May 2018 Newsletter
Mission Statement
Connecting older adults and caregivers to services that support healthy aging and independence
You can make a difference

Older Americans Month

Perfect Gift for Father's Day

Following a family's story about Alzheimers

Evidence Based Workshops

Memory Cafe

Spring Cleaning

Recipe of the Month

Dementia Friendly at Work

Age Well Arrowhead completes Charities Review Council Standards

Age Well Arrowhead is proud to announce we have completed and have been awarded with the seal of Accountability Standards by the Charities Review Council.

As stated by the Council, The Accountability Standards serve as a framework for building trusting, productive relationships between nonprofits, donors, and the general public, who deliver the greater good in partnership. 

Standards include:

Non Profit Sector Practices
Over time the nonprofit sector has developed shared expectations, promising practices, and knowledge in the areas of governance, management, programming, and fundraising. These practices go beyond legal and regulatory requirements.

Legal and Regulatory Adherence
Nonprofits must be aware of, and adhere to, local, municipal, state, and federal level regulations and legal requirements. 

Donor and Public Expectations
Donors and the public expect nonprofits to conduct business in a way that honors their mission, their supporters, and their role as stewards of the resources they are trusted with. 

IRS Form 990
Some standards contain information required by an organization’s IRS form 990.

To learn more about the Accountability Standards, visit The Charities Review Council or download PDF HERE .

Mary Bovee, Executive Director

Kim Hileman, Program Director

Peter Hafften, Training Coordinator

Karina Krosbakken, Aging Service Specialist

Shelbi Benson, Volunteer & Fundraising Coordinator

Kevin Pillbury, President

Joe Sandbulte, Secretary

Barb Casky, Treasurer

Beth Hoenstein, Board Member

Ric Schaefer, Board Member

Mary Alice Carlson, Board Member
Volunteers Making a Difference
"I am unable to do a lot of it myself because of my knees and my back. My volunteer was sweet and awesome. She helped me reorganize my house and make everything more accessible for me.
She made it easier for me to do what I could do and be there to do the things that I couldn't."
Sherrill M. speaking about her volunteer Leah

You can make a difference too.

Age Well Arrowhead is a relatively young organization, but we have accomplished a great deal in a short period of time. For example, the need for transportation and grocery shopping for older adults was identified as great in our community. We responded by developing a program that provides transportation to medical appointments called Senior Wheels and a grocery shopping and delivery service called Groceries-to-Go. Our programs have been extremely successful. I am proud to report that in just two years we have shopped well over 600 grocery orders and provided 200 rides to medical appointments. This means more folks were able to remain in their homes while maintaining their health and independence.

The ongoing need for services, especially in outlying areas, continues to grow. While we are actively recruiting volunteers to helps us provide services in rural areas, we need your help to make our efforts go even further! You can help us expand our Senior Wheels and Groceries-to-Go programs by making a cash donation and/or volunteering. This year our goal is $5,000 and we hope that you will be able to contribute. Your generosity will make a difference in our community by allowing us to continue in our work of supporting older adults and having a much further reach.

We rely on the generosity of individua ls and businesses for support. Please support us by donating today. Thank you in advance for your contribution.

Here are ways you can donate:
·          Donate online at
·          Send a check directly to Age Well Arrowhead
·          Call us at 218-623-7800 to learn about volunteer opportunities

Thank you,
Mary Bovee, Executive Director
Age Well Arrowhead is hiring a new Care Consultant!

For all questions, contact Kim Hileman at 218-623-7805
Join us in welcoming our new volunteers!

Taylor K.
Sarah S.
Age Well would like to thank these staff and volunteers for their years of dedication! Happy Anniversary!
David H.- 2 years
Nancy H.- 1 year
Age Well Arrowhead would like to recognize the following volunteers as they reach high milestones for number of hours they have volunteered in the past year.
Thank you for your contribution!

50 or more hours
Shelley C.
Michelle F.
Nancy H.
Tia J.
Liz N.
Julie Z.

100 or more hours
Arlene E.
Liz M.
Kristin M.

