December 2017 Newsletter
The team at Age Well Arrowhead wishes you the happiest of holidays and a happy New Year.
The 3 R's of Holiday Caregiving

A Gift for the "one who is hard to shop for"

Holiday Safety for Your Home

Thank you to our November Donors!

Amazon Smile

Recipe of the Month

Dementia in Business Training

Winter Safety

 The Three R’s of Holiday Caregiving

By: Karina Krosbakken ,
Aging Services Specialist
It’s that time again, “The most wonderful time of the year!” Many people gleefully anticipate the colorful lights, seasonal treats, and endless dramedies on the Hallmark Channel. It is the holiday season, and although there are many things to be joyful for, the holidays can also be a time of stress, particularly for those who provide care for a family member or friend with dementia.

Questions we ask ourselves are: Will I have time to clean the house and help mom get dressed before the guests arrive? What if my spouse doesn’t remember his nieces and nephews? Who is going to carve the turkey this year? It is tradition that grandpa always carves the turkey!

If you are a caregiver, perhaps the statements above sound familiar to you. With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is easy to focus on the "what if’s" and "to-do’s" this time of year. Luckily, there are a few things caregivers can do to reduce the stress over the holidays.

1.      Reach Out
It is okay to allow yourself to ask for assistance. Ask a family member or friend to assist with providing care or sit with the person you care for while you clean the house. Delegate other holiday to-do’s. Ask a sibling to host the holiday meal or do the gift shopping. If you are feeling emotional regarding your role as a caregiver, call a friend or speak with a professional. Utilize professional resources such as those at Age Well Arrowhead. You do not have to do it all, and you do not have to do it alone.
2.      Readjust
Due to functional changes that can occur when a person has dementia, the environment and tasks they engage in may need to be adjusted to fit their needs and abilities. Instead of carving the turkey, maybe grandpa can be the master carving supervisor or server of the turkey. Perhaps this year you skip door to door caroling and host a small singing gathering at your home or send a caroling video to close friends and neighbors. Adjusting holiday traditions may make it easier on the person you care for. In turn, this may reduce any changes in behavior which may become troublesome for the caregiver. Search for new opportunities amidst old traditions.

3.      Reframe
When times are busy, it is easy to get stuck on “autopilot” and fall into traps- specifically the ones in which we focus on the negatives of a situation. Stop. Take a slow deep breath and challenge yourself to identify other, more helpful ways to view the situation. For example, your spouse may not remember your nieces and nephews, but perhaps he will still enjoy their company… they are funny after all. Or maybe your house isn’t spotless… lucky at night it is hard to see the dust! You may not always have control over the situations you are faced with; however, you can always choose to control how you think about it.
As the holiday lights go up and the cookies bake, turn on your favorite movie and take a breath. The holidays can be stressful. Fortunately, you now have the tools to help you cope. Just remind yourself to Reach out, Readjust, and Reframe.
Thank you to the following donors for November! We appreciate your support.

Barb Caskey
Beth Hohenstein
Jergen Fuhr
Karina Krosbakken
Kevin Pillsbury
Kim Hileman
Kirsten Cruikshank
Marcy Hunter
Mary Bovee
Peggy Hill
Shelbi Graber

Did you know you can donate to Age Well while holiday shopping?

With a simple click Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price
of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Age Well Arrowhead when you shop at AmazonSmile!
Join us in welcoming our new volunteers!

Jesse A.
Carol C.
Tyler F.
Tamy H.
Taylor K.
Natasha L.
Jim M.
Corrie P.
Katie P.
David U.
Kim Z.
Join our team!
A small amount of your time can have a big impact on others. Just a few hours spent volunteering for an older adult results in increased access to important services and independence for them.  If you can spare a small amount of time we can promise you a volunteer experience that can be truly life changing for you and those you support. 

Click the volunteer button for more information.
Stay up to date via our Facebook page for specific needs that may be in your area or call 218-623-7800 for details.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

·  2   (9-inch) refrigerated pie crusts

·   1 (6 3/4-oz.) can chicken, chopped

·   1 (16-oz.) can mixed vegetables, drained

·   1 (10 3/4-oz.) can cream of chicken soup

·   1/4 tsp pepper


· Fit one pie crust into a 9" pie plate.

· Combine chicken and remaining 5 ingredients in a bowl; pour into crust.

· Moisten edges of pie crust with water; top with remaining crust.

