Parkinson’s changed my life; an unexpected journey in caregiving

Heidi Weinberg started her caregiving career in a rather untraditional and unexpected way. As a professional in public administration and non-profit work, she never expected to work with seniors until she switched careers to personal training a little over six years ago. Weinberg is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin,…

Why I started an Alzheimer’s support group – and never left

I became trained as an Alzheimer’s support group facilitator while I was still the caregiver for my late husband. For me to cope with the Alzheimer’s caregiving journey, I needed to educate myself, understand the disease and connect with others. Understanding the facts, potential issues and strategies kept me sane from the horrible emotion of…

Life after Alzheimer’s: Six things my husband taught me

After my husband Bob’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, our lives changed forever. He never stopped teaching me and reminding me why I loved him. Here are six things I learned on the journey through Alzheimer’s with Bob: Bob taught me patience. I tried to never raise my voice at him and answer every question, even if it…

Planting seeds of wisdom into younger generations

Life is a journey filled with learning and reflection, and for Carole Perkins, planting seeds of wisdom into younger generations is the best part about getting older. “Investing in each other’s lives has helped me age well,” says Carole, who lives in Le Roy, a town of about 1,000 people in southeast Minnesota. Aging is…

Caregiving careers offer opportunities and purpose

Sherrie Bennett recalls the first senior she cared for as a teenager and the deep connection she made with her resident. “It was like they were my own grandparent,” says Sherrie. “That’s an experience that I’ll never forget.” Today, Sherrie is Housing Manager at Meadow Creek Hospitality, an assisted living facility in the small town…

Giving mom the best care

The aging journey with senior loved ones is unforgettable. Julie Kasidowski, a native of Winona, Minnesota, is walking through aging with her mother. It was important to Julie to find the best care for her mom. For her, the biggest challenge was understanding the health care options for her mother, including questions and concerns about…

Staying connected may help you live longer

September is Healthy Aging Month, a subject which is always top of mind for clinical social worker Roxanne Cornell. “One of the best ways to maintain your physical health – including your mental acuity – as you age is to stay connected with active people,” Roxanne says. Roxanne explains that studies have shown that when…

The rewards of aging mindfully

Aging does not start at some predestined time like retirement. Aging is lifelong. It begins at conception and does not end until the body dies. Every moment we are alive we are aging. So often we fall into old age. We wake up one morning at age 40, 60 or 80 and look in the…

76-year-old Minnesotan engages lawmakers on aging issues

Cary Giese remembers one moment at a forum he attended with former Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto. Cary asked everyone in the room if they had long-term care insurance. “One person – an 80-year-old woman – raised her hand. Other people asked, ‘What is that?’” Cary recalls. It confirms what Cary has come to believe…

Family and a great health care team make all the difference

Arlene Arnold used to say she would never grow up, but somehow it happened. As a senior from Montgomery, a city of about 3,000 people in southern Minnesota, Arlene understands how important it is to walk the aging journey with those you love. Support from her devoted family and a great health care team has…