May 2019 Newsletter
Mission Statement
Connecting older adults and caregivers to services that support healthy aging and independence
Age Well Accepting Applications for New Board Members

Big Announcement! Save the Date!

Give a Gift of Service this Mother's Day

Focus on Your Mental Health

Mental Health and Pets

The Pets of Age Well Arrowhead

Recipe of the Month

Upcoming Workshops

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Save the Date
Age Well Arrowhead's first annual The Art of Aging fundraising event is taking place September 26, 2019 at Northland Country Club in Duluth. The event includes live and silent auctions, art demonstrations, opportunities to meet local artists and a chance to take home amazing pieces of art and other prizes.

Don't miss next month's newsletter. We will tell you all about this year's "The Art of Aging" event and how you can get involved.

If you would like more information about becoming a partner in this event, please contact Mary Bovee at 218-623-7807 or Kim Hileman at 218-623-7805 for more information.
Thank you to all our generous donors in April. We appreciate your support of Age Well Arrowhead and those we serve.
Terry Posch
Current needs at Age Well Arrowhead:


Groceries to Go Order Takers
Tuesday mornings as available

Remote Groceries to Go Order Taker
Tuesday morning as available

Groceries to Go Shoppers
Kenwood- Wednesday Morning
Cloquet- Wednesday Afternoon
West Duluth- Thursday Morning
Superior- Thursday Afternoon

Subs Needed
Join us in welcoming our new volunteers!

Anita G.
Brody G.
Kevin H.
Colleen K.
Towanna S.
Kristen U.
Age Well would like to thank the following volunteers for their years of dedication.
Happy Anniversary!

Laura L.
Age Well Arrowhead would like to recognize the following volunteers as they reach high milestones for the number of hours they have volunteered since 2017.
Thank you for your contribution!

50 or more hours
Cathy A.
Kurt K.
Jeff L.
Kristina P.
Joan P.
Kathy T.

100 or more hours
Nancy H.

150 or more hours
Laura H.
Kristin M.
Julie R.

200 or more hours
Sharon L.
Cheryl C.
Bethany E.
Tyler F.
Kevin H.
Mary Jo J.
Colleen K.
Liz M.
Emily P.
Peter R.
Jane W.
It's National Salsa Month!

1 –14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes

1 –10 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies

3 cloves garlic

1/2 onion

41 jalapeno deseeded and membranes removed

1/2 tablespoon honey

1/2 cup cilantro

1/4 teaspoon salt

Juice from 1/2 lime

Roughly chop up 1/2 an onion, 1 jalapeno (remove seeds as desired, the seeds will add heat), and 3 cloves of garlic. Add to  food processor .

Add in 1 can of diced tomatoes and 1 can of diced tomatoes with green chilies.

Add in honey, salt, 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, and juice of 1/2 lime (start slow with the lime as it can overpower, you can taste and add more if desired)

Blend in food processor for about 30 seconds or until desired consistency.
This is a medium salsa.
To make this salsa mild substitute the jalapeno pepper for an Anaheim pepper, or just use the green chilies.
A few topics we are working on for the next newsletter...
The Art of Aging

Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month
Got an idea for the newsletter?

Is there a topic you would like to learn more about? Would you like to write something in the next issue?

Let us know! We would love to hear from you!

Focus on Your Mental Health

By: Karina Krosbaaken
May is Mental Health Awareness month. Historically, when thinking about “health” things such as eating vegetables, getting exercise, and getting a good night of sleep are usually the first things that come to mind. Luckily, thanks to years of research and our increasing knowledge of the brain, we have also come to learn and understand more about our mental health and the integral part it plays in our overall well being.

That being said, there is still a lot of stigma related to talking about mental health. We still have a long way to go when it comes to normalizing mental health as an area to address related to well being.

