We’re Hiring

Information and Assistance Specialist

We’re accepting applications for a Senior LinkAge Line Information and Assistance Specialist position. Specialists provide comprehensive, clear, and objective information and assistance to older adults and their family members. This position also includes providing education and outreach to community groups, providers and individuals. Occasional travel in MNRAAA’s service area required.

Community Living Specialist

We’re accepting applications for a Community Living Specialist position with the Senior LinkAge Line. Candidates must live in one of the following counties: Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine, Lincoln or Lyon counties. Specialists assist private-pay nursing facility residents relocating from a nursing facility back to a community setting. In addition, Specialists assist private pay consumers residing in community settings with developing a support plan to remain in their homes. Travel is required in MNRAAA’s service area.

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MNRAAA is an EOE/ADA Employer.

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Give to the Max: November 15, 2018

Look for the Loons Winner

Kelly Wolle, Administrative and Communications Assistant, was a winner of a $100 gift certificate as part of GiveMN.org’s “Look for the Loons” scavenger hunt in anticipation of Give to the Max Day. Kelly’s donation will go toward’s MNRAAA’s Evidence-Based Leader Training Scholarship.

Evidence-Based Leader Training Scholarship

Please join us on November 15 for Give to the Max Day and help us continue to change lives by providing resources for older adults, caregivers and service providers in the 27 counties of southwest Minnesota.
Your Give to the Max Day donations will go towards a scholarship fund we’ve created to train class leaders in evidence-based and other programs that change the lives of older adults and their caregivers.

MNRAAA Provides Leader Training for these Evidence-Based Programs:

  • Living Well with Chronic Conditions
  • Living Well with Diabetes
  • Living Well with Chronic Pain
  • A Matter of Balance
  • Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance
Making a Difference Locally
Last year your donations paid for training five new leaders, resulting in the creation of two new Living Well with Chronic Conditions programs and one A Matter of Balance program in local communities.
It’s Easy to Give

You can donate on our website at MNRAAA.org/donate or at

GiveMN.org/organization/Minnesota-River-Area-Agency-On-Aging. Donations can be for any amount and you can make a one time donation or donation can be set up monthly.
Donate Anytime

Donations can be made at anytime, not just on Give to the Max Day on our website or the GiveMN.org website.

Thank you for your continuing support of the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging.
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Spotlight on Title III Services: Legal Advocacy for Older Americans Project

Founded in 1909, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) is the oldest legal aid provider in the state. SMRLS, through a diverse, respectful and fair working environment, and legal assistance and community education activities, promotes and respects the dignity of low-income persons and seeks new and effective solutions to the critical and common legal problems of low-income persons which arise in a broad community context.

MNRAAA awards SMRLS federal Title III-B Older Americans Act funds for the Legal Advocacy for Older Americans Project (LAOAP). Through this project, SMRLS represents people 60 years or older with a focus on those in greatest social and economic need. Although SMRLS does not apply a means test for representing older adults, they direct their representation to those most in need.

“SMRLS is an organization committed to equal justice under the law”, states Ray Beckel, staff attorney in the Mankato SMRLS office. “The primary service areas for SMRLS Legal Advocacy for Older Americans Project are helping to protect the elderly from abuse, helping them to get the financial, medical and food support that they need, and helping low income elderly people to obtain the housing, protections and services they need to live a comfortable and healthy life without undue or inordinate stress.”

Because SMRLS does not cover all 27 counties in the MNRAAA service area, they sub-contract with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (MMLA) for LAOAP services in Big Stone, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Meeker, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties. People residing in these counties can contact MMLA at 888.360.3666. For those residing in the remaining 17 MNRAAA counties call SMRLS at 888.575.2954.

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Medicare Assistance for Spanish-Speaking Older Adults

Staff from the Senior LinkAge Line met with members of the “Our Golden Age” group in St. James on October 24. Community members and Wellspring Faith in Action work together to sponsor the bi-monthly meeting for Spanish-speaking older adults and caregivers. Members are provided both educational opportunities and entertainment.

Sarah Reiman, MNRAAA’s Volunteer Coordinator, and Paulina Camacho, Spanish-speaking Information and Assistance Specialist, met with group members to review their Medicare options for 2019. Some group members had also brought along letters and notices from their insurance company that were written in English. Paulina was able to translate the information into Spanish and answer their questions. Plans are being made for Senior LinkAge Line staff to meet with the group on a quarterly basis.

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