Seniors karate chop aging stereotypes

The shocked intake of breath from the third degree black belt karate judge was frankly, very gratifying. We were there to judge my first class of senior citizens for their gold belts. The ages of the students ranged from 64 to 73 years of age—one had even had a hip replacement. None of the judges,…

When life gives you cookies and chicken noodle soup

It was January 1980, and my close friend Ruby and I were beginning our first new year as widows. We had gotten together to face the year head-on and cook ourselves a nice turkey dinner. I was taking care of my grandson Jason, who was two and a half years old. Well, I put that…

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…

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…

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…

Principle 4: Let’s help professional caregivers succeed in the jobs they love

Principle 4 of the five guiding Face Aging Principles highlights that caregiving is a valued career – let’s help our professionals succeed in the jobs they love. Professional senior care is a critically essential and profoundly rewarding career. We all benefit when senior caregivers have just compensation and opportunities for continuing education and career advancement.…

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…

96 birthdays

Today is my 96th birthday! You could look at it as 96 years or 4,992 weeks or 35,040 days, or even 840,960 hours here on this earth. no matter how you look at it, let me tell you it’s been quite a wild ride. For the most part, I’ve never overextended this birthday business or…

Caregiving for a Loved One

Caregiving for a loved one is an occupation that changes with the times. As seniors are living longer with better health care and lifestyles, many of us who are almost (or are) seniors ourselves are more and more becoming caregivers for parents, spouses, and others. The growth in the senior population means that the need…

Don’t miss an upcoming forum near you

Have you considered attending a local forum regarding senior care with candidates for the Minnesota House and Senate? Upcoming forums in Albert Lea, New London, and Rochester will give local residents the chance to ask questions and make their voice heard on the future of aging in our state. You can see newspaper coverage of…