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Senior Care



SilverSneakers® SilverSneakers® is a fun, energizing program that helps older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity and offering social events. SilverSneakers is a benefit offered to members of many Medicare plans across the U.S. If you are part of a Medicare health plan or if you are a group retiree you may already have the SilverSneakers benefit. Present your current health plan membership ID card at the DLCCC front desk, and tell the staff member you want to join the SilverSneakers Fitness Program. There is no additional cost to you for this valuable service!

Call the DLCCC at 218-844-4221 or visit for more information.

• A free fitness center membership at the DLCCC • Access to any participating fitness center throughout the U.S. • A specially trained Senior Advisor at the fitness center • Health education seminars that promote a healthy lifestyle • Monthly social events to meet new people with similar interests • Customized SilverSneakers classes designed exclusively for older adults such as Yoga Stretch and Muscular Strength and Range of Motion

826 Summit Ave. • Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 • 218-844-4221 • PAGE 2

~ WELCOME ~ Welcome to the 2010 edition of the Senior Care Guide for seniors and their families. Inside you will find a list of programs, organizations and agencies in Becker County Minnesota. The listings include the name of the organization and the phone number. Every effort has been made to provide current information. We apologize for any errors or omissions made in this edition. The Senior Care Guide is brought to you by the Becker County Senior Network. Our organization is made up of area individuals who are interested in promoting the well being of the senior population of Becker County. The Becker County Senior Network would like to thank DL Newspapers for their generous contribution towards the printing and distribution of this directory. Services listed in this directory are subject to change at any time.

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Table of Contents If you are unsure of exactly what you need, refer to: Minnesota Senior LinkAge Line 1-800-333-2433 or They can assist you in your search for assistance For Local Assistance call: Coordinator on Aging Becker County - Karen Lenius (218) 847-1385 or 1-888-458-1385 Emergency Numbers.............................. 6 Advocacy Services........................................ 8 Becker County Veterans Service Officer...... 8 Consumer Protection...................................... 8 County Coordinator on Aging........................ 8 Landlord/Tenant Rights................................. 8 Ombudsman..................................................... 8 White Earth Tribal Council............................ 8

Daily Support Services................................ 8 Adult Day Care................................................ 8 Chore Services................................................. 8 Counseling/Support Groups.......................... 8 Driving Evaluation and Safety.................... 10 Foot Care........................................................ 10 Nutrition........................................................ 10 Senior Centers (Dining & Meals on Wheels)....................................... 10 Transportation.............................................. 12 Financial & Legal Services........................... 12 Becker County Human Services.................. 12 Legal Services, Inc......................................... 12 Mahube Community Council....................... 12 Social Security Administration................... 12 USDA Rural Development............................ 14 White Earth Reservation Business Committee................................... 14 Housing Services......................................... 14 Adult Foster Care.......................................... 14 Housing With Services................................. 14

Our Nursing Home offers: • Rehabilitative Nursing Program • Registered Nurses • Registered Dietician • Social Worker • Physical Therapy • Occupational Therapy • Speech Therapy 414 West Jefferson • P.O. Box 396 Mahnomen, MN 56557 Phone - (218) 935-2511 • Fax - (218) 935-2370


General Housing Information...................... 14 Home Modification and Accessibility......... 14 Nursing Homes.............................................. 16 Senior Independent Living........................... 16

In-Home Services................................... 16 Home Health Care......................................... 16 Hospice........................................................... 18 Life Line Services.......................................... 18 Life Enrichment/Employment Opportunities............................................. 18 Community Education.................................. 18 Employment................................................... 20 Volunteer/Community Service Programs. 20

Medical Services.......................................... 20 Clinics/Medical Centers............................... 20 Medical Supplies........................................... 20 Pharmacies.................................................... 20

If you or a loved one are considering the benefits of an assisted living environment, consider




1165 Garnet Blvd., Detroit Lakes

1159 Garnet Blvd., Detroit Lakes We’re pleased to introduce the only non-nursing home memory care facility in Detroit Lakes, specializing in the care of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

Our assisted living residence for seniors provides a safe and secure living environment. This unique assisted living environment offers the following amenities:

• Less institutional environment • 24 hour supervision • Lower costs • Additional Security

• Small size, limited to ten residents • Private bedroom and bath • 24 hour staff ability • Three meals daily served family style • Personal support service tailored to individual needs • Peaceful setting in a beautiful residential neighborhood • Medication management and administration • Nurse call system • Handicapped accessible • Laundry and housekeeping service provided

For Assisted Living, call 844-3300.

For Memory Care, call 844-6028

Whether for you or a loved one, learn how Golden Manor can become home. For admission information, contact Barry Fewson at 847-3195 or 850-3149 PLEASE CONTACT US TO VISIT ABOUT YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS. PAGE 5

emergency numbers Emergency 911

Lakes Crisis & Resource Center 218-847-7446 Provides direct services to victims of violence. Minnesota Poison Control 1-866-511-1222 St. Mary’s EMS EMERGENCY 911 Business Office: 218-847-0817 Lakeland Mental Health Center 1-800-223-4512 Assessments for mental health needs. Licensed staff on call after 5:00 p.m. to help with emergency assessments.

