2009 News

December 31, 2009

President Obama & Assistant Secretary for Aging celebrate National Family Caregivers Month

The true strength of the American family finds its roots in an unwavering commitment to care for one another. In difficult times, Americans come together to ensure our loved ones are comfortable and safe. Whether caring for a parent, relative, or child, our Nation's caregivers selflessly devote their time and energy to the well-being of those they look after. During National Family Caregivers Month, we honor the individuals providing essential services to family members who could not otherwise look after themselves.

View President Obama's Proclamation for National Family Caregivers Month

Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee:
Every day, in every state and community caregivers assist friends, relatives, and loved ones with daily tasks, including personal care and homemaking as well as more complex health-related interventions like medication administration and wound care. These selfless, dedicated individuals are the backbone of America’s long term care system.

Read Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee's statement

Minnesota Board on Aging Partners to Present Love of Car: Transportation As We Age

The tpt (Twin Cities Public Television) production about the driving issue of older adults and families. The documentary focuses on solutions including:

How to determine if you are a safe driver

Strategies for driving safer longer

Finding and using alternate transportation

Demonstrations of solutions, expert interviews, and stories of urban and rural seniors are included in the show.

Initial show times (see www.tpt.org for more times):

November 8, 8:00pm, tpt-MN

November 15, 12:00pm, tpt-LIFE

Alzheimer's Disease Working Group to Meet

The Minnesota Board on Aging will convene the first meeting of the Alzheimer's Disease Working Group (established by M.S. 2009, Chapter 159, Section 110) on August 27, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. at the Department of Human Services Building at 444 Lafayette Road North, St. Paul, MN, 55155, in room L3148. (Visitor Parking Locations.) Questions about the working group can be directed to John Selstad at (651) 431-2558 or john.selstad@state.mn.us.

Getting There

Getting There looks at issues, opportunities and community resources for vital living. Getting There is aimed at those 50 plus.  The series is running on Sundays on tpt's LIFE channel and statewide on the Minnesota Channel.

The program is hosted by Jan Smaby and is a partnership with the Minnesota Board on Aging and AARP Minnesota.

Watch one of these online videos:Relevance Independence
Fitness & Nutrition Medicare
Finances Civic Engagement
Housing Technology

Legislative Update Meetings Scheduled Across the State in July

Human services consumers, providers and program administrators are invited to attend legislative update meetings across the state in July. Ten face-to-face forums and two videoconferences are being held to address changes in home and community-based services following the 2009 Minnesota Legislative session. Schedule and location information contained in the links below.

Continuing Care Administration: Legislative Session 2009 Policy Update and Impact – Presented by Continuing Care Administration staff
Continuing Care Administration: Legislative Session 2009 Updates Videoconference Flier – Presented by Disability Services Division staff

Personal Care Assistance Legislative Updates Videoconference Flier – Presented by Disability Services Division staff

Continuing Care Administration Legislative Session 2009 Policy Update and Impact Videoconference Flier - Presented by Continuing Care Administration

MBA Wins Gold Award in 2009 National Mature Media Awards Program

Learn to Surf the World Wide Web, the booklet used in Senior Surf Day classes to teach seniors how to navigate the Internet has won a Gold Award in the category of Brochure/Booklet for the 18th annual National Mature Media Awards Program. 

Read the award winning booklet. To register for a Senior Surf Day or to find out more information call the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433.

The Alzheimer's Project

The Alzheimer's Project is a 4-part documentary series designed to change the way people think about Alzheimer's Disease. Tune in on HBO or www.hbo.com.

Sunday, May 10, 8:00pm (CT) - "The Memory Loss Tapes"

Monday, May 11, 6:30pm and 7:00pm (CT) - "Grandpa, Do You Know Who I am? With Maria Shriver" and "Momentum in Science, Part 1"

Tuesday, May 12, 6:30pm and 7:00pm (CT) - "Caregivers" and "Momentum in Science, Part 2"

Read more about the Alzheimer's Project

MBA and DHS Receive National Caregiving Award

Cal Ludeman and Mary Koep accept the Rosalyn Carter Institute Leadership in Caregiving Award.

From left to right, Mary Koep, Cynthia Epstein, Jean Wood, Rolf Hage, Cal Ludeman, Donna Walberg, John Selstad and Laura Bauer Granberry

The Minnesota Board on Aging and Minnesota Department of Human Services have been named recipients of the 2008 Rosalynn Carter Leadership in Caregiving Award. This prestigious national award is presented by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. Cal Ludeman, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Mary Koep, the Chair of the Minnesota Board on Aging accepted this award for its Family Memory Care Initiative in front of a crowd of more than 1,000 people at the “Meeting of the Minds”, the Alzheimer’s Association’s Annual Conference in Minnesota.

