Celebrating Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate the many ways seniors have helped build our families, cities, industries and quality of life. Their dreams, hard work and love have created a legacy we now enjoy – and they’re just getting started. As Minnesota’s aging population grows more rapidly than ever before, older adults…

The privilege of impacting lives in senior care

Sharon St. Mary, Executive Director for Metro Minnesota with the Good Samaritan Society, found herself in a position not so unique to many career caregivers. When she wasn’t working in the field she loves, she was using her professional skills to care for her aging parents. “The fact of the matter is, we will all…

Coming alongside families through joy and loss

Reverend Daryl Jacobson says it’s a blessing to support seniors and their families through joy and loss. “You see them face tough circumstances and so many of them are able to meet the challenges and rise above those circumstances of life,” says Daryl, who spent thirty years in pastoral ministry before becoming a chaplain at…

A lifelong passion for long-term care

One summer in college, Annette Thorson thought about working on a dude ranch in Montana, but her mother didn’t approve. Instead, Annette took a job at a local nursing home, and found her lifelong passion. She started working in laundry and then became involved in activities. “I just fell in love with it,” says Annette.…

Minnesota needs to face aging – here’s how we can do it

The need to face aging is undeniable and unprecedented. Minnesota isn’t ready to support the one million seniors who will soon call our state home. That’s why we must all work together now to ensure our elders will receive the care and services they need as they age. Legislative session begins tomorrow, February 20, and…

The fifth and final Face Aging Principle

In order to successfully address the care needs of our rapidly growing senior population, we need to find more efficient ways to deliver quality care to all seniors. There will be 56% more seniors in Minnesota by 2030. That’s why we all need to consider the fifth and final of the Face Aging Principles. Principle…

23 years caring for seniors and loving it

Abigail Ashamu grew up with many family members in the health care field but didn’t want to be a nurse until she moved to the United States. When she found out she was pregnant, Abigail visited a free clinic where she and her husband were living in Washington, D.C. “The nurses offered to bring me…

Announcing Principle 3: We all prosper when seniors stay in their communities

Principle 3 of the five guiding Face Aging Principles affirms that we all prosper when seniors stay in their communities. Our parents and grandparents want to live as independently as possible in the communities they love, and our communities thrive when they have a vibrant senior population. State strategies should encourage the best choices for…

Coming to common ground on caring for seniors

When you’re a professional caregiver, you get to know the families of residents fairly well sometimes. With some of our residents, I feel like an extended part of their family. In return, they are my family. We’re there to help support each other. That’s all part of it—you have to care. You have to care…

Sandwich generation: don’t forget about you during the holidays

If you’re a member of the “sandwich generation,” or the generation raising children while caring for aging parents, the holidays may feel more stressful than peaceful. Perhaps you’re juggling working a full-time job, spending time with your kids, shopping, baking, wrapping gifts and accompanying your parents to doctor appointments. Or perhaps your senior loved ones…

Caring for Seniors with Dementia

Amanda Gruber began her career as a caregiver on her sixteenth birthday. Growing up visiting a nursing home where her mother was a nurse for 50 years and volunteering with seniors throughout her childhood gave Gruber an early sense of working with seniors. Now she has been a caregiver for 20 years, and is a…