Life after Alzheimer’s: Six things my husband taught me

After my husband Bob’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, our lives changed forever. He never stopped teaching me and reminding me why I loved him. Here are six things I learned on the journey through Alzheimer’s with Bob: Bob taught me patience. I tried to never raise my voice at him and answer every question, even if it…

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…

World War II veteran Dick Heyne recalls his distinguished service and a life well-lived

Richard “Dick” Heyne is a part of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation. A decorated veteran of World War II, Heyne served heroically as a B-24 Flight Engineer and Top Turret Gunner with the United States 11th Air Corps, 404th Bomb Group. In honor of Veteran’s Day 2018, Face Aging MN would like to recognize Top Gunner Richard…

Passing on wisdom: aging expert shares insight after 35-year career

As the executive director at the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging for the past 25 years, Linda Giersdorf has experienced the rapidly growing aging population in Minnesota first hand while working with organizations to provide solutions to help our seniors age with the proper resources, support and care. Last month, Giersdorf retired after working…

Helen Miller’s daughter-in-law carries Helen’s lessons forward

Helen Miller, a beloved Face Aging MN advocate and blogger, was passionate about living an active and happy life as she got older. Though Helen passed away in June, her legacy and lessons continue to inspire her friends and family, including her daughter-in-law, Kristi Danielson. She remembers Helen as the front desk secretary at her…

Planting seeds of wisdom into younger generations

Life is a journey filled with learning and reflection, and for Carole Perkins, planting seeds of wisdom into younger generations is the best part about getting older. “Investing in each other’s lives has helped me age well,” says Carole, who lives in Le Roy, a town of about 1,000 people in southeast Minnesota. Aging is…

Caregiving careers offer opportunities and purpose

Sherrie Bennett recalls the first senior she cared for as a teenager and the deep connection she made with her resident. “It was like they were my own grandparent,” says Sherrie. “That’s an experience that I’ll never forget.” Today, Sherrie is Housing Manager at Meadow Creek Hospitality, an assisted living facility in the small town…

Connecting seniors with struggling students makes lifelong impact – in the classroom and beyond

Erin Walloch knows a little something about the value of intergenerational relationships. In classrooms across Dakota, Scott and Ramsey counties, Walloch has been connecting seniors with young people as Program Manager of “Learning Buddies,” an initiative that matches seniors with struggling students in reading, math, science and art. Since 1997, the program has served 60,000…

High school partnership spreads awareness of caregiving careers

One of Griffin Myslivecek’s most rewarding moments as a senior caregiver happened when he went for a bike ride with a resident. For much of his life, this resident was an avid cyclist who had ridden coast to coast, recalled Griffin, who works as Executive Director of All Saints Senior Living in Shakopee. The resident…

Giving mom the best care

The aging journey with senior loved ones is unforgettable. Julie Kasidowski, a native of Winona, Minnesota, is walking through aging with her mother. It was important to Julie to find the best care for her mom. For her, the biggest challenge was understanding the health care options for her mother, including questions and concerns about…