Family Caregiver and Senior Advocate Program

This program provides information, resources and referrals for services to seniors and their caregivers. These services reduce caregiver stress and provide seniors with information and access to services to assure they can "age in place" successfully. Areas the advocate may assist with include assistance with new Medicare laws, financial assistance, nutrition assistance, information on healthcare directives and living wills, fall prevention, emergency preparedness, and food programs.


  • As Senior LinkAge Line® Advocates and State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Counselors, advocates assist seniors in their homes with forms and questions regarding their insurance and other financial issues that impact their ability to remain independent.
  • Advocates also meet with family members and caregivers to identify and assess their needs and help them develop a plan to meet those needs.
  • Connect caregivers and seniors with information, resources, services, support linkages, and follow-up.


Powerful Tools for Caregivers Classes:

A free class to assist the caregiver care for themselves while caring for older adults/spouse. The class meets once a week for six weeks and participants receive a caregiver handbook with very helpful information.  Check back for future dates.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers for Businesses Classes:

A free class as described above however meets once a week for six weeks for only 90 minutes usually during lunch break or in the mid afternoon. This class has been proven to prevent and reduce work absenteeism.  Check back for future dates.

Eligibility Criteria:

Caregivers must be caring for a person over the age of 60 or be over the age of 60 and caring for a grandchild. One person within the caregiving/senior circle must live within Goodhue, Rice or Wabasha Counties.

For more information:

Carla Pearson
Senior Programs Coordinator
800-277-8418, ext. 328

Randi Callahan
Family Advocacy Services Specialist
800-277-8418, ext. 112

Funding for this program provided by:

Older Americans Act (Title III),Southeastern MN Area Agency on Aging, United Way of Faribault, United Way of Goodhue, Rice and Pierce Counties, Community funds of Pine Island, Wabasha, Greenfield and Cannon Falls, Area civic organizations, such as American Legions, Lion Clubs, VFW's, etc., Donations from area businesses and individuals

We continue to solicit additional required matching funds from other local agencies, grants, civic organizations, businesses and individual donations.