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."

Amid pandemic boredom, Minnesotans turn to DIY home projects

July 23
Classical musicians (and spouses) Bill Eddins and Jennifer Gerth with one of their chickens, Faye, near the elevated chicken coop and chicken run that
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."

What Bob Dylan has to say to us now

July 23
Bob Dylan onstage during the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards held at the Hollywood Palladium in 2012. Christopher Polk • Getty Images
With his 39th studio album, Dylan reveals the strength of acting your age.
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July 28
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."
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July 22

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.
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July 22
A silicone gel breast implant. More breast cancer survivors are forgoing implants.

More breast cancer survivors are forgoing reconstruction to 'go flat'

A growing number of women are embracing implant-free bodies after mastectomies and lumpectomies.
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July 22
Don Nielsen was planning on retiring at the end of this year to spend more time with his wife, Ava, and their family. They've put on hold plans to sel

Pandemic has Minnesota baby boomers rethinking retirement

Whether out of concern about money or time, the pandemic has some adjusting their plans.
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July 22
Nettie Thill hopes to age in place at her longtime home in Spring Lake Park, where she enjoys feeding the birds.

New Habitat for Humanity program helps Twin Cities seniors age in place

Age Well at Home initiative serves those living on fixed incomes.
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July 22
Adobe via Next Avenue Grandparents who raise children have a responsibility that makes social distancing impossible.

During COVID-19, a Catch-22 for grandfamilies

Finances, their family's health and their own are just some of the challenges for kinship caregivers amid COVID-19.
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July 22
Defunding the police: Could it hurt or help elder abuse efforts?

Defunding the police: Could it hurt or help elder abuse efforts?

Why the answer is complicated and somewhat surprising.
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May 8
CaringBridge staff in front of a wall map, lit up with places where users have made CaringBridge sites.

CaringBridge gives voice to patients, families: 'I am telling my story and I own it'

What the Minnesota-based social network CaringBridge can teach us about love, community and healing.
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May 6
Microsoft’s Skype and Facebook’s Messenger are among the most popular apps for making video calls

Alexander: How to make video calls on a PC or a Mac

Three popular videochat options are easy to use, work on most computers.
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May 6
The silver lining to staying at home

The silver lining to staying at home

Thanks to proliferating (and free!) online resources, we can be busier than ever.
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May 6
Pamela Diamond and her daughter Kathryn Rozin in the entry to Rozin’s dining room in Minneapolis. The two women and their families share a duplex; D

Three generations feel 'blessed' in one remodeled Minneapolis duplex

A mother/daughter duo and their families inhabit the same house — a 1904 duplex in Minneapolis' Lowry Hill neighborhood.
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May 6
Learning to install tile is a popular project that's searched for on YouTube.

Twin Cities homeowners turn to YouTube videos to learn repair skills

Platform offers hundreds of thousands of how-to videos, delivering digital tutorials for projects from attic to basement.
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May 6
Living alone, physical distancing and loneliness

Living alone, physical distancing and loneliness

If you are feeling isolated, here are seven strategies to help you cope.
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May 6
Erika Nelson often moves her car out of her garage to practice yoga and do exercises. Provided by Erika Nelson

No gym? How to stay fit at home

Plus: the right amount of exercise to stay healthy during the pandemic
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May 6
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Meditation can ease your stress levels.

Need to calm down? Ditch your phone and tune into your breathing with meditation

Meditation offers a simple, easy way to relieve stress.
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May 6
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Make frugality a key part of your financial crisis recovery plan

Savings protects against downside risks and allows for taking advantage of opportunities.
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May 6

Tips from CaringBridge on how to reach out to someone in a health crisis

How to Build a bridgeCaringBridge has identified these effective ways to reach out when someone you know is experiencing a health crisis.Make a kind gesture.…
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May 6

Minnesota researchers uncover the power of gratitude

Reasons to be thankfulThanks to data collected through CaringBridge's online support community, University of Minnesota researchers can now quantify what your mother always told you:…
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February 25
Rebecca Kolls reclines outside her store, a mainstay on Stillwater's Main Street.

New generation of grandparents redefines role: '60 really is the new 40, isn't it?'

A new breed of active, tech-savvy grandparents builds bonds and memories with the next generation.
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February 25
Marc Silver's granddaughter, Jolene.

Lessons learned from a long-distance grandfather

Babysitting a toddler granddaughter gives new perspective on parenting.

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