Actively aging: Local seniors keep their minds keen through volunteer work

September 11, 2017
The Detroit Lakes (MN)

For some senior citizens, volunteering is a simple pastime used to fill space in lieu of a nine-to-five job. For others, though, it's practically a second career. Marion Jacobson, who turns 90 years old this November, laughs heartily--and often--speaks openly and could fill an entire resume with the volunteer work she's done. She's been volunteering for over three decades, after all. "My husband and I started getting involved back in 1984," she said. "I'll do it for as long as I can. I just love it." Jacobson has volunteered in nearly any context imaginable, from working the AARP booth at the local county fair to planning the first ever Pumpkin Fest with the Lake Park Garden Club. She even leads an exercise class for seniors at the Lake Park City Center.

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