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Help for older adults available at Minnesota State Fair

8/22/2017 10:28:45 AM

For media inquiries only
Jeanine Nistler
The Minnesota Board on Aging and the Own Your Future initiative will again be at the Minnesota State Fair this year with helpful information on aging, including planning for long-term services and supports many Minnesotans will need as they age.  
“Medicare-on-a-Stick” will be the theme for the board’s Education Building booth, which will have staff knowledgeable about Medicare, drug plans, aging in place, preventing senior fraud and abuse and other topics of interest to older adults and their family members.
Own Your Future, an initiative of the Minnesota Department of Human Services and other state agencies, will also be at the Education Building booth conducting a survey of how fairgoers are planning to pay for long-term services and supports. The survey will also gauge interest in potential new insurance products being developed to help Minnesotans pay for the care at least half are expected to need some time after age 65. 
Senior LinkAge Line, a program of the Board on Aging, will also have a presence in KARE 11 TV’s Health Fair building as the part of the “Sandwich Generation” marketing partnership between the board and KARE 11. The focus at the KARE 11 building will be preventing falls, which is the leading cause of injury for older adults.
The Board on Aging booth is in the southeast corner of the State Fair Education Building, located on Cosgrove Street, north of Dan Patch Avenue. The KARE 11 Health Fair building is at the intersection of Dan Patch Avenue and Cooper Street.
The Minnesota State Fair runs Thursday, Aug. 24, through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. The State Fair Education Building is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily during the fair. Reduced $9 admission for adults over 65 is available on Seniors Days, Aug. 28 and 31.
Senior LinkAge Line, 1-800-333-2433, is part of a Minnesota family of information and assistance services that also includes Disability Linkage Line, 1-866-3333-2466; Veterans Linkage Line, 1-888-LinkVet; and the online service
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