February, 2020 Newsletter
February Health Minute by Board Member Linda Melcher

Are you a Caregiver?

According to Mirriam-webster dictionary, a caregiver is “a person who provides direct care for children, elderly people, or the chronically ill.”  ( If you are a spouse, child, relative or friend who is providing care for another person then you may be considered their caregiver.  As a spouse often you are the last to realize or acknowledge that they are the caregiver.  

Often caregivers quickly find out they do not have answers to their questions and may not know where to start looking for these answers.  You are not alone.  When Dr. Kleinman, a professor of medical anthropology and psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, became the caregiver for his wife who had developed Alzheimer’s disease he often felt “frustrated and defeated – both by periodic emergencies…and the everyday work of care.”   Dr. Kleinman says, “Through my work as a psychiatrist, medical anthropologist and teacher, I was fairly familiar with the workings of our health-care system, but not until I became one of the estimated 40–50 million Americans acting as family caregivers did I understand the tragic inadequacies of America’s system for providing care for the chronically ill.”  (Kleinman; 2019) 

Support is important for caregivers because they need to take care of themselves in order to continue to provide support for the person they are caring for.   The Senior LinkAge Line (1-800-333-2433) is a great place to begin.  Senior LinkAge provides resources for caregivers to help “examine options, create a plan for your caregiving tasks and maintain balance in your life. Services include caregiver consultant/coach, family meetings, caregiver support groups, caregiver education and adult respite care.”   Metropolitan Caregiver Service Collaborative has many resources available such as:  a six-week class, Powerful Tools for Caregivers and is available throughout Minnesota. Class titles are:  1:Taking Care of You; 2: Identifying and Reducing Personal Stress;  3:Communicating Feelings, Needs, and Concerns;  4:Communicating in Challenging Situations;  5: Learning from Our Emotions;  and, 6:Mastering Caregiving.  ( 

Well Spouse Association ( is another resource that has a Twin Cities presence. Their resources include face-to-face support groups, telephone support groups, and respite weekends, among other supports. Other resources for caregiver support can often be found through organizations that support a specific disease.  The Well Spouse Association says, “It takes one to know one! Peer support is the best way to go…” Friends and family can provide support for the caregiver by being a good listener and being available to help or find help.  Help for the caregiver may come from therapists, doctors, nurses, counselors or religious leaders.
2020 Census Coming in March – Expect a New Look
Watch for information on the 2020 census that will be mailed to you between March 12-20, 2020. Expect the census to look different than in the past as this is the first census with an option to respond electronically. 
Most people in the Twin Cities Metro will not initially receive a paper census form. The mailing (most likely a post card) that you receive will include instructions for responding to the census online or via phone. If you do not easily have access to respond via internet, you can follow the instructions to respond by calling a phone number where you will be connected with a person to record your information.
If you would prefer a paper questionnaire you can call the phone number on your post card, or wait until April 8th when paper forms will be mailed to people who have not yet responded.
Important funding to our community is depending on everyone responding to the census. Missing just one person in the census will results in loss of federal funding of thousands of dollars over the 10 years until the next census.  Because of the change in how the census is being done, Como Park / Falcon Heights Living at Home Block Nurse Program does not want to take any chance on missing anyone. It is especially important to get a complete count of people 65 + as that affects funding for services to help people stay living at home.
House Paws Home Veterinary Care is a mobile veterinary practice that travels to the greater Twin Cities area. Our in-home veterinary services give you access to quality health care for your pets while eliminating the stress and anxiety that often occur with a trip to the clinic. We have two vans on the road, each with a veterinarian and technician. Our staff delivers patient-oriented, compassionate and friendly veterinary care for your pets in the comfort of your own home. Schedule an appointment with us today and discover the many benefits that a home visit offers!
Blood Pressure Clinics

Time and locations of blood pressure clinics are changing.  Please call Lisa at 651-642-1127 for more information.
Our Mission: 
The Block Nurse Program link older adults in the Como Park/Falcon Heights area with community resources, using staff and volunteers.  Our services support independence, increase opportunities for socialization and promote safety for adults as they age.
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1376 Hoyt Ave. W.  
St. Paul, MN 55108

Our program is made possible by funding from:
MN Department of Human Services - Live Well At Home Grant
Ramsey County
City of Falcon Heights 
St Paul City Council, Ward 5 - Councilmember Amy Brendmoen
Stevens Square Grant
Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging
Community Development Block Grant
Otto Bremmer Trust
Individual/Private Donors


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