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

2018 at Age Well Arrowhead

Self Love in 2019

The Buzz of Instant Pot

Recipe of the Month

Upcoming REST Training

Call for Evidence Based Workshop Leaders

Do you have an idea?

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

Ric Schaefer, Board Member

Mary Alice Carlson, Board Member
Age Well Arrowhead is Accepting Applications for our Board of Directors for 2019
Age Well is looking to grow our board and is seeking talented and skilled individuals in the community to serve as directors. It is a very exciting time to participate in the planning and development of our organization as we are experiencing growth and expansion due to the need for services in our community. If you or someone you know is skilled at positioning organizations for success and sustainability, we highly encourage applying for a position. 

We are very interested in applicants who possess the skills and experience with one or more of the following areas:

· Commitment, creativity and visionary skills to bring the organization to the next level
· Experience and understanding of working with an aging population
· Experience with business or nonprofit start up and sustainability
· Knowledge of funding sources and grant writing skills
· Marketing and promotional activities to tell our story
· Program development 
· Fundraising
· Human Resources
· Financial planning, fund management, and nonprofit accounting experience
· Policy development
· Strong desire to support older adults and caregivers in Duluth, Hermantown,
Proctor, Cloquet, and Superior

For a Board of Directors job description or application form, please contact Mary Bovee, Executive Director at 218-623-7806, or maryb@agewellarrowhead, or go to our website at www.agewellarrowhead.org. 

One word to describe 2018 at Age Well Arrowhead- "WOW!"

By: Mary Bovee, Executive Director
This is the newsletter I most look forward to contributing to because I get to share some impactful numbers that reflect how successful 2018 was for us and how excited we are about 2019.

Clients Served : In 2018, we provided services to 675 clients. That is twice as many as 2017 and three times as many as 2016. Our goal for 2019 is to serve over 1,000 clients. 

Groceries-to-Go : In 2018, we shopped 1,217 grocery orders. That is a tremendous amount when you consider we shopped for all of Duluth out of one Super One location in West Duluth. In 2017, we shopped 396 orders. I n 2016, we shopped 12 orders . We gained tremendous momentum this past year when Super One opened three more locations allowing access to our Groceries-to-Go services to more folks living in areas outside of Duluth. We now shop out of Super One Kenwood, Super One Superior, and Super One Cloquet. We hired Lisa Jordan in November to coordinate the Groceries-to-Go program as part of our growth and sustainability strategy. Our goal for 2019 is to shop 3,640 orders , which is about 70 orders per week. So far, we are on track. 

Senior Wheels: In 2018, we provided 261 rides to folks needing to get to medical appointments. In 2017, we provided 121 rides. This service has really been vital to many of the people we serve. We regularly hear that without the ability to get to regular doctor appointments, older adults would not be able to remain healthy and independent. Our goal for 2019 is to provide rides to 50 clients per month making the total number 600 rides per year. We invested in a software program called Ride Scheduler that makes arranging rides much easier for our clients and our volunteers. With the new technology, we are positioned for growth.

Service Offerings: In addition to Groceries-to-Go and Senior Wheels, we also provided individual and family caregiver counseling, care coordination, chore, homemaker, companion, errands, and transitions services. In 2019, we look forward to providing more support in the community by providing numerous evidence-based workshops that support older adult’s health and independence. They include Living Well with Chronic Conditions, Living Well with Chronic Pain, Living Well with Diabetes, A Matter of Balance, and Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance.

Volunteer Support : In 2018, 129 volunteers provided 4,771 volunteer hours equaling $117,802 in donated time to support our clients and programs. We are extremely fortunate to have such an amazing team of dedicated volunteers that are very generous and giving of their time and talents. They make it possible for us to help more people each year and to roll out new programs that our clients identify as vital to their independence. I venture to say we have the best volunteers on the planet!

Grant Support: Age Well is tremendously thankful to the funders that provide us the financial support needed to develop new programming and serve more people. In 2018, six different funders supported our operations. In 2019, we are supported by eight.