250 or more hours
Bill G.
April Donations

North Shore State Bank

Al Terway

Terry Posch

Mary Bovee
(In memory of her mother for Mother’s Day)

THANK YOU to Blackwoods Group for their generous donation to celebrate our volunteers who reached their milestones in April. We appreciate your support!
Congratulations to all the volunteers who graduated this spring! We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!
Current needs at Age Well Arrowhead:

Help in the Home
Morgan Park

Current recruitment for summer lawn care needs

Groceries to Go Order Takers Tuesday morning as available

Groceries to Go Shoppers
Wednesday morning as available

On call as available
Save the Date

May 22, 2018
8:30 am – 2:30 pm
600 N 21st St, Superior

New Volunteer Opportunity Open House

June 12, 2018
4:30 pm- 6:00 pm
@ New London Cafe
 4721 E Superior St, Duluth, MN

Aging Together Resource Fair

Sept 14, 2018
Proctor, MN
Grilled Fish Tacos

2 avocados—halved, pitted and peeled

1/4 cup low-fat sour cream or Greek yogurt

1 small jalapeño, seeded and thinly sliced

2 tablespoons minced red onion

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

5 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Salt & Pepper

1 small head of cabbage, shredded (4 cups)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for brushing

2 pounds fish, cut crosswise into ten 2-inch-wide strips- skin left on

Ten 7-inch flour tortillas, warmed

2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced

Light a grill. In a medium bowl, mash the avocados, sour cream, jalapeño, red onion, cilantro and 3 tablespoons of the lime juice. Season the guacamole with salt and pepper and press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the guacamole.

In a large bowl, toss the cabbage with the 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and the remaining 2 tablespoons of lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.

Brush the fish with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat until lightly charred and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer the fish to a platter and pull off the skin.

To assemble each taco, spread a dollop of guacamole on a tortilla. Top with a piece of fish, a few tomato slices and a large spoonful of the cabbage slaw. Serve with the hot sauce and lime wedges.
Across the country, older Americans – a rapidly growing population – are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection. They are sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, and they are giving back to make enrich their communities. They’re working and volunteering, mentoring and learning, leading and engaging.

For 55 years, Older Americans Month (OAM) has been observed to recognize older Americans and their contributions to our communities. Led by the Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging, every May offers opportunity to hear from, support, and celebrate our nation’s elders. This year’s OAM theme, “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizes the importance of being active and involved, no matter where or when you are in life. You are never too old (or too young) to participate in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotion well-being.

It is becoming more apparent that remaining socially engaged can improve the quality of life for older adults. Age Well Arrowhead encourages you to get involved by engaging with friends and family, and through various community activities like volunteering or attending a local class or workshop. Stay up to date on various events and activities for all ages on our calendar and volunteer pages at or our Facebook page.

The Perfect Father's Day Gift
Sunday, June 19th is Father's Day. It is a day to celebrate for our fathers, uncles, grandfathers, and brothers. Are you having a hard time finding that perfect gift for someone who doesn't want anything or want to find a way to honor the memory of someone who made an impact in your life?

We have the answer.

Wish that special someone a Happy Father's Day with a "gift a service" from Age Well Arrowhead. Instead of another tie, give a gift that will impact his life.

Services provided include:

  • Groceries to Go
  • Senior Wheels- rides to a medical appointments or errands
  • Help in the Home such as light housekeeping
  • Chore services such as mowing, raking, or gardening
  • Companion services/Socialization
  • Care Consultation/Care Planning
  • And More!

Call us at 218-623-7800 or visit our website at to learn more about the services we offer.
Upcoming Evidence Based Workshops
With only 2 weeks completed in the current Living with Chronic Pain workshop, 8 participants are already building the confidence they need to take control of their health.

Participants learn practical and simple strategies to manage pain and pace activities to stay engaged. This workshop helps people develop a plan to stay active and live healthier in spite of chronic pain.

Due to the outstanding success with our current workshop, Age Well Arrowhead will be offering another 6 week workshop for Living with Chronic Pain beginning July 24th at Essentia Health Clinic.

