Entries by Kelly Wolle

Engage at Every Age

Welcome to the spring edition of MNRAAA news. I hope you will enjoy reading about what’s happening at MNRAAA and find the updates we’ve included useful and worth sharing with others. Across the country, older Americans – a rapidly growing population – are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection. They are […]

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A Helping Hand to Get You Back Home

By Steven Jameson, The Free Press Media

Sherry Folsom-Meeks, a retired MSU professor who lives in North Mankato has kidney failure and needs regular dialysis. Last summer she ended up in the hospital after a stroke. When she came out of the hospital, she was afraid to go home at first. Unsure whether or not she could care for herself, she went into assisted living. It was there that she met Rita Pyan, Community Living Specialist at the Senior LinkAge Line®. With Rita’s help, and the help of the assisted living facility, it took only two months before she felt comfortable and able to go home.

The Senior LinkAge Line® is a free service provided by the State of Minnesota to help older adults and their families find community services and options. The office in southern Minnesota serves 27 counties, employing five Community Living Specialists like Rita. Even though the Senior LinkAge Line® has been around for 20 years, many people don’t know about it.

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Living Well with Chronic Pain

According to the National Institutes of Health, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. It is a leading cause of disability and a major contributor to health care costs. The diversity of pain conditions requires a diversity of research and treatment approaches.

One such approach is the evidence-based program, Living Well with Chronic Pain (LWCP). This program is a community-based intervention delivered once a week for six weeks and is intended for people who have a primary or secondary diagnosis of chronic pain.

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New Assistance Sites for People Who Speak Spanish and Somali

Many of you know that the Senior LinkAge Line® has trained staff and volunteers who can help answer your questions and simplify your life. They can provide assistance with Medicare, supplemental insurance, long-term care insurance, Medicare Savings Programs, prescription drugs, completing forms and much more. You can call the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 or visit a monthly MinnesotaHelp Network® site for in-person assistance. Counseling at these sites is free and confidential, and appointments are not necessary, so drop-ins are welcome.

In March, the Senior LinkAge Line® added two additional sites with translators available – one location will serve older adults who speak Spanish and the other will serve those who speak Somali.

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Sharing a Meal to Reduce Isolation

The City of St. Peter’s immigrant and refugee population is growing. In the elementary schools, 20% of the students are children of color. Services for children and families are common but services for elder immigrants and refugees are lacking. Of particular concern are East African elders, primarily from Somalia, living with and supported by their families in the St. Peter area. As these families settle in and become accustomed to the community, their elders become socially isolated, disengaged from the community and experience loneliness and depression.

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Memory Resources in Benson

Benson is a town of 3,100 people in Swift County, located on the northern edge of MNRAAA’s service area. Due to the foresight and commitment of community members, new services are being offered there as of this spring. Dawn Dailey, Librarian at the Pioneerland Public Library in Benson, attended a training where she learned about […]

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Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging Data Profile

The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) is the designated area agency on aging for the Southwest Planning and Service Area (SW PSA). It includes the following counties: Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Swift, Waseca, Watonwan, and Yellow Medicine. The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging Data Profile includes a variety of information about the older adult population in the twenty seven-county area.

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2018 Legislative Priorities

The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) provides advocacy, information, resources and assistance so that older adults can maintain the lifestyle of their choice. MNRAAA’s Legislative Priorities for legislative attention in 2018: Protect Vulnerable Older Adults Support Direct Care Workers Support Caregivers Support Rural Transportation Options Develop Affordable Housing for Older Adults and End […]

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New Medicare Cards in 2018

Medicare will be issuing new Medicare cards next year. The new cards will have a new Medicare number that is unique to you, instead of using your Social Security number. This change will help to prevent fraud, fight identity theft and protect private information.

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