North Memorial Ambulance Service EMERGENCY 911 218-732-5255 Serves Hubbard and Eastern Becker Counties White Earth Ambulance Service EMERGENCY 911 218-983-3281 or 218-983-3201 Vulnerable Adult Reporting Contact Becker County Human Services 218-847-5628 ext. 5382 (Adult Protection Worker) or ask for the Adult Services Intake Worker 8:00 – 4:30 Monday – Friday After hours call First Link 701-235-3620

D iamond Willow Advanced Care Assisted living ❖ Serving Detroit Lakes since 2007 ❖ Providing physical, medical and memory care with industry leading staffing ratios

Experience the Diamond Willow difference! Call for more information and tours.

❖ Offering an ambiance of home in a smaller non-institutional type of setting. ❖ Private rooms, with private bathrooms ❖ On-site nursing, 7 days a week ❖ Serene views of Big Detroit Lake

Diamond Willow Advanced Care Assisted Living PAGE 6

218-847-6900 • 877-247-1205

Expanding to serve you better. NOW LOcated across from Ben Franklin in the Washington Square Mall!

Your mobility is our specialty! Mobility Scooters and so much more…

Full selection of home health aides for added personal safety.

• Manual Wheelchairs • Lightweight Wheelchairs • Power Wheelchairs • Scooters • Repairs • Walkers and Canes • Diabetic Supplies • Lift Chairs

• Rentals of Wheelchairs & Scooters • We Accept Insurances & Submit Claims

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advocacy Services American Cancer Society (National) 1-800-227-2345 Open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. American Diabetes Association 1-888-342-2383 Arthritis Foundation – MN Chapter 1-800-333-1380 or 651-644-4108 Becker County Veterans Service Officer 218-846-7312 Assists veterans and their dependents in securing all benefits provided to them by law. Cardiac Rehab Education Network (St. Mary’s Innovis Health) 218-847-5611 Consumer Protection Minnesota Attorney General’s Office 1-800-657-3787 Provides information and mediation services in connection with consumer complaints about business products and services. County Coordinator on Aging 218-847-1385 or 1-888-458-1385 Provides assistance in accessing programs and services for older adults in Becker County. Family Resource Center 218-844-5217, Mediation service Lakes Crisis and Resource Center 218-847-7446 or 1-877-754-9683 Landlord/Tenant Hot Line (Tenant Advocacy Organization) 1-866-866-3546 or 612-728-5767 Landlord/Tenant Rights (Legal Services) 1-800-450-8585 or 218-233-8585 Ombudsman 1-800-657-3591 Will investigate concerns, mediate disputes, advocate for seniors, and provide information and education to consumers. White Earth Tribal Council 1-800-950-3248 or 218-983-3285 Serves senior citizens of White Earth Reservation. PAGE 8

daily support Services

Meals, social, educational and volunteer opportunities are available to individuals and their spouse/significant other.

Adult Day Care

Includes a daily program of activities, meals, personnal and health services, along with transportation to and from the Adult Day Center. Emmanuel Community Day Center Detroit Lakes, 218-847-4486 Sunnyside Care Center Lake Park, 218-238-5944


Frazee Neighbor to Neighbor/Living at Home Block Nurse Program for Frazee and Vergas Elders, 218-334-3559 Helping Hands (Faith based program that provides minor repairs for the frail elderly/disabled), 218-844-8445 Home Instead Senior Care 866-521-8093 Providing assisted living in the comfort of your home Mahube Community Council 218-847-1385 Stan’s Do-It-All 218-847-7945 or 218-841-9355 Lawn care, miscellaneous hauling (moving), snow blowing, handyman work Total Home Care 218-439-3039

CounselinG Services Support Groups Alcoholics Anonymous/Alanon 218-844-9970 Detroit Lakes Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Group 218-847-4486 Emmanuel Community 218-847-5611 St. Mary’s Innovis Health Alzheimer’s Association of West Central MN 1-800-232-0851 Information, support, health care, and health care planning.

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Arthritis Support Group at Emmanuel Community 218-847-4486 (Times vary) Coffee Club - Holy Rosary Church 218-847-4570 Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services 1-800-456-7589 Services include long term loan of TTY’s, amplifiers, signalers, assistance and advocacy. Diabetic Support Group (St. Mary’s Innovis Health), 218-847-5611 Glenmore Recovery Center Crookston/Thief River Falls, MN 1-800-584-9226 or 218-281-9511 Inpatient & outpatient chemical dependency counseling Grief Support Groups 218-847-9493 Hospice of the Red River Valley Groups for adults, widows & widowers, and youth journeys Lakeland Mental Health Center 1-800-223-4512 or 218-847-1676 Assessments for mental health needs Lakes Counseling Center 218-847-0696 Outpatient drug and alcohol counseling Lakes Crisis & Resource Center 218-847-7446 Provides direct services to victims of violence Lakewood Health Systems Lakewood Reflections (Acute Care Behavioral Unit) 218-894-8200 Long Term Care Consultations Becker County Human Services 218-847-5628 Lutheran Social Services of MN 1-800-488-4146 - Caregiver support. 218-847-0629 - Counseling services. Multiple Sclerosis Society 1-800-582-5296 or 612-335-7900 Solutions Behavioral Healthcare Professional, 218-844-6853 Assessments for mental health needs. PAGE 10

