Find the Good

Australian Wildfires. Royalty leaving United Kingdom. Impeachment. COVID-19 Pandemic. Civil Unrest. All of which have taken place in the first half of 2020. When you turn on the news, check your social media feed or talk to a friend, one can easily be taken on a roller coaster ride of negative information. Thus far, the […]

Turning 65 – Let the Phone Calls Begin

Linda Tobias, Senior LinkAge Line Client Service Center Supervisor Turning 65 comes with many emotions for me. I am excited about the next phase of my life. Is retirement a reality for me, or am I going to continue to do the job I love with the Senior LinkAge Line and the Minnesota River Area […]

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MNRAAA Awards Grants to 23 Organizations in Southwest Minnesota

MNRAAA received $100,000 from the Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) to assist organizations serving older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those funds have been distributed to twenty-three organizations throughout Southwest Minnesota. “In April, when we received the ability to do this work through the Minnesota Council of Foundations, we made it a point to focus […]

Supporting Aging and Caregiving in the Workplace

Did you know that according to a study by Harvard Business School, three of four employees are a caregiver of a child, parent, neighbor or friend? These numbers were projected to grow before the COVID-19 pandemic and will likely continue to do so afterward. Program Development staff have a goal to reach employers with beneficial […]

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Free Virtual Medicare Education

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Senior LinkAge Line has paused its in-person assistance, presentations and Medicare classes for the rest of the 2020 calendar year. This means there will be no in-person help or meetings during Medicare Open Enrollment this year, which happens annually from October 15 – December 7. But the Senior LinkAge […]

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News from the Senior LinkAge Line® – July 2020

Medicare Open Enrollment – Here Before You Know it! It is hard to believe, but Medicare Open Enrollment is right around the corner. Soon, people will begin receiving a deluge of mail from Social Security, Medicare, their health plan and other companies trying to sell them health insurance policies. Didn’t we just go through this? […]

Nursing Home Visiting During COVID-19

Back in March, when the pandemic first reared its ugly head, businesses were closed, shelter in place was the new normal, and visiting loved ones in nursing homes and similar venues was no longer permitted. This put stress on the loved one, family caregivers who visited regularly and especially families that wanted to gather as […]

Best Wishes to Ron Skjong

(Pictured above, from left to right: Ron Skjong, Program Developer Molly Peterson, Executive Director Jason Swanson. Picture from Mark Wilmes, Tyler Tribute Editor) Ron Skjong joined the MNRAAA Board of Directors in 2018. He has served as Vice Chair of the Board, Audit Committee Chair and a member of the Finance Committee. During Ron’s tenure […]

MNRAAA to Hold a Public Hearing/Meeting on July 15, 2020

The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) will host a public hearing/meeting to gather public input on its Area Plan for 2021. This is a planning document, pursuant to the Older Americans Act, that identifies priority needs, goals, objectives and activities.  MNRAAA will be developing and implementing programs for individuals age 60 years and […]

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Visiting Those in Nursing Homes During COVID-19

As a child, I was fortunate enough to grow up with great-grandparents within my hometown. This allowed me to get to know them and stirred my mind into the fascinating world of genealogy. Getting to know them meant visiting, and many of those visits were in nursing home facilities. I found that visiting was a […]