Helping others is the best part

“The reward in the long run is worth every bit of time put into your job,” says Julia Urdahl, a CNA at Prairie Pines Community Assisted Living in Fosston, Minnesota.  Julia’s grandmother was a RN and told Julia that if she wanted to go into nursing, she needed to work as a CNA at a…

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…

Real ways Minnesota can boldly face aging

More Minnesotans have submitted bold and innovative ideas on how Minnesota can face aging – thank you! Many of the ideas we received focused on community engagement, including the need for intergenerational connections. In one respondent’s words, fostering intergenerational relationships could be as simple as securing a regular time and space at a care center…

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…

My transition to hospice

Recently, I made the decision with my family to start hospice care. The extra support is helping me with things I’m not able to do anymore. It’s private and one-to-one, and I’m still in the comfort of my own room. Don’t you worry – my spirit and sense of humor haven’t gone anywhere. Sometimes the…

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…

Helping parents navigate getting older

Sandra Burklund wants decision-makers in our society to know the importance of implementing policies that recognize that we’re all part of the aging population and we’ll all eventually be faced with caregiving needs. “Not all are fortunate to have a family support system to help navigate aging challenges,” says Sandra. Sandra’s parents both receive care…

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.…

Caring for the whole person

Tracy Klenda’s favorite part of being a professional caregiver is spending time with the residents. “The best part of my job is being able to visit with residents and light up their day,” says Tracy, who is a Registered Nurse (RN) and Minimum Data Set (MDS) Coordinator at Good Samaritan Society in Howard Lake, Minnesota.…

Transforming how we age in Minnesota

When we have candid and thoughtful conversations, we can spark the kind of bold and innovative thought we need to transform how we age in Minnesota. Minnesota, like most other states, has a growing senior demographic with a decreasing workforce availability. That tension dictates that we think and act creatively to address the gap between what…

5 principles to help our MN seniors age well

Face Aging MN is announcing the first of five Face Aging Principles, which provide guidance for anyone who wants to help Minnesota seniors age well, with the care and services they need. With 60,000 Minnesotans turning 65 this year and every year through 2030, we must act now. This week, Face Aging MN is focusing…