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

How We Spent Our Summer

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Workshops

Recipe of the Month

September is Cholesterol Awareness 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 3 locations

Call 218-623-7800 for more information.
How We Spent Our Summer Vacation
By: Mary Bovee, Executive Director

Labor Day marks the unofficial end to summer. Kids return to school and leaves begin to change colors. It was a busy summer for Age Well and this Fall we are gearing up for some big changes in how we provide services to our clients.

Our Groceries-to-Go program has been experiencing substantial growth. It has been challenging to keep up with the demand but with the amazing support from our volunteers we have shopped over 1,150 orders in the past 18 months.

Part of the challenge is the shopping is done out of one location, Super One West, making it difficult to reach outlying areas such as Superior, Pike Lake, Knife River, and other rural locations. The great news is, starting in October we will now be shopping out of two new locations including Super One in Superior (Oakes Ave) and Super One in Kenwood. This will increase access of service for more folks. We have also increased the days we shop to facilitate our growing number of clients. We are most excited about how many people can get groceries that otherwise would not be able to for a variety of reasons. Groceries-to-Go is really a life saver for many people and Super One has been a huge supporter of our program.

Our Senior Wheels program has been a real hit with our clients this summer too. The service provides transportation to and from medical appointments. Without access to affordable transportation, our clients report their health would be a big concern and their ability to remain in their homes would be compromised. We continue to recruit drivers to allow us to provide transportation to more clients especially in outlying areas.

Even though we have been very busy, we did get some summer vacationing in. Karina took a few trips to climb mountains in far flung reaches and ran a 26-mile marathon on the Superior Hiking Trail (her husband ran 50 miles!), Shelbi got married and spent some time relaxing at the Apostle Islands, Peter completed a landscaping project in his back yard when he wasn’t catching fish, Kim went to the Black Hills and saw all the sights, and I spent a relaxing few days by Lake Superior in Lutsen with family.

We are excited for the Fall because we have worked hard all summer to prepare to serve more people in more locations. We know what we are doing is vital to the health and independence of our clients. If you would like to help, please consider volunteering for or donating to Age Well.
For a small investment you can make a huge difference.
Join us in welcoming our new volunteers!

Jenna G.
Brian H.
Kenji K.
Emily P.
Sarah R.

Age Well would like to thank the following volunteers for their years of dedication.
Happy Anniversary!

Jesse A.
Susan A.
Sharon L.
Brooke M.
Joe S.
Morgan T.
Julie Z.
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
Julie R.
Sarah S.

100 or more hours
Nancy H.
Suzy H.
Kristin M.
Julie Z.

Current needs at Age Well Arrowhead:

Help in the Home
West Duluth
Rice Lake

Groceries to Go Coordinator
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Groceries to Go Shoppers
Wednesday or Thursday morning as available

Groceries to Go Order Takers
Tuesday or Wednesday mornings as available

Front Desk Support As Available

Age Well Presents:

September 20, 2018
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
Primrose Retirement Communities

Kim Hileman, Program Director, will discuss how to start a conversation on planning a move to senior living, how to have difficult conversations,as well as the living options available.
It is National Honey Month. Don't miss next month's issue and the exclusive with Junebug Bee Farm!
Grilled Nectarine and Blue Cheese Bruschetta

1 teaspoon water

2 tablespoons wildflower honey, divided

2 medium nectarines, quartered

Cooking spray

2 1/2 ounces whole-wheat baguette, cut diagonally into 12 slices

1 1/4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (about 1/3 cup)

1 tablespoon balsamic glaze (such as Roland)

Microgreens or sprouts (optional )

Step 1
Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
Step 2
Combine 1 teaspoon water and 1 teaspoon honey in a small bowl. Rub mixture over cut sides of nectarines.
Step 3
Arrange nectarines on grill grates coated with cooking spray; grill, uncovered, 2 minutes on each side. Remove from grill; cut each piece into 4 wedges.
We have an opening for a volunteer
Groceries to Go Coordinator!
Call Shelbi at 218-623-7804 for more information on how you can get involved in growing this program.
Age Well Is Out in the Community This Week- Stop in to see us!
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Upcoming Evidence Based Workshops- Matter of Balance & Living Well With Chronic Conditions
A Matter of Balance: Stay Active & Maintain Independence
A Matter of Balance is an designed for older adults to learn to manage falls, increase confidence and improve activity levels. The fear of falling is as dangerous as falling itself as people limit activities, resulting in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater.
Living Well with Chronic Conditions
This 6-week workshop guides people in exploring healthy ways to live and maintain active lifestyles while managing chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer, chronic pain, heart disease, arthritis, or mental health conditions.

2 Workshops available beginning in October include:
For questions or to register, call Peter Haften at 218-623-7801 or email
September is National Cholesterol Education Month
How many Americans have high cholesterol?
More than 102 million American Adults (20 years or older) have total cholesterol levels at or above 200 mg/dL, which is above healthy levels. More than 35 million of these people have levels of 240 mg/dL or higher, which puts them at high risk for heart disease.

What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body and many foods. Your body needs cholesterol to function normally and makes all that you need. Too much cholesterol can build up in your arteries. After a while, these deposits narrow your arteries, putting you at risk for heart disease and stroke.

How do you know if your cholesterol is high?
High cholesterol usually doesn't have any symptoms. As a result, many people do not know that their cholesterol levels are too high. However, doctors can do a simple blood test to check your cholesterol. High cholesterol can be controlled through lifestyle changes or if it is not enough, through medications.

It's important to check your cholesterol levels. High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.

How often should you have your cholesterol checked?
The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) recommends that adults aged 20 years or older have their cholesterol checked every 5 years.
Preventive guidelines for cholesterol screening among young adults differ, but experts agree on the need to screen young adults who have other risk factors for coronary heart disease: obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, and family history.

If you have high cholesterol, what can you do to lower it?
Your doctor may prescribe medications to treat your high cholesterol. In addition, you can lower your cholesterol levels through lifestyle changes:
  • Low-fat and high-fiber food (Eat more fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and whole grains).
  • For adults, getting at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity a week. For those aged 6-17, getting 1 hour or more of physical activity each day.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Don't smoke or quit if you smoke.

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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.