Seniors find expression through art

Amanda Price’s passion for art led her to her senior care calling. Price studied art in college with a minor in psychology, and did not expect to be working with seniors after graduation. Now, as Therapeutic Recreation Assistant at Southview Acres Health Care Center in St. Paul, Price says working with older Minnesotans has been…

So much to learn from each other

Working in senior care is a very rewarding profession. You meet some very interesting people over time. You’re able to learn from the residents that you’re able to be with. You’re able to become more of an extended family. You’re able to learn about residents’ likes and dislikes: favorite foods, clothing, colors, activities and even…

House and Senate Bills Strive to Support Elderly and Disabled

As spending for health and human services continues to grow for Minnesota’s elderly citizens, state lawmakers are faced with a challenging balancing act: how to provide the quality care our aging seniors deserve while delivering essential services in a cost-efficient manner. Home and community based services help to assist in ensuring elderly Minnesotans get the…

The Journey of Being a Caregiver

I have often found the words “life is a journey, not a destination” very comforting. As a caregiver these are words to live by. Earlier on in my career, I often found myself consumed with a goal and a “destination” for the ones I was caring for. With the best intentions, my hopes would inspire…

Seniors Need Care and Service Options

I think it is very important for our senior population to have a range of services and care, from in-home support to skilled nursing care. The senior population can vary so very much. One person may just need the use of Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels can deliver a well-balanced meal, and also serve…

New research offers insight to help MN seniors age in place

New research from the University of Minnesota reveals how Minnesota builders can help local seniors age in place. Jessica Finlay, an environmental gerontologist and doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota, has focused her studies on how Minnesota seniors interact with their homes and neighborhoods as they age. Over the last year and a half,…

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…

Caregiving: It’s About the Relationships

How would Lindsey Nelson describe being a caregiver? “The best way I can tell people who don’t work in healthcare is I go to work and have 65 grandmas and grandpas that I get to see Monday through Friday.” Nelson, a Household Coordinator at Three Links Care Center in Northfield, Minnesota, began caregiving at age…