All information can be found in the PDF below or call Peter Haften at 218-623-7801.

Matter of Balance

We are also excited to announce another 8 week workshop beginning June 7th at Faith Haven Apartments called A Matter of Balance.
A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed for older adults to manage falls and increase activity levels. Two trained coaches guide participants through learning and activities that emphasize strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants show improved balance, flexibility and strength while viewing falls as controllable.

For more information, download the PDF below or call Peter Haften at 218-623-7801.
Memory Cafe a Success Story
More than one in six Americans age 65 or older has Alzheimer’s disease or another disorder that causes dementia. Social isolation is one of the greatest risks both for individuals living with dementia and their care partners. One of most often heard questions of those diagnosed with memory loss is “Where have all my friends gone?” Memory Cafés started in Europe in 1997, and since then have spread across the U.S., where they offer a welcoming environment and new social connections.

The Age Well Memory Café opened its doors on March 13, 2018. The Café is a relaxed social gathering held the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 1:30-3:00 pm, free of charge and open to anyone affected by memory loss or related cognitive changes.

The Age Well Memory Café is designed to make people living with memory loss feel comfortable and successful. For care partners, the Café is a much-needed break and a chance to have fun together without focusing on the disease.  

Hope United Methodist Church
301 W St. Marie Street, Duluth, MN
For more info: Kim Hileman 218-623-7805
Following a couple from diagnosis to the final stages of Alzheimer's
For 10 years, Dr. Jon LaPook has been checking in on Carol Daly, a woman diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and her caregiver husband, Mike. After a decade, the disease has had a devastating impact on each of them.

Mike and Carol Daly have been married for 53 years. Like more than five million American families, they're dealing with dementia. Carol has been suffering from Alzheimer's, the main type of dementia.

What makes this story so unusual is that almost every year for the past 10 years we've interviewed Mike and Carol as Alzheimer's took over her brain. Even though this is intensely personal, they wanted all of us to see the devastating impact of Alzheimer's, on each of them, over a decade.

Read or watch their full story at
Helping a Loved One
with Spring Cleaning
It has been a long winter. In Duluth, you never know if we are out of the woods completely, but the days are getting longer, the birds are chirping in the trees, and the green houses have gone up in the parking lots. Spring is here which means the spring cleaning has begun, and it is time to look into your or your loved one's space.

Open the doors and windows to air out the winter and find some time to reorganize, declutter, and dust the corners with these tips.

Make a to-do list.

Consult with your family member to prioritize the tasks to be completed and make a list. On the list, include more than just the basic vacuuming, dusting, and scrubbing.

Include chores that could be potentially hazardous.

  • Properly discard expired medications and any that are no longer needed or prescribed. - More information on proper disposal here.

  • Discard expired food

  • Test smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and other electronics such as a medical alert system.
  • Remove clutter from outside walkways, and indoor entryways, stairs, and heavily traveled areas.

  • Make sure all areas including walkways are lit and replace bulbs if needed.

  • Remove slippery throw rugs and any other tripping hazards that might cause falls.

Set a date.

Mark the calendar and make sure the goal of spring cleaning is accomplished.

Enlist help from family and friends .

Once the date is set, it is easy to call on a few extra hands to get the job done. It is always appreciated to have a little help when cleaning!

Be sure to involve your family member.

It is their house and they should have input into the cleaning process. They may not be able to help as much as they used to, but they often still want to be a part of it. Find a task they can help with that might be a little easier for them to complete like dusting the bookcase or organizing the clothing. Make sure they know their contribution is critical to organizing their home.

Enjoy the time you have together.

Find some of your family member's favorite music, audio book, or have them tell you a story you may not have heard before. This is a great opportunity to spend some time together while accomplishing a goal.

Happy Spring and soon to be summer!
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Dementia Training for Businesses
Republic Bank (Left)

Businesses within the city of Ely (above)
Age Well Arrowhead would like to congratulate businesses in the city of Ely, MN  and Republic Bank for completion of Dementia Friendly at Work training and their commitment to better serving their patients and customers with dementia across the area.

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.

Schedule your training today!
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.