January, 2020 Newsletter
Mission Statement
Connecting older adults and caregivers to services that support healthy aging and independence
We've Come a Long Way!

Staying Active in Winter

Grocery Shopping with Becca

Keeping a New Years Resolution

Top 10 U.S Vacation Destinations

Newly Elected Board Members

Volunteer Spotlight

Recipe of the Month: Oven Baked BBQ Ribs

Dementia Friendly Businesses

Do you have an idea?
We’ve Come a Long Way!
Mary Bovee
Executive Director

Age Well Arrowhead began providing services to older adults and caregivers in 2014. At that time only a handful of services were provided (care consultation and caregiver counseling) to about 20 clients as the organization was new and employed 2 part time staff. Over time, Age Well has grown substantially and developed numerous new programs and services identified as vital to increasing health and independence for older adults. Our logo has been a guide for service offering types. The four colors of the logo represent four service categories. This has allowed us to focus on the needs of care receivers, caregivers, and the community.

The four service categories provided today, and their direct services include:
Care Consultation: Conducting a Live Well at Home Risk Screen to determine safety issues and memory concerns that require immediate action and planning, creating customized care plans to reduce risk and isolation and increase health and independence, identifying community resources, and arranging for additional services and supports as needed as evidence by results of ongoing, regularly scheduled risk assessments. We also provide transition services that includes assisting with planning and preparing for a move to a senior living facility or nursing home.
Caregiver Counseling: Conducting risk screens for caregivers to determine the level of support needed so they can provide care while reducing their stress and increasing their health and well-being. Creating plans that identify respite options, community supports and resources, facilitating family meetings, and providing one-on-one customized counseling for caregivers.
Help in the Home: Grocery shopping and delivery, transportation, companionship, house cleaning, filling out paperwork, shoveling, lawn mowing, raking, gardening, painting, and trimming.
Training: Dementia training for businesses, evidence-based programs: Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH), and Powerful Tools for Caregivers.

In 2019 Age Well Arrowhead made significant progress towards our mission including:
·    Providing services to over 350 clients. (Twice as many as 2018)
·    Shopping and delivering over 1,575 grocery orders. (Three times more than 2018)
·    Providing 575 rides to medical appointments. (Three times more than 2018)
·    Building a network of 130 active volunteers providing support to our clients. (Twice as many as 2018)
·    Providing 10 different services to meet the needs of older adults and caregivers.

Thank you to the following Age Well staff for a tremendously successful 2019.
Kim Hileman Program Director
Peter Hafften Volunteer Coordinator
Jayne Petrich Grocery Coordinator
Michelle Sikkink Service Coordinator
Jeannette Lindgren Caregiver Counselor

Thank you to the following Age Well Arrowhead Board of Directors
Kevin Pillsbury, Joe Sandbulte, Jennifer Smith, Travis Hill, Stacie Foster, and Susan Waldie.

We are very excited to achieve even more in 2020! 
Newly Elected Age Well Arrowhead Board Officers
Board Chair- Joe Sandbulte 
Board Treasurer- Jennifer Smith 
Board Secretary- Travis Hill 
Newly appointed Director Susan Waldie
Associate Attorney
Johnson, Killen & Seiler, P.A.
Stay Active this Winter!

Winter in Minnesota can be a long and cold season. Feelings of cabin fever can often over take us as the snow piles up outside our windows. These feelings can be avoided by staying active and enjoying some of the activities that are offered at home and in the Duluth Area. Some members of the Age Well Arrowhead team took the time to share their best ways to enjoy winter indoors and out!

Mary B, Executive Director-Winter provides me an opportunity to get outdoors and snowshoe with my friends and family. We have a wonderful trail that runs 2 miles though our neighborhood. Now that it is getting lighter, I strap on my snowshoes when I get home from work and take a hike with my husband and our dogs. It is a great way to unwind after a busy day and to get some fresh air. We hope to extend the trail connecting us to more neighborhoods. It a great workout and helps me connect with my neighbors. 

