Let’s honor our elders with the care and services they need

Rachel Cummings is the director and owner of Cummings Treasured Time Adult Day Center in Deerwood, Minnesota, a small town about 30 minutes northeast from Brainerd with a population of 520. Rachel started her caregiving career as a nursing assistant in 1991. “I have always loved the hands-on caregiving,” says Rachel. “The best part is…

Helping others is the best part

“The reward in the long run is worth every bit of time put into your job,” says Julia Urdahl, a CNA at Prairie Pines Community Assisted Living in Fosston, Minnesota.  Julia’s grandmother was a RN and told Julia that if she wanted to go into nursing, she needed to work as a CNA at a…

Caring for seniors through integrative therapy

Kendra Willey said she was employed from the time she was 14 years old, but she never really loved work—until she started working with seniors. A friend recommended that Kendra work as a dietary aid in college, and she began working at a skilled nursing facility in Bloomington, Minnesota. “I looked forward to going to…

Caring for the whole person

Tracy Klenda’s favorite part of being a professional caregiver is spending time with the residents. “The best part of my job is being able to visit with residents and light up their day,” says Tracy, who is a Registered Nurse (RN) and Minimum Data Set (MDS) Coordinator at Good Samaritan Society in Howard Lake, Minnesota.…

Older Generations Share Advice with New Grads

Around 60,000 students are graduating from Minnesota high schools this year–and 60,000 Minnesotans are turning 65 this year. This is another sign of our rapidly growing senior population. In fact, our state’s senior population is doubling as seniors reach retirement age and soon there will be more seniors than school kids. Face Aging MN is…

When You Get Old, Will There Be Someone to Care for You?

Over the next decade, we will need another 25,000 professional caregivers in Minnesota, in large part to care for our rapidly growing senior population. The number of Minnesota seniors will double in the coming years as baby boomers reach retirement age. Thanks to healthier living and medical innovations, seniors are living longer, many into their…

Start the Conversation to Face Aging

There will be 285,000 more seniors living in Minnesota at the end of this decade than there were in 2010, more growth than we saw in the last four decades combined. By 2031, 25% of the population will be over age 65; of that group 9% will be over 75 and 3% will be over…