They include:
  • The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging Title III Older American’s Act funds. Funds include Title IIIB grant: to provide care consultation, chore and homemaker services to frail and isolated older adults, Title IIID grant: to provide evidence-based workshops, and Title IIIE grant: to provide individual and family caregiver counseling.
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services Live Well at Home grant: to expand our Groceries-to-Go and Senior Wheels services to undeserved locations in remote areas and to provide REST Companion training to our volunteers to support the growth of companion and homemaker services.
  • The Northland Foundation Rural Aging Initiative Grant: to build organizational capacity and provides support through training and workshops.
  • The Victory Fund: to support the development and delivery of a monthly Memory Café in Duluth and to provide dementia training to businesses.
  • The Medica Foundation: to support the delivery of evidence-based workshops in the community with the goal of increasing the health and independence of older adults.
  • Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation grant: to support the growth and expansion of our Groceries-to-Go services to Superior and Cloquet.

2018 was a wonderful year for us. I would like to thank our tremendous staff, volunteers, partners, and funders who made it so successful. We look forward to even more success in 2019!
Thank you to all our generous donors in December. We appreciate your support of Age Well Arrowhead and those we serve.
Rick & Mary Hershey
Delores Pananen
Current needs at Age Well Arrowhead:

URGENT NEED- Winter is here!

Weekly Driver
1 day/week

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

Help in the Home
West Duluth

Snow Shoveling
West Duluth

Join us in welcoming our new volunteers!

Margo A.
Amanda A.
Maggie B.
Patty G.
Mary Jo.
Susan O.
Judy P.
Joan P.
Paul P.
David R.
Katherine R.
Laura S.
Xavier T.

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

Kate D.
Tia J.
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
Robin B.
Holly D.
Linda E.
Luann J.
Pat L.

100 or more hours
Laura H.
Tia J.
Colin R.
Julie R.

150 or more hours
Kristin M.

200 or more hours
Carol C.
Liz M.
A few topics we are working on for the next newsletter...
American Heart Month

Low Vision Awareness

Valentines Day

National Snack Food Month

REST Training
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!

Contact shelbig@agewellarrowhead.org
New Year, New Perspective:
By: Karina Krosbaaken

It is the New Year. For many, this is a time of change, to-do’s, and making new goals. As you move into the rhythm of your new year, we want to remind you of two important things:

1.     It is okay to prioritize and take care of YOU. As the saying goes, “You cannot pour from an empty cup.”

2.     It is okay to practice self-love and be kind to yourself!

As the months go on, it is easy to be hard on yourself as you work towards new goals and new beginnings. We can fall back into our old habits and can become consumed by the day-to-day stressors and neglect our own needs.
Below you will find some tools to help you make self-love and self-care a part of this year’s journey. Both tools can be found online ( Self Care Assessment & Self Esteem Journal ). The worksheets are also available below in the blue and green buttons.
With new tools to encourage self-love and self-care, we wish you a happy 2019!

Become a REST Companion
Delivering education and support to those offering a break to caregivers.
Course Objectives:
- Define respite care
- Describe the role of a REST Companion
- Recognize the importance of providing respite care to a
family in need
- Properly begin a respite relationship
- Deploy verbal and non verbal communication techniques
in respite environments
- Demonstrate proper assistance techniques
- Create a, positive, safe, and healthy environment for
everyone involved

For more information or to register, contact Shelbi Benson at 218-623-7804 or email shelbig@agewellarrowhead.org.
Instant Pot: You’ve heard the buzz but…what it an Instant Pot and why do we need one?
By Kim Hileman with excerpts taken from Bon Appetite magazine with permission.
January is National Slow Cooking Month. Slow cooking is no longer however with a new device on the market called Instant Pot.

Instant Pot  is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming  pot . It's a single appliance that does the job of seven different kitchen appliances or tools.

