Mother and daughter share passion for long-term care

Shayla Mahmalji and Marti Brende carpool to work every day. Shayla works in human resources, and Marti works in social services, but both daughter and mother share a passion for long-term care and love their jobs at Aftenro Home in Duluth, Minnesota. “I’ve been in and around long-term care my whole life,” says Shayla. “I…

Caring for Seniors with Dementia

Amanda Gruber began her career as a caregiver on her sixteenth birthday. Growing up visiting a nursing home where her mother was a nurse for 50 years and volunteering with seniors throughout her childhood gave Gruber an early sense of working with seniors. Now she has been a caregiver for 20 years, and is a…

Mariah is Pursuing Nursing Degree, Thanks to Scholarship Made Possible by Senior Care Reform

We recently posted a story from Perham Living about Emma, a certified nursing assistant and trained medical assistant, who was awarded a full scholarship to attend school to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. The scholarship is made available through the Minnesota Long Term Care Nursing Facility Scholarship Program. Changes made by senior care reform adopted…

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…