Did you know:

It is becoming well known that a decline in mental health can impact a person’s functioning, other medical conditions, and their social well being. In addition to impacting the health of the person having trouble, it can also impact those around them such as family caregivers.  Many family members providing care to older adults feel it is a privilege and a positive experience to provide care; however, in some instances the role of providing care can be taxing and may cause a caregiver’s mental health to suffer.

Because we can all do a better job of focusing on our wellness, let’s work together to normalize talking about mental health, promote wellness on all levels, and educate ourselves on signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns. To do our part this month, we want to provide you with a couple resources to learn more about mental health related to aging and caregiving:

American Psychological Association Older Adult Health

American Psychological Association Caregiver

NAMI Minnesota- Older Adults:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255 (toll-free/24 hours a day)
Mental Health and Pets
Photo: Ghillie, British Lab (Mary & Kevin Bovee)
Pets can be a great source of companionship, motivation, a sense of purpose or value, and a connection unlike any other. In many ways, pets can help us live mentally healthier lives.

As many know, a pet is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety (most of the time). But, having a pet has also been linked to having a positive effect on depression, autism, ADHD, loneliness, and more.

Stroking, sitting next to, or playing with a pet gives the owner a chance to relax. Having a routine from breakfast to bathroom breaks gives that sense of security. Forcing to get out and go for a walk not only keeps owners moving but also provides an opportunity to socialize with other pet owners and grow social relationships.

As adults age, life can be stressful but can be comforted by a companion pet. Pets can become a buffer between a person and their illness. For example, with animals at home, people with dementia are said to have lower anxiety and frustration leading to outbursts.

The bond between an owner and their pet is one that cannot be broken. It is an unconditional love of comfort and support.

In celebration of pets, we would love to introduce you to the pets of Age Well Arrowhead.
The Pets of
Age Well Arrowhead
Meet Ghillie and Raleigh
British Labrador Retrievers
Raleigh is 8 years old and an excellent retriever. He is a British Labrador and was born at Tall Grass Kennels in Bryant South Dakota. We (Mary and Kevin) picked him up from the breeder in a blinding blizzard with temperatures in the minus 30’s in late January 2011. We loved him instantly and he is an amazingly sweet and kind soul. He loves to flush and retrieve grouse in Minnesota and Wisconsin in the early fall and pheasants in North Dakota in the late fall and winter. He loves to swim and take walks in the woods. His other passions include counter surfing, and begging. He is very good at both. 
Ghillie is 3 years old and full of energy and love. He is a British Labrador but comes from an Irish bloodline. He has to be touching his people all the time and he especially loves to give kisses. He was born at Tall Grass Kennels in Cassville Missouri in the Ozarks. We picked him up in November 2015. He is a wonderful retriever and loves car rides to North Dakota or just about anywhere. His passions are snuggling, swimming, and long walks in the woods. 
Meet Windsor or "Bubs"
Black Lab/German Short-hair Pointer
Windsor is 5 years old and was born in South Dakota on a pheasant farm. He found his forever family at 8 weeks old when he came to live with Shelbi and her husband Greg and has grown to a solid 100 pounds. He loves hunting a variety of birds, chasing any moving animal, swimming, and telling anyone who will listen all about his day. He is also certified as a "Canine Good Citizen" and enjoys hanging out with new people and making them smile as big as he does.
Windsor's biggest quirk is he loves his bowl. It has become his security blanket over the last 5 years. You can find him curled up sleeping with it or just carrying it around. Often, he has another agenda- food. When his dish is empty, he will bring over his dish to make sure someone knows it needs filling with whatever is available including vegetables, fruits, meats, leftovers, and treats. He isn't picky. He is a wonderful addition to our lives.
Meet Lily, German Wirehair Lab Mix
Lily was adopted in April of 2009 during the grand opening week of the new Animal Allies shelter. Kim and her husband David saw her online and went “just to look” after having been without a dog for 3 years. One look and a canine personality test later and she was ours. We picked her up the next day and were told she had been adopted and returned twice. Once because the woman thought she was a lap dog (she is) and another because she was ill-behaved. She spent 6 months in the shelter before her forever people arrived. Does she have some quirks, absolutely but they make her even more lovable. She makes us laugh every day and at 11 years young, she’s still going strong. 
Meet Yukon, A little of everything
Hi there! My name is Yukon, and I am 4 1/2 years old. I am a big mutt who loves the snow, snuggling with my hoomans, (Karina and Taylor) and drooling on those pants they just washed and were going to wear to work… and on everything else.  
Fun facts about me are that I love to howl to songs with my pack, I hate wet grass, I love chasing squirrels (I know… how cliché), and I am a shockingly good swimmer for my frame. Our family has a lot of fun together. I love to follow my hoomans on hiking and rock climbing adventures but mostly you will find me lounging around living my best lazy life.