State Services for the Blind Moorhead Office, 1-800-657-3755 Stroke Support Group – Emmanuel Community (Detroit Lakes) 218-847-4486 2nd Thurs. of each month 3:00-4:30pm Emmanuel Nursing Home Conference Room MS Support Group – The MS Support group is the second Monday of every month. Pot luck is at 6:30 p.m. followed by the support group meeting which begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Park Assisted Living Game Room. For more information please call Patti Cummings, Oak Crossing at 218-847-0820. Vision Loss Support Group – The Vision Loss Support Group will be held on the second Thursday of every month at Oak Crossing Cedar Ridge Living Room from 1:30 2:30 p.m. Each month a new topic of interest to people with vision problems will be discussed. For more information, please call Kathy Maki at 218-844-8376. White Earth Services • Alcoholics Anonymous/Substance Abuse 218-983-3286 ext 1297 or 1-800-950-3248 ext 1297 Offer support group – 218-983-3006 • Geriatric Social Services 218-935-5554 ext 3261 or 1-800-763-8629 ext 3261 • Tribal Mental Health 218-983-3286 ext 1284

DRIVING EVALUATION/SAFETY MeritCare 701-280-4070 Driver evaluation program offered by occupational therapist. Also car adaptation/ services.

foot care Healthy Alternatives (St. Mary’s Innovis Health) 218-847-0894 Services include monthly foot care clinics, wellness screenings, educational opportunities, and provider discounts.

NUTRITION/SENIOR CENTERS Becker County Food Pantry 218-846-0142 Referral required through Becker County Human Service or area churches. Becker County Senior Nutrition Program (NSI) Serve congregate dining and Meals on Wheels at specific senior sites. 1-877-677-3319 Emmanuel Community Senior Meals & Catering 218-847-4486 MOM’S MEALS Home delivered meals 866-204-6111, Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) Supplemental USDA food packages to income eligible seniors. 218-847-5628

Seniors! Are you concerned about? • Medicare Prescription Drug Plans • Energy Costs



• Housing Issues • Caregiver Support • Nutrition • Legal Services • Home Modifications • Health Care Directives • Medicare Supplements • Long Term Care Insurance and More!

Valley View Commons ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUBSIDIZED HOUSING Low Income and Mobility Impaired Units

Qualifications: • 62 years or older • Independent Living • Disabled or Mobility Impaired What We Have To Offer: • Companionship & Socialization • Laundry Facilities • Housekeeping Services • Privacy, Safety & Comfort • Elevator • Cable TV Hookups • Close to Clinic, Nursing Home & Hospital

For more information...Call or write: VALLEY VIEW COMMONS, 412 Second Street SW, Mahnomen, MN 56557 Phone: (218) 935-2379 • 218-261-0491 TDD number for the hearing impaired 1-800-627-3529 (48-tfc)



• Oxygen Newest Technology that allows Mobility, Travel & Independence

• CPAP/BIPAP • Oximetry • Nebulizers • Clinicians on Staff • Patient Education & Assessment • Hospital Beds • Wheelchairs • Ambulatory and Bath Aids • Diabetic Supplies Our vision at ProvidaCare is to be a leader in Healthcare by showing compassion for our patients, referral sources and employees.

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The Refuge 218-847-1982 Christian Outreach & Resource Center (Call for free meal schedule) White Earth Elderly Nutrition Program 218-983-3286 ext 1266 White Earth Food Distribution 218-935-2233 White Earth Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 218-983-3286 ext 1395 Angel Food Ministries Non-profit, non denominational organization dedicated to providing food relief to communities throughout the USA. Host site in Detroit Lakes – Assembly of God Church 218-847-5213

congregate dining and meals on wheels sites n Audubon 218-439-3432 or 847-5823 n DL Senior Center 218-847-5823 n Elbow Lake Community Center Senior Dining 218-734-2315 n Frazee Nutrition Center 218-334-2021 or 847-5823 n Lake Park City Center Senior Dining 218-238-5336 n Naytahwaush 218-935-5554 ext 3237 n Osage Senior Dining 218-573-3663 n Pine Point Elder Center 218-573-2210 n Rice Lake 218-694-2795 n White Earth Senior Dining 218-983-3286 ext 1236

transportation Becker County Transit System 218-847-1674 or 1-888-847-1674 DL Taxi Service 218-234-1192 or 218-234-6252 Ghost Runner 218-346-2650 Taxi service, shopping, delivery, courier service, cleaning, painting, and more. PAGE 12

People’s Express 1-800-450-0123 Non-emergency medical transportation. Innovis Clinic Van 218-844-2300 Limited to Innovis Clinic appointments Medi-Van 1-800-422-0976 or 218-847-1729 Transports individuals to non-emergency medical appointments anywhere in and out of state. Neighbor to Neighbor LAH/BNP (Frazee and Vergas elders) 218-334-3559 Serve Frazee and Vergas elders who are age 65 years and older. White Earth Transportation 218-983-3283 or 888-845-6787

financial & legal services Becker County Human Services 218-847-5684 or 218-847-5628 Services include Food Stamps, General Assistance, Emergency, and Non-Emergency Assistance, Medical Assistance, MN Supplemental Aid, Nutrition Assistance. Becker County Veterans Service 218-846-7312 Assists veterans and their dependents in securing all benefits provided to them by law. Legal Services for Seniors (Income based) 1-800-450-8585 or 218-233-8585 Services include civil legal services to persons 60 years of age or older. Mahube Community Council 218-847-1385 Services include: Fuel/Energy Assistance, Health Insurance Counseling, Home Weatherization, Tax Aide Program. Social Security Administration, Fargo 1-800-772-1213 Regional SSA Office, Fergus Falls 218-739-1025 To apply for a SSN, check earning’s record, apply for retirement, disability or survivor’s benefit payments, SSI, hospital/medical insurance under Medicare.




