Roseville Library program will feature local services that help people stay longer in their homes

As Americans live longer than ever before, more older people — even many people with memory issues — are able to remain in their own homes much later in life than any previous generation.

One reason is that more of them are willing to take advantage of community tools, programs and services that can keep them healthier, physically safer, less isolated and more engaged with their community.

A program to explore some of those services will be offered at the Roseville Library from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 10. The program is called “Resources for Living at Home.” The library is located at 2180 Hamline Ave. N.

It’s part of the Caring & Coping series sponsored by the Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team — Roseville A/D — the Ramsey County Library system and the City of Roseville. The series explores topics related to dementia, dementia caregiving and people with cognitive impairment.

Many people decide to leave their homes when it gets difficult to keep up with cleaning, cooking, personal care and getting out of the house to do shopping, see doctors, visit friends or attend faith gatherings. But by using some community services, more older people are choosing to remain longer in their homes — the place most people say they want to live.

At the May 10 program, presenters will offer Roseville area information about transportation services, Meals on Wheels, in-home care and chore services.

Speaking about transportation will be Scott Olson, community transportation coordinator at Newtrax, Inc., a nonprofit bus firm serving seniors and people with disabilities that has started a free weekly service in Roseville and White Bear Lake. Norm Kunselman, Roseville Area Senior Program coordinator, and Katharine Tondra, St. Anthony Park Area Seniors director, will also speak.

Other presenters will include Denise Wickiser, executive director of the Senior Services Consortium of Ramsey County, talking about Meals on Wheels; Jack Zenk, president and owner of Synergy Home Care, speaking about in-home care; and Carolyn Swenson, volunteer manager at Help At Your Door, talking about home and yard chore services.

Much of the research into “successful aging” has found that people thrive better at home when they are able to exercise regularly, remove fall-hazards in the home, maintain a balanced diet, and maintain friends and activities in their communities, including family contacts and, often, faith communities.

But when should older people consider a move to a place that offers more services than they can get in their own home? That will be the topic for next month at the Roseville Library, when the Caring & Coping series offers a program called “Is It Time to Move?” That will be from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 14.


— Warren Wolfe retired from the Star Tribune, where he wrote about aging and health care policy. He is active in the Roseville A/D

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