Give to the Max Day 2017: Evidence-Based Program Scholarship

This year, your Give to the Max Day donations to MNRAAA 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.

2018 Health Care Choices Available for Minnesota Medicare Recipients

The Minnesota Board on Aging’s 2018 edition of the Minnesota Health Care Choices publication is now available online and in print to provide information for Minnesota Medicare recipients.

MNRAAA news: Volume VIII, Issue IV

The Fall 2017 Issue of MNRAAA news is now available. You can view a PDF of the latest newsletter here: Articles include: Director’s Report How Prepared Are We for a Permanently Older Society? (MN 2030) Dementia Friends Connie Bagley Retirement Minnesota Awarded for Family Caregiver Support Thank you Veterans! Program Development Leader Training Calendar New […]

Welcome New MNRAAA Staff

Welcome to the fall edition of MNRAAA news. As promised in our last edition, we are taking this opportunity to highlight our newly hired staff. MNRAAA is very fortunate to have hired such a dynamic group of individuals. They come with varied backgrounds and experience, but they all share a common vision – that older […]

Medicare Open Enrollment: October 15 – December 7

October 15th thru December 7th is the 2018 Medicare Open Enrollment period. Robin Thompson, Information and Assistance Director with the Senior LinkAge Line®, reminds us that, “This is the time of year that people on Medicare should be evaluating their coverage for 2018.” She goes on to say, “There are only a few special circumstances […]

Dementia Friends

Dementia Friends is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. Developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom, the Dementia Friends initiative is underway in Minnesota. By helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and how it affects people, each of us can make a difference for people touched by dementia.
Since the launch of Dementia Friends Minnesota in September 2016, nearly 7,500 Minnesotans are now proudly calling themselves Dementia Friends. The program is a social action movement to create more dementia friendly communities by changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia.

How Prepared Are We for a Permanently Older Society?

The Minnesota Board on Aging, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, is looking ahead to the year 2030, and here’s why:
– In the years between 2010 and 2030, 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day!
– Only 5% of the older adult population lives in long-term care facilities. The other 95% are either living independently or are being cared for by family members, neighbors or community-based agencies.
– 2030 marks the year baby boomers begin turning 85!

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) Funding at Risk

As the director of the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, I want to raise awareness to the risk to State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) funding, greatly impacting Medicare services provided to Minnesota seniors and disabled Minnesotans under age 65 who receive Medicare benefits. The Minnesota Board on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging […]

“Exciting” and “Fast-Paced” Summertime

Many of you are probably familiar with the lyrics from the song Summertime, composed by George Gershwin in 1934 for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. The first line of the song is Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Well, it’s summertime, but I’m not sure I’d describe the “livin” at MNRAAA as “easy” – […]

Legislature Expands Return to Community Initiative

Effective July 1, 2017, the Return to Community Initiative expanded to include new targeted groups of individuals at risk of spend down to Medical Assistance. The expansion also includes a new self-directed caregiver support grant for family caregivers, administered through the Minnesota Board on Aging and its Area Agencies on Aging, effective July 1, 2019. […]

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