Caregiving careers offer opportunities and purpose

Sherrie Bennett recalls the first senior she cared for as a teenager and the deep connection she made with her resident. “It was like they were my own grandparent,” says Sherrie. “That’s an experience that I’ll never forget.” Today, Sherrie is Housing Manager at Meadow Creek Hospitality, an assisted living facility in the small town…

High school partnership spreads awareness of caregiving careers

One of Griffin Myslivecek’s most rewarding moments as a senior caregiver happened when he went for a bike ride with a resident. For much of his life, this resident was an avid cyclist who had ridden coast to coast, recalled Griffin, who works as Executive Director of All Saints Senior Living in Shakopee. The resident…

Going above and beyond to care for residents

For Marie Perrin, resident assistant at Walker Methodist Care Suites in Edina, Minnesota, caring for seniors is more than a career—it’s a life purpose. “I care for them and I will do whatever I have to do for them,” says Marie. “I love them.” Her favorite part about her job is simply talking to residents…

Giving and receiving make for a full heart every day

“I started working in a nursing home when I was 16 years old,” says Karen Kunz, Staffing Specialist at Grand Village in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. “It felt like a calling.” As a staffing specialist, Karen ensures that her staff has what they need to provide the best care to residents. An essential quality of her…

Making an impact on the Parkinson’s community

Kayla Roske’s passion for caregiving started in the wellness department. “I had the opportunity to work for Knute Nelson going through college and was able to see the impact that the community had with our wellness department,” says Kayla. “That’s what got me started and got me hooked – it’s been ten years.” As a…

What I’ve learned about grief after losing my spouse

After a valiant battle with Alzheimer’s, my husband Bob passed away in October of 2015. Today would have been our 25th wedding anniversary. I know the grief will never go away, not fully. But I find comfort and gratitude in the love we shared. The words I wrote in my journal five years ago, when Bob…

“My life is completely changed”

Three years ago, Aynalem Bedaso left Dubai to join her family in Minnesota. Born in a small city in northeast Ethiopia, Aynalem (pronounced Eye-NAHL-um) grew up attending school and working odd jobs, but career opportunities were limited. When she was in her late twenties, she moved to Dubai, where she supported herself by babysitting and…

A love for taking care of the elderly

Kathleen Currie has helped provide care to seniors for over 25 years. “I love taking care of the elderly,” says Kathleen. Kathleen’s favorite part of caregiving is being able to improve the daily lives of those she serves. “The best part is interacting and making their day better,” she says. As an advocate for aging…

Local nurse advocates for elder Minnesotans

When Mollie Fragnito began nursing school at St. Catherine University in her thirties, she thought she would be the oldest person in her class. She was wrong. “I sat next to a lady who was 65,” says Mollie. “She had just retired and was going to become a nurse so she could take care of…

Providing solutions for senior care in rural Minnesota

“Serving the senior population has been a passion of mine for years,” says Julia Conroy, owner of Julia’s Place in Hancock, Minnesota, a small town an hour southwest of Alexandria. Julia’s Place offers adult day services for the elderly, including adult foster care and transportation services. Julia was inspired to start her own adult day…

Long-term care experience helps guide family through aging journey

Laura Salonek’s 90-year-old grandmother was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. She received radiation to shrink the masses in her lungs, but she cannot talk without coughing, and her eight children are needing to find services to help support her care. “I am thankful for my experience and the knowledge I’ve gained from working in long-term…