November 2019 Newsletter
Mission Statement
Connecting older adults and caregivers to services that support healthy aging and independence
We Are So Thankful

Aging in a Social Media World

Upcoming Health Classes

Caregiver Appreciation Month

Volunteer Spotlight

Recipe of the Month: Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

Meet our new Care Consultant Jeannette

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We Are So Thankful
A wonderful time of year to reflect
Our Age Well Arrowhead team is so thankful! We took the time to reflect upon what makes us all thankful this year and thought we should share it in our November newsletter. Being thankful is a feeling that lasts all year but seems to be a little stronger this time of year!

Mary Bovee Executive Director; Mary is thankful for her health and the ability to lead a great organization like Age Well Arrowhead. Mary is also thankful for her wonderful family that supports her.

Jayne Petrich Grocery Coordinator; What I am most thankful for are the parents I had. After working with at-risk kids and their families. I found out that my parents were amazing.

Kim Hileman Program Director, this is one of my favorite Thanksgiving memories that I would like to share. The first time I made my Grandma’s Thanksgiving dressing recipe, all was going well until I got to the words “Trickle of Celery” in the list of ingredients. Now I had taken Home Ec in school many years ago and felt confident I knew my measurements but a Trickle of Celery? I called Grandma who told me a “trickle” was just enough and that I would know when mixing it all together. My grandma is now gone but every time I make that dressing recipe, I can hear her say “it’s just enough”.  

Peter Hafften Training Coordinator; Peter is so thankful for his beautiful wife and daughter. Their energy and sense of humor fill each day with lots laughter and new adventure. He is also thankful for the growth of his small business in 2019 and the amazing people he has had a chance enjoy the outdoors with. Peter is thankful for outstanding friends, family and co-workers who have supported the growth of his career over the past several years.

Michelle Sikkink Service Coordinator, I am thankful for my family. Even when the world seems to be spinning around me, I know that my family will always be there to support me.
  “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” -Michael J. Fox

Matt Delaini UMD Intern; As we approach Thanksgiving, I find myself thankful for a good many things - my three incredible sons, a good home, interesting work, opportunities to learn and grow, and all of the local trails and green spaces that refresh the spirit. I'm also thankful for everyone at Age Well, and the extent to which they've gone to make my internship a welcoming and immensely valuable experience.

Jeannette Lindgren Caregiver Counselor; I was lacking purpose in my life after retiring. Age Well Arrowhead has given me purpose by hiring me as their RN Caregiver Consultant. I also am thankful for our 1500 sq ft home that my husband and I purchased last year in Duluth which is perfect for us to "Age in Place" and so convenient.
Are you aging well? Let Age Well Arrowhead support you as you age gracefully!
Current needs at Age Well Arrowhead:


Groceries to Go Order Takers
Monday or Tuesday as available

Remote Groceries to Go Order Taker
Monday or Tuesday as available

Groceries to Go Shoppers
Kenwood- Wednesday

Cloquet- Wednesday
West Duluth- Thursday

Superior- Thursday

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

Debra A.
Lydia B.
Chelsea H.
Peter K.
Peyton L.
Connaught L.
Stephanie P.
Alexis P.
Jade S.
Age Well would like to thank the following volunteers for their years of dedication.
Happy Anniversary!

Debra B.
Jeff L.
John M.
Corrie P.
Katie P.
Deb R.
Catherine S.
Sheri S.
Cathy A.
Nick K.
Jeff M.
Kathy T.
Paul 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
Francine S.

100 or more hours
Lynn B.

150 or more hours
Jay H.

300 or more hours
Carol C.

Amy C.
Derrick C.
Molly C.
Laura H.
Jay H.
Patricia L.
Mary L.
Hunter M.
Michelle S.
Kim H.
Try this great Snack Recipe!
Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels


2 / 3 cup vegetable oil

½ cup sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 1-pound bag small pretzel twists

Cooking Steps

1.       Preheat oven to 300 oF

2.       In a large roasting pan, stir together the oil, sugar, and cinnamon.

3.       Add pretzels to the roasting pan and stir well to combine.

4.       Bake, uncovered, in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring twice.

5.       Spread on wax paper to cool and store in an airtight container once cool.
Get a Smoke Alarm
The American Red Cross and their partners will install free smoke alarms for those who cannot afford their own or are 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 for more information.
A few topics we are working on for the next newsletter...
Volunteer Spotlight

Memory Cafe

Winter Activities!
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!

Aging in a Social Media World

We are happy to announce that we have partnered with the University of Minnesota-Duluth to help expand Age Well Arrowhead's social media presence. Interns, Erin and Taylor have agreed to work with the Age Well Arrowhead staff to bring awareness of services through Facebook and Instagram during the month of November.

Did you know that Facebook is the largest social media network in the world with over 2.91 billion monthly users? The average user age however is only around age 40. Promoting aging services on social media platforms can be harder than one might think due to younger users. Facebook might be considered the king of social media but connecting with aging adults who need services can still be challenging.

