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Jul 152014
 July 15, 2014  Posted by  Age-Friendly Communities, Aging in Place, Health

For the third year of The United States of Aging Survey, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), the National Council on Aging, UnitedHealthcare and USA TODAY conducted a survey of 3,279 U.S. adults to examine seniors’ attitudes on a range of issues such as health, finances, and community support. The survey results provide insight on how U.S. seniors are preparing for their later years and what communities can do to better support an increasing, longer-living senior population.

Key Findings

  • More than one third of seniors (37 percent) say they exercise every day compared with 26 percent in 2013, and 39 percent say they rely on themselves for the motivation to live a healthy lifestyle.
  • For many seniors, high activity levels correspond to a positive perspective on life. Seniors who exercise daily are much more likely than those who never exercise to say the past year of their life has been better than normal rather than worse (28 percent compared with 15 percent).
  • Nearly 7 in 10 (69 percent) find it easy to pay monthly bills, compared with 66 percent in 2013 and 64 percent in 2012.
  • Younger seniors are the most concerned about community support as they age: Nearly 4 in 10 (39 percent) seniors ages 60-64 feel their communities are not doing enough to plan for the growing senior population.

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Jul 092014
 July 9, 2014  Posted by  Uncategorized

Today, leaders in the fight against elder abuse announced the Elder Justice Roadmap, a framework for tackling the highest priority challenges to elder abuse prevention and prosecution, and called on all Americans to take a stand against the serious societal problem of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.Continue Reading Roadmap Addresses Elder Abuse

Apr 152014
 April 15, 2014  Posted by  Uncategorized

Reuters, Mark Miller, April 8, 2014.

As boomers age, many are finding innovative ways of supporting each other in intentional communities. This article relates a conversation with Beth Baker, a journalist who specializes in aging and author of a soon to be released book,”With a Little Help from our Friends: Creating Community as we Grow Older” (Vanderbilt University Press). She explores “nine different alternative community options – everything from the villages movement to co-housing projects, which are intentional communities built from the ground up or adapted from other spaces.”  Read “It Take Villages.”

Apr 092014
 April 9, 2014  Posted by  Age-Friendly Communities, Health

ACT on Alzheimer'sTwelve new ACT on Alzheimer’s® action communities have been awarded grants of up to $8,000 to become dementia-friendly and succeed in creating a supportive environment for people with Alzheimer’s and their families. Funded organizations represent communities from all Minnesota regions; ten are geographic in nature and two are communities of shared interest. The grants are funded by Blue Plus (an HMO affiliate of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota), the Medica Foundation, and the Greater Twin Cities United Way. Grants will be administered by the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging.Continue Reading Twelve Communities Receive Grants to Become Dementia-Friendly

Nov 182013
 November 18, 2013  Posted by  Aging in Place, Health

First Contact Specialist processes pre-admission screeningsEffective November 1, First Contact specialists with the Senior LinkAge Line® are performing federally mandated pre-admission screenings (PAS) for individuals entering a Medical Assistance (MA) certified nursing facility.

The 2013 Minnesota Legislature eliminated a PAS exemption and redesigned how PAS activity is completed. The screening ensures that only individuals who meet the required level of care are admitted to a nursing facility. In addition, it ensures individuals with a mental illness or a developmental disability or who are under the age of 65 receive additional evaluation.

Options That Foster Return to Community

One of the goals of moving the PAS processing to the Senior LinkAge Line® is to engage individuals and their families in understanding long-term care options at an earlier point in the care process. The Senior LinkAge Line® specialist are experts in home and community-based services that can support successful transition back to community life.

The specialists will place follow-up calls to the individual and/or his or her caregivers after discharge from a nursing facility with information about services such as transportation, grocery delivery, personal care, household chores and more. Being connected to these services can make the difference between a successful return to community and a less satisfying outcome.

If you are a health care professional who would like to complete a referral, visit to access the online form.

Nov 182013
 November 18, 2013  Posted by  Aging in Place, Health

Return to community with the help of caregiverWhen an individual experiences a broken hip, major surgery or another medical event that requires a stay at a nursing facility, being able to return to his or her home and community is often of paramount importance. The individual’s reduced capacity can raise a sense of hopelessness or even resignation in both the individual and his or her loved ones.

The Return to Community initiative helps provide a happy ending to this potentially heartbreaking story. By connecting older adults and their families to free information and assistance, Community Living Specialists can help make the transition home safe and easy. They help find home and community-based services such as:

  • Transportation for running errands, going to appointments and staying connected to family and friends.
  • Grocery delivery and meal preparation.
  • Dressing, bathing and managing medications.
  • Household chores such as snow shoveling and housekeeping.
  • Home modifications
  • Support for caregivers

The Minnesota Area Agencies on Aging offer Return to Community services through the Senior LinkAge Line® (call 1-800-333-2433). The initiative is targeted to nursing home residents who express a desire to return to the community and/or have a support person to assist with their transition from the nursing home to the community. The evidence-based initiative reflects the findings in research conducted under contract to DHS by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research.

Nov 162013
 November 16, 2013  Posted by  Technical Support

Participants in workshop for building sustainable programsAs the demand for services grows and resources decline, nonprofit organizations must focus on building sustainable programs more than ever before.

To help address this issue, the Minnesota Department of Human Services is funding a partnership between the Living at Home Network, the Nonprofits Assistance Fund and Eldercare Development Partnerships of the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) to bring a series of finance workshops to nonprofits in the aging network.

The in-person workshops will be offered starting in January 2014 in each AAA Region and offered to the Living at Home Block Nurse Programs, the Community Service/Service Development Grantees, and other network providers within each AAA. The webinars will be offered at times and dates yet to be determined.

The following is a description of the workshops and webinars that will be provided. Contact the Area Agency on Aging in your region to learn about dates and locations.

What Do Your Programs Really Cost? 
(In-person workshop)

  • Do you know what it costs to deliver your programs? This workshop will help you allocate expenses, build realistic program budgets, and communicate what your work actually costs. You will learn to identify direct and indirect expenses using real life examples, and then review different methods of allocating these costs to programs. You will use this information in a Mission-Money Matrix to make informed decisions about your organization’s programs.
  • Strategic Financial Planning (In-person workshop)
    This is an advanced workshop designed for nonprofit leaders who want to take their financial management skills to the next level. At this workshop, you will learn about analytical tools to assist in understanding your organization’s current financial position and current business model, different techniques and approaches to having practical conversations critical to organizational decision-making, and factors to consider when scenario planning and multi-year budgeting.
  • Build A Better Budget (Webinar)
    This webinar is designed to build your confidence in the budgeting process. You will learn to create an effective budget process that will get everyone involved and ensure that your budget reflects your organization’s mission, strategic plan, and programmatic priorities. You will walk away with a proven 10-step process you can use to craft budgets within your organization. This workshop is right for you if you are leading your budget process for the first time.
  • Cash Is King: Managing Cash Flow For Nonprofits (Webinar)
    This webinar will help you anticipate and prepare for the ebb and flow of cash coming in and out of your organization. You will learn how to navigate your nonprofit’s cash flow and how different types of income and expenses impact your finances. You will learn ways to avoid and manage cash flow challenges.
  • Dashboard Reports: Making Your Data Work For You(Webinar)
    This webinar will help you create a dashboard for your nonprofit. You will learn how to select information to include on your dashboard and how dashboard reports can complement other important financial reports. This webinar is for you if you are a staff or board member who creates, reviews, and interprets dashboard reports.