Family Memory Care is a translation of the New York University Caregiver Intervention, funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging Alzheimer’s Demonstration Grants to States. In conjunction with New York University (NYU), the project is being implemented in eight pilot regions of Minnesota:

Alzheimer’s Association in the Twin Cities Metro area,
Memory Disorders Clinic in Central Minnesota,
Waseca Medical Clinic/Mayo Health System,
Carlton County Public Health, Community Partners - Living at Home/Block Nurse Program  in Lake County,
Mower County Advocate/Caregiver Support Program,
Mankato Clinic and Mankato Area Living at Home/Block Nurse Program
Immanuel Saint Joseph’s /Mayo Health System
These sites are expanding this evidence-based family initiative to improve support of spouse caregivers who are caring at home for people with memory care challenges, NYU’s Caregiver Intervention has been shown to delay nursing home placement up to 557 days for those families who participate.

"We are truly honored by this award," said Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman. "The program being recognized is an important part of Minnesota's efforts to support people in their homes for as long as possible.  This is not only what people prefer but usually the most cost-effective way to provide the long-term care services they need."

NYU and Minnesota will split the $10,000 award and will receive a statuette designed for this award by Frank Eliscu, the designer of the Heisman trophy.

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving is named for the former first lady. It recognizes leadership in implementing innovative and creative partnerships between community agencies and caregiving researchers that bridge the gap between science and practice. 

“We are so grateful that the Minnesota Board on Aging  and DHS have been named recipients of this most prestigious award by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving,” said Mary Koep, chair of the Minnesota Board on Aging. “The Board works to support caregivers in a way that has a measureable impact on their lives. This caregiver intervention project is step in that direction.”

If you are a spouse caring for someone with memory problems and are interested in learning more about this family program that includes individual and family meetings as well as ongoing support in caring for your spouse please call the Senior Linkage Line® at 1-800-333-2433 to be connected to a care coach near you. 

Selecting and Purchasing Long-Term Care - Report to the Legislature

The 2007 Minnesota Legislature directed the Department of Human Services (DHS) to bring recommendations to the Legislature regarding ”how the State of Minnesota can Most effectively assist persons 65 and older in selecting long-term care services that meet their needs, reflect their preferences and enable them to maintain financial self-sufficiency as long as possible.”

DHS contracted with Wilder Research to conduct this study. Read the final report submitted to the legislature -  "Helping Older Adults Select and Purchase Long-Term Care"

Transitional Consultation Materials Available for Print

The purpose of transitional long-term care consultation is to support persons with current or anticipated long-term care needs in making informed choices among options that include the most cost-effective and least restrictive settings, and to delay spend-down to eligibility for publicly funded programs by connecting people to alternative services in their homes before transition to housing with services.

Materials developed about this service have been recently mailed to all assisted living providers.  You can also obtain copies of these materials by clicking on the links below.  To obtain additional hard copies of the Transitional Consultation Kiosk Cards please call the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433.  

TC Card - Male            TC Poster - Male
TC Card - Couple        TC Poster - Couple
TC Card - Caregiver   TC Poster - Caregiver

Home-delivered meals continue statewide

Some inaccurate news reports have suggested that certain Meals on Wheels programs may be discontinued. The following is a statement from Jean Wood, executive director, Minnesota Board on Aging.

“Minnesota seniors continue to receive the home-delivered meals they need and expect. The Minnesota Board on Aging in Minnesota is unaware of any Meals on Wheels providers that plan to stop serving meals in the coming months.

“Current providers have contracts that run through December 2009 and we expect them to continue. However, we will make the necessary arrangements for any senior that is not receiving their scheduled meals.”

While two programs that provided home-delivered meals went out of business in 2008, other programs were able to provide service to the affected seniors.

For more information or to arrange for senior meals, contact the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433.

Anyone Can Fall to air on ECHO TV

The MN Falls Prevention Initiative partnered with TPT to produce “Anyone Can Fall.”  The program will be aired in six languages: Hmong, Khmer, Lao, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. 

The program will also be open-captioned in English.  “Anyone Can Fall” will air: 

Sunday, February 15 - Broadcast in Vietnamese 7:00 pm, Lao 7:20 pm, Khmer 7:40 pm, Spanish 8:00 pm, Hmong 8:20 pm, Somali, 8:40 pm.  

Sunday, February 22 - Broadcast in Vietnamese 12:00 am, Lao 12:20 am, Khmer 12:40 am, Spanish 1:00 pm, Hmong, 1:20 pm, Somali 1:40 pm.

For more information on Anyone Can Fall on ECHO TV, visit http://www.echominnesota.org/


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