The Senior LinkAge Line® is a free service — offered by the State of Minnesota — which makes it easy for older adults and their families to find community services or plan for their future.
With a single call, you can:
- Talk with an aging expert
- Receive objective help
- Explore housing choices
- Learn about your options
- Get connected to services
- Decide what is right for you
How can we help?
Medicare can be confusing. Our experts can help answer your questions and explore plan options. Each year we can help beneficiaries review their current plan and discuss changes if needed during Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15th – December 7th). We can even help you switch your Medicare plan.
Are you struggling paying for your prescription drug costs?
There are programs to help you with these high costs. Our experts can help you find out if you are eligible and help with completing an application - no matter your age, income or insurance coverage.
Are you or a loved one looking to return home from a nursing home or other setting?
Our experts can help you transition back to the community and help you find resources and services to support your needs.
Do you have questions about housing?
We can explore your housing options and can connect you to community resources that can come into your home.
Do you need help planning for your long-term care needs?
Regardless of where you are in life our experts can help you start to plan now.
Our experts and volunteers can help you fill out the different type of applications and forms needed to apply for programs like: Elderly Waiver, Food Support or Medicaid.
Have you fallen victim to a recent scam or think you may have given some information out about yourself that you shouldn’t have, like your Social Security or Medicare number?
If you have, our experts can help you report the possible fraud.
We have instant access to several State Agencies. If you have a question about your driver’s license or tax questions, we can connect you.
If you are looking to refresh your resume or want to start volunteering in your community, we can help you connect to resources and organizations that can help.
Do you have another question that you don’t see here?
Give us a call and we can get you the answers you need or to the right place to get you the help you need.
Call the Senior LinkAge Line® at:
800-333-2433 M–F, 8am-4:30pm
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The Great Minnesota Get Together – the Minnesota State Fair - is upon us, and the Minnesota Board on Aging (MBA) will once again have a presence in the State Fair's Education Building. The theme of this year's booth is Blazing a Trail, a reference to the Minnesota Board on Aging, which has blazed the trail for the nation in the fields of aging policy, information and assistance for 60 years.
The Board's booth space at the fair provides a great opportunity to connect with thousands of older Minnesotans and their family members from across the state, provide them with information and answer their questions. Topics covered include Medicare, aging in place, long-term care planning, preventing senior fraud and much, much more. The booth will be manned by staff, volunteers and board members from the Minnesota Board on Aging, the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Minnesota's Area Agencies on Aging, which staff the Senior LinkAge Line® (800-333-2433). They will be on hand every day throughout the fair to answer questions and connect seniors to the resources and help they need.
In keeping with the Blazing a Trail theme, the booth will feature a photo backdrop and props that visitors can use to take photos of themselves. In addition, Own Your Future, the state's initiative to encourage individuals over 40 to begin planning for long-term care, will again be at the booth, providing information and surveying fairgoers about their plans for saving for retirement and long-term care.
The Minnesota State Fair runs from Thursday, Aug. 25 through Labor Day, which falls on Sept. 5 this year. The State Fair Education Building is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily during the fair.
The 'sandwich generation' is a generation of people usually in their 30s, 40s or early 50s who are raising younger children and caring for elderly parents at the same time.
Caring for an elderly parent while raising children can sometimes be overwhelming, making sure everyone is at the right place at the right time. Occasionally there is a role reversal between the older parent and the adult child which can be difficult.
The Minnesota Board on Aging and the Area Agencies on Aging are partnering with KARE11 to discuss and explore the issues the sandwich generation face in day to day life in the new segment “The Sandwich Generation” that airs Tuesdays at 11 a.m.
With help from the Senior LinkAge Line®, a free service of the Minnesota Board on Aging, those in the sandwich generation can connect with local aging experts to get help and resources to a variety of aging related topics. The Senior LinkAge Line® - 800.333.2433 - can help answer questions about: Medicare, Housing Options, Application Assistance, Long-term Care Planning, Caregiving and so much more!
Tune into KARE11 each Tuesdays at 11a.m.
Charles and his wife Ellen, have lived in their home of more than 57 years in Minneapolis.
After 97 days in a nursing home, Charles was determined to go back home where his wife was.
This is when he met Community Living Specialist Pam who helped Charles connect to services to make his wish become reality.
Charles and Ellen are thankful for the Return to Community program where they met Pam. "She is someone we can call on if we have to have help. And we never know when we’re going to need it" says Ellen.
