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: Community-Based Services

Printable Fact Sheet: Understanding Senior Care in Minnesota As Minnesota wrestles with the challenges of providing quality care to a soaring senior population, it is important to understand the variety of ways that senior care is paid for. Some seniors are able to pay for services and support out-of-pocket, while others may have long-term care…

Understanding Senior Care: The Rising Demand

Printable Fact Sheet: Understanding Senior Care in Minnesota While Minnesota’s overall population is projected to grow 8.6% over the next decade, its senior population will surge by 56%. This means we will need additional services and professional caregivers to provide the care and support our seniors will need. The U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates that…

Understanding Senior Care: The Senior Boom

Printable Fact Sheet: Understanding Senior Care in Minnesota The United States is experiencing the largest population of seniors in its history, as the number of Americans 65 or older has increased 33% over the past decade. In Minnesota, more than one million residents will be 65 or older within a few years, which means the…

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…

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…

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…

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…