August 2018 Newsletter
Mission Statement
Connecting older adults and caregivers to services that support healthy aging and independence
Volunteers Make a Difference

Meet a Board Member

Groceries to Go Expands

Upcoming Events
Lifelong Learning at Any Age

In the News

Dementia Training

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
Volunteers Make a Difference
Husband and wife duo, Corrie and Katie P. of Two Harbors, are an unstoppable team when it comes to helping those in the aging community and volunteering at Age Well Arrowhead.

Here, Katie can be seen (after her own knee surgery) painting a deck while Corrie cleared sight lines at the end of the driveway to allow the client to safely get onto the road.

Corrie says, "My wife and I just get things done. We have built a few homes ourselves. Katie runs her own small business (Authority Title Inc.) full-time plus some. I have a demanding full-time job that I have to be available for calls/support 24/7. I can quickly see things that need to be fixed, adjusted, or made safer. One department I manage is facility maintenance. We are always trying to figure out how to keep things running safely at low cost. An aging adult will talk about how they feel good and like how we restored/repaired something to the way it used to be. That small talk coupled with action is far more rewarding than a networking event for us."

Simple maintenance and upkeep of homes can help prevent future expenses many clients cannot afford. Knowing the deck will last a few more years, gave the client peace of mind that she can continue live in her own home without major expenses due to the inability to complete tasks like these herself. Thank you Corrie and Katie for your service to our client and support of Age Well Arrowhead.

-Corrie & Katie P. , Volunteers since 2017
Join us in welcoming our new volunteers!

Chris B.
Derrick C.
Carol J.
Jeanne J.
Anna K.
Briana O.
Elizabeth R.
Age Well would like to thank the following volunteers for their years of dedication.
Happy Anniversary!

Jan G.
Angela R.
Morgan S.
Miles T.
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.
Holly D.
Kristina P.

100 or more hours
Carol C.
Taylor K.
Liz N.
Morgan S.
Katie T.

Current needs at Age Well Arrowhead:

Help in the Home

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

Upcoming Events

Sept 14, 2018
10:00-2:00 pm
Proctor Community Center

September 20, 2018
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
Primrose Retirement Communities
Caramelized Onion and Olive Pizza with Goat Cheese

12 ounces refrigerated fresh pizza dough

4 teaspoons olive oil, divided

2 cups vertically sliced yellow onion

1 cup vertically sliced red onion

1 cup vertically sliced white onion

2 tablespoons thinly sliced garlic

3/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

1 1/2 ounces Castelvetrano olives, chopped

1 1/2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Place a pizza stone or heavy baking sheet in oven. Preheat oven to 450° (keep pizza stone or baking sheet in oven as it preheats).

Let dough stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil; swirl to coat. Add onions, garlic, and thyme; cook 25 minutes or until onions are very soft and browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in vinegar.

Place dough on a floured surface; roll into a 14-inch circle. Pierce entire surface liberally with a fork. Remove pizza stone from oven. Place dough on pizza stone. Spread remaining 2 teaspoons oil over dough. Spread onion mixture and olives evenly over dough. Sprinkle with cheese, pepper, and salt. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes or until crust is browned. Cut into 8 slices.
Meet a Board Member

Kevin Pillsbury,
Board President
Kevin Pillsbury is an attorney at the law firm of Johnson, Killen & Seiler, P.A. in Duluth. In addition to his service on the Age Well Arrowhead Board of Directors, Kevin also serves on the Board of Directors for the Superior Hiking Trail Association, is a member of the Ronald McDonald House Speakers Bureau, and a volunteer for Ronald McDonald House Charities/Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota Cooks for Kids Program, and the Volunteer Attorney Program. He is also a graduate of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Duluth Program. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, and spending time outdoors.

Kevin says, " What brought me to Age Well, and what makes my involvement with the organization so meaningful, is knowing that the services offered are so commonly needed by every-day families. My own family has a history of ensuring grandparents were cared for – whether through household and yard work, running errands, rides to appointments or other events, and later more health or medical-related care. So, when I learned of the services the organization offered I felt a connection and an obligation to help ensure the function and awareness of the organization, knowing many families did not have the benefit of having local or available family members to help their aging loved ones. Having that experience and point of view only makes the organization’s growth and development that much more enjoyable to be a part of."

