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…

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…