Hear Charles story here: Charles' story
If you have been a past user of MinnesotaHelp.info®, then you know that this site has been completely redesigned. As part of the website upgrade, you can now use Home and Community Services Finders to help you find assisted living, supported employment services and independent living skills providers. In addition, those who use these services will be able to help test another new features within the site – service provider reviews.
If you have used services from an agency or business listed in MinnesotaHelp.info®, then you can help by being part of a pilot of reviews for providers of these services. Between now and running through May 1, 2016, MinnesotaHelp.info® will test a new process for people to write and submit online reviews of services they’ve received for possible follow-up by the service provider.
The Minnesota Board on Aging is conducting this pilot in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to test how well the process for consumers’ reviews of assisted living, supported employment and independent living skills providers is working. Consumers will be able to write reviews, see their own reviews, and providers will be able to respond. However, during the pilot, these reviews will not be posted to the live website. The goal of this pilot is to gather a sampling of the types of reviews received and to test the process for submitting reviews. To do this, we need your help.
Go to https://minnesotahelp.info/QualityInformation and click on Write a Review. Then, search for the agency you’d like to review. You be asked to log in to your My MinnesotaHelp.info® account. If you don’t have one, you can easily create one.
The goal is for users to have a positive experience, so if something is not working properly or if something is missing, please let the project team know. You can email them at https://minnesotahelp.info/ContactUs or call the Senior LinkAge Line® to be routed to project staff who can assist you.
Twenty-seven percent of Minnesotans are unsure about how they would pay for long-term care expenses as they age, a recent survey found. But many of those surveyed are interested in financial products that could help them pay for that care. These are among the findings of an annual retirement and long-term care planning survey conducted by the Minnesota Board on Aging (MBA) and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS).
Each year during the Minnesota State Fair, the MBA and DHS work together to administer the Own Your Future Survey to gauge State Fair attendees’ feelings about retirement and long-term care planning. The 2015 survey marked the ninth time the survey was conducted. Each of its more than 2,600 respondents were asked seven main questions and four demographic questions. Among the key findings, it found that:
- Retirement attitudes differ by income levels.
Wealthier respondents were more likely to think that retirement is a well-deserved reward for years of hard work than respondents with a lower income.
- Age and income are the best predictors of an individual's biggest retirement concern.
The main retirement concern for almost half (43.7%) of those under the age of 44 is running out of money, while only 25% of those over 65 had the same concern.
- Many Minnesotans have experience as a family caregiver.
Almost the same percentage of people reported serving as a caregiver now (15%) or in the past (18.8%) as did in past years, but the number continues to grow. The likelihood of serving in this role is greater for older individuals and females.
- Minnesotans do not know how they would pay for long-term care or where they would go to purchase a product to pay for it.
Nearly one-third (27.4%) of those surveyed did not know how they would pay for long-term care, indicating a continued need for long-term care planning and awareness.
- A majority of Minnesotans would consider new products to finance their long-term care.
More than 45 percent of respondents said they would consider paying for a Medicare home care benefit, while 35.5% would consider buying combined life and long-term care insurance.
The Own Your Future Survey is not intended to be a survey that meets all the criteria of a methodologically strict survey, but gives insight into the current thinking of Minnesotans on their retirement and long-term care. The sponsors use the results of the survey to determine how concerns and behavior are changing over time regarding the critical issues of retirement preparation and long-term care plans, and how these trends should influence public information and outreach efforts so they are more effective. More detailed information is available in a news release or in the full report available on the Own Your Future website.
AARP, the largest advocate for senior in the United States, ranks Minnesota as the best place to retire in the country. They rated Minnesota the top state in the nation on its 2014 scorecard of services and support for older residents. According to the organization, Minnesota has the most senior housing units per senior than any other state – 125 housing units per 1,000 older adults, compared to the national median of 27. The next-highest state is our neighbor to the east, Wisconsin, which has 58 units per 1,000 older adults.
In addition, Minnesota was the only state to rank in the top 25 percent for all five categories AARP measured – affordability, choice of setting and provider, quality of life and care, support for family caregivers and effective transitions, which means the ability to move someone from a nursing home back into the community. Of those categories, Minnesota ranked first in choice of setting and provider, and for quality of life and care.
The population of retirees in Minnesota is growing, with the number of retirees expected to double in the Twin Cities metropolitan area by 2040.