Peter H, Volunteer Coordinator- One of the activities I enjoy most in the winter is ice fishing. I am happy to go ice fishing alone or with others. Most recently I had fun bringing my daughter and wife out fishing in our new fish house. We recently enjoyed the warm fish house, comfortable seating, and even left with enough fish to have a fish fry! In my opinion, ice fishing offers a great time outside with the crisp temperature and can be relaxing, enjoyable, and provide a great meal.

Michelle S, Service Coordinator-In the winter, I enjoy doing yoga and Pilates in my house with a space heater and an essential oil diffuser on. Staying active and participating in healthy habits keeps me motivated throughout the long winter months. These activities also help me to keep a positive outlook and avoid some of the negativity that comes along with being stuck inside for the entirety of a Duluth winter, as well as getting me excited for the beautiful spring and summer in Duluth. Sometimes, my dogs even like to join in the fun and try their paws at yoga. 

Jeannette L, Caregiver Counselor-I actually like to shovel snow! I really like to plan out how I shovel and create a terracing system due to my height. This allows me to place more snow along my side walk. On my driveway I like to leave the rock edging uncovered so I can see them when driving. The rocks also create warmth and help melt some of the snow way from the driveway. I have always enjoyed the time outside and this provides good exercise too!

“We’re here to help” Let us know what you need. Call 623-7800 today!

Current needs at Age Well Arrowhead:

Companion Services

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!

Kellie W.
Nick L.
Kim. C.
Michelle S.
Age Well would like to thank the following volunteers for their years of dedication.
Happy Anniversary!

Sharon L.
Ted A.
Bethany E.
Paul 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!

100 or more hours
Fracine S.

200 or more hours
Colin R.

300 or more hours
Carol C.

Jenna G.
David H.
Grace K.
Chloe O.
Corrie P.
Katie P.
Peter H.
Try this great Dinner Recipe!
Fall Off the Bone Ribs
Oven Style


2 ½ pounds of baby back pork ribs

Salt and black pepper

Zesty BBQ Sauce

Cooking Steps

1.       Heat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit

2.       Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs

3.       Season both sides of the ribs with a generous amount of salt and pepper. Place the ribs, meat side up, in a large roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet

4.       Cover the pan or baking sheet tightly with aluminum foil, and then bake until the meat falls easily from the bones, approximately 3-4 hours

5.       While the ribs are baking, make the barbecue sauce
a.       Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat
b.        Add the onions and cook until soft and translucent, 5-8 minutes. Stir in the cumin and cook for an additional 30 seconds
c.       Add the ketchup, hot chili sauce, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine, season with salt and then cook for 2 more minutes.
d.        Set barbecue sauce aside while ribs finish roasting

6.       Remove ribs from the oven and discard aluminum foil. Generously brush both sides of the ribs with your homemade barbecue sauce

7.       (Optional) Move an oven rack closer to the top of the oven and broil the ribs for 3-4 minutes until the barbecue sauce begins to caramelize

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 getasmokealarm.org for more information.
A few topics we are working on for the next newsletter...
Volunteer Spotlight

Spring Fever

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!

Grocery Shopping with Becca

Our Grocery's To Go shopping service is growing and we have had the assistance of many great new volunteers. One volunteer that we were excited to have join us recently was Becca Sash. We have worked closely with Becca for years through her employment at Blue Cross Blue Shield and were delighted when she contacted us to become a grocery shopper! Her positive attitude and willingness to learn was a perfect addition to our team while we shopped at the Super One Foods in Superior, WI. Becca also shared with us a review of her experience and we are delighted to share it with everyone!

"A few weeks ago I had the awesome privilege of volunteering with Age Well Arrowhead and their Groceries to Go service. What a great experience! To start with, the staff at Age Well are wonderful. They are a dedicated and compassionate team. The clients are also so amazing. They are so appreciative and kind. I had three people on my grocery run and each one of them were fabulous. It felt good to know I was truly improving their day and getting them the groceries they need. Now, I’m hooked! I am on a 6-week rotation for Groceries to Go as a shopper. If you want a volunteer activity that will make your heart smile, try this, you won’t regret it." -Becca Sash

Want to become a volunteer grocery shopper for Age Well Arrowhead and join our team? Contact Peter Hafften at 218-623-7804 or email him at peterh@agewellarrowhead.org
We need your help in 2020 as a volunteer at Age Well Arrowhead. We are in need of Companion, grocery shopping, homemaker, and transportation volunteers. Join our team and help seniors in your community this year!

