Nine in 10 Americans hold favorable view on living an extra 30 years

Ninety-three percent of Americans say they have a favorable view of living 30 extra years, according to The Gift of Time, a new study from the Alliance Life Insurance Company of North America. Researchers say 30 extra years is the average increase in life expectancy in the last 100 years in the U.S. The Gift…

Senior care reform is big step to recruiting and retaining experienced and dedicated caregivers

Writing in the Albert Lea Tribune, Katie Davis, campus administrator at Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea, recently shared some of the findings from the Long-Term Care Imperative’s 2016 Legislative Survey on the long-term care profession in Minnesota. In a nutshell, the survey shows Minnesota continues to need more professional caregivers, in large part due…

Memories for Memorial Day Weekend

I’m a WAC gal (Woman Army Corps) through and through, and still have many memories from my time stationed in England during WWII. There’s a documentary if you’re interested called Woman Serving in War. I’m sure I’ve bragged just a little bit about this Emmy Award-winning project, and made my family watch it a few times.…

National poll reveals views on planning for long-term care needs

When asked how confident they are that they will have financial resources to pay for any care as they get older, only 36 percent of Americans age 40 and older are very or extremely confident, according to a national poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs. While this number is an increase…

88-year-old great-grandmother graduates college

  Phoenix, AZ (KPHO) — You’re never too old to follow your dreams — that’s the message from a Valley college student getting ready for graduation. But Mariam Cheshire is not your average student. The 88-year-old great-grandmother is about to become one of the oldest graduates in Phoenix College history. Read the full story here: http://pix11.com/2016/05/14/88-year-old-great-grandmother-graduates-college/ 

Senior Corps Week 2016

The week of May 16-20, 2016, commemorates Senior Corps Week, a national effort led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. government agency that administers Senior Corps. Senior Corps connects Americans 55 and over with the people and organizations that need their volunteer services the most. Senior Corps helps them become mentors, coaches…

Grams Who Golf

As you might have read in Three Cheers for Baseball Season, I enjoy cheering on my Twins. Another sport that I love watching—and playing—is golf. And as the thermostat continues to rise, the leaves bud and the birds sing, it’s time to get back on the green. I won’t lie to you, I wasn’t always…

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

Scholarships abound for caregivers to pursue nursing degrees, thanks to senior care reform

The senior care reforms passed by Minnesota lawmakers last year has allowed many senior care facilities across the state to offer scholarships to caregivers to assist them as they work toward a degree in nursing. We’ve shared how these scholarships have benefited some caregivers in the Spotlight section on FaceAgingMN.org. We recently heard from Lakeview…

British woman is to become the first 100-year-old model to appear in Vogue

  Gilbert — who lives in an assisted living facility in Birmingham — wore bespoke Valentino glasses, a Victoria Beckham top, a Dries Van Noten coat, shoes by Céline, a Lanvin necklace and trousers by The Row for her first ever campaign shoot. The centenarian was photographed by fashion photographer Phil Poynter for the campaign,…

A True Fish Story

I’ve loved fishing all my life. When I was a little kid my dad would take us fishing for Bullheads. No one really catches them anymore, but we used to do it a lot. The process was pretty unusual, but fun. You’d wade into the lake with your fishing pole and pull up the fish.…