Accessibility matters for travelers of all ages

Airport restrooms. People consistently rank them as the very worst part of air travel. This is particularly true for older adults who may have difficulty standing in line, maneuvering their luggage in and out of narrow stalls, getting on and off toilets, reaching for toilet paper and faucets, and walking safely across slippery floors. But…

Life after caregiving: Helping former dementia caregivers re-enter life

Imagine waking up one day to find that the years you had committed to intensive caregiving for a family member are suddenly over. What do you do next? How do you focus your time and energy after so many long days caring for another? Those were the kinds of questions that Sheryl Fairbanks and Warren…

Transitioning to long-term care: How to start the conversation

When seniors get to stay in their communities, everyone benefits. Often, the best living options for seniors are those that allow them to age in their home for as long as possible, connected to their families, friends and neighbors. Sometimes, there comes a point when a senior living center is the best alternative for a…

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…

A Marine looks back: WWII, honoring sacrifice and love at first sight

In 2017, June Fremont was the oldest marine at the Marine Corps 242 Birthday Ball, which celebrates the Marine Corps’s beginnings and its traditions. After her time serving in the Marines from 1943 to 1946, June raised her family in Minnesota and worked at 3M for 43 years in various departments. She officially retired in…

Ten lessons Grandma taught me

For my grandmother’s 90th birthday, I created a little book to celebrate. I called all my cousins and sisters and gathered all the important lessons she taught us. Though she is gone now, there is no doubt that Grandma helped shape who I am today and how I feel about others and the world. Here…

In some ways, aging means more freedom

Wendy Will reminds people that there’s enjoyment to be discovered when growing older. “Feeling freer to express my opinions is the best part about aging,” says Wendy, a resident of the 700-person community of Lanesboro in southeastern Minnesota. As she has gotten older, Wendy has become more aware of how senior care issues affect Minnesotans…

It’s important to care about what elders face

The best part of aging is retirement, says Jodi Gohmann. Jodi lives in the 1,700-person community of Clearwater. Jodi says she wishes people knew that it’s difficult to give up things like independence with age. Another challenging aspect of getting older for Jodi is sometimes feeling patronized, particularly in the way younger people regard her.…

Seniors appreciate more family time

One benefit of aging is having time to reflect, says Vickie Crompton of Borup, a community of about 100 people in northwest Minnesota. “Reaching that point in life of appreciating everything more is the best part about getting older,” says Vickie. Vickie wishes more people had a better understanding about aging and the importance of…