Minnesota senior services are readily available – if you know where to look. For most elders and caregivers, the primary place to access resources and get referrals is your local Area Agency on Aging or the Aging and Disability Resource Centers. We have listed those below in addition to other places to access help.
Area Agencies on Aging: What is an Area Agency on Aging?
- Minnesota Association of Area Agencies on Aging (M4A) – through the area agencies on aging, M4A provides assistance to seniors, providers and communities across the state
- Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging – serving Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis Counties
- Central Minnesota Council on Aging – serving Benton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena and Wright Counties
- Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging – serving Becker, Beltrami, Clay, Clearwater, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin Counties
- Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging – serving Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington Counties
- Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Area Agency on Aging – serving Bois Forte, Grand Portage, Leech Lake and White Earth reservations
- Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging – serving Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Swift, Waseca, Watonwan and Yellow Medicine Counties
- Southeastern Minnesota Area Agency on Aging – serving Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmstead, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona Counties
- Attorney General’s Office
- Department of Human Services
- Minnesota Board on Aging – the gateway to services for Minnesota seniors and their families
- Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care – established in each state by the Older Americans Act to enhance the quality of life, improve care, protect rights, and promote the dignity of residents in a long-term care facility.
State Agencies and Non-Profits:
- AARP of Minnesota
- Adult Protective Services Unit – educates the public about maltreatment of vulnerable adults and consults with local agencies, including counties and law enforcement
- Alzheimer’s Association – Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter
- Center on Aging – University of Minnesota
- Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota – free legal advice to low-income residents in Northeastern Minnesota
- Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance – legal services to low-income and elderly Minnesotans in 20 central Minnesota counties
- Minnesota Legal Services Coalition – helps low-income Minnesotans with civil legal matters
- Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services – legal assistance for low-income people
Should other Minnesota senior services be listed here? Contact Elder Guru