“It is my calling”

“Someone took care of me throughout my life and now it’s my turn to give back others,” says Vanessa Holm, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and trained medical assistant (TMA) at Good Samaritan Society in Howard Lake, Minnesota. “It is my calling.” Vanessa says she was inspired to become a caregiver because she cares about…

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…

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…

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…

Twenty-two boxes

I had lived through pancreatic and breast cancers. As a single mom, I could not afford to continue living in my beautiful home in Eagan. My young daughters and I found a small fixer upper in the northern metro. As an artist, I saw the house as a canvas just waiting to be transformed. And,…

Seniors Need Care and Service Options

I think it is very important for our senior population to have a range of services and care, from in-home support to skilled nursing care. The senior population can vary so very much. One person may just need the use of Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels can deliver a well-balanced meal, and also serve…

The Luck of the Irish (or in this case, a Scot)

              I’m not Irish as far as I know, but I do consider myself lucky. After all, I’m still here at 95! And as luck would have it, my granddaughter Monica was born on St. Patrick’s Day. Monica has always been feisty, and now she’s an aeronautical engineer and…

Olympic Athletes Prove That Older Doesn’t Have To Mean Slower

Olympian athletes: Proof you don’t need to slow down with age. Read the full story here: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/08/16/490111771/olympic-athletes-prove-that-older-doesnt-have-to-mean-slower

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…

Seniors Day at the Minnesota State Fair is this Thursday, September 1!

At 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell, two Minnesota seniors will be honored with the Outstanding Senior Citizens Award. The award recognizes outstanding senior citizens who have contributed their time and talent to benefit their community after reaching the age of 65. Honorees are chosen out of a pool from nominees submitted…

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…