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Oct 172016
 October 17, 2016  Posted by  Age-Friendly Communities, Uncategorized

Sandwich Generation on KARE11

Caring for an elderly parent while raising children can sometimes be overwhelming. To help “the sandwich generation,” the Minnesota Board on Aging and the Area Agencies on Aging have partnered with KARE11 to discuss and explore the issues the sandwich generation faces in day to day life.

A weekly segment, The Sandwich Generation,  airs Tuesdays at 11 a.m. These segments can also be seen online in KARE-11’s Features section of their website: The Sandwich Generation.

Oct 132016
 October 13, 2016  Posted by  Health, Uncategorized

What does it mean to live a healthy life? Eating healthy? Being physically active? Living life to its fullest? On Senior Day at the recent Minnesota State Fair, more than 175 people participated in a survey about staying healthy as we age. Ninety-five percent ranged in age from 45 to 84 with the largest percentage (46%) aged 65 to 74. Participants represented counties throughout Minnesota; 78% were from the Twin Cities metro area.

Survey results provide a snapshot of how of older adults think about staying healthy:

  • Why is staying healthy important? Have more energy (84%); Live longer (74%); Avoid disease/injury (76%); Better mental health (74%); Keep medical costs down (74%)
  • What do you do to stay healthy? Don’t smoke (94%); Stay socially connected (78%); Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables (72%); Get two hours+ exercise weekly (68%)
  • What is your biggest challenge in staying healthy? Getting enough exercise (62%); Following a balanced diet (58%); Reducing the chance of falling (31%); Managing a chronic condition (27%)
  • Where would you attend programs that provide support in staying healthy? Community center (69%); Fitness center (54%); Church (37%); Clinic or hospital setting (24%)

Survey shows value of evidence based health promotion classes

Minnesota’s Area Agencies on Aging, through their Healthy Living as You Age initiative, are furthering many of the ideas raised in the survey results. The initiative develops a network to make evidence-based health workshops available to people across the state. The workshops help people manage chronic conditions, prevent falls and prevent and manage diabetes.

Participants in Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance classNora Slawik, Project Manager for the initiative, notes that “These workshops encourage seniors to engage in their own health. We envision a broad culture change that fosters self-managed health and well-being as we age.”

Read more about Healthy Living as You Age. To learn about upcoming classes, contact your regional Area Agency on Aging (AAA).

If you are interested in being trained to lead an evidence-based health workshop in your area, contact your regional AAA.

“I am 80 and have an artificial leg. This class has helped tremendously with my balance. It’s wonderful! I accidently dropped a coffee cup the other day and I was able to catch it before it hit the ground. I wouldn’t have had the reflexes to do that without this class.”
—Suzanne, Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance class participant

“The Living Well with Diabetes class was wonderful; we had 12 residents participate. One resident who actually reported weight loss because of following through on her action plan. I think it was beneficial for all who attended. It seemed [as if] many felt they were alone in their battle (cooking, eating right, exercising, understanding doctors, etc.). Now they have buddies they can relate to in our community.”
—Angie, activities coordinator for a housing with services community

Sep 052014
 September 5, 2014  Posted by  Uncategorized

by Paula Span, “The New Old Age,” The New York Times, September 5, 2014. When public television’s “POV” series airs this family saga, “The Genius of Marian,” on Monday, viewers will see dementia take its inexorable toll on a vibrant woman, an actress turned social worker, and on her husband, children and friends. Read the articleContinue Reading A Picture of Dementia

Jul 092014
 July 9, 2014  Posted by  Uncategorized

Today, leaders in the fight against elder abuse announced the Elder Justice Roadmap, a framework for tackling the highest priority challenges to elder abuse prevention and prosecution, and called on all Americans to take a stand against the serious societal problem of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.Continue Reading Roadmap Addresses Elder Abuse

Apr 152014
 April 15, 2014  Posted by  Uncategorized

Reuters, Mark Miller, April 8, 2014.

As boomers age, many are finding innovative ways of supporting each other in intentional communities. This article relates a conversation with Beth Baker, a journalist who specializes in aging and author of a soon to be released book,”With a Little Help from our Friends: Creating Community as we Grow Older” (Vanderbilt University Press). She explores “nine different alternative community options – everything from the villages movement to co-housing projects, which are intentional communities built from the ground up or adapted from other spaces.”  Read “It Take Villages.”

Jan 222014
 January 22, 2014  Posted by  Uncategorized

MGS Annual Conference, April 25th 2014, Earle Brown Heritage Center

The Minnesota Gerontological Society (MGS) invites you or someone you know in the field of gerontology to submit a session abstract for the Poster Session at the 2014 Conference. About 250 participants from a wide variety of disciplines typically attend the yearly MGS conference.Continue Reading MGS Call for Poster Submissions