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…

You gave your innovative ideas – we listened

Thank you for submitting your bold and innovative ideas on how Minnesota can face aging. Three common themes emerged from the responses we received: Ensuring the right care and services for seniors to stay in their homes and remain as independent as possible.   Bolstering health and wellness services for seniors and people of all…

Find a key, open a door

Take a look at the Face Aging Principles which “provide guidance to anyone who wants to help Minnesota face aging.” They can provide a key to successful aging. It makes sense to place guiding principles related to aging in front of our community at this time in Minnesota history – right now, our state’s aging…

Minnesota needs to face aging – here’s how we can do it

The need to face aging is undeniable and unprecedented. Minnesota isn’t ready to support the one million seniors who will soon call our state home. That’s why we must all work together now to ensure our elders will receive the care and services they need as they age. Legislative session begins tomorrow, February 20, and…