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…

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…

Suburbs Seeing Silver

Greater Minnesota is experiencing the most dramatic growth in senior population now, but you can expect to see far more silver in the Twin Cities suburbs in the coming years, too. In Anoka County, for example, the senior population growth rate between now and 2030 is more than four times greater than the rate of…

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.…

Some of my favorite things

Can you guess my favorite movie? “When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad… I just simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad.” It’s the time of year to cuddle up by the fireplace and appreciate the good stuff in life. But instead of counting your…

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…

Simply enjoy the holidays with your senior loved ones

One of my residents told me when she was a child, Santa Claus gave her an orange. She was so proud of that orange, she said, that she saved it and never ate it. Such a simple gift, yet it was so special to her. The greatest gift you can give your aging loved ones…

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…

Free help to start conversation about aging with senior loved ones

During the holiday season, it’s a good time to remind families of the importance of having conversations about aging with older loved ones and consider whether they need additional care or services to age well. The Senior LinkAge Line is a free statewide information service that makes it easier for seniors and their families to…

The sweet reward of a trick-or-treat meet and greet

Every year on Halloween, residents’ family, friends and community members visit Lakeview Methodist with their young Power Rangers and princesses in tow. Residents pass out candy to the kids, visiting with loved ones and meeting new people while enjoying the energy and excitement. It’s amazing what joy children can bring. They’re so good for our…