Leading the next generation of long-term care advocates

After working in long-term care for many years, Gail Sheridan found herself on the receiving end as a family member this summer. Gail’s mother had a serious fall at the age of 87. “I took care of her for a few days and realized she needed short-term care,” said Gail, the Chief Clinical Operations Officer…

Two Minnesota caregivers share their perspective

As professional senior caregivers, Carli Lindemann of Alexandria and Monica Scheldrup of Blackduck have dedicated their careers to enriching the lives of the seniors they serve. Along with thousands of other committed women and men working in professional senior care across the state, their hearts break over recent reports of elder abuse. They want justice…

Thank you, MN lawmakers, for making a down payment on reforms to help us all face aging.

The Minnesota Legislature has passed a bill that includes important measures to help ensure all Minnesota seniors receive the care and services they need in a place they can call home. Now, that bill is with Governor Dayton, awaiting his signature. The measures are steps forward as our senior population rapidly grows: 60,000 Minnesotans are…

Honoring the memory of residents with bed memorials

There are two quotes on Lynn Petersen’s office door. One is from Maya Angelou: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” The other is from Vincent van Gogh: “Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession…

A big part of being a caregiver is listening and being there for residents

Caregivers and residents can have a very strong bond between them as time goes on. After being able to learn about a new resident from staff and family we are able to move forward to help the resident feel they are more at home. Talking with the resident you may find out that you know…

Not Over Yet…

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders announced overnight that they’ve reached an overall budget agreement, but that they need a special session to finish up work. At 12:01 Tuesday morning right after the adjournment of the regular session, the Governor called the Legislature into special session. Leaders will decide critically important measures to…

Preparing for unprecedented senior population growth

Minnesota is aging, and quickly. Between 2015 and 2030, the North Star state is expected to see just under 9 percent population growth. However, in that same timeframe the senior population is expected to grow 56 percent! Roughly 85 percent of Minnesota counties will see an increase in their senior population while also seeing a…

We’re getting older, Minnesota

It’s a fact: 60,000 Minnesotans turn 65 this year, next year and every year through 2030. Soon 25 percent of our adult population will be 65+. Some parts of the state are at the leading edge of this silver tsunami. In Aitkin County in 2015, 37 percent of the adult population were already seniors and…