Special Long Distance Rates • MA Approved 24 Hour Service • 7 Days A Week State Certified • I.C.C. Authority FOR SPECIALIZED TRANSPORTATION CALL TOLL FREE 1-800-422-0976 MN OR 847-1729 P.O. Box 1053 • Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

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USDA Rural Development 218-847-5694 Low income families may obtain low interest loans and grants for repairs and home improvements. Wells Fargo Home Mortgages Reverse Mortgages, 218-846-1335 White Earth Reservation Tribal Council 218-983-3285 Provides special programs to low income people, including: energy saver program, emergency food services, transportation, social activities, information and referral, emergency energy assistance programs, nutrition programs and home delivered meals.

Housing Services Adult Foster Care Becker County Human Services 218-847-5628 Serves as the referral source for Adult foster Home placement in Becker County. (Other Adult Foster Homes serving surrounding Becker County residents) Ottertail Human Services, 218-998-8320


Living arrangements in which health-related services are available to tenants; services vary. Diamond Willow Advanced Care Assisted Living (Detroit Lakes) 218-847-6900 Frazee Assisted Living - Frazee 218-334-4501 Vergas Assisted Living - Vergas 218-334-4501 Hawley Senior Living 218-483-3337 Lincoln Park Assisted Living (Detroit Lakes) 218-847-0894 North Star Homes (Detroit Lakes) 1-800-535-5895 Pleasant View (Detroit Lakes) 218-847-7859 Park Manor Estates 218-847-2636 Golden Manor (Detroit Lakes) 218-847-3195 Lamplighter Manor – Emmanuel Community (Detroit Lakes) 218-847-7768 PAGE 14

The Cottage – Emmanuel Community (Detroit Lakes) 218-847-4486 The Madison – Emmanuel Community (Detroit Lakes) 218-844-9420 White Earth Reservation Housing Authority 1-800-726-4016 or 218-473-4663

General Housing Information Becker County Housing & Redevelopment Authority 218-846-7316 Rental Housing; Rent Assistance; Home Rehab Loan Program Mahube Community Council 218-847-1385 or 1-888-458-1385 Housing services, fuel/energy assistance, home weatherization and homeless placement. Detroit Lakes Housing & Redevelopment Authority 218-847-7859 Lake Park Senior Housing 218-238-5532 Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corp. 218-847-3191 White Earth Energy Assistance Program 218-473-4663 White Earth Reservation Housing/Authority 218-473-4663 or 1-800-726-4016


Listings below do NOT serve as endorsements. AARP (home modification resources) 1-888-687-2277, Dynamic Homes 218-847-2611 Will build Universal Designed homes Jeff Haverkamp 218-849-5471 or 218-983-3813 Lakeview Construction (Dave Nustad) 218-847-9730

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Call 1-800-347-0159 for your Free Hearing Test

Home Health Care • Adult Day Center • Housing with Services • Medicare Certified • Private Duty Nursing • Skilled Nursing • Personal Care Attendant • Homemaking • Home Health Aide • Respite • Foot Care (218) 739-5856 • 1-800-395-9949 Morris ph. (320) 589-9960 312 N. Tower Rd., PO Box 415 Fergus Falls, MN 56537

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North Shore Town Homes (Detroit Lakes) 218-847-4486

Lakes Specialty Services 218-850-9141 or 218-844-6507 Converts existing bathtubs into step-in bath or shower

Eagle View Manor (Audubon) 218-439-3043

Modern Heating & Plumbing (Rick & Kathy Michaelson) 218-847-7459

Lincoln Park Senior Apartments (Detroit Lakes) 218-847-0894 Marigold (Detroit Lakes) 1-800-728-5401

Don Schattschneider, Schatts Electric 218-847-4304

Park Manor Estates (Detroit Lakes) 218-847-2636

Rob Sims, Handicap Tub Conversion 218-844-6507 or 21-850-9141

Park Village (Lake Park) 1-800-728-5401 Pleasant View (Detroit Lakes) 218-847-7859

Jim Schultz, handyman work 218-234-9516 or 218-346-6640

Nursing Homes Emmanuel Nursing Home (Detroit Lakes) Memory Care, Respite, Short Stay & Rehabitiation and Long-Term Care Services. 218-847-4486 Frazee Care Center - Frazee 218-334-4501 Trach & Ventilator Services, IV Therapy, Outpatient & Inpatient Rehabilitation, Respite, and Long Term Care Services. Oak Crossing (formally St. Mary’s Nursing Center) Transitional Care Unit - 218-844-8931 Meadowbrook – 218-844-0791 Cedar Ridge – 218- 844-8932 Harbor Springs – 219-844-0792 Tours & Information – 218-844-0789 Perham Memorial Home (Perham) 218-346-4500 Sunnyside Care Center (Lake Park) 218-238-5944 or 218-439-3831 Memory Care, Respite, Short-Stay & Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care Services

