Help Finding Services for Older Adults during COVID-19
ST. PAUL, MN, March 31, 2020 – As Minnesotans are adjusting to changes due to the threats of COVID-19, access to services and other resources has become a more urgent need. Older adults are among those at greatest risk for the coronavirus and many of the familiar services that help them stay independent in their homes may not be available or may offer different or more limited services.
The Minnesota Association of Area Agencies on Aging (m4a) and the Minnesota Board on Aging (MBA) are working together to ensure the needs of older Minnesotans are met and respond quickly the increasing and changing needs caused by the pandemic. Through the administration of Older Americans Act and related funds, we are working closely with local community organizations to target funding to crucial services, such as home-delivered meals, grocery shopping and delivery services, virtual caregiver support and telephone reassurance for isolated older adults. These organizations are on the front lines and continue to provide important services in this challenging environment.
The Senior LinkAge Line® (1-800-333-2433) continues to be the best source of unbiased and accurate information for older adults and caregivers. To supplement that service, we are announcing today a new online resource finder tool with current information on services specific to older adults and caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This finder tool is located at HelpOlderAdultsMN.org and is a searchable listing of services from across the state. Users can access the information through categories of services, such as home-delivered meals, grocery and drug deliveries, care coordination and home care. Search capabilities make it easy to find services relatively close to home. Currently the listing includes services provided under the Older Americans Act and other readily accessed information. We will continue to add and update resources on a daily basis to make it as complete and up to date as possible.
Contact: Julie Roles
Communications Director, Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging
firstname.lastname@example.org | 651-895-3341