The Minnesota Board on Aging administers policy relating to all aspects of the Older Americans Act services such as the meal programs, legal services, ombudsman, etc. and sets policies for those programs.  Those programs are targeted to those in the "greatest social and economic need with particular attention to low-income minorities and those residing in rural areas" and are administered by Area Agencies on Aging.  Some services, like Information and Assistance (I&A), e.g., Senior LinkAge Line®, are available to all older persons and their families. Placing nutrition sites in subsidized, senior high rise buildings are examples of targeting services, like nutrition, to persons in greatest economic need.

The Minnesota Board on Aging recommends action on Area Agency on Aging plans and budgets.  It also reviews and recommends action on direct grants from funds and appropriations allocated to the Board by the Minnesota Legislature and Federal government.


The Minnesota Board on Aging implements recommendations of the Consumer Direction Task Force in regard to nutrition services.

The Minnesota Board on Aging collaborates with the Administration on Aging and Veterans Health Administration to implement a self-directed service model for older Minnesotans, Veterans, and their family caregivers.

The Minnesota Board on Aging promotes the creation of new models of service and support that emphasize consumer control over the goals of service, and allow optimum tailoring to meet specific individual needs within budget constraints.

The Minnesota Board on Aging values:


  • program accountability for cost effectiveness and quality

  • targeting services to those most in need

  • using scarce public resources to leverage other resources and to promote necessary systems change.