Thursday, May 12, 2011

Franken Appears At Edgewood Vista Saturday

Minnesota Senator Al Franken will be in Brainerd on Saturday to hear about the unique challenges facing area seniors.

The meeting will be held at Edgewood Vista at 4 p.m.

The Minnesota DFL-er says with millions of baby boomers beginning to retire this year, future challenges will include getting needed health care services and adequate nutrition, as well as removing the barriers to staying in their own homes.

Franken will meet with dozens of area seniors, as well as several Central Minnesota senior advocates and volunteers who provide meals, companionship and transportation services to seniors across the region.

Sen. Franken, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, said the committee is working to reauthorize the Older Americans Act, which funds many of the local services used by seniors.

Last year, Sen. Franken’s office conducted a series of meetings in 17 communities across the state to get input on the effectiveness of the OAA and to discuss possible changes.

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