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Variety
February 24
Co-author Robert Schanke, husband Jack Barnhart and their granddaughter Katy are portrayed on the cover of “Katy Has Two Grampas.”

'Katy Has Two Grampas' tells a family's story of gay grandfathers

A new picture book from Minnesota highlights a growing reality in many families.
Variety
February 24
Brock Kaplan illustration • Star Tribune

8 myths about dementia that it's time to forget

The updated Mayo Clinic guide tackles misconceptions about the condition.
Variety
February 24
Margie Goldsmith’s foster dog, Lisa Margie Goldsmith

My Good Life: Finding love with a pandemic foster dog

A beagle mix called Lisa has brought me companionship and a willingness to love another dog someday.
Variety
February 24
Brock Kaplan illustration • Star Tribune

Plan now for your post-COVID comeback

This career transition pro says answering three questions can help you do it.
Variety
February 24
A scene from ‘Some Kind of Heaven,” a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Heaven on Earth? Life in the Villages

The 25-year-old filmmaker of "Some Kind of Heaven" wants to challenge society's view on growing older.
Business
February 9
The Brunswick Corp., which makes Lund and Crestliner boats, says it needs dozens more employees at its world headquarters in New York Mills, Minn.  Cr

Surge in demand for pleasure boating amid pandemic has Minnesota builders busy

The facility in New York Mills that builds Lund and Crestliner boats has added 114 positions in past 6 months and needs to fill 60 more.
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,…
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
Brock Kaplan/iStock • Star Tribune illustration

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."