Downtown Madelia was busier than usual on September 9. Staff, volunteers and board members converged on Madelia for their bi-annual staff retreat.
“We had a great turnout and we were excited to be in Madelia” stated Jason W. Swanson, Executive Director, “we were able to utilize numerous local businesses to assist us during the training.” The retreat was held at Lost Sanity Brewery and catering was provided by Sweet Indeed Bakery and Fox’s Pizza Den.
“Although we have offices in Mankato and Slayton, some of our 39 staff are based throughout our 27 county planning and service area, so it is nice to get everyone together once in a while.” The training that took place featured Age Sensitivity Training which had everyone go through what it may feel like to have vision and dexterity impairments and other conditions associated with the aging process. A specialist presented on keeping yourself safe when working with potentially dangerous individuals. Staff was also training on communicating positively about aging. “Currently, people are living longer and healthier lives, and I personally think this is great! We have an opportunity to embrace this and work to establish communities throughout the region that are friendly for every generation!” stated Swanson.
MNRAAA provides support through different avenues, which include, administration of funds under the Older Americans Act, developing services in communities where gaps in service may exist, information and assistance through the Senior LinkAge Line and providing advocacy for older adults and caregivers at the local, state and federal level.