The Good Life
December 6, 2020
Susan Hailey, 77, talked with her daughters during an outdoor visit at a care facility after recovering from COVID-19 in Redmond, Wash., Oct. 28, 2020

Nursing home residents could get vaccine by end of year, official says

Trump administration officials Sunday laid out an ambitious timetable for the rollout of the first coronavirus vaccine in the United States, rebuking President-elect Joe Biden’s…
The Good Life
December 6, 2020
The pandemic is making men realize they have a friend crisis.

The pandemic is forcing men to realize they have a friend crisis

Many men have had a harder time than women figuring out how to adapt their friendships in a pandemic that is keeping them apart.
The Good Life
November 27, 2020
The pandemic has left caregivers more isolated with their usual informal supports cut off.

Program offers virtual care for caregivers in rural Minnesota

Support goes digital in the pandemic era.
Coronavirus
November 21, 2020
Lynda Lange took her mother MaryAnn Falk, 85, out for a walk around the McKenna Crossing Assisted Living facility in Prior Lake.

'My heart aches': Minn. seniors brace for lonely holiday season

For the past five decades, MaryAnn Falk has been the guiding force behind her family’s annual Thanksgiving celebration. The former factory worker from New Ulm,…
The Good Life
November 14, 2020
Heidi Jelasic said when the pandemic hit, she lost her job, health insurance and coverage for psychotherapy.

You're not too old to talk to someone

For some it's perceived stigma, for others it's too expensive.
Coronavirus
October 31, 2020
Masks can make shopping more challenging for older shoppers who are more likely to have difficulty hearing speech behind a mask.

With masked Minnesotans, pandemic may force reckoning with hearing loss

You're not alone if you think face coverings make it harder to discern words.
The Good Life
October 17, 2020
Dr. Marie Louderback provides affortable veterinary care for those on fixed incomes.

'That pet is their lifeline': Low-cost vet makes house calls for older Minnesotans

"Dr. Marie" operates her deeply discounted veterinary practice out of her Shoreview home.
The Good Life
October 16, 2020
Betsy and Allan Kind turned to hospice when Allan succumbed to pancreatic cancer in April.

'Walking the last mile': Hospice services help Minnesotans say goodbye

Though complicated by COVID-19, end-of-life programs are helping more people to define a "good death."
The Good Life
October 15, 2020
Frezgi Hiskias is nursing supervisor at Our Lady of Peace Hospice in St. Paul.

St. Paul hospice nurse's 'amazing background' gives him strength, compassion

A hospice nurse's extraordinary empathy eases the transition for patients and their families.
The Good Life
October 15, 2020
Wendy Longacre Brown also offers a Legacy Project service that preserves personal histories.

A day in the life of a Twin Cities end-of-life doula

Wendy Longacre Brown helps dying clients find meaning and families find peace.
The Good Life
October 15, 2020
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'I feel cheated': How boomers are coping with the COVID-19 curveball

For boomers, the sense of lost time is magnified and can lead to feelings of frustration.
The Good Life
October 14, 2020
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An intergenerational, multiracial friendship formed during COVID-19

The story of one 65-year-old and his new Gen Z friend.
The Good Life
October 14, 2020

My Good Life: Live like you're dying (because you are)

In this book excerpt, a comedy writer and producer contemplates the empty nest.
The Good Life
October 14, 2020

How older workers can prepare for job loss

There are no easy answers when it comes to the job market, especially during a pandemic.
The Good Life
October 3, 2020
Marjorie Johnson, Minnesota’s famed “Blue Ribbon Baker,” never baked for fun. She baked to win.

At 101, Minnesota's 'Blue Ribbon Baker' has recipe for 'beautiful life'

With the State Fair canceled, Marjorie Johnson "took a vacation" from baking: reading, chatting on the phone, updating Facebook and taking daily walks.
Coronavirus
September 18, 2020
The Elder Friends Phone Companions program recruits volunteers to call older participants at least two times a week.

Phone calls help alleviate pandemic isolation for Minnesota's older adults

A new program builds bonds between volunteers and seniors: "We keep tabs on one another and that's good."
The Good Life
July 28, 2020
Karen Grassle is known for her portrayal of Caroline Ingalls in the TV series “Little House on the Prairie” Lisa Keating

'Little House' star takes on aging: Don't call me 'young lady'

Actress says, "I am old. I qualify. My driver's license tells me so."
The Good Life
July 23, 2020
Classical musicians (and spouses) Bill Eddins and Jennifer Gerth with one of their chickens, Faye, near the elevated chicken coop and chicken run that

Amid pandemic boredom, Minnesotans turn to DIY home projects

Whether it's raising chickens, building a "catio" or planting a pollinator garden, "there's a lot of joy in not postponing what you want to do."
The Good Life
July 23, 2020
Bob Dylan onstage during the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards held at the Hollywood Palladium in 2012. Christopher Polk • Getty Images

What Bob Dylan has to say to us now

With his 39th studio album, Dylan reveals the strength of acting your age.
The Good Life
July 22, 2020

Planning to work beyond retirement age? You may have to call an audible

One practical response for near-retirees to consider is whether to join the ranks of entrepreneurs, including self-employment.