On Sept. 3, the Minnesota Board on Aging and the Senior LinkAge Line One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors rolled out START MN.
The new initiative assists older Minnesotans struggling to find work by providing helpful information and access to local employment resources.
The Senior LinkAge Line began operation in the late 1990s by helping Minnesota seniors with Medicare questions. During the past decade, it has developed into a service that answers questions and provides guidance to seniors on a wide range of topics including tax forms, Medicare applications, and even fishing licenses. In May 2012, Minnesota launched SHARE MN, which connects seniors with volunteer opportunities.
In 2011, the Senior LinkAge Line One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors was significantly expanded – allowing seniors to easily tap the help of 17 state agencies, non–profits, volunteer organizations and other professionals. Since the expansion, the line has received more than 290,000 calls.