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…

Celebrate 51st National Nursing Home Week, May 14-20

What better time to face aging than National Nursing Home Week? Established by the American Health Care Association in 1967, National Nursing Home Week provides a special time to show appreciation for nursing home staff and volunteers who provide essential care in communities throughout the country and here in Minnesota. For family members and friends…

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…

Have you taken our quiz yet?

Nearly 200 people have taken our Home and Community-Based Services Quiz, with an average score of 3 out of 5 questions right. Based on quiz responses so far, here is what we’ve discovered about how much Minnesotans know about home and community-based care for Minnesota seniors. So far, the quiz shows that Minnesotans realize many…

Say Thank You on May 4: International Firefighters’ Day!

Today is a day to express our gratitude for the brave men and women who come to help us when there’s a fire. I will forever be thankful to firefighters who saved me from a burning building – you could say this was a friendship forged in fire. About two years ago, I awoke at…

Working with seniors, she found her dream job

Kris Swanson worked in management at Dayton’s and then Office Depot for a cumulative period of over three decades, but it wasn’t until five years before retirement that she found the job she calls her lifelong dream. Swanson started at Birchwood Arbors in Forest Lake as a volunteer, and after six months was hired as…