Senior Independent Living

Silver Birch (Detroit Lakes) 1-800-728-5401 Sunrise Senior Villa (Frazee) 218-334-5362 Valley View Commons (Mahnomen) 218-935-2379 Village Square Apartments (Lake Park) 218-238-5532 White Earth Congregate Housing 218-983-3507 Winchester on Washington (Detroit Lakes) 218-847-0894 Zephyr Estates (Audubon) 218-439-6158

in-home services Home Health Care Caring Hands 218-837-5572 or 888-290-5572

Biimaadiiziiwiin (White Earth) 218-983-3006

Care 2000 Home Health 877-736-0246 or 1-888-890-9891

Lamplighter Manor – Emmanuel Community (Detroit Lakes) 218-847-7768

CK Home Care HMK, PDN, PCA 218-998-3778

The Madison – Emmanuel Community (Detroit Lakes) 218-844-9420

Circle of Life Home Health 218-335-8868 or 1-877-335-8868 Serves Elders on the White Earth Reservation


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Emmanuel/Perham Medicare Home Health Care 218-844-7158 Emmanuel Community Catered Living, Home Care and Respite 218-847-4486 Home Instead Senior Care 866-521-8093 Companionship, sleep-over services, 24 hour Caregiver services. Lakeland Hospice and Homecare 1-888-820-7885 Lutheran Social Services Caregiver Respite Program 800-488-4146 Merit Care Home Health Care 701-234-4900 or 218-863-2273 or 218-847-2653 Minnesota Home Care 218-963-8899 New Dimensions Home Care 218-739-5856 or 1-800-395-9949 North Star Nursing (PDN & PCA choice) 1-800-535-5895 Perham Memorial Home Care 218-346-1192

Hospice of the Red River Valley 218-847-1282 or 1-800-237-4629 Lakeland Hospice and Home Care 1-888-820-7885 St. Joseph’s Hospice/Hospital Home Care (Eastern Becker County) 1-218-732-4552 or 1-800-566-3311

Life Line SERVICES Life Line Emergency Response System (St. Mary’s Home Health) 218-847-0808 Emmanuel Community Response Line 218-847-4486 Northern Safety & Security 1-877-751-3902

BECKER COUNTY LONG TERM CARE CONSULTATION Becker County Community Health 218-847-5628 EXT. 5397 Becker County Human Services 218-847-5628 Ext. 5338 & 5339 White Earth Long Term Care Consultation 218-983-3286 ext 1277

St. Joseph’s Home Care 218-732-4552 or 866-588-4552

life enrichment/ employment opportunities

St. Mary’s Home Care 218-847-0808

Community Education

Sunnyside Home Health Care Services (Serving Lake Park, Cormorant, Audubon and the surrounding areas) 218-238-5944 or 218-439-3831

Audubon/Lake Park Community Education, 218-439-3303

White Earth Home Health 218-983-3286 ext 1277


Intensive comfort care that alleviates pain and suffering, enhancing quality of life for terminally ill patients and families by addressing their medical, emotional, spiritual, and grief needs. Services provided include grief support, resource libraries, counseling referrals and community education. PAGE 18

(Including computer classes)

Frazee-Vergas Community Education 218-334-2525 Detroit Lakes Community Education 218-847-4418 Minnesota State Community & Technical College 218-846-3700 or 1-800-492-4836 White Earth Tribal & Community College 218-936-5731

Focus on Excellence Specializing In: ■ Cataract & Lens Implant Surgery ■ Macular Degeneration ■ Corneal Transplant Surgery ■ Laser Surgery ■ Glaucoma ■ Lasik Management ■ Diabetic Eye Disease ■ General Ophthalmology

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L to R: Paul Melicher, O.D.; David Grosz, M.D.; Harold Rodenbiker, M.D.

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Employment Experienced Works 1-800-450-JOBS or 218-631-3483 Provides meaningful part-time community service employment for persons 55 and older, along with classroom training, job seeking assistance and placement into private sector jobs. Rural Minnesota CEP (Concentrated Employment Program) 218-846-7400 Services available include: senior programs, temporary work training, job search system, and more.

Volunteer/Community Service Programs Becker County Senior Citizen Council on Aging 218-847-5823 Group of volunteers interested in the needs and concerns of the elderly in the county. They discuss concerns, plan county-wide events and serve as the voice of the older people in the county. RSVP –Mahube Community Council, Inc. 218-847-1385 or 1-888-458-1385 Matches people age 55 or older who wish to contribute time to the community with local organizations which can benefit from the experience, talents and time of the volunteers. Senior Companion Program & Community Caregivers – Emmanuel Community (Detroit Lakes) 218-847-4486 Senior Companions befriend seniors in their communities who are lonely and isolated and need services that friends can provide. Neighbor to Neighbor LAH/BNP (Frazee and Vergas elders) 218-334-3559 Services include individual support, coordination of health care needs, information and referral, friendly visitors, transportation, grocery shopping, meals on wheels, senior socials, foot care cliinics, caregiver respite, emergency files, library services, alterations and sewing. We service those aged 65 years and older. St. Mary’s Innovis Health Volunteer Services 218-844-0709


MEDICAL SERVICES Clinics/Medical Centers Becker County Community Health 218-847-5628 Kidney Dialysis Unit, St. Mary’s Regional Health Center, 218-847-0825 Merit Care Clinic, Detroit Lakes 218-846-2000 St. Mary’s Innovis Health (Clinic) 1-800-224-5888 (Fargo) n Detroit Lakes – 218-844-2300 n Frazee – 218-334-7255 n Lake Park – 218-238-5901 St. Mary’s Innovis Health (Hospital) 218-847-5611 White Earth Community Health, 218-983-3286 White Earth Health Center (IHS) 218-983-4300 or 1-800-477-0125 Veteran’s Admin. Medical Center 701-232-3241

