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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Minnesota is a great place to enjoy your golden years

Published in Senior Living, Senior Services Author: Brenda Turner

Since the baby boomers started turning 65, the U.S. elderly population is exploding. By 2050, the number of Americans 65 and older is estimated to reach 88.5 million.

If you want to be happy as you age, Minnesota is a great place to live. Minnesota ranks as the happiest state in America followed by Utah, Hawaii, California and Nebraska according to WalletHub.

To determine the happiest states, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across three key dimensions:

  1. Emotional and physical well-being
  2. Work environment
  3. Community and environment

Each state was evaluated using 28 metrics such as purpose, physical health, depression, sleep, income, credit score, volunteer rate, leisure time and safety. The analysts even gave points for ideal weather and Minnesota still was No. 1!

Studies have shown that happy people tend to be healthier. Happy people tend to eat better, sleep better, engage in physical activity, have a better immune system, deal with stress better and have lower blood pressure.

Whether you would be happier staying in your own home or being surrounded by friends, CentraCare Health can help. CentraCare has a variety of senior services to help you stay in your home or find a new home at one of our many senior living campuses.