Social Distancing Should Not be Social Isolation

Greetings to you all. I hope you all are taking care of yourselves, both physically and mentally. At this time, our communities are gearing up for an unprecedented pandemic that will affect everyone. Something I would like to highlight at this time is our mental state during the quarantine, mainly how to stay active and […]

MNRAAA’s Offices Temporarily Closed

We have been monitoring the latest events and advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health on COVID-19. Based on their recommendations, we will be temporarily closing the MNRAAA offices in Mankato and Slayton effective Tuesday, March 17. The Senior LinkAge Line is available via telephone at 1-800-333-2433, […]

Coronavirus Update

We understand the growing concern surrounding coronavirus and COVID-19, and our hearts go out to all those who have been affected. We will be monitoring this quickly evolving situation closely. Currently, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in southwestern Minnesota, but it is important to take everyday precautions and follow guidance from public health […]

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Helping Older Adults Master Aging in Madelia

Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging in partnership with the Madelia Community Hospital Foundation, is pleased to announce that we are the first in the area to offer an innovative new ten-session health and wellness program to area community members 55 and over. The Aging Mastery Program® (AMP) was developed by the National Council on […]

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 […]