One of the things that makes Bethlehem such a wonderful place is the rich mix of generations that we are blessed with!  Bustling children’s’ programs, youth events, young families, active professionals, retirees, and older adults make up a vibrant mix of styles, experiences, ideas, and energy.   Please explore our website, or come visit, and find out more about all the different activities and programs.

This page is dedicated to helpful resources aimed at older adults and caregivers – or anyone interested in learning more about living life to the fullest!  This is a work in progress and will have new resources added periodically – please check back often!

Eldercare resources:

Helpful resources for caregivers from the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and MN Department of Human Services

http://caregivinglink.org

The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation provides a variety of programs that help thousands of seniors remain independent and enjoy active, productive lives.

http://www.wilder.org/Programs-Services/Older-Adult-Services/Pages/default.aspx

 

Learning and Activities

The Cooperative Adult Ministry (CoAM) gathers persons and resources from participating congregations and the general community to serve the needs and apply the talents of older adults.  Regular programs and seminars (Ask Dave Swanson for more info)

http://trustinc.org/programs/coam/

Bethlehem will be hosting occasional seminars on topics of interest to older adults.  Here is a link to resources from a recent talk on Computer Security for Older Adults by Dan Cummings and Dave Swanson at CoAM that we look forward to presenting at Bethlehem soon

http://learn.bethlehemcov.org/coam-computer-safety/

 

Health and Wellness

Try a class designed specifically for older adults—and they are free for Y members. There’s no need to register ahead of time—join Group Exercise classes at any time.  Y Membership is free for seniors by many participating health plans.  Click to find out more.

https://www.ymcamn.org/locations/minneapolis_downtown_ymca/health__fitness/foreverwell

SilverSneakers Program

https://www.silversneakers.com

Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors

http://longfellowsewardhs.org

Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/LongfellowSeward-Healthy-Seniors-220573264654991/

A link dedicated to providing seniors, family members, and caregivers with news, tips, articles, and information pertaining to everyday living, housing, and other relevant issues that affect today’s Seniors.

http://www.mnseniorsonline.com/livingnewsinfo.html

Inspiration – good to be strong and never too old to work out.

http://nbcnews.to/2h3y8vG

 

Spiritual Resources

“Our spirituality is the core of who we are and our way of being in the world. The following is a list of suggested spiritual practices that can deepen our awareness of the essential spiritual nature of life and provide a framework for navigating aging with grace and zest.”

http://covenantcompanion.com/2015/08/26/top-10-spiritual-practices-for-older-adults/

 

Homecare Services

TRUST’s Chore Program provides household chore and maintenance services to seniors (over 60) and disabled persons of all ages living in South and Southwest Minneapolis .

http://trustinc.org/programs/chore-program/

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Many opportunities to get involved and give back!

http://www.ghm.org/hands-on-projects

http://www.mnseniorsonline.com/volunteer-opportunities.html