Minnesota caregiver receives national recognition for service to dementia patients

Word was spreading at senior care community Friendship Village of Bloomington that one of its professional caregivers would be receiving national recognition for her work. The CNA of the Year Award, given by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP), is one of the most prestigious for caregivers who work with residents with dementia.…

An important update on what Medicare changes mean for Minnesotans

The Medicare enrollment period for 2019 coverage has been marked by confusion and angst for many beneficiaries in Minnesota and across the country as a new federal allow is eliminating Cost plans, leaving consumers to choose between original Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans. More than 300,000 Minnesotans are affected by the changes. State officials are…

Aging doesn’t always go as planned

The best part of aging for Judy Reher, a senior from Richfield, Minnesota, is not having to use an alarm clock. Judy and her husband have both battled cancer in the six years since they retired. “I used to think it was just ‘mind over matter’ and ‘you’re only as old as you feel.’ I…

The rewards of caregiving as a lifetime career

Working in the long-term care profession has allowed Jennifer Hissam to have meaningful relationships with the elderly. “To be a part of later years with older adults has meant the world to me,” says Jennifer, who explains that she lost her dad at a young age. “My children have not had the experience of having…

Minnesota is swimming in the deep sea of the caregiver shortage

Growing up in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, Margo Paplow often visited the local nursing homes where her mother worked as a nurse.   As far back as she can remember, Paplow knew she wanted to work in medicine, so when she turned 15, she began to work with her mom at the nursing home…

Stop to visit with an elder this holiday season

Speaking with your elders might get you thinking – what did Grandma and Grandpa get for Christmas? It might have been a piece of fruit, a wooden toy their father carved for them, a book, a dress or a pair of shoes. Take time to visit and have these conversations with older loved ones in…

Caregiver gives long-term care finances a personal side

Diana Flores describes herself as “a different type of caregiver.” Her goal is to see Minnesota seniors gain a better understanding of their financial needs during their Golden Years and find a way to achieve them. As the Business Office Manager at Volunteers of America’s Maplewood Care Center, she helps incoming seniors and their families…

Making senior care where everyone wants to work

As a young professional himself, 23-year-old Casey Ward wants Minnesota’s young people to know how rewarding and impactful a caregiving career is. In September 2017, Casey became administrator at Good Samaritan Society in International Falls, a town of 6,000 in northern Minnesota. The facility provides home care services, including skilled nursing, personal care and therapy.…

Don’t let stereotypes write the narrative of elders

Aging brings joy to many seniors in different ways. For Mari Jenson of Little Canada, the ability to spend time with her grandchildren is the best part about getting older. Though Mari has not needed care or services herself, she recognizes that age means some day-to-day activities change as she grows older. Getting exercise and…

Parkinson’s changed my life; an unexpected journey in caregiving

Heidi Weinberg started her caregiving career in a rather untraditional and unexpected way. As a professional in public administration and non-profit work, she never expected to work with seniors until she switched careers to personal training a little over six years ago. Weinberg is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin,…

Caring for a senior loved one is the most important opportunity you could have

Missy Jenner of Grand Rapids was inspired by her strong relationship with her grandparents to become a professional senior caregiver –  a career that would span more than 40 years. Missy remembers her grandmother’s perseverance and dedication to fighting cancer and becoming a great cook regardless of her circumstances. “My grandma had her right arm…