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Growing Older: What You Need to Know

Do you ever wonder about the difference between assisted and independent living, or how these options can help you or a loved one? Are you trying to find a supportive community as you or a loved one grows older? Do you struggle to talk with a loved one about the future? Cassia wants to help! We’ve pulled together tips and insights from experts in the field and across our organization. We’ve put them all in one place so we can share them easily with you, and you won’t have to comb the internet to find them. We plan to keep adding more information to the site on a regular basis, so please check back frequently as more questions arise in your life. Remember—we’re here to help.

Can Social Activities Make a Difference in Your Loved One’s Life and Outlook? You Bet!

Does your mom seem a little blue almost every time you talk to her? Is your dad spending a lot of time alone, watching television or staring out the window? If your parent or another loved one is feeling depressed, there is something you can do about it! View article »
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Talking With Loved Ones About the Future

Are you worried about your mom or dad—or another loved one who is living alone? Let’s say you are, and want to ask if he or she would consider moving to a care community. Chances are you’ll encounter some resistance. How can you make it easier to discuss transitions with those you lov View article »
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Are You Ready for Assisted Living?

Do you wish you or a loved one had more help around the house? Are you or a loved one feeling overwhelmed by tasks that need to be done to maintain your home? View article »
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Where and How Do You Want to Live?

Where and how do you want to live as you grow older? Your answer may depend on your physical, mental and emotional needs. There is no magic bullet or time that will tell you when to move; but you may discover that life is getting harder if you’re trying to do too many things alone. View article »
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How to Build a Community that Supports You – Even When You Live Alone

The older we get, the more likely it becomes that we will live alone. Some people may experience the death of a spouse; others lose friends to illness or friends move to assisted living communities. Some friends may move across the country to be closer to family. View article »
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Elder Care Advocates

Aging Services of Minnesota

Aging Services of Minnesota is Minnesota's largest association of aging services organizations. Today our membership encompasses over 1,000 member organizations including 700 provider member sites. Together, we work with over 50,000 caregivers throughout the state and serve more than 100,000 seniors each year in settings across the continuum from their home to congregate housing to assisted living to care centers. Aging Services members are diverse but share a common focus on person-directed living, missions of service to their communities and choice in older adult services.

Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging (MAAA)

The Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging (MAAA) is the designated area agency on aging for the seven county Twin Cities metropolitan area. Area agencies on aging were established under the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1973 to respond to the needs of Americans aged 60 and over in every local community. There are over 650 area agencies on aging in the United States and 6 in Minnesota. Minnesota area agencies on aging are designated by the Board on Aging (Off Site) to provide three critical functions: OAA funding administration, community planning and service development, and information and assistance.

Leading Age

The members of Leading Age help millions of individuals and their families every day through mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing the services that people need, when they need them, in the place they call home. Our 5,700 member organizations, many of which have served their communities for generations, offer the continuum of aging services: adult day services, home health, community services, senior housing, assisted living residences, continuing care retirement communities and nursing homes. Leading Age’s commitment is to create the future of aging services through quality people can trust.

Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota

The Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota has been providing services, information, and advocacy for more than 30 years to people with dementia, their families and health care providers.

This Chapter is one of seven founding chapters of the National Alzheimer's Association, headquartered in Chicago. It was started by family caregivers who came together around a common need of getting support and help for their loved ones with dementia. Since 1979, our donor-supported, nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes

Resources

ProActive to Stay Active

“Proactive to Stay Active” is a blueprint designed to assist you in building a life plan as you age. Identifying your desires, strengths, community connections, resources and needs will assist you to be proactive rather than reactive when life events bring change. This will help ensure that your wishes will be honored.

Use this life plan as a tool to identify your circle of support which may include: family members, friends, and professionals/care partners. Once completed it becomes a resource to foster conversation about your personal wishes among your designated support team.

Download the ProActive to Stay Active book

Augustana Care quietly and calmly shows God’s love by the care and mindfulness given to elders and those in need. It’s about community.

— Elizabeth Beissel, donor and volunteer

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