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…

76-year-old Minnesotan engages lawmakers on aging issues

Cary Giese remembers one moment at a forum he attended with former Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto. Cary asked everyone in the room if they had long-term care insurance. “One person – an 80-year-old woman – raised her hand. Other people asked, ‘What is that?’” Cary recalls. It confirms what Cary has come to believe…

Face Aging MN goes to the Minnesota State Fair

Over two million people attended the Minnesota State Fair this year – a new record. Minnesota’s senior population is not far behind. By 2030, more than 1.25 million Minnesota adults will be age 65 or older, or more than 25 percent of the adult population. On Aug. 30, two members of the Face Aging MN…

Minnesota senior enjoys time with five generations

The aging journey looks different for each senior and every family. For Jeanne Kragt-Barchinger, a senior from Milaca, the best parts of getting older are spending time with family and not having to get up early and work hard all day. “I have 20 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren to love and enjoy,” says…

Not retirement, but “refirement”

Minnesotan Grant Meidal is beginning to imagine life moving forward in a different way. Although still working full-time, Grant recently turned 65. “I’m slowing down on some of the projects I take on, going deeper in things I’ve always loved and valued, imagining what new things I want to do, and then finally investing in…

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…

Coming to common ground on caring for seniors

When you’re a professional caregiver, you get to know the families of residents fairly well sometimes. With some of our residents, I feel like an extended part of their family. In return, they are my family. We’re there to help support each other. That’s all part of it—you have to care. You have to care…

Announcing Principle 2: We are all in this together

Principle 2 of the five guiding Face Aging Principles emphasizes that we are all in this together. In just three years, Minnesota will be home to one million seniors. Caring for one million seniors will require a strong partnership between our seniors, their families, their communities, professional caregivers and the State of Minnesota. This partnership…

Congratulations, nursing assistant graduates!

The International Institute of Minnesota, which provides education and training for New Americans, celebrates new graduates from its Nursing Assistant Training Program every quarter. With a blend of English Language Learner (ELL) support, content review and instruction, the course prepares students for careers in long-term care. Before taking the state exam, nursing assistant students must…

Local institute connects New Americans to long-term care careers

“Virtually all of our students end up working in long-term care. It’s what they want to do,” says Michael Donahue, Associate Director at the International Institute of Minnesota. “The cultures of most societies represented in New American populations so esteem elders. They tell us it would be like taking care of a grandparent.” As one…