July 2019 Newsletter
Mission Statement
Connecting older adults and caregivers to services that support healthy aging and independence
The Art of Aging

Grocery Shopping with Age Well

Dementia Friendly Training comes to the workplace

Recipe of the Month

Upcoming Health Classes

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Calling all artists!
Donate a Piece of Art!
The Art of Aging fundraiser in September will feature local artists of all ages and all mediums. It is important to show off healthy aging doing what you love! Pieces are being collected for the live auction and silent auction. Age Well is also searching for artists willing to provide a live demo at the event and allow guests a chance to meet the artist behind the piece.

If you would like to donate a piece of art for the event, please contact Mary Bovee at 218-623-7807 or Kim Hileman at 218-623-7805 for more information.
Thank you to our partners for your support of the first annual The Art of Aging Fundraiser!
Title Sponsor
If you would like to become a sponsor for the 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
Monday or Tuesday morning as available

Remote Groceries to Go Order Taker
Monday or Tuesday morning as available

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

Subs For ALL Positions Needed
Join us in welcoming our new volunteers!

Hunter M.
Emma P.
Rachel S.
Charlie S.
Youth In Action
Age Well would like to thank the following volunteers for their years of dedication.
Happy Anniversary!

Rick H.
Caryn B.
Madeline C.
Nancy D.
Megan L.
Hannah M.
John M.
Colin R.
Michael R.
Eliana R.
Susan S.
Tammy T.
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
Paul P.
Youth In Action
Mary Jo J.

100 or more hours
Pat L.
Robin B.

150 or more hours
Colin R.
Suzy H.

200 or more hours
Darla H. 243 hrs!
Jane W. 296 hrs!
Dave W. 300 hrs!

Robin B.
Christian B.
Trilby B.
Suzanne H.
Joan P.
Paul P
Sarah R.
Rachel S.
Francine S.
Kaitlyn T.
Charlene T.
David W.
July is National Picnic Month!

I ngredients

3 tbsp. mayonnaise

3 tbsp. Greek yogurt

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

Salt/Pepper to taste

8 hard-boiled eggs, cut into pieces

8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 avocado, thinly sliced
1/2 c. crumbled blue cheese

1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, halved

2 tbsp. freshly chopped chives


In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, yogurt, and red wine vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. 

In a large serving bowl, gently mix together eggs, bacon, avocado, blue cheese, and cherry tomatoes. Gradually fold in mayonnaise dressing, using only enough until ingredients are lightly coated, then season with salt and pepper. Garnish with chives.
Get a Smoke Alarm
The American Red Cross and their partners will install free smoke alarms for those who cannot afford their own or physically unable to install an alarm. A limited number of specialized bedside alarms are also available for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Keep your family safe by installing smoke alarms or updating the ones in your home.

Visit getasmokealarm.org for more information.
A few topics we are working on for the next newsletter...
The Art of Aging

Americans Adventures Month
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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!
Age Well Visits Fox 21 to Promote Volunteer Opportunities for the Groceries to Go Program
DULUTH, Minn. – Folks interested in making a big impact in the community have the chance to help Age Well Arrowhead this summer.

Groceries-to-Go started three years ago in December of 2016, aimed at taking orders, shopping, and delivering groceries to seniors in need throughout Duluth, Hermantown, Superior, Proctor, and Cloquet.

Volunteers will be responsible for calling program participants Mondays and Tuesdays each week, and shopping/delivering groceries Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The average age for each participant is around 82-years-old.

The program also serves as a wellness check for participants, especially during the dangerously hot summer months.

“Having access to fresh foods can have a big impact on someone’s health and well being,” said Program Manager Kim Hileman.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the program, call the main line at (218) 623–7800 or visit our website at www.agewellarrowhead.org

Health Class!
Living Well with Diabetes
Living Well with Diabetes is designed to help people with type 2 diabetes learn how to live well. Topics include: techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, depression, anger, fear and frustration; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; healthy eating, appropriate use of medication; and working with healthcare providers.
Register by calling Peter Hafften at 218-623-7800
Wells Fargo Staff completes Dementia Friendly at Work Training.
Dementia-friendly training comes to the workplace 

By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
Her feet felt heavy, her hands barely usable. The room seemed dark. If people spoke, it was in mumbles.
She knew there were things she needed to do, but somehow, she couldn’t entirely remember what.
That, fortunately, is not the ordinary experience for Julia Rulla, director of sales and marketing for Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center.

But it was, Rulla said, what she went through when on a “virtual dementia tour” provided by Peter Hafften of the Duluth-based nonprofit Age Well Arrowhead.

“When Peter came in and did the training for us, we had a whole different understanding of how to deal with our residents that have dementia,” Rulla said last week.

