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Senior Housing and Services Provider Ecumen Welcomes Jim Klobuchar to Its Changing Aging Blog
Date:12/9/2008

Pulitzer Prize Nominee and Adventure Traveler is a testament to successful aging

Shoreview, MN (PRWEB) December 9, 2008 -- Aging services and senior housing provider Ecumen, one of the country's largest non-profit senior housing companies, is pleased to announce that Jim Klobuchar, a veteran journalist and Pulitzer Prize nominee, will be a monthly contributor to Ecumen's Changing Aging blog, a forum dedicated to sharing ideas, news, innovations and opinions that are changing the views of aging in America.

Changing Aging content is diverse, ranging from Successful Aging Profiles of people such as Jean Marino, who sky dived for the first time on her 80th birthday to new technologies helping people live independently to public policy discussions on transforming long-term care financing.

In 45 years of daily journalism, Jim Klobuchar's commentary and reportage ranged from presidential campaigns to a trash collector's ball. He has written from the floor of a tent in the middle of Alaska, from helicopters, from the summit ridge of the Eiger in the Alps and from the edge of a sand trap. He was invited to lunch by royalty and to a fist fight by the late Minnesota Viking football coach, Norm Van Brocklin.

As an energetic builder of communities, he has found a way to teach football clinics for women and to lead 500-mile bike rides. In the 1970s he organized a non-denominational church service in a hockey arena for Minnesota pro football fans who felt spiritually deprived before the noon kickoff at the adjacent Metropolitan Stadium next door. A few years later he organized the unthinkable--a weekend canoe trip for 90 teenagers in northern Minnesota. According to all accounts, all survived, including the leader.
    
He "retired" in 1996. His journalism since has included periodic commentary and reports in the Christian Science Monitor, among them his coverage of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. For his reportage and writing, the Monitor in 2003 nominated him for the Pulitzer Prize in journalism. He also leads Jim Klobuchar Travels, which organizes adventure travel and more conventional travels.

"We are honored to welcome Jim Klobuchar to Ecumen's Changing Aging blog," said Eric Schubert, Ecumen vice president, communications and public affairs. "Our readers will enjoy his insights, his stories and his first-person experiences of living life to the fullest."

Klobuchar's posted his first post on Ecumen's Changing Aging blog this week and will post monthly. Visit Ecumen's Changing Aging blog for articles by Klobuchar and more ideas, news, innovations and opinions that are changing aging.

About Ecumen:
Ecumen (www.ecumen.org) is based in Shoreview, Minn., and is one of the largest non-profit senior housing, services and development companies in the United States. The name Ecumen comes from the word ecumenical, which in turn is derived from the Greek word for home: "Oikos". Ecumen's mission is to create "home" for older adults wherever they choose to live. Ecumen is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and has 4,000 team members. Ecumen writes about news and ideas that are shaping the future of aging services at its Changing Aging blog: http://www.ecumen.org/changing-aging/.

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