Assisted Living Changes in Minnesota

Did you know that effective August 1, 2021, Assisted Living Licensure takes effect in Minnesota? What does this mean for you? Experts from the field talk about changes from the State of Minnesota, Provider and Consumer end. If you missed the Chesley Center on Aging event, the presentation was recorded and you can watch it […]

New to Medicare Virtual Class

Have questions about Medicare? Learning what to do when you become eligible for Medicare can seem overwhelming.  By the end of this class, you will know:   The difference between Medicare Part A, Part B, Part D and Part C. The two options for getting Medicare benefits. How to determine the Medicare option that best […]

Slayton Office Update – April 2021

As we continue to navigate the waters of the COVID-19 Pandemic, MNRAAA, like so many other organizations, continues to operate in a virtual setting. Last March, we temporarily closed our offices in Mankato and Slayton, pivoting all staff to working from home. MNRAAA continues to provide services for older adults and caregivers during the pandemic. […]

Minnesotans are Missing Out On Thousands of Dollars

Programs are available to help pay the costs of people’s Medicare premiums and prescription drug copays. Unfortunately, many people do not think they are eligible, so they do not apply and miss out on thousands of dollars in savings. Medicare Savings Programs help pay people’s Medicare Part B premium. Some people can also get help […]

Volunteer Drivers Provide the Gift of Transportation

The majority of our service area is rural, which means transportation to essential services such as grocery stores and medical appointments is vital for older adults. Several transportation providers offer transportation options in southwestern Minnesota, and an essential element that they rely on is volunteer drivers. Transportation provided by volunteer drivers is “the lowest cost […]

National Volunteer Week was April 18-24

Across the United States and Washington D.C., Minnesota ranks second for volunteerism, according to an AmeriCorps survey. This data puts the phrase “Minnesota nice” into perspective. It is gratifying and humbling to know that so many Minnesotans have the empathy and passion to offer a helping hand. As a volunteer coordinator, it is an honor […]

Legislative Update – April 2021

The 85th Minnesota Legislature was called into session on January 5, 2021, and has a lot on their plate, from the continuing pandemic relief, vaccinations, and economic recovery. MNRAAA has been in touch with the legislators serving our 27-county area (17 Representatives and 10 Senators) about the session and our priorities. MNRAAA, like the Minnesota […]

MNRAAA Announces New Board of Directors

March 18, 2021 – The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (MNRAAA) is pleased to announce two new members to their Board of Directors, Kathleen Preuss and Pam Radunz. Kathleen Preuss is a member and resident of the Upper Sioux Community Dakota Tribe of Minnesota and a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribe of South […]

CARE’s Act Dollars Awarded to 22 Organizations

Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (MNRAAA) has awarded twenty-two organizations a total of $467,597. These dollars were made available under the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES Act) funding through the Administration for Community Living and the Minnesota Board on Aging. MNRAAA focused these dollars on rural areas and areas with […]

MNRAAA Trains New Caregiver Consultants

The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) recently trained staff from five area organizations in Basic Caregiver Coaching Skills and Inside the Family Circle: Mastering the Family Meeting. These trained professionals are now able to provide caregiver consultation services in Minnesota. Staff from these organizations completed training in February 2021. A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota […]