We organize our work within a framework that:
- Fosters community living
- Helps older adults manage risk
- Uses evidence-based approaches for better outcomes
- Focuses on effective partnerships
- Values innovative thinking and entrepreneurial spirit
Local leader on aging in community
The diagram above illustrates how we work. MAAA plays a key role in developing, funding, and coordinating a wide range of long-term services and supports for older adults and their family caregivers. We facilitate resource development at the enterprise level to seed strategic investments, critical thinking, and innovative approaches that community organizations can apply and sustain. MAAA is a conduit to community partners of federal and state aging funds.
As authorized under the federal Older Americans Act (OAA), the Minnesota Board on Aging has designated MAAA the Area Agency on Aging serving the Twin Cities region. In that role we award OAA funding to local service providers for a broad range of services that support older adults, including chore/homemaker, nutrition, caregiver support, transportation, special access and more. We were an early innovator in providing access in under-served communities, and are the leading funder in the metro area of community-based service for low income, minority and immigrant elders.
As a service and system developer, we consult on promising and proven practices and convene collaborative initiatives to advance emerging ideas and new ways of doing business.
Every day, we talk with hundreds of people to answer their questions about aging, caregiving, services and housing options. These interactions ground us as we partner with provider organizations to identify trends and issues and to promote practice change and new service development.
Staff and volunteers
Our workforce is comprised of service design and delivery experts, system integration consultants, social workers with experience in health and community long-term care, pension attorneys, and call center and database management experts.
Staff members speak frequently at gatherings where the conversation is focused on strategic efforts to improve the well-being of older adults and manage the costs of health and long-term care. Our outreach staff and volunteers are at MAAA-sponsored community health insurance counseling sites and many other community venues where older adults come together to learn.
Through funding from the Minnesota Board on Aging and Department of Human Services, MAAA provides older adults and caregivers streamlined access to information and community resources through the Senior LinkAge Line®. Our responsibilities include implementing our state’s strategies to implement the federal Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), Minnesota State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Return to Community and Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Referral (PAS).