The Senior LinkAge Line®, a one-stop shop for Minnesota seniors, is a free service offering assistance to older adults and their caregivers who wish to age well in their community. The Senior LinkAge Line®, can be reached at 800-333-2433. Seven regional contact centers are available to provide assistance throughout the state. The Senior LinkAge Line® is a service of the Minnesota Board on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging.
At the Rochester contact center, trained specialists link you with the information you need to make informed decisions. We keep abreast of the growing aging network- the providers of community-based services, housing options, assistance programs, healthy aging workshops, caregiving support and more. Let us open the door for you to see the possibilities for aging well, planning well and living well.
Are you thinking about moving to assisted living? In Minnesota, before you sign a lease in a registered housing with services establishment you need to contact the Senior LinkAge line® to be offered Long Term Care Options Counseling. The specialist will ask you some basic questions and discuss your options. A verification code is generated which is then given to your housing provider.
Our Senior LinkAge Line® specialists have the current information on Medicare, health insurance options, prescription assistance, and long-term care insurance. The Senior LinkAge Line® is Minnesota’s State Health Insurance and Assistance Program (SHIP). We can help resolve billing errors, compare health or drug plans and fight fraud and abuse.
Look on our calendar for our ABCD’s of Medicare class which is designed for those who are nearing retirement and going on Medicare. We partner with senior centers and community education in the major cities of southeastern Minnesota.
Our Community Living Specialists can discuss services and supports available in your community to meet your needs at home and help make those arrangements.
Our specialists can review your financial situation and help determine whether programs such as elderly waiver, alternative care, Medicare savings or drug assistance might benefit you. We can provide you with applications. One-on-one assistance can also be arranged if needed.
Own Your Future aims to make Minnesotans aware of the importance of planning now to identify personal and financial options to meet their future long-term needs and to increase the number of Minnesotans who have taken action to address and provide for their future long-term needs.
Visit the website for a guide: mn.gov/dhs/general-public/own-your-future.
The Area Agency on Aging sponsors a variety of educational programs. The following classes that help change people’s lives for the better are scheduled throughout the region. Check our calendar to see the current offerings near you.
Living Well with Chronic Conditions (CDSMP)
Take charge of your life and live fully! Led by a certified trainer, the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a motiviational, interactive educational model. Over six-weeks, participants learn to better manage and cope with their chronic disease such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, or arthritis.
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
Eating healthy, exercising, and understanding normal aging is the focus of the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program. Arthritis Foundation Certified exercise leaders and other professionals lead fitness sessions designed to improve or maintain strength and flexibility, and, educate participants on health and nutrition topics. Most sites either are in senior housing units or coordinate with senior dining locations.
Matter of Balance (MOB)
Matter of Balance (MOB) is a researched and evidence-based program, designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults. MOB classes are held for 8 sessions, two-hours each. During these classes participants learn to view falls and fears of falling as controllable, learn to set realistic goals for increasing activity, learn to change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and promote exercise to increase strength and balance. This is taught through group discussion, problem-solving, skill building, assertiveness training, exercise training, videotapes, and sharing practical solutions.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers®
This is a well received, six-week education program geared for caregivers assisting loved ones. Many class participants report that they have fewer feelings of anger, guilt and depression as well as an increased confidence in coping with the demands of caregiving. There are several trained leaders in the region who lead the sessions.
The website resource at www.minnesotahelp.info offers a wealth of information for resources for all ages. You can save searches; use the Long-term Care Navigator tool to help determine your needs and see what services may be available.Call the Senior LinkAge Line® Monday-Friday between 8 am-4:30 pm at 800-333-2433.
Then, Live Well at Home℠ is for you. Let your goal for community living move you into action. Learn about the risks that could cause you to move from home, and what you can do -today. Take the risk screening to find out how you can Live Well at Home℠.
The Area Agency on Aging has several opportunities for you to get involved in helping others. See our volunteer tab for more information.
Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965 is a backbone of the aging network in the United States. It has helped to develop community-based services; and its focus is supporting the independence and dignity of older adults. The OAA programs only eligibility criteria is age sixty or over. There are no income guidelines; people are asked to pay what they can afford for the service.
Click here to see the Older American’s Act Partners.
Senior LinkAge Line® Advocates/Outreach/Caregiver Specialists provide information and assistance for our local counties. They help find resources such as rides; solve a problem like how to apply for assistance or find a support group. Advocates also help Medicare beneficiaries with insurance issues, applications for public benefits, prescription assistance and other programs. Specialists can meet face to face in community locations or in the home.
Our senior advocates are located in the following partner agencies:
Dodge/Steele Counties – 507-450-8848
Fillmore/Houston Counties – 507-864-8225, ext. 225
Winona Friendship Center
Winona County – 507-454-7369