Linda Giersdorf, Executive Director of MNRAAA to Retire

Linda Giersdorf has announced her retirement as the Executive Director of the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA).

In her 35 years of service to the MNRAAA, Linda has served in a variety of positions advancing from an entry level position to executive director; the position she has held for the past 25 years. Through her work she has demonstrated her commitment to enriching the lives of all people and her passion for older adults, caregivers and all those who serve and support them. Linda has been the chair of the Minnesota Association of Area Agencies on Aging (m4A) since 2014. She has been an active member and former treasurer of the Minnesota Social Services Association (MSSA) and a board member of the Chesley Center on Aging.

“Working on behalf of MNRAAA’s mission to provide advocacy, information, resources and assistance so that older adults can maintain the lifestyle of their choice has been a rewarding career,” Linda said. “I am proud of our Board of Directors and to our talented staff for their commitment to fulfilling MNRAAA’s mission.  It has been my privilege to lead this multi-faceted and amazing organization.”

Linda has played an active role in effecting change throughout her years of service. She has supported and advocated for older adults to thrive in southwest Minnesota and maintain the lifestyle of their choice.  As the executive director for MNRAAA and the chair of m4A, she advocated for the rights of older adults and caregivers with elected officials; focusing her efforts on evidence-based health promotion programs to maintain the health and well-being of older adults and caregivers.

“During her tenure as executive director, Linda has led MNRAAA through both great structural change and the way the organization, and its staff, deliver services to older adults in southwestern Minnesota,” said Bob Roesler, MNRAAA Board Chair.

Linda’s last day will be Friday, October 5, 2018.

A MNRAAA search committee has launched a regional search for her replacement. Visit this page for more information.

About the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging

As the designated area agency on aging for 27 counties in southwest Minnesota, the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging is a catalyst in building communities where older adults live with dignity, mutual respect and shared responsibilities across generations and cultures.

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Request for Public Review and Comment on 2019 Older Americans Act Funding Proposal

In accordance with the Older Americans Act (Section 315(c)(1)), the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging is soliciting the views of older adults, providers and other stakeholders on two parts of its 2019 funding proposal to the Minnesota Board on Aging.

  • Plans for Program Development and Coordination Activities funded under Title III-B (Supportive Services.)  Download summary.
  • Strategy for cost-sharing related to supportive, health promotion and caregiver support services.  Download summary.

Written Comments
Written comments are encouraged and will be accepted until September 21, 2018.  Please send written comments via email to or by mail to the following address:

Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging
Attn: Linda Giersdorf
201 N Board Street, Suite 102
Mankato, MN 56001

Public Hearing
Individuals may give oral testimony at the Public Hearing to be held at the Redwood Area Community Center, Room 3A, 901 Cook Street, Redwood Falls, MN on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 9:00 AM.  Testimony is limited to five minutes per person.  RSVP to by 4:00 PM on September 18, 2018 to register your attendance and if desired, your intent to speak at the hearing.

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