They rocketed to fame in 2017 with claims of Nirvana-like changes in cooking and time saving. Yet, it’s been around since 2010. In 2008 in Kanata, Ontario, CEO Robert Wang had a sort of epiphany. He’d been laid off from his software engineering job, and realized he was feeding his kids too much takeout and fast food. He worked with two other ex-technology engineers to design the first generation, which took 18 months to develop along with relentless recipe testing. Wang chose the name “Instant Pot” after playing with a handful of adjective-noun combinations. It was the most straightforward, plus the website was available.

 “When we started, our business plan was about disrupting the stovetop pressure cooker market,” said Wang. “Then we started working into specialty verticals: The Paleo diet, vegetarian diet, those special interest groups.” The  official Instant Pot Facebook community , now closing in on 2 million followers, launched in 2015, where users can share recipes, feedback, and questions.

From Melissa Clark, author of Dinner in an Instant , “It's a thing that we all want. We’re a culture that loves gadgets, and this gadget actually really does something. You really can cook beans in half an hour. You really can cook meats in an hour. It’s the perfect thing at the perfect time. Not to say that it’s perfect that it does everything well, but in terms of its popularity, it’s hitting all those things right in the middle.”

Clark’s cookbook is definitely aspirational, and that was intentional. Her recipes include caramelized salmon, duck confit, and squid. Robert Wang was one of the first to pre-order a copy, and he keeps it on his desk. So far, 160,000 copies of  Dinner in an Instant  have sold.

Ready to tackle the Instant Pot on your own? This link is for the Top 10 Instant Pot Recipes as listed in Rachel Ray’s Magazine and taken from Pinterest at the link below. https://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/best-instant-pot-recipes-pinterest

Give it them a try or create your own and let us know what your favorite recipe is. We may feature you in an upcoming newsletter!
Instant Pot Beef Roast

Total time:
1 hour 40 Min
  • 1 3-5 pound beef chuck roast see notes for instructions from frozen
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika optional
  • 1 pound baby red potatoes
  • 4 large carrots, chopped into large chunks see note for using baby carrots
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch


Turn on your instant pot and set it to "saute". In a small bowl stir together salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika. Rub mixture all over the roast to coat all sides. 

Drizzle oil in instant pot, wait about 30 seconds, then use tongs to place roast in the pot. Do not move it for 3-4 minutes until well-seared and browned. Use tongs to turn the roast onto another side for 3-4 minutes, repeating until all sides are browned. 

Switch instant pot to "pressure cook" on high and set to 60-80 minutes (60 for a 3 pound roast, 80 for a 5 pound roast. see notes if using baby carrots). Add potatoes, onions, and carrots to pot (just arrange them around the roast) and pour beef broth and worcestershire sauce over everything. Place lid on the pot and turn to locked position. Make sure the vent is set to the sealed position. 

When the cooking time is up, do a natural release for 10 minutes (don't touch anything on the pot, just let it de-pressurize on it's own for 10 minutes). After 10 minutes, turn vent to the venting release position and allow all of the steam to vent and the float valve to drop down before removing the lid. 

Transfer the roast, potatoes, onions, and carrots to a platter and shred the roast with 2 forks into chunks. Use a handheld strainer to scoop out bits from the broth in the pot. Set instant pot to "soup" setting. Whisk together the water and corn starch. Once broth is boiling, stir in corn starch mixture until the gravy thickens. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. 

Serve gravy poured over roast and veggies and garnish with fresh thyme or parsley if desired. 

Here is your chance to get involved!
Age Well Arrowhead is looking to train volunteer leaders to lead evidence-based workshops like Matter of Balance, Tai Ji Quan, Living Well with Chronic Pain, and Living Well with Diabetes. Becoming a leader is simple and helps people throughout the community gain confidence in their own health. The benefits can be outstanding and can make a huge difference in the lives of people attending each workshop. We hope you can join our volunteer team in 2019!  
No experience? No worries! We will train. Registration is now open for our winter/spring leader trainings.
Click on the links below for more information or to register on the Juniper website. Space is limited!  

For more information or to register, contact Peter Haften at 218-623-7800
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 target 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.
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.