Minnesota Aging Agencies Spotlighted at Elder Care Expo 2008

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State and county aging agencies, which deliver long-term care services and provide information to seniors and their families, will be spotlighted at the Elder Care Expo 2008 from May 9 to 10, 2008, at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Education Building in St. Paul, Minn. The Expo will deliver educational programs and outreach to consumers who are seeking answers to elder care questions.

Minnesota state and county aging agencies, which deliver long-term care services and provide information to seniors and their families, will be spotlighted at the Elder Care Expo 2008. The Expo will deliver educational programs and outreach to consumers who are seeking answers to elder care questions.

Elder Care Expo 2008 will be held from May 9 to 10, 2008, at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Education Building in St. Paul, Minn. The Expo program will include presentations from the Minnesota Board on Aging, the Area Agencies on Aging, Ramsey County Community Human Services, Hennepin County Aging and Disability Department, research groups, and vendor/service organizations. Experts will provide information on home care and housing options, adult protection, mental health issues, elder law, reverse mortgages, insurance coverage and more. County social workers and public health nurses will administer mini-long-term care consultations (including home healthcare and social service assessments). That's just some of what is planned.

"Having these agencies represented at Elder Care Expo 2008 is an important addition to the Expo program," said Julie Groshens, Elder Care Expo founding partner. "They provide valuable resources for helping Minnesotans find help with caring for their loved ones, yet many citizens are not aware of what help is available. Elder Care Expo will bring together in one place the key elder-care resources from the state and county."

Additional sponsors include ACCRA Care Inc, Augustana Care Corporation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and WCCO Radio.

The Elder Care Expo will offer tremendous value to those struggling with the challenges of planning for later life. In this educational, solutions-focused event, baby boomers and elders will find concrete help in planning for their own needs, as well as their families' needs.

Statistics show that people are living longer than ever before and this trend will continue. According to the Minnesota State Demographic Center, Minnesota's 65-and-older population is forecast to increase by 27 percent during the next 10 years, while the number of those 85 and older will increase a staggering 115 percent by 2035. Research also suggests that baby boomers have not adequately planned for their later years and now face the prospect of simultaneously planning for their own future needs while trying to find answers for their parents' care today.

For more information about exhibiting at, sponsoring or attending Elder Care Expo 2008, call 651-204-0266 or visit:
http://www.choosingeldercare.com

About Elder Care Expo:
Today, one in five adults is responsible for managing some aspect of the finances and/or healthcare of a family member who is 65 or older, and approximately 80 percent of home-care services are provided by family caregivers. Elder Care Expo is Minnesota's first-ever educational event designed to bring together government agencies, nonprofits and private organizations under one roof and with one simple goal: helping baby boomers, their parents and seniors plan for and find solutions for their elder care challenges.

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