2006 News

December 31, 2006

Cold weather help!

Looking for help with cold weather problems?  Call the Senior Linkage Line® at 1-800-333-2433.  See the following websites for more information and help:  Minnesota’s Homeland Security Emergency Management for Winter Hazard Awareness Week or Winter Hazard Awareness topics.  Also, for more information, check out American Red Cross.

Flu season is upon us!

Get Your Flu Shot - Protect yourself and your family and friends. Talk with your physician about the flu virus and your risks for complications associated with the flu.  It's your best defense against combating the flu this season. Medicare provides coverage of the flu vaccine without any out-of-pocket costs.  No deductible of copayment/coinsurance applies.

For a list of flu clinics click on MN Visiting Nurse Association or MN Dept of Health.

November is proclaimed as family caregiver month in Minnesota.

Read the Proclamation (pdf)

Outstanding Seniors

The Minnesota Board on Aging, in cooperation with the Minnesota State Fair and the state’s Federation of County Fairs, honored 95 outstanding senior volunteers at the 2006 Outstanding Senior Awards ceremony held at the State Fair on Aug. 31, 2006. 

Senior LinkAge Line™ receives award for Medicare Part D work

The Minnesota Board on Aging’s Senior LinkAge Line™, which is the federally designated State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for Minnesota, received a Special Recognition Award from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Regional Office on Aug. 31, 2006.

The Minnesota Board on Aging’s Senior LinkAge Line®, which is the federally designated State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for Minnesota, received a Special Recognition Award from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Regional Office on Aug. 31, 2006. The Senior LinkAge Line® is the statewide information and assistance service of the Minnesota Board on Aging provided by six Minnesota Area Agencies on Aging. It is accessed by calling 1-800-333-2433.

The Senior Linkage Line® award was given by CMS "For your commitment to ensuring that seniors have access to the information and assistance necessary to take advantage of Medicare’s new prescription drug coverage. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services appreciates your valued partnership."

The award was presented by CMS staff Brenda Delgado and April Rush, to Krista Boston, Minnesota SHIP director and manager of the Consumer Choices Team; Governor Tim Pawlenty; Minnesota Board on Aging Chair Jeanette Metz; and Jean Wood, interim executive director of the Board on Aging.

Hot Weather Help

Looking for relief from heat-related weather problems? Call Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433.  Also, see the following websites for more information and help:  Administration on Aging's How to Lower Risk of Health-Related Illnesses, Operation Stay Cool, MN Department of Health and Stay Cool Tip Sheet.

Senior LinkAge Line® Report to the Community

More older Minnesotans and their families received information and assistance this past year.  Read Senior LinkAge Line Report to the Community (pdf)

Minnesota RxPrice Compare

Minnesota RxPrice Compare, a new feature on Minnesota RxConnect, lets users compare the prices of about 200 commonly used medications at MN pharmacies.  More about Minnesota RxPrice Compare

MinnesotaHelp.info Long-term Care Choices tool™ is live today.

Long-term Care Choices is an easy-to-use tool to help seniors, families and caregivers make decisions that can help them age well and live well. Long-term Care Choices is a step-by-step decision-making tool available on the MinnesotaHelp.info Web site that:

• helps seniors figure out what they need to live well and age well,

• guides them to resources in their community, and

• creates a plan specifically for them, their parent or spouse or friend.

Long-term Care Choices for seniors, families and caregivers is available from www.longtermcarechoices.MinnesotaHelp.info on www.MinnesotaHelp.info.

Questions about Long-term Care Choices should be directed to the Minnesota Board on Aging at 1-651-431-2500, mba@state.mn.us, or www.mnaging.org.

May is Older Americans Month!

Older Minnesotans have laid the foundation for the freedoms and prosperity we enjoy today through their character, values, and patriotism, intertwining their individual histories into the story of our past. Read the Proclamation (pdf)

FREE Personal Help with Medicare Part D

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hennepin County Brookdale Library
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center
*Free refreshments provided*

Bring your information... we’ll do the rest.
• Medicare card
• List of prescriptions and dosages

Time is running out!
Penalties on Medicare Part D begin May 16, 2006.

For more information call Linkage Line® at 1-800-333-2433.

View Medicare Part D informational flyer. (pdf)

2006 Age and Disabilities Odyssey

October 3 – 6, 2006

Minneapolis Hyatt

Sponsored by the Minnesota Board on Aging; Minnesota Department of Human Services – Aging & Adult Services and Disabilities Services; and the National Association of State Units on Aging.

This year’s Age & Disabilities Odyssey will be held jointly with the National Home and Community Based Services Waiver Conference. We are excited to offer you an opportunity to hear about the latest national and state trends in aging and disabilities services. Mark your calendars now, but watch your mail or e-mail for information on how to submit a proposal for presentation, or join us in the national exhibit hall.

Rating Minnesota nursing homes

Minnesota Department of Health launches new nursing home comparison site. If you need assistance in choosing a nursing facility, contact the Office of the Ombudsman. The article is available from the Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care.  Click here to see the Minnesota Department of Health Nursing Home Report Card.

Survey of Older Minnesotans

Results of the 2005 Survey of Older Minnesotans now available!

In 2005 the Minnesota Board on Aging conducted a statewide survey of persons aged 50 and over in Minnesota. The MBA conducts such a survey approximately every five years to monitor the changing needs, assets and expectations of older persons in the state and uses this information to improve the design and targeting of public programs for older persons and to help researchers and policy makers better understand Minnesota’s older population. Read the 2005 Survey of Older Minnesotans Data Tables.

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