Medical Supplies ActivStyle, Inc. 612-520-9333 or 1-800-651-6223 Distributors of Tranquility incontinence products and medical supplies. ArrowHealth 877-386-5757 or 218-847-2837 Medical supplies, oxygen, and durable medical equipment Lincare 218-847-5649 or 1-800-642-2240 Respiratory services and medical supplies Northwest Respiratory Services 1-800-232-0706 Respiratory services ProvidaCare Medical Supply 218-844-2273 Respiratory services and medical supplies Wheelchairs Unlimited 218-847-2433 Specializes in wheelchairs, canes, walkers and scooters

Your Hometown Community Pharmacy A pharmacy you can trust. 808 Washington Ave. Detroit Lakes, MN

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From internal medicine to surgery, the team at MeritCare Detroit Lakes stands behind you.


Veterans and families in need of Durable Medical Equipment, Contact: George Peters at 218-847-2008

Pharmacies D.L. Pharmacy – Innovis (Detroit Lakes) 218-847-3537

TENDER HEARTS HOME CARE Serving the Lakes Area for over seven years.

Kmart ( Detroit Lakes) 218-847-9755 Prescription Shoppe II – Merit Care Clinic (Detroit Lakes) 218-846-2275

Kerrie Steinbach, owner 407 Carlund Parkway New York Mills, MN 56567

Thrifty White Drug n Detroit Lakes – 218-847-9248 or 1-800-510-7497 n Lake Park – 218-238-6642 or 1-888-640-5334

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Wal-Mart (Detroit Lakes) 218-847-7225

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“Family Care Mediation”

Honoring Elders and their Families Family Care Mediation helps families understand the wishes and needs of their loved ones while keeping communication channels open and avoiding damage to family relationships.

BeneFits oF FaMily Care Mediation • Elderly have the opportunity to share their wishes to family members. • Families create a plan for living arrangements, family care-giving schedules. • Addresses any situation family members may be having difficulties in coming to an agreement (financial, health and medical care, end-of-life care, guardianship). • Families have the opportunity to share and express what matters most – before it’s too late. • Cost effective – eliminates the legal battles that sometimes occur when there is not a plan in place. • Mediation is held in a respectful manner honoring our loved ones.

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Caring for Our Community Services for low income and elderly persons in Mahnomen, Hubbard and Becker Counties.

Discover how we can help you! • Health Insurance Counseling • Volunteer Assistance Program • Bone Builder Exercise Group • AARP Tax Aide Program • Weatherization and Energy Assistance

Senior Linkage Line Resource # 1-800-333-2433

218-844-5217 All services are confidential PAGE 22

847-1385 or Toll Free 1-888-458-1385 1125 West River Road • Detroit Lakes

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Offering the following housing units, all furnished with range and refrigerators: • High rise apartments • Family Housing: family units are 3- to 4-bedroom duplexes and single family units; all units have full basements • Housing Choice Vouchers: these programs offer subsidies for low-income persons to live in privately owned units within the city of Detroit Lakes FEATURES Building Accessibility: Accessible main entrance (zero step approach); Accessible public restroom; Designated disability parking Building Amenities: Community room; Elevator; Public park within one mile; Security system Housing Unit Amenities: Guest accommodations; Laundry facilities; Off street parking; Pets - Allows cats; Pets - Allows dogs under 20 pounds; Utility included in rent - Water Payment: 30% of income; Security deposit required ELIGIBILITY: Housing designed for occupancy by Senior Citizens (62 or older) or disabled near elderly handicapped persons, and families with dependant children. APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Walk in FEES: Rent is established according to income, based on 30% of adjusted income. Security Deposits are required upon moving in. Deposit is equal to one month’s rent or a maximum of $400 or minimum of $300.

DETROIT LAKES HOUSING AUTHORITY 1111 Washington Avenue, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501


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y toda Call our y for n catio appli Biimaadiiziiwiin provides apartments for persons age 62 years or older; accessible units available.

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•We offer fellowship with residents, family and friends in our natural décor community room. •All utilities are included in the monthly rent with the exception of satellite television and telephone. •Our building offers a coin operated laundry system and a lighted parking lot and vehicle plug-ins.

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Auto aids that can help older drivers Dear Savvy Senior My wife has Alzheimer’s disease and I worry about her wandering off. What tips or resources can you recommend to help me with this? Always Moving Dear Always, Wandering is a very common behavior in people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. For caregivers, this can be frightening because many of those who wander off end up confused and lost, even in their own neighborhood, and are unable to communicate who they are or where they live. But there are things you can do to guard against this and protect your loved one. Here’s what you should know. Wandering Numbers The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease today is estimated at 5.3 million, and according to the Alzheimer’s Association more than 60 percent of them will wander away from their homes at some point. Most wanders – around 95 percent – are found within a quarter mile of their last location, but if an elderly person is not found within 24 hours, there is a 50 percent chance they’ll suffer a serious injury or die. Home Solutions To help keep your wife safe and at home there are a number of things you can do. For starters, you can reduce her tendency to wander by keeping keep her occupied with simple activities and by encouraging her to move and exercise. There are also a variety of simple household adjustments you could make like installing a “key access” deadbolt or some type of safety lock on the exterior doors to keep her from wandering out, or to keep her from driving away, hide the car keys. You can find many other wandering prevention tips at It’s also a good idea to alert your neighbors that your wife may wander so they can keep an eye out, and have on hand a recent picture of her to show around the neighborhood or to the police if she does get lost. Helpful Programs There are also a variety of programs that can help locate your wife if she happens to wander off. Here are some to check into: Silver Alert program: Currently available in about a dozen states, this program is modeled PAGE 24

