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Indian Elder Desk

The Minnesota Board on Aging’s American Indian Elder Desk aims to increase awareness of and improve access to services for Indian elders in urban Indian communities and on 11 Indian reservations across Minnesota. The Indian Elder Desk specialist helps Indian and non-Indian community agencies develop culturally sensitive programs and services and works directly with Indian elders promoting aging services and programs. Overall, the program acts as the Minnesota Board on Aging and the Minnesota Department of Human Services' liaison to Indian elder communities.

Wisdom Steps Program

Wisdom Steps is a culturally based preventive health promotion program developed by and for American Indian elders, with support from the Indian Elder Desk. Wisdom Steps fosters community and tribal partnerships and coordinates resources to provide increased advocacy and access to services that will improve the health of American Indian elders.

The program focuses on:

  • Health screenings
  • Health education
  • Healthy living activities

Incentives are offered to encourage participation in preventive health programs. 
All American Indian elders are invited to participate in the Wisdom Steps Program.

To learn more about or participate in Wisdom Steps:

  • Go to the Wisdom Steps website at www.wisdomsteps.org
  • Call the Senior LinkAge Line® at 800-333-2433.

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