Award-winning Minnesota senior says volunteering saved her

When it came time for nominations for the 2018 Outstanding Senior Award, Judy Peterson of Grand Rapids was an obvious choice. Judy visits patients with Itasca Hospice; she oversees the receptionist volunteers at Itasca County Tax Aide, which assisted more than 1,000 clients during the 2017 season; she directs ElderCircle’s free grocery shopping and delivery…

Face Aging MN goes to the Minnesota State Fair

Over two million people attended the Minnesota State Fair this year – a new record. Minnesota’s senior population is not far behind. By 2030, more than 1.25 million Minnesota adults will be age 65 or older, or more than 25 percent of the adult population. On Aug. 30, two members of the Face Aging MN…

Spend quality time with elderly loved ones

Spending quality time with residents is very rewarding, and some of my favorite experiences have happened when I accompanied residents to the county fair. The fair gets residents to think back to memories from their own lives, whether it’s something they raised in the garden or something they entered in a sewing contest. One gentleman…

The Great Minnesota Get-Together starts today

That’s right, that harbinger of the end of summer, the Minnesota State Fair is now underway! It’s been a Minnesota institution for more than 150 years, but it’s apparently aging well. Attendance records have been set several times in the past few years. This year, there are some new attractions at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.…