Thank you Kevin for being a part of Age Well Arrowhead!
Groceries to Go Program Expands
Since early 2017, Groceries to Go has proven to be a much needed service in our community. This service allows clients in need to order their groceries over the phone and have them delivered right to their counter. We will even put them away!

The growth of the program in the last 6 months has given us the opportunity to expand to taking orders and shopping 2 days a week, allowing room for even more expansion!

The new schedule now includes Age Well Arrowhead volunteers calling clients for orders on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with volunteers then shopping and delivering those orders on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

If you are interested in joining our growing program, please let us know by calling 218-623-7800 or visit
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.

Mark Your Calendar!
Completed Evidence Based Workshop- Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance Workshop at Faith Haven Apartments was completed on July 26th. The workshop was led by volunteers Arlene Alden and Linda Erspamer. They successfully instructed 8 participants to completion. The material focused on overall health, confidence and increasing balance throughout the 8 weeks allowing clients to continue to live independently in their own home.

Upcoming evidence based workshops can be found on our website at or follow us on our Facebook @agewellarrowhead.
Lifelong Learning at Any Age
It is that time of year again. Stores are full of new backpacks, pencils, and gym shoes and soon the schools will be filled with students ready for a new year.

However, the term "school age" can be used more flexibly than ever before with programs for those of any age.

Below are a few options and tips for going back to school.

Audit Classes for Free - Receive no credit for the course but enjoy fascinating lectures or participate in activities without paying for the course.

Senior Citizen Tuition Discounts - Many programs in our area offer classes for little or no cost for seniors. Check out these 4 programs for more information as well as other programs in the area.

Take advantage of the amenities - Be sure to inquire about the other amenities on campus if you are a student such as the cafeteria, library or gym.

While going back to school may be a daunting experience, the benefits outweigh the bad including socialization, personal growth, new challenges and stimulation. Knowing you have something to look forward to during those long winter months, new friends, and the expansion of knowledge can give you an opportunity to become more involved in the community.

Whether it is history, science or the arts, there is something out there for everyone. There is no age limit when it comes to education. Discover talents and interests you may never thought were there before.
Good luck to all the students this year!
In the News

New law helps protect Minnesota seniors from financial exploitation
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP), Posted August 1, 2018

A new law went into effect Wednesday that works to protect seniors from suspected fraud against vulnerable clients.
The Safe Seniors Financial Protection Act freezes money while the Department of Commerce investigates cases.

“We know that senior financial fraud is a huge problem in Minnesota and needs to be addressed right now,” said Jessica Looman, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner.
This year, preventing elder abuse was a high profile issue and was ultimately part of a vetoed bill. However, the Safe Seniors Financial Protection Act passed on its own and rather under the radar.

“One out of every five Americans over age 65 has been victimized by financial fraud with an annual loss of at least $3 billion,” said Looman.

The new law, in effect now, protects seniors’ retirement savings invested in pensions, funds and 401Ks.

“For those who lose their life savings due to exploitation, they often cannot regain what they’ve lost, reducing their ability to live independently and sometimes causes declining health,” explained Beth McMullen, from the Alzheimers Association of Minnesota and North Dakota.

One of the more common ways seniors’ savings are targeted is when one of their own relatives pillage their accounts. Other ways include con artists on the phone pretending to be love interests, grandchildren or lottery officials.

“We’ve seen several cases where clients do call and they are withdrawing a very sizable portion of their life savings to pay the taxes on this huge, multi-million payout that they know they’re going to receive,” said Deb Marquette, or Thrivent Financial.

The new law allows financial advisors who suspect fraud to contact the Department of Commerce. It gives them the legal right to delay withdrawing funds for 15 days while the case is being investigated.

“It empowers them to report to us,” Looman said. “It allows them to delay a transaction when they have reasonable belief that exploitation is occurring and it gives them immunity.”

Full article can be found at
North Shore Bank Completes 4th Training
This marked the 4 th training at the bank and over 40 of their employees learning more about how to incorporate dementia friendly practices into their business. North Shore bank continues to be one of the leaders throughout the community training employees in dementia.

If you would like more information on dementia training and how your business can become more dementia friendly, contact Peter Haften at 218-623-7801 or
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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.