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…

Leaving a legacy in long-term care

When she was 16 years old, Diane Holicky began what would become a lifelong journey in long-term care. Her mother worked in the laundry department of a senior care center, and Diane worked there as an aide. “Unknown to me at the time, I was instantly transformed into a long-term care employee,” Diane said. “I…

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…

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…

Scoop on Senior Care: Protecting elderly starts by understanding “self-neglect”

When Paul Singer arrived in Boston in March 2018, the investigative journalist was intrigued by New England’s rapidly aging population and began asking questions. Those questions led to a story featured on the front page of USA TODAY, in which Singer analyzed data to reveal major reporting gaps in elder abuse across the country. Elder…

Supporting the mental health of caregivers, seniors, families

In 1989, Diane Knutson gave birth to her first child. She was living across the street from a skilled nursing/assisted living community at the time and would see the residents go for walks and enjoy the outdoors. “I’d watch them and think, ‘I bet they would really enjoy seeing my baby,’ so I went over…

An important update on what Medicare changes mean for Minnesotans

The Medicare enrollment period for 2019 coverage has been marked by confusion and angst for many beneficiaries in Minnesota and across the country as a new federal allow is eliminating Cost plans, leaving consumers to choose between original Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans. More than 300,000 Minnesotans are affected by the changes. State officials are…