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Older Adult Mental Health Video Training Series Available

Mental and behavioral health are increasing challenges for many residents of our settings. Tools to equip staff to serve individuals with these challenges and be knowledgeable in de-escalation techniques are valuable. You can better understand older adult mental illness and learn new skills with this free, three-episode video training series funded by a grant from the Stratis Health Building Healthier Communities Program.

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National Nurses Month Week 3: Professional Development

May is National Nurses Month! Every year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) celebrates National Nurses Month to promote, support, and honor the varying roles of nurses and the positive impacts they make in our communities every day.

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Begin Planning Your 2022 Safe Care Pledge Event

Safe Care begins with you and your communities every day in all that you do. Begin planning to hold a Safe Care "Living the Pledge Every Day" Event in June or July to celebrate and renew your commitment to respect, dignity, safety, and quality of life for those we serve.

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University of MN and Rainbow Health Seek Input from LGBT Older Adults

The University of Minnesota and Rainbow Health are partnering on a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health to improve the experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) older adults in assisted living and nursing homes.

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Celebrate Week 2 of National Nurses Month

Every year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) celebrates National Nurses Month in May to promote, support, and honor the varying roles of nurses and the positive impacts they make in our communities every day.

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Today, May 12, is International Nurses Day!

Join us in an around-the-world celebration of International Nurses Day! The International Council of Nurses (ICN) celebrates International Nurses Day (IND) on May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, to bring greater awareness and appreciation to the nursing profession.

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Heidi Simpson Announces her Retirement from LeadingAge Minnesota

After almost 44 years with LeadingAge Minnesota, Heidi Simpson has announced she will be retiring this year effective Aug. 1. While she will be deeply missed, we are also excited for Heidi and her family as they embark on this new journey!

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Celebrate How Seniors “Age My Way” During Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month (OAM), a national celebration established in 1963 to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended the nation. We celebrate and honor older adults and all their contributions every day.

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Celebrate National Nurses Week and Month this May

Every year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) celebrates National Nurses Week, May 6-12, to promote, support, and honor the varying roles of nurses and the positive impacts they make in our communities every day. This year, ANA expanded National Nurses Week to National Nurses Month in May to show gratitude for the invaluable contributions of nurses all month long.

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Safe Care Begins with You in 2022

After over two years of COVID-19, we invite you to join us in the latest Safe Care Living the Pledge activity, called “Living the Pledge Every Day.” In a few weeks, we will share easy-to-use tools and resources to refocus on the key components of the Safe Care Pledge through monthly activities that you can bring to your community. They will help your organization celebrate and renew your commitment to respect, dignity, safety, and quality of life for those we serve.

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Free Sign-up Now Open for Minnesota Geriatrics ECHO

Free sign-up for Minnesota Geriatrics ECHO is now open to LeadingAge Minnesota members.

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Practice Self Care by Removing Figurative Masks

Humans are wired for genuine social connection. People who are more isolated than they want to be find they are less happy, their health declines earlier in midlife, their brain functioning declines sooner, and they live shorter lives than people who are not lonely. To realize the benefits of our social connections, we need to be our true selves and take off the figurative masks of who we think we need to be and be who we are.

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Last Chance! Participate in Careers in Aging Week by Promoting Your Open Positions with AgingServicesJOBS.org

This week, April 17-23, is Careers in Aging Week! The Gerontological Society of American hosts Careers in Aging Week every year to bring greater awareness and visibility to the wide-ranging career opportunities in the aging services field.

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Scholarships Available Through LeadingAge MN Foundation: Deadline May 16

Workforce challenges have become even more acute in the wake of COVID-19. One way to retain the caregivers and staff you have is to help them achieve their higher education goals and advance their careers within the aging services field where they are so needed. To that end, the LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation offers educational scholarships to eligible caregivers and other employees of our member organizations for 2022.

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Practice Self Care by Not Chasing Happiness

If you ask anyone what they want more than anything for themselves or their loved ones, they will likely say happiness. We all seem to chase happiness throughout our lives. But did you know that the keys to long-lasting happiness, health and longevity come from these three components: being grateful, being content, and having quality relationships.

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MAGIC Releases Updated Standing House Orders for Nursing Homes

The Minnesota Association of Geriatric Inspired Clinicians (MAGIC) completed the 2022 revision to the suggested nursing home standing house orders (SHOs).

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Participate in Careers in Aging Week by Promoting Your Open Positions with AgingServicesJOBS.org

Participate in Careers in Aging Week, April 17-23, by posting your organization's open positions to AgingServicesJobs.Org! Post today and receive a reduced rate of $39 per posting using the coupon code Aging2021 (typically $99 per posting). This discount will be available to all members for a limited time as we recognize this critical time in building our workforce.

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Funding Available for Senior Living Culinary Manager Course at Saint Paul College through the Pipeline Dual Training Grant

The Pipeline Dual Training Grant is accepting applications until April 12 for employers interested in leveraging the Minnesota Office of Higher Education’s Pipeline dual training model of pairing on-the-job training with related instruction. Applicants can train workers for one of more than 75 eligible occupations of the Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline, including Senior Living Culinary Managers.

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Pipeline Dual Training Grant Applications Due April 12

The Pipeline Dual Training Grant Applications will be accepted through April 12 for up to $150,000 in grants to help employers build dual-training programs. The Pipeline Dual Training Grant, managed by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, is available for employers in four select industries—including health care services—interested in leveraging Dual-Training Pipeline's model of pairing on-the-job training with related instruction to generate a comprehensive platform for learning.

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Practice Self Care through Fostering Social Connections

The best predictor of your overall health, happiness and longevity is how good your social relationships are. More than 80 years ago, Harvard researchers set out to answer the question "What makes a good life?" by studying the same group of men year after year and decade after decade.

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