· Fold edges under and crimp; cut slits in top.

· Bake at 400° for 45 to 50 minutes; let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Do you have that "hard to buy for" family member?
You know, the one. They say, “don’t buy me anything” or, “I have all I need”. Or maybe you would like to get a gift for your elderly neighbor, but you are not sure what to buy them.

We have the answer . Gift a service for those hard to buy for on your list. Services include grocery shopping and delivery, transportation to medical appointments, or shoveling and house cleaning. We offer a wide variety of services including support for caregivers. It is easy to gift a service.

Just go to our web site at . At the top of the page click on the tab for "Gift a Service" . Simply select which of the many services you would like to gift. When the transaction is complete, we will contact the recipient and tell them you gifted them a service and it can be redeemed at any time.
Don’t stress about gift buying this year. Give the gift of a service from Age Well Arrowhead. You will be glad you did and so will the recipient.

Other Options

Another option is donating in memory of a loved one. Just select the "Donate" button at the top of the page. Your donation supports our mission and allows us to help older adults remain active and independent while aging at home. Donations are also helpful in supporting caregivers and families with a variety of services.

We also invite you to gift your time by volunteering at Age Well Arrowhead. We have many volunteer opportunities. Our goal is to provide our volunteers a meaningful and fulfilling volunteer experience. If you are looking to impact the lives of others this holiday season, please consider Age Well Arrowhead.
Check out our website or call 218-623-7800 to learn more about volunteer opportunities. 
Holiday Safety for Your Home

Thanksgiving is over and many are pulling out their holiday decorations, planning meals, buying gifts, and getting excited to spend time with family and friends. As you prepare, here are a few tips to consider to remain safe this holiday season especially for seniors and caregivers.

  • Presents on the floor- Place presents on a table near the tree or in a corner.
  • Skirting- Slippery fabric beneath the tree may need to be removed to prevent falls.
  • Electrical cords- Tape down the cords to avoid tripping or run them along a wall.

  • Overloaded electrical cords- Consider fewer lights.
  • Candles- Burning candles are one of the highest hazards. Try battery operated LED lights or candles in the decor to replace open flames.
  • Dry tree, wreath, or flowers- Removing the tree immediately following the holiday.

  • Low lighting- Consider turning on lights in areas that are frequently traveled by guests.
  • Twinkling Lights can be disorienting to some- Solid lights can be beautiful as well.

  • Cooking- Cook on the back burners to avoid falls onto a hot stove.
  • Spills- Immediately clean up spills to avoid falling.
  • Congestion- Too many people in the kitchen does not allow people to move freely without bumping into appliances or hot food. Limit the number of people in the kitchen to avoid injuries.

  • Decorations that cover handrails or furniture are no longer able to be used by those who need them for support. Examples may include slippery tablecloth on the tables, place mats, chair covers, lights/garland on railings, and holiday rugs on the floor.
Winter Slips and Falls
Walking in the winter can be one of the most dangerous times of the year for many people.

Below are a few tips to keep you safe when walking in the winter. Prevent slips and falls before they occur to avoid injury.

  1. Wear appropriate footwear. Dress shoes, some tennis shoes, and heels may not be appropriate footwear for the conditions. Consider walking with shoe traction spikes.
  2. Slow your pace and never step out with your heel first as this increases your chances of slipping.
  3. Don’t take shortcuts. Stay on shoveled and salted walkways. (Call Age Well Arrowhead if in need of shoveling services.)
  4. Avoid carrying heavy objects or items that prevent the ability to see where you are walking.
  5. Watch your step just inside doorways with slippery tile floors. Wet tile is also very slippery in the winter.
Dementia Training for Businesses
Age Well Arrowhead would like to congratulate Members Cooperative Credit Union and their branches for completion of Dementia Friendly at Work training and their commitment to better serving their customers!

For more information on Dementia Friendly at Work, contact
Peter Hafften at or call 218-623-7800 for more information on how you and your business can better serve your customers.

Click the link below for more information.
Age Well Arrowhead connects older adults and caregivers to services that support healthy aging and independence.

We are passionate about serving the older adults and caregivers of our community. For this reason, Age Well Arrowhead was founded in 2014 as a local non-profit. We are funded by a Live Well at Home grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Title III funding administered by the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging, a grant from the Minnesota Board on Aging, client contributions, and service fees. These grants allow us to provide services that are easily accessible and affordable.