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Jul 152014
 July 15, 2014  Posted by  Age-Friendly Communities, Aging in Place, Health

For the third year of The United States of Aging Survey, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), the National Council on Aging, UnitedHealthcare and USA TODAY conducted a survey of 3,279 U.S. adults to examine seniors’ attitudes on a range of issues such as health, finances, and community support. The survey results… Continue Reading The United States of Aging Survey Results 2014

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.

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… Continue Reading It Takes Villages: Boomers’ New Retirement Communities

Apr 092014
 April 9, 2014  Posted by  Age-Friendly Communities, Health
Twelve Communities Receive Grants to Become Dementia-Friendly

Twelve new ACT on Alzheimer’s® action communities have been awarded grants of up to $8,000 to become dementia-friendly and succeed in creating a supportive environment for people with Alzheimer’s and their families. Funded organizations represent communities from all Minnesota regions; ten are geographic in nature and two are communities of shared interest. The grants are… Continue Reading Twelve Communities Receive Grants to Become Dementia-Friendly

Mar 162014
 March 16, 2014  Posted by  Health
POLST: Calling the Shots

By Ann Daley I first heard about the POLST (Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) concept when I served on the Ethics Committee at North Country Hospital in Bemidji, Minnesota. I thought, “What a great idea. It’s about time someone came up with a plan for helping people deal with ‘end of life issues’.” As a… Continue Reading POLST: Calling the Shots

Mar 032014
 March 3, 2014  Posted by  Other
May is Older Americans Month

Older Americans Month is an annual event dating back to 1963, when President John F. Kennedy designated May as Senior Citizens Month. It was later renamed Older Americans Month, honoring older Americans and celebrating their contributions to our communities and our nation. The national theme for the May 2014 Older Americans Month celebration is Safe… Continue Reading May is Older Americans Month

Feb 052014
 February 5, 2014  Posted by  Aging in Place, Health
Tai Chi: Strengthens Bodies; Prevents Falls

At the front of the small auditorium in north Minneapolis, Bounleuth Gowing flashes a brilliant smile as she coaxes participants to stretch, shift, align and move. Traditional Laotian music plays in the background as the 20 or so participants respond with graceful, synchronized movements using traditional Tai Chi forms. The older adults are participating in… Continue Reading Tai Chi: Strengthens Bodies; Prevents Falls

Jan 302014
 January 30, 2014  Posted by  Aging in Place, Technical Support

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has issued an RFP for Community Service/Community Service Development grants for fiscal year 2015. These dollars are given out to organizations through the Community Service/Community Services Development grants, also known as CS/SD. The purpose of the funding is to expand and integrate home and community-based services for older adults that allow local communities to rebalance their long-term service delivery system, support people in their homes, expand the caregiver support and respite care network and promote independence. Continue Reading Live Well at Home Grant Program

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.

Jan 062014
 January 6, 2014  Posted by  Aging in Place, Health
Low Vision Doesn't Mean You Have to Fall

Elsie was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration when she was 79. “I have been afraid of falling for years, but I am especially afraid now that I can’t see well,” says Elsie. Fear is Risk Factor for Falls The ‘fear of falling’ is a significant risk factor to falling. Just as many others who are afraid… Continue Reading Low Vision Doesn’t Mean You Have to Fall