Senior LinkAge Line A One Stop for Minnesota Seniors at the State Fair
August 27, 2012
Lt Governor Yvonne Prettner-Solon welcomed state fair goers at the Minnesota Board on Aging booth in the Education Building. The event highlighted the expansion of the Senior LinkAge Line® One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors to include helping MN citizens find volunteer opportunities in their community that help seniors.
In April 2012, the Senior LinkAge Line® One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors announced SHARE Minnesota, which was the result of the Lt Governor's vision to engage older adults across the state in volunteering and civic engagement roles. Older adults have a lifetime of experience and have much to give back to solve pressing community needs. To volunteer, peopl are encouraged to call 1-800-333-2433.
In addition to promoting volunteering for and by Minnesota Seniors, the Senior LinkAge Line® One Stop Shop is focused on ensuring that all older Minnesotans get the help they need to plan for the future, and to access local resources that can help them remain vital parts of their own community.
Lt Governor Prettner-Solon shared two tools that are being used for this purpose. The first is a survey that is being conducted during the State Fair related to the “Own Your Future Campaign”. The objectives of the campaign are to:
- Raise awareness among Minnesotans of the importance of planning now so they have personal and financial options to meet future long-term care needs.
- Increase the number of Minnesotans who have taken action to address and provide for their future long-term care.
The second tool is the Long Term Care Navigator. This tool helps people figure out what they need by answering a series of questions and then finding local resources to meet those needs.
The Senior LinkAge Line® One Stop Shop will continue to expand to meet the needs of Minnesota Seniors. In the Spring of 2013, it will launch an additional initiative called START Minnesota, which will help connect older workers with employment opportunities around the state.