2019 Annual Report: Over 23,330 Older Adults and Caregivers Supported in 2019

In 2019, MNRAAA supported over 23,330 older adults and caregivers. The numbers below represent older adults and caregivers in the Southwest Planning and Service Area. Consumers may be counted more than once if they participated in more than one service. 13,059 consumers served via the Senior LinkAge Line® 5,571 older adults received 215,144 congregate meals […]

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2019 Annual Report: Supporting Caregivers — Interfaith Caregivers and Wellspring Faith in Action

In November 2000, Congress reauthorized the Older Americans Act and created Title III-E, the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP). This Title was designed to help family and informal caregivers care for older adults in their homes for as long as possible. By creating the NFCSP, Congress explicitly recognized the important role that family caregivers […]

2019 Annual Report: Communities for a Lifetime

MNRAAA received an Age-Friendly Communities grant from the Southwest Initiative Foundation to work with four communities during their 2019 – 2020 grant round. A previous Southwest Initiative Foundation grant allowed us to work with two communities, Kerkhoven and Porter, in 2018. Each community is awarded a grant of up to $10,000 to complete a project […]

2019 Annual Report: Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act

In 1965, as part of Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society, legislation was signed called the Older Americans Act (OAA), which is the foundation for America’s Aging Network. This piece of legislation came in response to public outcry for a range of in-home, community-based and institutional health care which arose from the first White House Conference […]

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2019 Annual Report: Aging Mastery Program Helps Older Adults Thrive

In 2019, MNRAAA successfully introduced the Aging Mastery Program®, an evidence-based program designed to inform, encourage, and support older adults as they take steps to improve their lives and engage with their communities. With the support of three communities in our planning and service area, the Aging Mastery Program was facilitated in Gibbon, Graceville and […]

2019 Annual Report: Executive Director’s Report

Greetings and Salutations from all of us here at the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (MNRAAA), and welcome to our 2019 Annual Report. I want to take some time to review some highlights of our activities from 2019. If you follow us on social media (Facebook and Twitter) or through our newsletter, you […]

How is Your Loved One/Caregiver Doing?

The holidays are over, the celebrations have ceased and things, for the most part, have returned to normal. People resume their jobs and their daily activities. However brief the respite that was the holidays, for some, has left too soon. In our area of rural Minnesota, families reunite during the holidays. During these visits, they […]

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November is Family Caregivers Month

Each November, we celebrate our military veterans on Veterans Day and give thanks for our blessings on Thanksgiving Day. But did you know that during November, family caregivers are recognized and celebrated? Caregiving is one of the most important jobs someone can do. Whether you are taking care of a loved one, friend or neighbor, […]

Powerful Tools for Caregivers and the Aikido Style of Communication

Family caregivers continue to be the backbone of long-term care services and support for older adults in Minnesota. Unfortunately, many family caregivers are not aware of the negative impact of caring for an older adult relative or friend may have on their health. In the Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes we teach a section on […]

Aging Mastery Program Update

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.” -Carl Sandburg MNRAAA has begun its journey with the Aging Mastery Program® (AMP). AMP is a product of the National Council on Aging and is offered in two unique ways: classroom […]