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Faith in Action, other orgs discussed aging at Back to Basics

Pictured, from left, are: Natalie Brown, Heartland Hospice; Rachel Huntington, Good Samaritan Society; Sarah Melberg, Good Samaritan Society; and Theresa Eclov, Faith in Action for Cass County, who presented “Riding the Wild Currents of Aging” at Back to Basics Jan. 27, in Pine River. Submitted Photo 1 / 2
Theresa Eclov, executive director of Faith in Action for Cass County, provides information on the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program during Back to Basics 2018 in Pine River. Submitted Photo2 / 2

Planning ahead for retirement and beyond can greatly affect the quality of life for the aging. Planning guides, options for housing, home care and community support, transition and crisis management, and hospice were all covered in the "Riding the Wild Currents of Aging" session at Back to Basics Jan. 27, in Pine River.

Theresa Eclov, of Faith in Action for Cass County; Rachel Huntington and Sarah Melberg, of Good Samaritan Society; and Natalie Brown, of Heartland Hospice, presented a great variety of information and answered questions in a panel discussion. The primary message was the importance of making plans and preparing for some "what ifs." Everyone aged 18 and over should have a durable power of attorney and a health care directive in place. Those who anticipate aging at home should take some time to discover the local resources available to lend support.

For more information on Back to Basics, visit

Faith in Action for Cass County is a community-based, nonprofit organization providing nonmedical assistance to older adults, veterans, adults with disabilities, and other individuals experiencing difficult circumstances, including caregivers in need of support. Volunteers provide transportation, respite breaks for caregivers, friendly visiting or phone reassurance, light housekeeping and chore services, install grab bars and build accessibility ramps, and make connections with other local resources. For more information about speakers, services or volunteering for Faith in Action, call 218-675-5435 or visit