Senior LinkAge Line® Classes and Presentations
The classes listed below are instructed by Senior LinkAge Line® trained specialists and volunteers.
To learn more about each class or presentation, click on the title and a description will appear.
The Senior LinkAge Line® is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol for Minnesota. Specialist provide free one-to-one assistance with all Medicare and health insurance issues and also provide in-depth long-term care options counseling. Information is objective and neutral.
If you are interested in attending or your organization is interested in hosting one of these classes or presentations, please contact the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433.
Welcome to Medicare
Learning what to do when you become eligible for Medicare can seem overwhelming. This class is for individuals getting ready to turn 65, those eligible for Medicare due to a disability, individuals who are already receiving Medicare benefits and family members. Topics will include a comprehensive introduction to Medicare including what Medicare covers, supplemental insurance and Part D prescription coverage. During the class you will learn the Medicare enrollment details, how to get the most from your benefits and how to research your Medicare plan options.
Medicare 101- Where do you Begin?
Medicare can be confusing. If you know little to nothing about Medicare and want a brief overview before digging deeper, this class is for you. During this class you will learn the basics of Medicare Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D. This class will also give you information about when and how to enroll.
What’s New in Medicare
Staying on top of the latest changes in the Medicare program can be difficult. Medicare beneficiaries and their family members will learn about changes in Medicare for the coming year and how it could affect their benefits. An overview of the Medicare program, benefits and plan options for the new year will be provided. This presentation is offered in the fall of each year.
Senior Surf Day
This hands-on class will teach you the basics of operating a computer and how to navigate the Internet. There are lots of reasons to get on the Internet. You can find information, check out new entertainment ideas and keep in touch with family and friends. This is an introductory class that is intended for older adults with little or no computer experience.
Before You Move
As your physical condition changes, volunteer and professional services can be brought in to your home. Learn about the many options for assistance so you can continue to live in your home. At some point, however, it might be necessary for you to make a move to a place where you can get additional help. This class will help you and your family learn how to start planning for the future.
Senior LinkAge Line®
The Senior LinkAge Line®: A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors is the Minnesota Board on Aging’s free statewide information and assistance services. For more than 20 years, the Senior LinkAge Line® has been serving older Minnesotans and their families by connecting them to the resources they need. The Senior LinkAge Line® was first established in 1994 by the Minnesota Board on Aging and has grown in breadth and depth of services over the years. This presentation will help individuals learn about the Senior LinkAge Line® and how it supports older adults and their families with decision making.
The MinnesotaHelp Network™ is a statewide network that helps Minnesota citizens get connected to the right service at the right time. Assistance can be provided via phone, Internet chat or in-person. This presentation will help individuals learn about the MinnesotaHelp Network™ and how it supports Minnesota citizens and their families.
Don’t be a Target of Medicare and Consumer Fraud
(30 and 60 minute presentations)
Protecting your personal information is the best line of defense in the fight against Medicare and consumer fraud. Even when you do everything right, there is still a chance that you could be a target of fraud. If you suspect fraud, it should be reported immediately. Learn how to Protect, Detect and Report Medicare and consumer fraud and abuse.
Own Your Future
Long-term care is the personal care and household help you need as you grow older or have a chronic illness or disability. Medicare and your health insurance do not pay for most long-term care. Own Your Future is an initiative between Minnesota and the federal Department of Health and Human Services to help Minnesotans plan for future long-term care needs. This presentation will provide you with information on why and how to plan for your future health and personal care needs.
Pre-Admission Screening Overview
A Pre-Admission Screening must be completed by a qualified health care professional prior to admission to any Medicaid certified nursing facility, hospital “swing bed” or certified boarding care regardless of length of stay or payer source. This presentation is for professionals wanting more information about the Pre-Admission Screening process and how it applies to their work and the consumers they serve. Instruction is provided by trained specialists who conduct Pre-Admission Screening.