Next Free Webcast – Loss, Grief, and Aging in a COVID World – May 13th at Noon

Earn 1 hr. CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is an approved Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)

By: Gary Roe, Th.M., M.A., Hospice Chaplain, Grief Specialist , author of over a dozen books and 700 articles

Handout – Loss Grief Aging in a COVID World – 5.13.21

We all experience significant loss in life – “deaths” of varying depth and intensity including disappointments, moves, rejections, estrangements, failures, health issues, physical decline, and the loss of people along the way. These losses impact us in ways we’re not aware of, influencing our relationships, overall wellness, and quality of life. As we age, our losses tend to pile up and the weight of our life experiences can be heavy. COVID has added a confusing and complicated layer to all of this, deepening our grief and adding to our already large burden of anxiety and depression. How we deal with these challenges matters deeply – to us and to all those around us. We’ll tackle these demanding issues, and then explore how we can personally navigate loss in healthy ways and help others do the same.


  • Define loss and the grief process (it’s about far more than death).
  • Describe the incredible impact of loss in our lives.
  • Explore loss and grief in the context of the aging process.
  • Describe how COVID has complicated our lives and the grief process.
  • Suggest practical steps we can take to navigate loss, grief, aging, and COVID in healthy ways and help others do the same.

Sponsored by:

Gary Roe is the multiple award-winning author of more than a dozen books including Comfort for the Grieving Spouse’s Heart, Shattered: Surviving the Loss of a Child, and Aftermath: Picking Up the Pieces After a Suicide. Gary’s books have won three international book awards and have been named as finalists eight times. He has been featured on Dr. Laura, The Daily Positive, Wellness, Belief Net, Thrive Global, and other national media. A trusted and compassionate voice in grief recovery, Gary currently serves as a chaplain and grief counselor for Hospice Brazos Valley in central Texas. Known for his engaging style and sense of humor, he is also a popular speaker at a wide variety of venues. Visit him at

Upcoming Free Webcast – Assisted Living Licensure: What to Do if You Work with Older Adults – June 24th at noon

Earn 2 hr. CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is an approved Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)

By: Lindsey Krueger, Home Care and Assisted Living, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH); Sean Burke, Consultant, O’Connell Consulting; Aisha Elmquist, Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care, Minnesota Board on Aging; and Elissa Schley, Senior Linkage Line, Minnesota Board on Aging

NOTE: This is a two hour webinar, noon – 2 pm

Click here to register now!

The Minnesota Department of Health and facilities across the state are starting the process of transitioning to an assisted living licensure system in preparation for the new Assisted Living licensure that will begin on August 1, 2021.  Throughout the course of this two- hour session, participants will learn from four panelists about the basic changes coming with the new assisted living licensure law, and what it means for residents in Minnesota’s housing and long-term care settings as well as for those serving and supporting the residents. An extra With an extra hour planned, Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the four panelists.

Objectives for participants:

  • Learn about the capacity and requirements for sites to obtain Assisted Living Licensure, following a brief review of the path taken to revise the licensing system.
  • Review expectations among residents, resident advocates and loved ones as the licensure transition occurs.
  • Understand consumer protections under the new assisted living license, including protections against retaliation and contract terminations.
  • Confirm Senior LinkAge Line’s supportive role and resources, available through the transition.


Lindsey Krueger, RN, MN Dept of Health

Lindsey Krueger is the director of the Office of Health Facilities Complaints (OHFC), current program manager for the Home care and Assisted Living Program (HCLP) and overseeing the implementation of Assisted Living Licensure. Lindsey has been with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for over 5 years. Lindsey is a registered nurse with previous experience working in the acute and long-term care settings.  Since April 2020, Lindsey has helped lead MDH’s COVID-19 response for long-term care


Sean Burke, JD, O’Connell Consulting

Sean Burke is a consultant and lobbyist with O’Connell Consulting, LLC. A graduate of Creighton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, Sean has worked as an attorney at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, the Minnesota Disability Law Center, and as the Public Policy Director with Minnesota Elder Justice Center.

Sean has a decade of experience advocating for individual clients and systemic changes on topics including vulnerable adult maltreatment prevention, disability advocacy, Medicaid and health care access, health care appeals, consumer protection issues, housing advocacy and eviction defense, guardianship issues, and more.

Outside of his work at the Capitol, Sean can be found at his home in South Minneapolis, attempting to keep up with his twin five-year children.

Aisha Elmquist, JD, Deputy Ombudsman,  Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care  

Prior to joining the Ombudsman office, Aisha Elmquist was an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP, and Fox Rothschild LLP.  She clerked for Judge John R. Tunheim of the United States District Court, District of Minnesota.  Aisha held a Borchard Fellowship in Law and Aging and represented older adults experiencing housing discrimination.  Aisha holds a BA from Carleton College and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

Elissa Schley,  Options Counseling Policy Analyst, Senior LinkAge Line

Elissa Schley has been a part of Minnesota’s Senior LinkAge Line since 2001 and has been with the Minnesota Board on Aging’s team that oversees the service since 2007. Currently she is the product manager who oversees the housing with services counseling done by the Senior LinkAge Line. Elissa has helped develop and launch several key pieces of the Senior LinkAge Line system including the Return to Community initiative in 2009, Pre-Admission Screening in 2013 and was lead of the Long-Term Care Consultation Expansion Service in 2014. Elissa lives in Mora, MN with her husband and two children.