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Living Without Limits

We all do better when we help each other grow. Learn more from these fellow Minnesotans who share their journey, their tips and their triumphs for Living Well at Home.


Facing Aging: Roxanne Cornell

South Minneapolis’ Roxanne Cornell spent her childhood in Faribault watching her parents nurture older adults in the community. Fast-forward to her mid-60s and Roxanne finds herself in that caring role – this time operating a home on the shore of Lake Nokomis for other women her own age.

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Future Planning: Dennis

Watching his own father struggle with Parkinson’s disease, 60-year-old Dennis knew the tough decisions that come when you don’t plan enough for end-of-life care. So, when the opportunity came to take more long-term care insurance, he didn’t hesitate to reduce his income for a little peace of mind in later life.

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Retirement: Grant Meidal

While turning 65 sparks thoughts of retirement for most Minnesotans, Minneapolis resident Grant Meidal took the opportunity to throw himself a party. Surrounded by more than 100 friends, the recently retired Meidal pushed through some of his stigmas around aging and discovered new insights about later life.

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Aging in Place: Irv Williams

A few months shy of his century mark on the planet, Minnesota jazz great Irv Williams found himself in a familiar spot – on stage at Minneapolis’ Dakota Jazz Club. The 99-year-old saxophonist continues to show crowds that his musical abilities know no limits at any age.

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Caregiving: Caregiver Aynalem Bedaso

Three years after moving to Minnesota from Dubai, caregiver Aynalem Bedaso’s warm heart earned her the nick name “smiling lady” at the Woodbury Senior Living facility. Meanwhile, her penchant for singing and dancing inspired residents and created an atmosphere that defies age or circumstance.

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