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…

New research offers insight to help MN seniors age in place

New research from the University of Minnesota reveals how Minnesota builders can help local seniors age in place. Jessica Finlay, an environmental gerontologist and doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota, has focused her studies on how Minnesota seniors interact with their homes and neighborhoods as they age. Over the last year and a half,…

Mind-stimulating activities may reduce risk of dementia in aging brain

Activities like playing chess, making crafts, and socializing could help keep the aging mind sharp, new research published in the Journal of Internal Medicine shows. Nearly 2,000 seniors from Olmsted County in Minnesota participated in the study, ranging in age from 70 to 93. Researchers found that even among participants who carried a gene variation…

The high demand and growing opportunity of the caregiving market

The market sector providing support to family caregivers is forecast to grow at an average rate of 13% from 2016 to 2020 and reach $72 billion by 2020, according to a recent AARP report. This caregiving support market includes everything from transportation to personal care to repair services. This translates into many jobs related to…

Optimism could be linked to a longer lifespan

According to new research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, your longevity could be related to your outlook on life. A study of more than 70,000 women who were part of the Nurses’ Health Study revealed that older women who had a more optimistic attitude than their peers also tended to be healthier. After…

Face Aging at the Capitol

  The 2017 Minnesota Legislative Session is now underway. In the coming months, you’ll hear how legislators plan to prepare for the needs of our rapidly growing senior population. A big part of the discussion at the Capitol will be about ways to recruit and retain dedicated professional caregivers. Minnesota will need another 25,000 professional…

Original Gerber Baby Turns 90

Ann Turner Cook, the original Gerber baby, recently celebrated her 90th birthday. “Cook’s face became a national symbol on the tiny baby food jars after a neighbor, artist Dorothy Hope Smith, submitted the sketch in 1928 as part of a contest held by Gerber.”   Read more here: http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/11/22/look-original-gerber-baby-just-turned-90

Is mom okay? The holiday season is a good time to check in with aging relatives

Holiday get-togethers can raise questions about the health and well-being of aging loved ones. This season may be a time that some family members who haven’t visited in a long time have a chance to see grandma or dad. If a gathering takes place at your aging loved one’s home, it may give visiting family…

What is the human life span limit?

Human longevity has increased significantly over the past half century, which has led some researchers to explore whether this is a trend that will continue. There are more 100 year olds alive now than at any other point in human history and a growing number of supercentenarians 110 years old or older, including 110-year-old Minnesota…