Learn details at agewellarrowhead.org or call Peter at 218-623-7804
 Thank you to our generous donors in January. We appreciate your support of Age Well Arrowhead and those we serve.


Keeping a New Years Resolution
Research has shown that about half of all adults make New Year’s resolutions. However, fewer than 10% manage to keep them for more than a  few months .
The most common resolutions are: losing weight, doing more exercise, quitting smoking and saving money.
The main reason that people don’t stick to their resolutions is that they set too many or they’re unrealistic to achieve. They may also be victims of “false hope syndrome”.  False hope syndrome is characterized by a person’s unrealistic expectations about the likely speed, amount, ease and consequences of changing their behavior.
To change your day-to-day behavior you also have to change your thinking. But there are tried and tested ways that can help people stick to their resolutions – here are my personal favorites:

Be realistic . You need to begin by making resolutions that you can keep and that are practical. Also, breaking up the longer-term goal into more manageable short-term goals can be beneficial and more rewarding. The same principle can be applied to exercise or eating more healthily.

Do one thing at a time . One of the easiest routes to failure is to have too many resolutions. If you want to be fitter and healthier, do just one thing at a time. Give up drinking. Give up smoking. Join a gym. Eat more healthily. But don’t do them all at once, just choose one and do your best to stick to it. Once you have got one thing under your control, you can begin a second resolution.

Be SMART . Anyone working in a job that includes setting goals will know that goals should be SMART, that is, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. Resolutions shouldn’t be any different. Connecting the resolution to a specific goal can also be motivating, for example, dropping a dress size or losing two inches off your waistline in time for the next summer holiday.

Tell someone your resolution . Letting family and friends know that you have a New Year’s resolution that you really want to keep will act as both a safety barrier and a face-saver. If you really want to cut down smoking or drinking, real friends won’t put temptation in your way and can help monitor your behavior. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and support from those around you.

Change your behavior with others. Trying to change habits on your own can be difficult. For instance, if you and your partner both smoke, drink and eat unhealthily, it is really hard for one partner to change their behavior if the other is still engaged in the same old bad habits. By having the same resolution, such as going on a diet, the chances of success will improve.

Don’t Limit Yourself Changing your behavior, or some aspect of it, doesn’t have to be restricted to the start of the New Year. It can be anytime.

Accept lapses as part of the process. It’s inevitable that when trying to give up something (alcohol, cigarettes, junk food) that there will be lapses. You shouldn’t feel guilty about giving in to your cravings but accept that it is part of the learning process. Bad habits can take years to become ingrained and there are no quick fixes in making major lifestyle changes. If you think this all sounds like too much hard work and that it’s not worth making resolutions to begin with, bear in mind that people who make New Year’s resolutions are  ten times  more likely to achieve their goals than those who don’t.

Article: Mark Griffiths , Director of the International Gaming Research Unit and Professor of Behavioral Addiction,  Nottingham Trent University
The Age Well Volunteer Spotlight
This month Age Well Arrowhead wants to give recognition and appreciation to one of our grocery shoppers, Peter K.

Peter has been one of the most reliable and thorough shoppers we have had during December and January. His attention to detail, flexibility, and willingness to work closely with the Age Well clients has been incredible!

"Thank you Peter K." -Age Well Arrowhead team
Top Ten Vacation Destinations in US
Dreaming of a warm vacation? Try these popular warm destinations in 2020!


Congratulations to the St. Paul's Episcopal Church for completing Dementia Friendly at Work Training.
Employees and members completed the training in December 2019
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

Joe Sandbulte, Chair

Jennifer Smith, Treasurer

Travis Hill, Secretary

Stacy Foster, Director

Susan Waldie, Director