Putting it all together

When was the last time you put together a puzzle?  When I was growing up, my father and many of my six siblings spent hours working on puzzles. As the family rebel, I found it pointless to spend time making something that was just going to be taken apart and put back in a box.…

Greater Minnesota Getting Older First

Greater Minnesota is at the leading edge of an unprecedented demographic shift affecting the entire state – and the nation as a whole. For example, a staggering 37% of adults in Aitkin County were age 65 or older as of 2015. That percentage is projected to jump to 47% by 2030—meaning almost half of the…

Face It, Minnesota: We’re Getting Older

We are experiencing a rapid boom in the population of those 65 and older in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota State Demographic Center, the number of Minnesotans turning 65 in this decade (about 285,000) will be greater than the past four decades combined. By 2030, more than one in four Minnesota adults will be seniors.…

Do you hear what I hear?

“Marilyn, take these water jugs downstairs for the fallout shelter.” “Ok, Mom,” I responded. What I really wanted to say was, “Mom, it’s dark down there. It smells bad. The black water in the sub pump scares me. And the water is so heavy. Can’t someone else do this, please?” But, of course, as a…

Surviving breast cancer—twice

The first time the doctor told me I had breast cancer, I remember not wanting to tell my husband. We had married as widowers, and his first wife and other family members had died of cancer. One of my aunts had also died of breast cancer. But since they caught the cancer early, during a…

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,…

Mike Maday Makes Seniors’ Days Brighter

When asked about his favorite part of caregiving, Mike Maday pauses. “You want me to pick one?” Maday, a Care Manager at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont, Minnesota, has been a caregiver for thirty years. Being faithful and humble in his work, and making residents smile and feel happy, are some of the…

Occasionally caring for grandkids could boost your longevity

New research published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior suggests that seniors who occasionally help care for grandkids tend to live longer than seniors who do not care for young relatives. Study participants who did not have grandchildren but supported others in their community like adult children or neighbors also tended to live longer…