October 2018 Newsletter
Mission Statement
Connecting older adults and caregivers to services that support healthy aging and independence
New Marketing Opportunity

Businesses Give Back

A Spoonful of Honey

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Recipe of the Month

Mary Bovee, Executive Director

Kim Hileman, Program Director

Karina Krosbakken, Aging Service Specialist

Shelbi Benson, Volunteer & Fundraising Coordinator

Peter Hafften, Training Coordinator

Kevin Pillsbury, President

Joe Sandbulte, Secretary

Barb Casky, Treasurer

Ric Schaefer, Board Member

Mary Alice Carlson, Board Member

Beth Hohenstein, Board Member

Jennifer Smith, Board Member
New Marketing Opportunities Available
Hit your target market with Age Well Arrowhead by advertising with our Groceries to Go Program.

For only $25/week, you can hit your exact market directly by simply providing us with postcards, brochures, or flyers of your choosing to be placed in the grocery bags.

Target market includes:
  • Ages range from 50-90 years old
  • Male & Female
  • Living independently
  • 20 mile radius from Downtown Duluth with all 4 locations- Kenwood, West Duluth, Superior, & Cloquet

Call 218-623-7800 for more information.
It's more than volunteering
for one local business.

By: Shelbi Benson, Volunteer Coodinator

In August, Age Well Arrowhead was lucky to find a local business, Broadridge Advisor Solutions, as they searched for an opportunity to get outside of the office giving them a chance to bond and give back to their community.

Like other businesses, Broadridge provides their employees with a set number of paid hours to volunteer. As you will read below, they are enjoying every minute of it.

Thank you Broadridge for all your hard work!
Hear from The Broadridge Team
Volunteering is a way for me to get out in the community and make a difference. Buying groceries and delivering them to someone in the community that cannot do it on their own is a wonderful feeling. I enjoy meeting all the new clients a nd being that person who is able to brighten their day when delivering the groceries they order.  – Briana E.

The gratification I get from helping someone that can no longer do for themselves makes me feel good. When you sign up to volunteer you expect to be doing someone a favor, but what you don’t expect is the favor they are actually providing for you. Volunteering for Age Well will allow you to make a difference in someone’s daily life, even allow some folks to remain living independently, but the biggest perk is the humbling and heartwarming experiences the clients provide you through their gratitude . – Elizabeth R.

I have really enjoyed the time I have spent volunteering with Age Well. This experience has been eye-opening. I realized that when I do a small act of kindness or thoughtfulness that that one thing can have a big impact on others. This experience has also strengthened my family bonds by allowing an opportunity to practice our values together. My hope is that by sharing this experience with my children that it will increase the chance that they will become adults who volunteer too. I will forever cherish the time I have spent with the client and thank Age Well and Broadridge for the opportunity. – Jeanne J.
I would encourage other companies in the Twin Ports Area to volunteer with Age Well Arrowhead. Age Well’s mission to help serve our elders is quintessential to our community and Broadridge Advisor Solutions is proud to be part of that. Age Well’s volunteer opportunities work very well with our work schedules and I would also encourage companies to check with your upper management and human resources departments to see if their company offers paid volunteer time as this has helped increase our volunteer participation here at Broadridge. – Derrick C.

The stories you all share about your experiences inspire others to get involved in volunteering and hopefully challenge them to take a closer look at those aging in their own communities.  Thank you for all you do with this organization and the members you support . – Polly L. – Director, Client Services

If you or your business is interested in learning more about how you can become a part of Age Well, call Shelbi Benson, Volunteer Coordinator at 218-623-7804.
Join us in welcoming our new volunteers!

Amy C.
Brian K.
Shawn L.
Emily P.
Ben R.
Age Well would like to thank the following volunteers for their years of dedication.
Happy Anniversary!

Arlene E.
Suzy H.
Thomas L.
Bryce M.
Age Well Arrowhead would like to recognize the following volunteers as they reach high milestones for the number of hours they have volunteered in the past year.
Thank you for your contribution!

50 or more hours
Peter B.
Chris B.
Holly D.
Luann J.
Colin R.

200 or more hours
Darla H.
Current needs at Age Well Arrowhead:


Groceries to Go Coordinator
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Groceries to Go Shoppers
Kenwood- Wednesday Morning

Cloquet- Wednesday Afternoon

West Duluth- Thursday Morning

Superior- Thursday Afternoon

Groceries to Go Order Takers
Tuesdays as available

Front Desk Support As Available
October is National Chili Month!

