Senior Citizens

Tiny Homes Keep Seniors Close To Family, Away From Assisted LivingThe latest trend in home building lives up to the motto that less is more. Tiny homes are popping up all over the United States. The small houses are usually around 200 square feet and include all the necessities of a standard-size home.
Better Business Bureau Hosting Seminar To Warn Of Scams Targeting SeniorsThe Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota warns seniors against the following scams, those especially that target seniors. There are four things seniors should watch out for.
'Little Brothers' Aims To Serve Our EldersLittle Brothers Friends of the Elderly is a group that matches volunteers with people 60 and older for friendship and service. Here's how you can learn more about being a friend to the elderly.
Andover High Schoolers To Hold Prom For Senior CitizensHair and makeup? Check. Tuxedo? Check. Now it's just waiting for that special date to arrive. It's almost showtime for a special group of Twin Cities seniors. They may be pushing their 90s, but they are finding you're never too old to go to prom.
How To Plan A Trip With Your GrandchildrenHere are five great tips towards helping you plan the best and safest trip with your loving grandchildren.
Dayton Wants New Financial Protection Law For ElderlyGov. Mark Dayton wants to stiffen the penalties for financial scammers who target older and vulnerable Minnesotans. The Democratic governor included a new financial protection law in his two-year budget proposal.
Republican Senators Want To Phase Out Social Security Taxsenate Republicans want to ditch Minnesota's tax on Social Security checks. Minnesota is one of just seven states that apply an income tax to Social Security. Seniors who make less than $25,000 a year are exempt.
Lawmakers Schooled On Aging State, Rural IssuesA wave of senior citizens and slow growth in Minnesota's working-age population will force the state to focus on improving education and productivity in its workforce in the coming decades, state experts told lawmakers Wednesday. More collaboration between businesses and the public sector, especially in rural Minnesota, could help train and retain young workers to thrive in an aging state, speakers at the One Minnesota legislative conference said.
'Meals On Wheels' Struggles In Twin CitiesSince 1978, Minnesota seniors have been able to count on them for a hot meal. But now the future of Meals on Wheels is in jeopardy. It's a bright spot in Betty Luebke's day; a fresh hot lunch, delivered just for her. The cancer survivor still suffers the effects of chemotherapy and has a hard time cooking for herself.
Minn. Leads Pack In Protecting Seniors From Financial FraudSeniors across the country are being scammed out of $2.5 billion a year, but Minnesota is leading the way in the fight against this troubling epidemic. Minnesota is the first in the country to provide guidance to banks and credit unions with spotting and reporting fraud without penalties.
‘Cold Weather Companions’ Help Seniors In Need"Cold Weather Companions" is a program designed and run by the people at Synergy Home Care. They not only help seniors and the homebound continue to live independently, but they also make sure they aren't unnecessarily exposed to the harsh elements. Anne Gerber uses Meto Mobility to run errands, but when it's double-digits below zero outside, she counts on the help of Bethany Ekstrand from Synergy. "For Anne, sometime it's just telling her that it's ridiculously cold outside and she shouldn't be going anywhere," Ekstrand said.
MN's Most Rapidly Growing Crime Might Surprise You A coalition of groups are launching a statewide campaign to stop elder abuse, as 30,000 cases of senior citizen fraud and abuse have been reported in just the last couple of years in Minnesota. The shocking fact is that's only a fraction of what's going on.
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