“People need to be more patient and understanding with seniors,” says Susan, a senior from Harmony, a town of about 1,000 people in southern Minnesota. Susan believes it’s important for communities to recognize that many elderly Minnesotans have worked very hard during their lifetime and some do not have help from family.
Susan’s favorite part about getting older is the freedom to spend time with her friends during the day. “I also enjoy the company of the people that help clean,” says Susan.
For Susan, one challenge of aging is managing pain. Getting in and out of buildings and loading her walker in and out of the car are difficult tasks for Susan and her husband. “I have had over 90 surgeries,” she says. “People don’t understand if I have to ask for help.”
Susan thinks senior care issues should matter to all Minnesotans because each senior’s aging journey is unique with different needs. “We do not all react the same way to aging issues that we have to face,” says Susan.