The eight-minute exercise actually is an advanced option beyond a basic 90-minute Dementia Friendly at Work session Hafften gladly offers to businesses, nonprofits, governmental agencies — any organization that might benefit from knowing how to respond when an individual with dementia comes through their door.
“We’re very happy to be able to provide dementia awareness training for businesses,” said Mary Bovee, executive director of Age Well Arrowhead. “(They recognize) that the clients they serve, the customers they work with and the employees within their organization can and will be impacted by dementia at some point.”
The program was set up under a two-year grant from the Minnesota Board of Aging, Bovee said, and support has been taken over by a local foundation, the Victory Fund.
“The Victory Fund board of directors got behind this 100 percent,” said Katherine Heimbach, executive director of the foundation, which is dedicated to improving health in Northeastern Minnesota. “When we did a community assessment, we saw that people didn’t understand Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. We saw that education and awareness was one of the biggest needs.”
Hafften has led more than 50 trainings in the past two years and has found the demand increasing recently, he said.
“It just has to do with an aging population,” he said of the increased interest. “I mean, even just in my short time doing the trainings, businesses that I've reached out to two years ago, who said, ‘We're going to kindly decline,’ now they're calling us saying, ‘You know, we had a change in our customer base and our population, and we would like the training.’ ”
Still, a workplace might be hard-pressed to devote 90 minutes of time to a training session, Hafften realizes. So he’s flexible, offering to come at 7 a.m. if that works best, or to come over the lunch hour and bring food.
The sessions include teaching on the forms of dementia, practical tips about how to make workplaces dementia-friendly and then advice customized for the specific setting.
“It might be bringing in, like in a banking situation, a personal banker to really help them,” Hafften explained. “Do they need to withdraw all the money out of their bank account? Or have they been to the bank three or four or five times that day because they’re forgetting? … You know these are huge warning signs that they do see at banks here in Duluth.”
Banks have been among some of the most eager entities to take advantage of the training, Hafften said, naming North Shore Bank of Commerce and National Bank of Commerce as leaders in that regard.
Cindy Theien, compliance and loan review specialist for National Bank of Commerce, said it was the bank’s front-line employees who brought concerns about customers with apparent issues to managers.
Hafften “shared how we can create a safe and friendly environment for our customers and their families that are living with the impact of dementia,” Theien wrote in an email.
More than 40 employees have been trained over four sessions, she wrote, and the bank expects to add more sessions in the future.
The city of Duluth had sessions both at its Garfield Avenue training facility and at City Hall, said Angel Hohenstein, the city’s wellness coordinator.
The training not only helped front-line employees understand what to do when someone with dementia symptoms comes to them, Hohenstein said. It also gave city planners and engineers ideas for dementia-friendly adaptations as they plan infrastructure improvements.
Hafften is asked to offer the dementia awareness virtual tour less often, but Chris Jensen’s Rulla considers it vital.
“People say, ‘I’ve gone through dementia training,’ and unless you’ve gone through the virtual training, you haven’t,” she said.
The virtual training only lasts eight minutes per individual, Hafften said, but that can feel like a long time.
“We do a number of things,” he said. “We change somebody’s vision. We change the way they hear. We change the way they feel with their fingers and their feet. And then we ask them to do five tasks. Well, they have a hard time hearing, they have a hard time seeing, and the next thing you know they’re frustrated, or they’re confused or forgetful.”
Neither she nor any of her Chris Jensen colleagues got a perfect mark in the simulation, Rulla said.
Even as a place that has a memory care unit, Chris Jensen employees gained from the training, Rulla said.
“We definitely have a need for that, because it’s not something that’s common sense,” she said. “My mom had it, and too bad that I didn’t have this training before she passed a few years ago, because things would have been so different. … It just would have made it so much easier.”

For details on Dementia Friendly at Work or other Age Well Arrowhead programs, call (218) 623-7800 or visit agewellarrowhead.org.

July is National UV Safety Month
With summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time to head outdoors and enjoy the sunny weather. But are you protecting yourself from potential risks? The  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  has named July as Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month. The goal is to spread the word about how important it is to protect everyone’s skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. This presents a teaching opportunity for oncology nurses and their patients—not just during July but all year long.

According to the  American Cancer Society , an estimated 5.4 million basal skin cancers are diagnosed annually, and nearly 3.3 million people are diagnosed with squamous cell skin cancers annually. Even more troublesome is that many people are diagnosed with more than one skin cancer type. Invasive melanoma represents about 1% of all skin cancer cases, but it accounts for the majority of skin cancer deaths with an estimated 87,110 new cases of invasive melanoma annually and 9,730 deaths annually. Overexposure to UV radiation can also cause eye cataracts, eye damage, skin aging, growths on the skin, and immune system suppression.

How to Protect the Skin From UV Radiation
  1. Block UV light with protective clothing. This includes wearing a hat (preferably wide brimmed) as well as shade-protective clothing. This can partly shield the skin from the harmful effects of UV ray exposure. The American Academy of Ophthalmology notes that many forget to wear sunglasses that have a label that says protects 99% of UV radiation for eye protection.
  2. Stay in the shade, especially when UV radiation is most intense at midday between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm. The sun can still damage the skin on cloudy days or in the winter, so year-round protection is important. Use caution when near reflective surfaces, like water, snow, and sand, which can reflect the damaging rays of the sun. This can increase the chance of sunburn, even in areas that appear to be shaded. Individuals can experience more UV exposure at higher altitudes that have less atmosphere to absorb UV radiation.
  3. Choose the right sunscreen and apply it correctly. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's regulations for sunscreen labeling recommend that the sunscreen have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, and it should protect against both UVA and UVB radiation. According to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, most people apply only 25%–50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen. When out in the sun, apply at least one ounce (a palmful) of sunscreen every two hours. It should be applied more often when sweating or swimming, even if the sunscreen is waterproof.
  4. Stay away from sources of artificial UV light. There is no such thing as a safe tan. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stress that indoor tanning significantly increases the risk of developing melanoma, basal, and squamous cell cancers. It also causes premature aging of the skin and suppresses the immune system.

Read full article at voice.ons.org

Congratulations to Wells Fargo for completing Dementia Friendly at Work Training.
If you are interested in learning more about how your business can become dementia friendly, contact Peter Hafften at 218-623-7800
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

Peter Hafften, Training Coordinator

Jayne Petrich, Groceries to Go Coordinator

Kevin Pillsbury, President

Joe Sandbulte, Secretary

Jennifer Smith, Treasurer

Stacy Foster, Board Member

Travis Hill, Board Member