Transforming how we age in Minnesota

When we have candid and thoughtful conversations, we can spark the kind of bold and innovative thought we need to transform how we age in Minnesota. Minnesota, like most other states, has a growing senior demographic with a decreasing workforce availability. That tension dictates that we think and act creatively to address the gap between what…

Putting it all together

When was the last time you put together a puzzle?  When I was growing up, my father and many of my six siblings spent hours working on puzzles. As the family rebel, I found it pointless to spend time making something that was just going to be taken apart and put back in a box.…

Announcing Principle 3: We all prosper when seniors stay in their communities

Principle 3 of the five guiding Face Aging Principles affirms that we all prosper when seniors stay in their communities. Our parents and grandparents want to live as independently as possible in the communities they love, and our communities thrive when they have a vibrant senior population. State strategies should encourage the best choices for…

Free help to start conversation about aging with senior loved ones

During the holiday season, it’s a good time to remind families of the importance of having conversations about aging with older loved ones and consider whether they need additional care or services to age well. The Senior LinkAge Line is a free statewide information service that makes it easier for seniors and their families to…

Continuing to embrace technology… at 92!

Woodbury Senior Living resident Verna Toso loves her iPhone. With four sons, six grandsons and two great-granddaughters, the 92-year-old enjoys keeping in touch with her family and seeing photos of the kids, including her one-year-old great-granddaughter who lives out of state. While working for General Mills in the late 1980s, Verna delayed her retirement plans…

Twenty-two boxes

I had lived through pancreatic and breast cancers. As a single mom, I could not afford to continue living in my beautiful home in Eagan. My young daughters and I found a small fixer upper in the northern metro. As an artist, I saw the house as a canvas just waiting to be transformed. And,…