Thursday, March 27, 2008

Caregiving Choices Is Here to Help!

At long last, our new Caregiving Choices, A Minnesota Elder-care Resource Guide is hot off the presses. This publication is truly a partnership and contains information from key organizations and individuals that provide caregiving services across Minnesota. Within its pages you will find information on caregiving at home, in nursing homes, at adult day service centers, and in assisted living and senior housing. You'll also see a directory to help find services in Minnesota that can help with counseling, disability issues, housing , emergency response, legal services, housekeeping, and transportation.

This publication is free to Senior Federation members or a $5 donation for those that aren't members. Get your copy today (or inquire about membership) by calling our office at 651-645-0261 or toll free at 877-645-0261.

A special thanks goes out to all those that contributed to the creation and content of this publication.

Hello Again!

So we have been away from the blog for awhile, but we are back! We apologize for the absence but the MN Senior Federation has gone through some fairly major changes since we last posted. We have undergone a major state-wide restructuring to better serve seniors and those that love them - all across Minnesota. In addition we now have a new, permanent Executive Director. Ansley (Lee) Johnson has been on board since the first part of January and has already begun to make some positive and productive changes.

Stay tuned for more of what is happening at the MN Senior Federation.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

So What's It to You? Caring for Loved Ones That Is!

Are you helping a loved one or friend? We want to hear from you. Here at the Senior Federation we have staff who are filling a caregiving role in some capacity or are impacted in some way by a caregiver/care receiver relationship. I have asked these individuals to post here so check out the comments to this post to see what Caregiving is personally to your favorite Senior Federation staff person. If you are not on staff at the Senior Federation we want to hear from you as well. Please add a comment letting us know your caregiving story.

I'll start. I am Janine Stiles, Health Programs Director here at the Federation. I am not a direct caregiver, but I am closely watching one of my aunts caregiving for my maternal grandmother. My Aunt Lori, like many caregivers first helped my grandmother when Medicare Part D went into effect and a decision needed to be made about my grandmother's coverage. At the time my grandmother was in what I consider to be the very early stages of dementia. But really with Part D that was neither here nor there as everyone needed help with Part D! Anyway, I think just gradually it became clear that my grandmother needed assistance with smaller things and then bigger things. Out of respect for my grandmothers privacy my aunt isn't that open about her care or the decisions they are helping her make and she is pretty tight lipped about the feuds she may or may not be having with anyone of my 9 aunts and uncles. I will solicit her to post here herself.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Our Caregiving Panel at the Spring Convention was very informative and all presenters provided valuable information for conference attendees. From L-R, Leanna Smith, Jackie Stewart, Charlie Fazio, Janine Stiles, Beth Wiggins, Lynn Zimmerman, and Pat Boyle. A special thank you goes out to our distinguished panel.

Friday, May 4, 2007

MSF Caregiver Panel, May 5th, 2007

Saturday, May 5th, 2007 at the Minnesota Senior Federation's annual metro convention we will be hosting a Caregiver panel titled Caregiving - Helping Those You Love. The convention will be held at the Earle Brown Heritage Center. Check for specifics.

This Caregiving panel will bring you professional and personal perspectives on many different facets of caregiving and will cover the gamut of available resources to help you in your caregiving efforts. Whether you are just beginning to care for someone and don't quite know where to start or you've been caregiving for years and need some support, this panel's combined expertise is not to be missed.

The panel will be moderated by Janine Stiles, Health Programs Director for the Minnesota Senior Federation

Our panelists include:
Patricia Boyle, RN BSN, CCM
North Memorial Home Health and Hospice

Leanna K. Smith, B.S.
Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging

Charles Fazio, MD, MS

Jacquelyn C. Stewart, BA
Elder advocate and caregiver

Beth Wiggins, MSW
DARTS (Dakota Area Resources and Transporation for Seniors)

Lynn Zimmerman
Common Sense Services for Seniors

Check back for a recap of our panelists presentations, pictures and maybe even a bit of video!