MN Senior Care Providers Share Their Thoughts on Who Stands With Seniors

Citizens concerned about how our elected officials will help Minnesota face aging got a chance to hear from legislative candidates at nine forums held throughout the state this past month. More than 50 legislative candidates took part in the forums, which were attended by members of the public and the media and hosted at local…

Driving Miss Miller

A car is a special commodity. So many people get in it every day without a second thought. Even if it’s a little rusty around the edges, be thankful for your vehicle. There’s many of us north of 90 looking on with envy. That’s because one of the hardest things about getting older is giving…

Most Americans would prefer having dreaded “sex talk” with kids to “senior care talk” with parents

Just over half (54 percent) of visitors to Care.com recruited for a recent survey say they would rather have the “the sex talk” with their children than engage in a conversation with their aging parents about when they need to start planning for more care and support as they grow older. In fact, more than…

Take seniors seriously

It may seem like us older folks have always been “old,” but we’re growing and figuring out life day by day just like everyone else. We may be a bit slower, but that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t take us seriously. I learned the reality of being seen as “old” a few years ago. When I…

Nine in 10 Americans hold favorable view on living an extra 30 years

Ninety-three percent of Americans say they have a favorable view of living 30 extra years, according to The Gift of Time, a new study from the Alliance Life Insurance Company of North America. Researchers say 30 extra years is the average increase in life expectancy in the last 100 years in the U.S. The Gift…

Senior Corps Week 2016

The week of May 16-20, 2016, commemorates Senior Corps Week, a national effort led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. government agency that administers Senior Corps. Senior Corps connects Americans 55 and over with the people and organizations that need their volunteer services the most. Senior Corps helps them become mentors, coaches…

Scholarships abound for caregivers to pursue nursing degrees, thanks to senior care reform

The senior care reforms passed by Minnesota lawmakers last year has allowed many senior care facilities across the state to offer scholarships to caregivers to assist them as they work toward a degree in nursing. We’ve shared how these scholarships have benefited some caregivers in the Spotlight section on FaceAgingMN.org. We recently heard from Lakeview…

Let Me Paint a Picture for You

I’m quite the advocate for trying new things—no matter your age. For me, one of those new things has been painting. I didn’t get started until my fifties. A friend of mine offered to give a few of us ladies a painting class. After just a few lessons, I was hooked. It didn’t take long…

2015 Senior Care Reform result in real benefits to SW MN center

For the St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield, senior care reform approved by the Minnesota State Legislature in 2015 has meant substantial changes for the better. For starters, CEO Josh Jensen says the nursing department wage scale has been raised significantly. Base wages for the nursing department were increased in October 2015. Across-the-board increases are…

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…

Reform Brings Welcome Boost to Caregivers in Rochester

The good news keeps coming about what Minnesota’s 2015 senior care reform is doing for seniors and their caregivers. The historic reform passed last year by the Minnesota Legislature has allowed senior care facilities to give employees much-deserved salary increases and provide them with other important benefits. These are the hard-working, dedicated staff who provide…