Announcing Principle 2: We are all in this together

Principle 2 of the five guiding Face Aging Principles emphasizes that we are all in this together. In just three years, Minnesota will be home to one million seniors. Caring for one million seniors will require a strong partnership between our seniors, their families, their communities, professional caregivers and the State of Minnesota. This partnership…

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…

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…

Golden Friendships: How to Make Friends as a Senior

Making friends when you were a kid was so simple. They wanted to play kick the can, so did you. Voilà! Friends for life. But when your hair starts to gray, how to make friends becomes a little grayer, too. At least it was for me. Luckily, you have me and 30 years of attempting…

At age 90, a clown looks back on life

90-year-old Minnesota local doesn’t let age stop her from “clowning around”. Read the full story here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2016/08/at_age_90_a_clown_looks_back_o.html

Grandmas go glam for photo session

FARGO – Grace Nelson, 89, whispers to 92-year-old Irene Klenow. “You look really pretty,” she says. Klenow is wearing a colorful, feathery hat and a brown fur stole. She poses for the camera.  “It feels exciting,” Klenow says. “It’s been a long time since I’ve had my photo taken.” Read the full story here: http://www.inforum.com/shesays/4026362-grandmas-go-glam-photo-session

A Limerick about Limerick

Some years back, my second husband and I decided to travel to England and retrace my steps from WWII. Besides visiting the area where I was stationed, we journeyed throughout the United Kingdom. We had a lovely time, and sharing that part of my life with my husband brought us closer together and helped bring…

Emma is Among Many Minnesota Residents Advancing A Career in Nursing, Thanks to Senior Care Reform

For Emma, a certified nursing assistant and trained medical assistant at Perham Living, the decision to continue her education with a full scholarship and become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) was an easy one. Perham Living awarded Emma the scholarship under Minnesota Long Term Care Nursing Facility Scholarship Program. This program is aimed at enhancing…

Speaker of House Kurt Daudt Witnesses Benefits of Senior Care Reform

On its Perspectives blog, Presbyterian Homes & Services wrote about a recent visit from Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt with residents and staff of Lake Minnetonka Shores, a Presbyterian Homes & Services senior living community located in Spring Lake, MN. Speaker Daudt highlighted how senior care reform passed during the 2015 legislative session…