Tell your local paper why you oppose Medicaid cuts

Seniors and their loved ones across Minnesota are raising their voices in concern about the U.S. Senate health care proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. If enacted, the Senate’s bill would severely reduce federal funding for Medicaid and impact the fastest-growing group of Americans who rely on Medicaid—seniors. The Senate’s proposal would…

Caring for aging parents becomes part-time job for many adults

As our nation’s senior population grows, the demand for long-term care continues to increase, and for many adult children, long-term care becomes a part-time job. According to a new study published by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, about half of informal care is provided by an adult child. In fact, 17 percent…

Minnesota excels when put to the test for senior living

Minnesota is 2017’s healthiest state for seniors, according to a recent national study that evaluated all 50 states and the District of Columbia across five crucial areas. The five categories of the MedicareSupplement study included population, cost of living, healthcare, community factors, and environment. Minnesota ranked among the top five states for community factors and…

Growing demand for CNAs makes the profession a promising career path

June 15-22 is the 40th annual National Nursing Assistants Week, a great time to find out more about this growing and rewarding career option. As the senior population rapidly grows, so will the demand for certified nursing assistants (CNAs). CNAs rank in the top 50 fastest-growing professions in Minnesota. According to the U.S. Bureau of…

Thank you, MN lawmakers, for making a down payment on reforms to help us all face aging.

The Minnesota Legislature has passed a bill that includes important measures to help ensure all Minnesota seniors receive the care and services they need in a place they can call home. Now, that bill is with Governor Dayton, awaiting his signature. The measures are steps forward as our senior population rapidly grows: 60,000 Minnesotans are…

Not Over Yet…

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders announced overnight that they’ve reached an overall budget agreement, but that they need a special session to finish up work. At 12:01 Tuesday morning right after the adjournment of the regular session, the Governor called the Legislature into special session. Leaders will decide critically important measures to…

Celebrate 51st National Nursing Home Week, May 14-20

What better time to face aging than National Nursing Home Week? Established by the American Health Care Association in 1967, National Nursing Home Week provides a special time to show appreciation for nursing home staff and volunteers who provide essential care in communities throughout the country and here in Minnesota. For family members and friends…

Preparing for unprecedented senior population growth

Minnesota is aging, and quickly. Between 2015 and 2030, the North Star state is expected to see just under 9 percent population growth. However, in that same timeframe the senior population is expected to grow 56 percent! Roughly 85 percent of Minnesota counties will see an increase in their senior population while also seeing a…

We’re getting older, Minnesota

It’s a fact: 60,000 Minnesotans turn 65 this year, next year and every year through 2030. Soon 25 percent of our adult population will be 65+. Some parts of the state are at the leading edge of this silver tsunami. In Aitkin County in 2015, 37 percent of the adult population were already seniors and…

Young leaders encourage millennials to consider careers in senior living

A group of young professionals have united to raise awareness about careers in the senior living field with the campaign Connect the Ages. Most of these young leaders never intended to make a career in the senior living profession, and they want to encourage millennials to think about what the profession has to offer. The…