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Caregiving is highlighted as holiday season starts Renewed campaign points to resources for older adults


Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

As families and friends gather this holiday season, Minnesotans will begin seeing ways older adults and their caregivers can get help to stay safe and healthy.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Minnesota Board on Aging, and the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation are jumpstarting their statewide caregiving campaign with digital, print and radio and transit ads that provide more information on how informal caregivers can get help, both for their loved ones and themselves.

“Family members coming home for the holidays are often surprised to discover that mom’s walk is not being shoveled, dad is not eating regular meals, their older sibling can no longer navigate the stairs, or other issues that can arise with daily living as people get older,” said Human Services commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “We hope Minnesotans will help older adults in their lives so they can stay in their homes as well as get support they may need to stay healthy as caregivers.”

The new “We Call It Caregiving” campaign encourages caregivers to:

•Call the Senior LinkAge Line®, 1(800)333-2433, whose specialists can provide an array of resources to help older adults.

•Find service providers and other resources through Minnesotahelp.info, the free online information and referral database.

•Download a free Caregiver Resource Guide, which includes tips and tools to be the best caregiver possible.

•Go to CaregivingLink.org, a website providing links to caregiving resources.

•Join CaregivingNow, an online gathering place where caregivers can connect with each other for support and advice.

“Research shows that resources and support can reduce caregivers’ burdens, enhance and strengthen their ability to care for their loved one and improve the quality of life for both caregivers and older adults who are able to remain living in the community,” said Jean Wood, executive director of the Minnesota Board on Aging.

The “What is a Caregiver?” public awareness campaign was created four years ago to link tasks, such as picking up groceries or shoveling a walk for an older adult, with being a caregiver. The idea is that people who identify as caregivers will be more apt to reach out for the information and support they need to continue in that role.

Official general election results: 50.51 percent turnout, 1,992,566 total voters

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — The official November 4 General Election results, certified today by the five-member State Canvassing Board, show 1,992,566 voters cast a ballot — resulting in a turnout rate of 50.51 percent, based on Minnesota’s estim ..... 
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GasBuddy update

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

November 24, 2014- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 7.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.72/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national ..... 
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State adds 9,500 jobs in October “Unemployment rate drops to 3.9 percent”

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – Minnesota employers added 9,500 jobs in October, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The October gains, combined with September figures ..... 
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GasBuddy update

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

GasBuddy Survey Says: 92% of Americans Traveling for Thanksgiving Plan to Drive; 71% Expect to Spend Less This Year Nov. 17, 2014 – When Americans hit the road this year for Thanksgiving family gatherings, 31% of us say we’ll be traveling over ..... 
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Highway 43 construction wraps up in Rushford for winter

Fri, Nov 21st, 2014
Posted in Rushford State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, MN – Construction work on Highway 43 through Rushford has wrapped up for the winter on the city-led project and will resume in spring for final completion work, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Motorists and re ..... 
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Open house set for Nov. 18 on Spring Valley Highway 63 concrete repair project

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley State of Minnesota

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. – The public is invited to attend an open house Tuesday, Nov. 18 in Spring Valley to learn about the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s 2015 project on Highway 63 from the Iowa border to Spring Valley. The meeting i ..... 
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State adds 7,200 jobs in September Unemployment rate drops to 4.1 percent

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL , Minn. - Employers added 7,200 jobs in September, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The September gains, combined with August figures that w ..... 
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Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule Started October 15 Customers can seek protection under the Cold Weather Rule and apply for heating assistance

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN—As the heating season kicks in, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) encourage Minnesotans to contact their utilities now to learn more about the Cold Weather Rule protection to ke ..... 
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