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Senior briefs- Nov. 15

November is Family Caregiver Month

In an effort to raise awareness about family caregivers and the impact of caregiving upon our communities, and to honor those family caregivers, Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed November as Family Caregiver Month.

Family caregivers are the foundation of Minnesota’s long-term care system and a primary source of support for older adults and others with chronic conditions or disabilities living in Minnesota communities. Spouses, relatives, partners and friends provide a broad range of assistance that is critical to supporting independence and self-sufficiency, while delaying or preventing placement in institutional settings.

Minnesota’s 679,000 family caregivers provide more than 649 million hours or unpaid care per year, a tremendous resource to the state that is valued at $8.2 billion dollars, exceeding Minnesota’s total federal and state expenditures on Medicaid.

Every day family caregivers demonstrate extraordinary love, dedication, and courage in helping family and friends. This ranges from assistance with personal care, managing medications, and serving as an advocate during medical appointments or hospitalizations, to household chores, companionship and emotional support.

The State of Minnesota acknowledges the challenges faced by caregivers and highlights the resources available to help them in performing their important work, such as the Senior LinkAge Line and home and community-based services including respite care, caregiver training and education, caregiver consulting, memory care programs and related supports.

Family caregivers can find support from many organizations, including Faith in Action for Cass County and Lutheran Social Services Caregiver and Respite Program. Faith in Action volunteers assist caregivers by providing friendly visits and respite care, homemaking, chores, meal delivery, home repair, ramp building, and transportation to medical appointments, grocery store, food shelf or other errands. LSS Caregiver and Respite Program sponsors Caregiver Support Groups, caregiver coaching, and volunteers who can provide respite, giving the caregiver a break from caregiving around the clock.

For more information on how Faith in Action or the LSS Caregiver and Respite Program can assist you or someone in your family with caregiver support, or if you would like information on how you can help, please contact Faith in Action at (218) 675-5435 or (866) 675-5435. Or you can check out the website at www.faithinactioncass. com.

Events set Nov. 22 at Little Falls Senior Center

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Senior Center will celebrate Thanksgiving Day with a dance Nov. 22. Live music will be by Social Security Express at 10 a.m., with a meal to follow at 11:45 a.m. People are encouraged to make reservations before noon the previous day by calling (320) 632-8200 or between 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday or from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday.

The center also is planning several activities in December, starting with a Snow Flake Dance is planned at 3 p.m. Dec. 1 with live music by Walt Monson and Friends. A meal will be served at 5 p.m.

The center’s boutique, bake sale and pancake, sausage and egg breakfast and craft sale from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Cost is $5 for adults; age 6-10 is $2.50 and age 5 and under is free.

The center’s Christmas party will be held at 2:30 p.m. dec. 15 with live music by Jerry Bierschbach. A meal will be served at 5 p.m.

For more information on the events or to become a member, call the senior center at (320) 632-8009 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.