after Amber Alerts for missing children. If your wife goes missing, you contact Silver Alert and they alert the public and law enforcement agencies and the media so that citizens can be on the look out. To find out if Silver Alert is available in your state, contact your local Alzheimer’s Association – call 800-272-3900 to get your local number. (Note: Congress is currently considering a national Silver Alert bill, which would provide funding to help all states create programs in the future.) Medic Alert + Safe Return program: Offered by the Alzheimer’s Association ( safereturn; 888-633-4298) this is a national program that can also help locate your wife if she wanders away. With this service she would wear a medical alert ID bracelet or pendant engraved with her medical conditions and the Safe Return phone number. She will also be listed on their national database that anyone can call at any time to report her missing or found. This program costs $25 per year, with a $25 initial setup fee. Project Lifesaver: Currently offered by around 1,100 local law enforcement agencies around the country, Project Lifesaver (projectlifesaver. org; 877-580-5433) provides a wristband to its members that contains a radio transmitter and emits tracking signals. If a member goes missing, one or two officers will use the tracking equipment to quickly locate them. The cost for this service is around $30 per month with a $99 enrollment fee. GPS Tracking The Alzheimer’s Association recently introduced a new GPS locating service called Comfort Zone (; 877-259-4850) that can help too. Powered by Omnilink and specifically designed for Alzheimer’s patients, with this service your wife would carry or wear a small GPS tracking device that would notify you or other caregivers via text or e-mail if she were to wander beyond a pre-established area, and would let you know exactly where to find her if she did. Costs: $200 for a tracking device plus monthly service fees ranging between $43 and $80. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

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If you suspect someone you care about is being abused or neglected, you can help.

If you suspect abuse: Call The Common Entry Point at 701-235-3620 or the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center at 218-847-7446 or 1-877-754-9683 PAGE 25

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Pre-planning Putting Personal Decisions in your hands

Understanding the benefits of pre-planning your funeral service can be important to you and your family. Planning ahead insures that your wishes are understood by your loved ones, and that your funeral service will reflect those wishes.

Larson Funeral Home 304 3rd St SE – PO Box 327 Pelican Rapids MN 56572 218-863-2441

Assisting families with traditional and cremation services. Also helping families with their pre-planning needs.

We would welcome the opportunity to talk to you and answer any questions that you may have regarding pre-planning. We are available to meet with you at our facility or in the comfort of your home.

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The 40-70 RULE Time to Start Talking THE 40-70 RULE programs and emotional support services are offered to develop open discussions between families relating to providing care to parents and other various senior topics. Bridging the communication gap between adult children and their senior loved ones. The issues of aging often leave family caregivers speechless. That’s because all sorts of potentially difficult situations arise as adults age. What does a grown daughter say to her dad when he’s hit a light pole with the car? How does an adult son ask his mom if she’s taking her medications like she should? And how do siblings approach their parents about needing more help at home? These issues can challenge even the family where communication is free and open. And when that happens, it’s easier not to talk at all, which can lead to unresolved issues.

tions difficult. The idea is that if you’re 40, or your parents are 70, it’s time to start talking - at least about certain senior topics. The “40-70 Rule” is based on original research conducted by Home Instead Senior Care, which discovered that nearly one-third of adults in the U.S. have a major communication obstacle with their parents that stems from continuation of the parent-child role. The fact that many seniors may still be dealing with their grown sons or daughters as if they’re children rather than adults makes these conversations particularly difficult. If you’re a Baby Boomer with aging parents, this informative Web site is designed to help you start even the most difficult conversations with your senior loved ones, before a crisis has occurred and even after one already has happened.

Need help getting these important conversaTalking sooner is better than waiting until tions off the ground, visit our website at www. a crisis has occurred. That’s what the “40-70 Rule” is all about. This advice is designed to help adult children and their aging parents deal with those sensitive topics that often make conversa-

The 70-40 Rule Talking with Your (Adult) Kids THE 70-40 RULE programs and emotional support services are offered to develop open discussions between families relating to providing care to parents and other various senior topics. Bridging the communication gap between seniors and their boomer children

the idea being that if you’re 40, or your parents are 70, it’s time to start talking. The same is true of the “70-40 Rule.” If you’re 70 and your kids are 40, it’s time to start talking about some of the issues of concern to older adults as they age. And it’s never too late to begin a meaningful conversation with the kids.

