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Mental health, disability, Medicare and other services focus of help at this year’s State Fair

8/20/2018 10:01:19 AM

For media inquiries only
Patrice Vick
The Minnesota Board on Aging and the Minnesota Department of Human Services will be at the Minnesota State Fair this year with helpful information on a wide range of topics, including mental health, services for people with disabilities, planning for long-term care and choosing Medicare plans for 2019. Activities and resources include:
Mental Health Awareness Day, Dan Patch Park
Monday, Aug. 27, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
DHS will join more than 40 organizations participating in the day’s events, organized by the State Advisory Council on Mental Health, Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health and the Minnesota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-MN). Activities include inspiring stage performances, music, demonstrations, yoga, and much more. More than 30 activities to raise awareness about mental illness will be offered, many of them geared for children and teens.
Medicare Cost Plan information, Board on Aging booth, Education Building, Cosgrove St.
Ongoing throughout the fair
Beginning in 2019, Medicare Cost Plans will end in most Minnesota counties and those beneficiaries will need to change plans to ensure they have coverage. In August or September, affected people will receive notices in the mail from Medicare and their Medicare plan that will explain the changes. They will then need to weigh their options and make decisions best for them. Senior LinkAge Line staff will be available to explain the process and timelines and identify which plans are affected.
LinkAge line staff can answer other questions about Medicare, drug plans, aging in place, preventing fraud and abuse and other topics of interest to older adults and their family members. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Senior LinkAge Line, a free service offered by the State of Minnesota that makes it easy for older adults and their families to find services and plan for the future.
Information about disability services, Board on Aging booth, Education Building, Cosgrove St.
Ongoing throughout the fair
Disability Hub MN representatives will be available to answer questions people have about navigating the disability service system, health care, housing, employment, disability benefits and other topics.  Like Senior LinkAge Line, Disability Hub MN is a free statewide resource network.
Survey about planning for long-term care, Board on Aging booth, Education Building
Ongoing throughout the fair
Own Your Future, an initiative of DHS and other state agencies, will again be conducting its annual State Fair survey, which asks fairgoers how they planning to pay for long-term services and supports most will need as they age. The survey will also gauge interest in potential new financial products that could help more Minnesotans prepare to pay for their own long-term care.
Screening for risk of falls, HealthFair11 at the Fair Building, Dan Patch Ave. and Cooper St. 
Ongoing throughout the fair
Minnesota Board on Aging staff will be in the Fair Building conducting the Timed Up & Go (TUG) assessment, which measures a person’s risk for falling by measuring the time it takes to stand up from a chair, walk to a spot on the floor at normal pace and return to the chair and sit down. Falls are a leading cause of injuries for older Americans, but simple steps can be taken to help prevent them so assessing risk is important.
The Minnesota State Fair runs Thursday, Aug. 23, through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. 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. 27 and Aug. 30. 
Senior LinkAge Line, and 1-800-333-2433, and Disability Hub MN, and 1-866-333-2466 are part of a Minnesota family of information and assistance services that also includes Veterans Linkage Line, 1-888-LinkVet and the online service
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