Leaving a legacy in long-term care

When she was 16 years old, Diane Holicky began what would become a lifelong journey in long-term care. Her mother worked in the laundry department of a senior care center, and Diane worked there as an aide. “Unknown to me at the time, I was instantly transformed into a long-term care employee,” Diane said. “I…

From volunteer to executive director – a senior care journey

Ever since she was a young child, Deborah Veit felt the call to serve others. In her early teens, she began volunteering as a candy striper at Gillette Children’s Hospital where her father worked, primarily helping the nurses care for patients. That’s when she knew she wanted to be a nurse. “I just felt I…

Defying stereotypes and embracing aging

At 61 years old, St. Paul resident Amy Gage is fully employed, engaged in life and reflecting on what aging means to her. “The best thing about getting older is perspective,” Amy said. “I am calmer, less ego-driven and more collaborative than I was as a breadwinning young careerist.” Amy was born and raised in…

Staying active while living in long-term care communities

When someone transitions to a long-term care setting, there is often a feeling of lost independence or a perception that a person can no longer be active. But in today’s modern senior living centers, there are usually a wide array of programs or activities that help seniors stay physically fit. Not only does staying active…

Salvation Army adult day program promotes independence and empowers seniors

Thirty-seven years ago, the Salvation Army started an adult day program that welcomes anyone living with a physical or neurological condition. The program strives to promote independence and empower each individual to remain in a community setting – an alternative to assisted living centers and in-home care. The daily program has become a cornerstone of…

Scoop on Senior Care: Protecting elderly starts by understanding “self-neglect”

When Paul Singer arrived in Boston in March 2018, the investigative journalist was intrigued by New England’s rapidly aging population and began asking questions. Those questions led to a story featured on the front page of USA TODAY, in which Singer analyzed data to reveal major reporting gaps in elder abuse across the country. Elder…

Supporting the mental health of caregivers, seniors, families

In 1989, Diane Knutson gave birth to her first child. She was living across the street from a skilled nursing/assisted living community at the time and would see the residents go for walks and enjoy the outdoors. “I’d watch them and think, ‘I bet they would really enjoy seeing my baby,’ so I went over…

A passion for helping others leads to innovative solutions in senior care

Since an early age Janelle Zimmerman knew it was in her blood to help others. Janelle’s parents both worked in long-term care throughout her childhood; her mom as a social worker and her dad as an administrator/regional director/purchasing director. “I have literally become my mom,” Janelle said with a laugh. “I started volunteering at the…

Scoop on Senior Care: Veteran journalist shares what she’s learned about dementia

Michele Munz is a veteran journalist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who specializes in revealing complicated social issues through the lens of the people who are impacted the most. Last year, Munz published an insightful and emotional series about one woman’s struggle with memory problems and how it highlights the issues of dementia, which is…

How one man changed my view on Alzheimer’s

I started my new role as an Administrator in July 2018 and during the first few weeks, a gentleman that sat across my office intrigued me. Norman Beeson reminded me of my grandfather. He was the type of guy you just wanted to hug and get to know. I often saw him wandering the hallways,…