Issue For Action

3/22/18

Governor Dayton Announces Bipartisan Plan to Protect the Health and Safety of Seniors and Vulnerable Adults in Minnesota but Leaves Out Key Stakeholders

Based on the recommendations of an independent work group convened by AARP Minnesota and a recent report from the Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA), Governor Mark Dayton announced a broad set of reforms and investments to hold providers guilty of abuse accountable and protect the health, safety, and dignity of seniors and vulnerable adults. It should be noted that providers and provider organizations asked to be involved in the discussions leading up to the introduction of the bill.  However, providers and provider organizations were completely left out of the conversation in creating this bill.  READ MORE

2/17/18

President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal Ignores Needs of Older Adults and Elder Justice

The Elder Justice Coalition today criticized the President Trump’s FY 2019 budget proposal, calling it misdirected and lacking in its commitment to promoting elder justice in America. Robert Blancato, National Coordinator of the EJC, stated, “The Trump budget proposal titled ‘Efficient, Effective, Accountable – An American Budget,’ does not live up to its title and ignores the opportunity that Congress has created to improve the lives of millions of older and disabled Americans by increasing funding for elder justice programs that have been languishing for years.”  READ MORE
2/13/18

Now is the time to address old views on aging

By Emily Piper, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Kari Benson, executive director, Minnesota Board on Aging

Older Minnesotans today serve as workers and volunteers in government, our schools, faith communities, civic organizations, the arts and other places that make our communities vibrant, enjoyable places to live. Older adults already are helping to alleviate a caregiver shortage likely to become more severe in the years to come. Many are not only supporting their own parents but their children, grandchildren and other family members and friends.  READ MORE