Understanding Senior Care: What You Need to Know

Printable Fact Sheet: Understanding Senior Care in Minnesota Caring for our older loved ones is more than a responsibility – it’s a Minnesota value. SIXTY THOUSAND Minnesotans turn 65 this year, next year and every year through 2030. Soon, 25% of our adult population will be 65 or older. We must prepare so that today’s…

Understanding Senior Care: The Caregiver Shortage

Printable Fact Sheet: Understanding Senior Care in Minnesota Within a few years, one million Minnesotans will be 65 or older as 60,000 residents continue to turn 65 this year and every year through at least 2030. As our senior population grows in the years ahead, Minnesota will need an additional 25,000 caregivers over the next…

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…

Star Tribune journalist goes deep on reporting caregiving – and experiencing it

Jackie Crosby is a general assignment business reporter at the Star Tribune where she often writes about the ways an aging population is changing how we live, work and play. Many of her stories explore the complexities of navigating the aging journey, and the issues and trends affecting seniors today. Her in-depth reporting on the…

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…

First in Minnesota: High school gerontology course changes perspectives on aging

About 18 months ago, Julie Mundahl, a family and consumer sciences (FACS) teacher at Buffalo High School, had a meeting with a group of local business leaders to discuss career development for her students. One of the topics was the rising demand for professional caregivers in Buffalo and across Minnesota. By 2025, one million Minnesotans…

New initiative aims to transform the landscape for Minnesota’s home health caregivers

An innovative approach to one of the foremost issues facing Americans is unfolding – and it involves three organizations right here in Minnesota. With 60,000 Minnesotans turning 65 this year and every year through 2030, the demand for professional senior caregivers is vast and growing. That’s why Minnesota-based organizations Benedictine Health System, Knute Nelson and…

Connecting seniors with struggling students makes lifelong impact – in the classroom and beyond

Erin Walloch knows a little something about the value of intergenerational relationships. In classrooms across Dakota, Scott and Ramsey counties, Walloch has been connecting seniors with young people as Program Manager of “Learning Buddies,” an initiative that matches seniors with struggling students in reading, math, science and art. Since 1997, the program has served 60,000…

Talking over the fence: the importance of community

Growing up in Faribault, Minnesota, Roxanne Cornell says her family home had a revolving door of kids and neighbors. “We’d make dinner for the neighborhood. That’s just the way it was. Older adults have always been a big part of my life because of how I was raised,” says Roxanne. She remembers when she was…

Real ways Minnesota can boldly face aging

More Minnesotans have submitted bold and innovative ideas on how Minnesota can face aging – thank you! Many of the ideas we received focused on community engagement, including the need for intergenerational connections. In one respondent’s words, fostering intergenerational relationships could be as simple as securing a regular time and space at a care center…

I just turned 65. Now what?

I turned 65 last December and threw a party for myself. Sounds strange to “throw a party for yourself,” but at 65, you really can do whatever you want. For this birthday, I was either going to coast in under the radar, or just tell everybody – I’m a senior now! The truth is, I…