Don’t let stereotypes write the narrative of elders

Aging brings joy to many seniors in different ways. For Mari Jenson of Little Canada, the ability to spend time with her grandchildren is the best part about getting older.

Though Mari has not needed care or services herself, she recognizes that age means some day-to-day activities change as she grows older. Getting exercise and addressing new health problems are Mari’s main concerns. Mari believes opportunities to improve financial literacy and learn more about assistance for those living on a fixed income would be beneficial ways to help older adults in Minnesota.

Mari would like to see Minnesotans care more about senior issues as Minnesota’s senior population grows. For Mari, it is important that more people understand the aging process and don’t let stereotypes write the narrative of elders. “We are still the same people. Just our bodies and maybe our memories are changing.”

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