Meet Willow, Black Lab Retriever
Willow is a 3 year old female lab retriever owned by the Hafften family. She is an energetic family pet and a great hunting dog. She has also become our daughters favorite playmate and is always eager to chase tennis balls, eat snow balls, and get the occasional dropped kids snack. She earned the nickname "Dinky" early on as the runt of the litter but has since grown to a strong 55lb athletic dog.  She also seems to follow many of our words as if she's human and often puts herself to bed the minute the word bedtime is mentioned.
Although she is playful most the time, Willow also has a very serious side when it comes to hunting. As the pictures reveal, she is a no nonsense field and water dog throughout the fall. She performs best in the water chasing after downed ducks and geese. At this point in her life she never gets cold, never gets tired, and never hesitates to leap out of a boat to handle the retrieve. As a family we all love her very much and can't wait to play with her each night when we get home from a long day! 
Meet Hudini and Vinny
or "Wampuss" and "Baby Kitty"
The life of Hudini (8 years old) and Vinny Bobareno (5 years old), otherwise known as “Wampuss and Baby Kitty” enjoy their relaxed lives in our (Lisa and her family) home. My youngest son picked Wampuss out at the local animal shelter. He was a street cat, homeless and very skinny when we got him. The day we brought him home he never hid or seemed scared. It was as though he was so grateful to be adopted that he just jumped in our laps and has never left. He is an orange tabby, he is super furry and loves his belly rubbed. He is also the very vocal cat at our house, he talks a lot! Sometimes way too loud in the morning, it is his way of chatting over coffee, or in his case, meow mix! 
Our white Siamese cat with blue eyes is Vinny Bobareno who we got from a close friend whose cat had babies. She said everyone wanted him because of his beautiful blue eyes and gorgeous coat, but she saved him for us. We call him "Baby Kitty" because he loves to be cradled and held like a baby, he will just fall asleep in your arms. The two boys are the best of friends who play often, rarely fight and sleep together on a regular basis! They are both healthy, happy cats who enjoy climbing high, chasing mice and sleeping… lots of sleeping.
Upcoming Evidence Based Workshops
Give a Gift of a Service for Mother's Day
With Mother's Day on Sunday (May 12th), consider a gift that can make a difference. Pair a beautiful scarf with a ride to an upcoming doctor appointment. A month of grocery delivery services would be perfect so she can order her favorite cookies. A bouquet of flowers is a great touch on the table as mom and a new companion enjoy a cup of coffee.

Services such as transportation, grocery delivery, help in the home, companionship, and chore services are available through Age Well Arrowhead and make a perfect gift for the one that never wants anything or is hard to buy for. Donations in a loved one's name is also a great way to support all mothers in the community.

Simply click the button below or call 218-623-7800 for more information on how you can give that perfect gift this Mother's Day.
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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, contributions, and service fees. These grants allow us to provide services that are easily accessible and affordable.

Mary Bovee, Executive Director

Kim Hileman, Program Director

Karina Krosbakken, Care Consultant

Shelbi Benson, Volunteer Coordinator

Peter Hafften, Training Coordinator

Lisa Jordan, Grocery Coordinator

Kevin Pillsbury, President

Joe Sandbulte, Secretary

Jennifer Smith, Treasurer