With younger adults making up the majority of the social media users, companies like Age Well Arrowhead have welcomed new and creative ways to bring awareness of aging services. Instead of connecting directly with the aging customer, social media now allows companies to connect with adult children who are supporting aging parents. By following the Age Well Arrowhead Facebook Page people can learn about what best supports their loved ones. Some of the ways this has been done includes uploading short videos, creating events, sharing powerful images and posting customer testimonials. All of this bring awareness to the services available while increasing the social network of support.

Help support Age Well Arrowhead by following us on Facebook and Instagram!

Facebook: @agewellarrowhead

Instagram: agewellarrowhead

 Thank you to our generous donors in November. We appreciate your support of Age Well Arrowhead and those we serve.

Jennifer Smith
Holly Pillsbury
Susan Hoff


Upcoming Juniper
Leader Training!

Become a Class Leader!
A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed for older adults to manage falls and increase activity levels. Two trained coaches guide participants through learning and activities that emphasize strategies to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants show improved balance, flexibility and strength while viewing falls as controllable.

Register Now!
Starts December 5th and 6th
Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging

Register online at
by calling Peter Hafften at 218-623-7800
Caregiver Appreciation Month
Written by Jeannette Lindgren

November is National Family Caregiver Month and we want to acknowledge all caregivers. A caregiver can be a family member, a friend, a neighbor, or even a stranger.

Caregivers are sensitive and aware of the needs of others and are willing to make time or act in a way that assists, comforts, and/or encourages others. The act of care giving can be as intense as around the clock care or as simple as opening a door, carrying a bag of groceries, or making a call to just check in on a regular basis.

I observe these acts of kindness every day when I am out and around town. We all see aging adults in our community and neighborhoods who are receiving care from hard working caregivers.
Age Well Arrowhead recognizes all caregivers and wants to convey a BIG THANK YOU!

Age Well has resources to help if you know of someone that needs assistance or support call us to set up a consultation. 218-263-7800.

The Age Well Volunteer Spotlight
Recently Age Well was able to place a new volunteer with a new client needing companionship. Gus is living independently with dementia primarily supported many hours each day by his brother Donald. Donald recognized that he needed support as Gus’s only caregiver so that he didn’t get burned out and that Gus also needed some different people in his life while he can still acclimate.

Donald contacted Age Well and we assigned a volunteer, Evan, who now spends about 32 hours each month providing companionship for Gus and respite for Donald.
Per Donald, “Evan is a true gift from heaven. We couldn’t be happier with his support and the relationship that he’s developed with Gus.”

"Thank you Evan for giving of your talents and time to Age Well, Donald and Gus!"
Meet Jeannette Lindgren
Caregiver Counselor

For ten years my sister and I owned two residential care homes and provided for the resident’s needs. At the time, Assisted Living was in its infancy, and those who needed assistance had one option, which was to go to a nursing home. Seeing limited options for seniors who had basic needs such as nutritious meals, a safe and clean place to live, a way to maintain their autonomy, help navigating their health care and managing medications. We purchased two older homes to provide another option in our community. Our homes had a “homey” atmosphere with freedom to come and go and provided a feeling that someone cared and would be their advocate. Many good memories were made in those two homes and many lessons learned. To this day I am grateful.

Adapting to aging is one of the most consuming transitions in life. To help you meet the challenges of this transition a Care Consultant provides you and your caregiver with resources, education, tools and the freedom to look at your goals and create your own plan. 

With a lifetime career as a Registered Nurse, Jeannette has knowledge and experience to help you navigate the challenges. Most importantly she will listen to you in order to gain understanding of your concerns and support your plans to enable life with quality. Planning for this stage in your life is as important as the planning you do/did for your retirement. Living well, aging well not only means having a plan. It means having a well-informed plan that includes:

·          Getting organized before needs escalate.
·          Communicating your plan with family.
·          Navigating the healthcare system.
·          Caring for yourself and caring for a family member.

With 42 years’ experience in Registered Nursing and 9 years as a Certified Care Consultant, Jeannette has been trained and uses her many skills and experiences to work with you side by side to enable you to prepare for the time in your life when you can’t do it alone. 

On the personal side, Jeannette recently moved from Grand Marais, MN and now lives in Duluth with her husband and their cockapoo Maggie. They are grandparents with seven grandchildren ages 9- 2. During Jeannette's free time, she makes sour dough bread from scratch. She also has a passion for researching and using local plants and herbs for her own personal needs.
With a love for being present with the water, trees, plants, rocks, and people of the North, she and her husband plan to make Duluth their home.  
Congratulations to the City of Ely for completing Dementia Friendly at Work Training.
10 employees completed the training in November
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

Michelle Sikkink , Service Coordinator

Peter Hafften, Training Coordinator

Jayne Petrich , Groceries to Go Coordinator

Jeannette Lindgren , Caregiver Counselor

Kevin Pillsbury, President

Joe Sandbulte, Secretary

Jennifer Smith, Treasurer

Stacy Foster, Board Member

Travis Hill, Board Member