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Local community programs serving older people

Minnesota has a large number of local programs that help people who need long-term care to stay in their homes and age in place. Many of them use volunteers from local communities to provide assistance to those who need help to remain independent.

http://mnfia.org is a network of Minnesota Faith in Action programs that bring volunteers of different faiths together to care for their homebound neighbors who may be isolated and living with chronic health conditions or disabilities.

http://www.mnlivewellathome.org/ is a website to help you learn more about the steps you can take and the resources available to help you continue to live in your home instead of moving to another setting.

http://www.elderberry.org/who.asp is the website about the Living at Home/Block Nurse programs that were first created in St. Paul, Minnesota. The local programs provide in-home social support and health care to elders in that neighborhood. Each program has access to a nurse and also uses a volunteer coordinator to organize local volunteers to provide the support needed by elders who want to age in place in their home.

Parish nurse programs are programs sponsored by one congregation of several in coordination.  They employ a nurse to work with their members and the community to promote healthy living among individuals and families of all ages. Many parish nurse programs focus on older people and their needs for support in order to stay in their homes as they age.  Check with local congregations to see if they have a program or call Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433.

Gather information about long-term care

http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/home.jsp this website provides basic information for caregivers including articles that deal with topics of interest to caregivers, blogs from other caregivers and how to find programs to help caregivers in your community.

http://www.whatisacaregiver.org/ is a website designed to help caregivers recognize their role as a caregiver and provide resources to help them continue in that role.

http://www.n4a.org/files/answers-on-aging/Conversations_on_Aging_12-11.pdf website that provides direction and suggestions to families for how to start conversations with their older relatives regarding issues they are facing.  These topics include health issues, legal needs, issues on staying or moving, income security and end-of-life planning.

http://go4life.nia.nih.gov/ Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily lifehttp://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/index.htm This website provides information about health conditions as well as tools to use for assessing and treating these conditions.

http://www.health.state.mn.us/macros/topics/lifestages.html This section of the Minnesota Department of Health website provides specific topics of interest to older adults such as advanced directives, nutrition support, preplanning a funeral, etc.

http://www.health.state.mn.us/macros/topics/prevention.html This section of the Minnesota Department of Health website provides a wealth of information on prevention of chronic diseases and healthy living topics.

http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/healthy.html This website of the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides information on staying healthy, preventing disease and screening tools to help in these efforts.

Pay for Long-Term Care

http://www.saveandinvest.org/ unbiased financial tools and information for all investers, especially military families, from the Federal Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA).

http://www.lifehappens.org/long-term-care-insurance-introduction/ nonprofit foundation that focuses on the role that long-term care insurance can play in long-term care planning and payment for services.

http://www.naic.org/index_ltc_section.htm website of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. They provide model legislation to update state rules regarding long-term care insurance policies. They also produce the Shopper's Guide to Long Term Care Insurance (which is required by law to be given to anyone looking at or purchasing long term care insurance).

http://naic.org/index_consumer.htm this NAIC Consumer Resources home page currently has Amy Grant as spokesperson on the challenges facing baby boomers and planning ahead for health and life insurance needs.

http://www.hud.gov/buying/rvrsmort.cfm website of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regarding reverse mortgages and responsibilities of HUD to protect consumer rights.

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/sfh/hecm/hecmhome home page for reverse mortgages on the website of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

http://www.ncoa.org/enhance-economic-security/home-equity/ information about reverse mortgages and access to the booklet Use Your Home to Stay at Home™ written by the National Council on Aging to help older homeowners understand how reverse mortgages work and the role they can play to help remain in your home.

Plan for long-term care

http://www.longtermcare.gov/ this National Clearinghouse website provides long-term care information to help people plan for their long-term care needs.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/long-term-care/HA00054 this website provides a number of resources for those who want to plan early for their health and long-term care needs.

http://www.medicare.gov/longtermcare/static/home.asp this Medicare website describes a number of aspects of long-term care planning and the role that Medicare and Medicaid have in paying for this type of care.

http://www.mnaging.net/en/Advisor/~/media/MNAging/Docs/PlanningAheadBooklet_2009.ashx This booklet provides information for older adults and their families on the legal and related issues that older adults face. It includes such topics as arranging care, power of attorney, guardianships and conservatorships, trusts, health care directives, funeral planning and organ donation, and wills. Hard copies are also available from the Board on Aging at 1-800-333-2433.

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