The communication gap that occurred when The “40-70 Rule” is based on original research Boomer children were teenagers may repeat as conducted by Home Instead Senior Care, which seniors struggle to find the right words to talk to discovered that nearly one-third of adults in the their kids about sensitive subjects. U.S. have a major communication obstacle with their parents that stems from continuation of the Independence, money, health and romance parent-child role. That same dynamic--and othcan leave tongue-tied even senior parents who ers--can come into play as well for older adults are close to their Boomer children. How do se- dealing with their Boomer children. If you’re a niors tell their adult children they want to stay in senior with adult children, the their own home versus going to a nursing home? Web site can help you break the ice with your What does a widower say to the kids when he’s kids, before a crisis has occurred and even after dating a family friend? How does a widow tell one already has happened. her children that she has cancer? How do older adults explain that they’re becoming forgetful Need help getting these important conversawithout sending their family into a panic? tions off the ground? Visit our website at www. The “40-70 Rule” was all about talking sooner rather than waiting until a crisis had occurred; PAGE 28

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An Ounce Of Precaution You always said you would take a trip overseas when the opportunity presented itself. Lo and behold, it has finally happened. But now that the time is right, you’re not so sure you’re ready. You’re getting up into your years. Relax. With some planning and precaution, you can go on the trip of a lifetime and have fun. The key to any trip is to start your planning early. Apply for a passport early if you don’t have one. Look for a tour company that specializes in tours for seniors. Once you know your destination, find out where the medical facilities are. Read up on the history, people, language, climate and culture of the places you will be visiting. The State Department publishes Consular Information Sheets on every country in the world. These sheets contain information on health conditions, crime and security conditions, drug penalties, unusual currency, entry regulations and unstable areas. They also issue travel warnings. Make arrangements in advance if you need a wheelchair or have a guide or any special seating needs. Check with Medicare to see if the country you are visiting has a reciprocal health care agreement (this means you will have access to emergency care). You will also be eligible for non-emergency health care if delaying medical attention until you return home is not a possibility. Discuss your travel plans with your doctor, especially if you have a history of medical problems. Find out what could happen with changes in your diet and eating habits and ask about staggering your medication to fit the different time zones if you have diabetes. Make sure you have all of the necessary vaccinations. Visit all other pertinent health care providers like your dentist or optometrist before you go. Take enough medication to last the whole trip and keep it in its original containers. Bring copies of your prescriptions and a letter from your doctor explaining why you need them. It is also a good idea to get a letter from your doctor if you are planning on carrying a large amount of over-the-counter medication. If you have a serious enough condition, you may want to wear a medical alert bracelet. If you wear glasses, bring an extra pair with you. Pack them and your medication in your carryon and your backup medications and another pair of glasses in your checked luggage. Before you leave, review your health insurance policy. If you are not covered for care abroad, get a policy that will cover you. Check with your travel agent for short term-policies designed specifically to cover traveling. Medicare doesn’t allow for payment of hospital or medical services outside the United States, but there are some supplemental reimbursement plans that offer no-cost foreign medical care PAGE 30

coverage for eligible Medicare treatments. You pay the bills, keep the receipts and then submit them for reimbursement. While flying long distances, be aware that you could experience deep vein thrombosis, the development of blood clots in the leg veins. To prevent this, wear loose clothing and elastic stockings, avoid drinking and smoking, drink plenty of water, sit with your legs uncrossed, walk in the aisles when possible and do leg and foot exercises. Be prepared for jet lag, and upon arrival at your destination, take it easy for a couple of days. If you have high blood pressure, respiratory problems, anemia or heart problems, pay particular attention to high altitudes and air pollution. If you tire easily, experience a shortness of breath or become dizzy, you could be having a reaction to the high altitude. Allow yourself time to get used to the altitude before engaging in any strenuous activity. While on your trip, eat light and don’t drink excessively. Drink only bottled water or water that has been boiled for at least 20 minutes. Ice cubes may not be made from purified water, so avoid them. Stay away from food buffets and street vendors. If you get a severe case of diarrhea that lasts for several days, consult a doctor. Older individuals are often considered easy targets for crime. Stay safe by leaving your valuables at home, including expensive jewelry, and getting the contact details of the nearest U.S. embassy. If you are in a country that doesn’t have a U.S. embassy, find out which country’s embassy will be available to help you. While on your trip, travel during the daytime and carry your belongings securely. Tuck a purse under your arm; don’t let it dangle by the strap. Carry your money in a money belt or pouch and your passport someplace else. Stash your passport numbers in a different location in case your passport gets lost or is stolen. If your passport does get stolen, report it immediately to the local police, get a copy of the report and contact the nearest U.S. embassy for a new one. In the event of serious injury while abroad, the U.S. consulate will help you find a doctor or other medical services. They will also contact your family and help you with a money transfer to pay for treatment. In the event of your death overseas, the consulate will contact your relatives in the United States and inform them of the requirements for shipping your body. The government will not pay for your remains to be shipped home. Preparing for a trip overseas sounds like a lot of work. While that may be true, you have worked all your life and deserve to go on that trip of a lifetime. Get that suitcase packed and prepare to board that plane.


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Trusted Care. For all of life. Where Senior Living Comes Naturally. BEAUTIFUL SUNSETS FALL COLORS NEW SPRING FLOWERS ICE FISHING Celebrating the four seasons. It's why we live here. Here at St. Mary's Innovis Health, we embrace all this area has to offer. We are perfectly situated near downtown, restaurants, the public library, churches, shopping, theatre, fitness centers and medical facilities. We also offer onsite physician house calls! St. Mary's Innovis Health offers a variety of choices in senior living - all designed to meet your individual needs.

OPENINGS AVAILABLE Lincoln Park Senior Senior Apartments and •Assisted Living Apartments & Services for Individuals and CouplesAssisted Living • Winchester on Washington Senior Apartments

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