Leading the next generation of long-term care advocates

After working in long-term care for many years, Gail Sheridan found herself on the receiving end as a family member this summer. Gail’s mother had a serious fall at the age of 87. “I took care of her for a few days and realized she needed short-term care,” said Gail, the Chief Clinical Operations Officer…

Two Minnesota caregivers share their perspective

As professional senior caregivers, Carli Lindemann of Alexandria and Monica Scheldrup of Blackduck have dedicated their careers to enriching the lives of the seniors they serve. Along with thousands of other committed women and men working in professional senior care across the state, their hearts break over recent reports of elder abuse. They want justice…

Find a key, open a door

Take a look at the Face Aging Principles which “provide guidance to anyone who wants to help Minnesota face aging.” They can provide a key to successful aging. It makes sense to place guiding principles related to aging in front of our community at this time in Minnesota history – right now, our state’s aging…

Continuing to embrace technology… at 92!

Woodbury Senior Living resident Verna Toso loves her iPhone. With four sons, six grandsons and two great-granddaughters, the 92-year-old enjoys keeping in touch with her family and seeing photos of the kids, including her one-year-old great-granddaughter who lives out of state. While working for General Mills in the late 1980s, Verna delayed her retirement plans…

Tell your local paper why you oppose Medicaid cuts

Seniors and their loved ones across Minnesota are raising their voices in concern about the U.S. Senate health care proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. If enacted, the Senate’s bill would severely reduce federal funding for Medicaid and impact the fastest-growing group of Americans who rely on Medicaid—seniors. The Senate’s proposal would…

Caring for aging parents becomes part-time job for many adults

As our nation’s senior population grows, the demand for long-term care continues to increase, and for many adult children, long-term care becomes a part-time job. According to a new study published by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, about half of informal care is provided by an adult child. In fact, 17 percent…

Minnesota excels when put to the test for senior living

Minnesota is 2017’s healthiest state for seniors, according to a recent national study that evaluated all 50 states and the District of Columbia across five crucial areas. The five categories of the MedicareSupplement study included population, cost of living, healthcare, community factors, and environment. Minnesota ranked among the top five states for community factors and…

Going the extra mile for residents

My role as a care manager is a very important part of the health care team. I work with direct patient care on a daily basis. I may see changes in a resident’s condition sooner than a nurse, because I work at times closer to the resident than the nurse. The resident may feel more…

Long-term care resident helps spot caregivers deserving scholarships

When it comes to spotting caregiving talent, few have the eye and the experience a local nonagenarian has. Arlys Benjamin, a resident at Woodbury Senior Living in her nineties, helps identify caregivers who are dedicated to their work and deserve a scholarship to further their education in the field. Originally from Corvuso, Minnesota, Arlys received…

Celebrate 51st National Nursing Home Week, May 14-20

What better time to face aging than National Nursing Home Week? Established by the American Health Care Association in 1967, National Nursing Home Week provides a special time to show appreciation for nursing home staff and volunteers who provide essential care in communities throughout the country and here in Minnesota. For family members and friends…