Is mom okay? The holiday season is a good time to check in with aging relatives

Holiday get-togethers can raise questions about the health and well-being of aging loved ones. This season may be a time that some family members who haven’t visited in a long time have a chance to see grandma or dad. If a gathering takes place at your aging loved one’s home, it may give visiting family…

What is the human life span limit?

Human longevity has increased significantly over the past half century, which has led some researchers to explore whether this is a trend that will continue. There are more 100 year olds alive now than at any other point in human history and a growing number of supercentenarians 110 years old or older, including 110-year-old Minnesota…

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

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…

LTCI forums generate discussion with MN candidates

Over the past couple of weeks, the Long-Term Care Imperative held nine legislative candidate forums all across the state. More than 50 candidates for the Minnesota House and Senate took part. A question that generated good discussion at every forum: what does Minnesota need to do to face severe senior care staffing shortages? There are…

Last chance! LTCI senior care forums wrap up this week!

Forums with candidates for the Minnesota legislature focused on the future of senior care services finish this Thursday after a three week run. Join us in New London on Tuesday, October 11 (today) or Rochester on Thursday, October 13 to hear from Minnesota House and Senate candidates on how they plan to face the growing…

Don’t miss an upcoming forum near you

Have you considered attending a local forum regarding senior care with candidates for the Minnesota House and Senate? Upcoming forums in Albert Lea, New London, and Rochester will give local residents the chance to ask questions and make their voice heard on the future of aging in our state. You can see newspaper coverage of…

Happy Birthday to Me. Happy Voting Day to You.

I still can’t believe it, but my 95th birthday is right around the corner. No need for cards or calls. What’d I’d really like you to do on my birthday is this: Vote. Yep, my big day falls on November 8th. Don’t just focus on the national election—make sure you know where your local legislative…

Take action: ask your legislators how they plan to Face Aging in MN

Let your voice be heard on senior care issues this election season! Consider attending a community forum near you with candidates for the Minnesota House and Senate. At the forums, hear from legislative candidates on the future of senior care and how they plan to face aging in Minnesota. Forums are free and open to…

New report provides data on well-being of older Americans

A new report from the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics finds that older Americans are in better economic shape than they were 40 years ago. In 1974, the proportion of older people with income below the poverty threshold was 15%; in 2014, the percentage fell to 10%. The “Older Americans 2016: Key Indicators of…

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…

One caregiver’s journey takes him from CNA to CEO

The America poet, essayist, and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” However, John Zwiers’ professional journey took him from a certified nursing assistant all the way to CEO of LB Homes in Fergus Falls. We recently came across John’s story in The Fergus Falls Daily Journal. His is one…