You gave your innovative ideas – we listened

Thank you for submitting your bold and innovative ideas on how Minnesota can face aging. Three common themes emerged from the responses we received: Ensuring the right care and services for seniors to stay in their homes and remain as independent as possible.   Bolstering health and wellness services for seniors and people of all…

Put away the cellphone

I was visiting a friend at an assisted living facility recently. Nearby in the lounge was a family visiting another resident. A family of three, Mom, Dad, and a young teen, were sitting with a grandparent. I sadly noticed that the teen was totally absorbed by her cellphone the entire time they were there. Mom…

MN Senior Care Providers Share Their Thoughts on Who Stands With Seniors

Citizens concerned about how our elected officials will help Minnesota face aging got a chance to hear from legislative candidates at nine forums held throughout the state this past month. More than 50 legislative candidates took part in the forums, which were attended by members of the public and the media and hosted at local…

Minnesota Woman Turns 108

At 108 years old, Minnesota centenarian Catherine Ullrich has cast her vote in 23 presidential elections. Read the full story here: http://www.republican-eagle.com/life/family/4137108-ullrich-celebrates-108th-birthday-sunday

Couple wears color coordinated outfits for all 52 years of their marriage

“My grandparents have been married for 52 years and they match outfits every day,” the couple’s grandson posted along with photos in a viral tweet. Read the full story here: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2016/08/31/Grandparents-wear-matching-outfits-every-day-for-52-years/2241472667064/

Friendship knows no age

Almost 8+ decades between ages doesn’t stop this beautiful friendship from flourishing. Read the full story here: http://www.startribune.com/nursing-home-partnership-with-kids-shows-friendship-knows-no-age/390520421/

New research finds working and volunteering could reduce disablement in seniors

Researchers from Georgia State University and Florida State University have found that working or volunteering can decrease the chances of chronic health conditions leading to physical disability in seniors. Using data from the Health and Retirement Survey, the study found that people age 50 to 64 who worked full-time or part-time or volunteered up to…

Maple Grove works to become age-friendly

A majority of Americans believe it’s important for their communities to be age-friendly, according to a recent survey we highlighted here on FaceAgingMN.org Now, Maple Grove has become the third Minnesota city to be recognized as an AARP Age Friendly Community. The AARP Age-Friendly Communities, part of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities…

Grandparents Celebrate 63 Years Of Marriage With Sweet Photo Shoot

To celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary, photographer did a photo shoot for her grandparents. Read the full story and see photos here:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/grandparents-celebrate-63-years-of-marriage-with-sweet-photo-shoot_us_579a4760e4b02d5d5ed4d404

Golden Oldies!

Since the first Minnesota State Fair in 1859 – the Great Minnesota Get-Together has been a place to make memories. Every summer, fairgoers are delighted by a wide variety of attractions and their many sights, sounds, smells, and, of course, tastes. A few of these attractions have been part of the State Fair for decades,…

Most Americans would prefer having dreaded “sex talk” with kids to “senior care talk” with parents

Just over half (54 percent) of visitors to Care.com recruited for a recent survey say they would rather have the “the sex talk” with their children than engage in a conversation with their aging parents about when they need to start planning for more care and support as they grow older. In fact, more than…