Easy Chili in the Crockpot

1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1/2 large onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 pound ground beef

1 (16 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 (16 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (16 oz) can tomato sauce

1 (16 oz) can diced tomatoes

2 tablespoons chili powder

1/2 tablespoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon hot sauce (such as Tobasco)

1 tablespoon liquid from a jar of pepperoncini peppers

1/4 cup water

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and cook, just until translucent. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking it up as it cooks, until it is browned and cooked through.

Place the pinto beans, kidney beans, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes in a large slow cooker. Stir in the chili powder, oregano, cumin and garlic powder. Stir in the cooked ground beef mixture.  Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and pepper liquid. If the chili is too thick, stir in the water.

Cook on low for at least 4 hours, but it can cook on low all day long! Simply top with your favorite cheese, sour cream or chips.
Job Opening:
Groceries to Go Coordinator
Hours: 21 hours/week
Schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Travel Required: Approximately 20-40 miles/week
POSITION TITLE: Groceries-To-Go Coordinator

PURPOSE: To coordinate a volunteer supported grocery shopping and delivery service for older adults.

  • Oversee the activities of the Groceries-To-Go program including taking orders, shopping, check-out, and delivery;
  • Review orders for accuracy and organize for volunteer assignments;
  • Deliver orders to grocery store and assist with shopping, check-out, and delivery as needed;
  • Work with the Volunteer Coordinator to ensure volunteers are available to support program needs;
  • Provide supervision and training to volunteers in the program;
  • Participate in strategic planning activities to improve processes and support program growth;
  • Communicate program updates or changes to clients, volunteers, and key store staff

For more information or to apply, please call 218-623-7800 or email kimh@agewellarrowhead.org
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
By: National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc

What Is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast. 

Facts About Breast Cancer In The United States

  • One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
  • Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die.
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year.
  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
  • Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today. 

A Global Burden

According to the  World Health Organization , breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of women each year and affecting countries at all levels of modernization.

Good News About Breast Cancer Trends

In recent years, perhaps coinciding with the decline in prescriptive  hormone replacement therapy  after menopause, we have seen a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to better screening and  early detection , increased awareness, and continually improving  treatment  options.

For more information about breast cancer and National Awareness Month, visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org
A Spoonful of Honey
September was National Honey Month. Age Well Arrowhead got in touch with a local beekeeper to find out more about the art of beekeeping and health benefits that honey can provide.

By: Claire Lande
Beekeeper and owner of Junebug Bee Farm  
My fascination with honey began only after developing a healthy curiosity about honey bees in a college biology class, where I learned they are one of few bees to have a queen (most are solitary), they communicate by waggle-dancing, smell with their feet, and of course, make honey. And after years of beekeeping, I still believe honey bees are the most interesting animal there is (humans are a possible exception).

But bees don’t make honey for us to eat, they make it to survive the winter. When bees store nectar, they reduce its water content until sugars are so concentrated that bacteria and fungus cannot survive and the honey will not ferment. Then, when the temperatures drop, the bees form a cluster and feed on their honey stores until spring. Because of its low water content and antimicrobial properties, honey is used to treat infections in many cultures to this day.

Fresh honey is a complex, delightful bouquet of flowers, and varies immensely in flavor and color depending on the location of the hives and the time of year it was harvested. Mono-floral honeys, like clover or basswood, come from hives located in areas with clover or basswood as the dominant flower and harvested as soon as the nectar flow is finished. Because bees fly up to two miles to forage (and you can’t exactly tell a bee where to go), most honey is a mix of everything from dandelions, to clover, to goldenrod.

Honey is delicious. And though it may not cure my allergies like I originally thought (most seasonal allergies are caused by pollen from wind-pollinated plants, like ragweed, that bees don’t visit), it does contain minerals and a healthy balance of sugars. I take a dose of local honey in my tea each day, and there are many other ways to use it, like baking, dressings, and my personal favorite, by the spoonful. 

If you are interested in talking about bees or tasting some fresh, ‘Lakeside Wildflower’ honey, send me an e-mail at junebugbeefarm@gmail.com or visit me on Facebook. 
Save the Date
Thursday, November 15th
Thousands of nonprofits and schools across Minnesota rely on the generosity of donors like you to remain in operation. Each year, millions of dollars are donated to organizations around Minnesota on Give to the Max Day.

To support Age Well Arrowhead on November 15th, simply click the Donate Button below! Every dollar counts.
Stop By to Say Hi at the
Duluth Senior Expo
on October 18th at the DECC

Be sure to get your tickets and stop out to see us at the Duluth Senior Expo- October 18th at the DECC from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

For more information on free tickets, visit
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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.