders. “Recording an interview with an older relative is such a great way to engage family members of different generations,” said Steve Mork,…

Start the Conversation to Face Aging

There will be 285,000 more seniors living in Minnesota at the end of this decade than there were in 2010, more growth than we saw in the last four decades combined. By 2031, 25% of the population will be over age 65; of that group 9% will be over 75 and 3% will be over…