Long-term care experience helps guide family through aging journey

Laura Salonek’s 90-year-old grandmother was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. She received radiation to shrink the masses in her lungs, but she cannot talk without coughing, and her eight children are needing to find services to help support her care.

“I am thankful for my experience and the knowledge I’ve gained from working in long-term care,” says Laura, who serves as an administrator at Good Samaritan Society in Howard Lake, Minnesota. “Our healthcare system is far too complex for loved ones. My mother and her siblings are lost and confused and don’t know where to start.”

Laura emphasizes that senior care issues should matter to all Minnesotans because older citizens can be forgotten by an ever-busier society obsessed with youth. “They are still valuable members to society and must not be forgotten.”

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