What’s New in Medicare for 2021

Every year the federal government makes changes to the Medicare program to strengthen it, keep up with new and expanding innovations and improve the health and wellbeing of beneficiaries. Below are some of the more significant changes in 2021. Medicare Cost Plans will be available in the same 21 Minnesota counties as in 2020. People […]

Don’t Leave Money on the Table

Many people in Minnesota are eligible to get help to pay for their Medicare costs and they just don’t know it. There are federal and state programs to help people with lower income and limited resources pay their Medicare premiums and other out-of-pocket costs. Estimates show that only one in three people who are eligible […]

Help Wanted

At the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA), our mission is to provide advocacy, information, resources and assistance so that older adults can maintain the lifestyle of their choice. To support our mission, we are looking for people with a passion for aging-related issues. We are currently seeking additional members to serve on the […]


The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Allina Health New Ulm Medical Center and Habitat for Humanity South Central Minnesota have created a coalition to assist older adults in rural areas to live more safely in their homes by implementing the Community Aging in Place – Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) Program. CAPABLE, a […]

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Voting Safely in 2020

November 3, 2020 is Election Day. There are many races on the ballot this year in Minnesota including judicial, local, state, and federal ones. Here are some steps to make voting a smooth and safe process this year: Check your voter registration status online at: mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/VoterStatus.aspx If you need to register or re-register you can […]

November is National Family Caregivers Month

President Clinton signed the first National Family Caregivers Month Presidential Proclamation in 1997 and every president since has followed suit by issuing an annual proclamation recognizing and honoring family caregivers each November. This is a time to reflect upon the invaluable commitment so many family members provide as they dedicate themselves and their resources to […]

Falls Prevention

Every September, we recognize and promote Falls Prevention Awareness. This year we discussed Falls Prevention and Awareness differently due to the on-going pandemic. Here is some of the highlights of what we were able to do. I was able to visit VINE Faith in Action on Tuesday September 22 where they were doing free balance […]

Falls Prevention Month

We have rearranged our priorities this year to accommodate the recent events throughout the world.  Meetings are being held virtually, schools are using a distant learning platform, and many are holding off visiting people.  One thing we do not want to change, or overlook are things that we can control, like falls. Did you know […]

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 […]