Every Vote Counts

Welcome to the Summer Edition of MNRAAA news. I hope you will enjoy reading about recent “happenings” at MNRAAA as well as upcoming opportunities and events. A significant opportunity will be voting in the upcoming elections. 2018 will be the first election in Minnesota since 1978 that both U.S. Senate seats and the governorship will […]

Medicare is Changing in Minnesota

Medicare Cost Plans, a type of Medicare plan very popular in Minnesota, will be ending on December 31, 2018 for many, but not all Medicare beneficiaries. This will affect Medicare coverage for many people on Medicare across the state.

Falls Prevention Day: September 22

The 11th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed on September 22, 2018 – the first day of fall.

Workplace Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Millions of adults live with one or more chronic health conditions. A chronic health condition is an on-going health problem or disease such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis or other long-term problem. Workplace Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (wCDSMP) builds participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health condition.

MNRAAA can now train wCDSMP leaders. This program is an adaptation of the six-week Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and contains similar content, but is rearranged into one-hour segments for the workplace.

Spotlight on Title III Services: CCT Senior Transportation Program

Central Community Transit’s (CCT) mission is to cost effectively meet the many transportation needs of the residents of Kandiyohi, Renville and Meeker Counties by providing safe, cost-effective transportation through the many bus and volunteer driver services it provides.

Flooding in Southwestern Minnesota

Severe flooding, road closures, flooded homes and businesses, power outages, evacuations, damaged crops – these are just some of the words we heard during the recent, very heavy rainfalls in our area. According to preliminary numbers, flood damage in southern Minnesota will exceed $7.7 million. That means the State should qualify for major assistance. Even […]

Notice of 2019 Title III Funding Cycle

Mankato, MN, June 22, 2018 – The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging is seeking grant applicants for Title III services in southwest Minnesota for the funding period of January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. Applications will be accepted for Evidence-Based Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Programs. Detailed information on Title III funding and […]

Engage at Every Age

Welcome to the spring edition of MNRAAA news. I hope you will enjoy reading about what’s happening at MNRAAA and find the updates we’ve included useful and worth sharing with others. Across the country, older Americans – a rapidly growing population – are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection. They are […]

MNRAAA 2018 Roadshows

The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) will be holding community seminars in Willmar, Mankato and Marshall in June. Attendees will learn more about the services provided by MNRAAA, including:

A Helping Hand to Get You Back Home

By Steven Jameson, The Free Press Media

Sherry Folsom-Meeks, a retired MSU professor who lives in North Mankato has kidney failure and needs regular dialysis. Last summer she ended up in the hospital after a stroke. When she came out of the hospital, she was afraid to go home at first. Unsure whether or not she could care for herself, she went into assisted living. It was there that she met Rita Pyan, Community Living Specialist at the Senior LinkAge Line®. With Rita’s help, and the help of the assisted living facility, it took only two months before she felt comfortable and able to go home.

The Senior LinkAge Line® is a free service provided by the State of Minnesota to help older adults and their families find community services and options. The office in southern Minnesota serves 27 counties, employing five Community Living Specialists like Rita. Even though the Senior LinkAge Line® has been around for 20 years, many people don’t know about it.

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