Leading Toward a Better Minnesota

The Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging (MNLCOA) brings together the resources and power of consumer, advocacy, social and health service organizations to advocate boldly for positive systems change to benefit older adults and their families in Minnesota. Leading nonprofit organizations, serving more than 1,000,000 seniors and family caregivers, form the Council.

Our Mission and Vision

MNLCOA aims to champion and advance home- and community-based services and supports for older adults. The Council's vision is that Minnesotans will have vibrant and viable options that help them remain in their homes and communities.


  • Aug 11, 2014
    Clearing the Path Home

    Paula Span, The New Old Age, The New York Times, August 11, 2014.
    The transitions coach ducks into your mother’s hospital room for a brief introduction before she’s discharged. The coach explains that her job is to help keep patients safe at home and asks if she can call to set up a home visit. Health researchers know that transitions — the hand-offs from one setting to another, as in hospital to home — often go awry. Read the article.

  • Aug 03, 2014
    Caregivers in the 'sandwich generation' often surrounded by challenges

    By Jenny Wagner, timesonline.com. August 3, 2014.
    If Rose Potts wanted to do something, her four daughters would make it happen. The former North Sewickley Township resident wanted to go to France, so she and her youngest, Erin Sherer, made the trip in the summer of 2005. Rose wanted to age at home, and not in a nursing facility, so together, Jamie, Erin, eldest Toni Gohean and second-youngest Michele Cicconi worked to care for their mom for nearly five years until her death at age 71 in 2006. Read the article about caregivers.

  • Aug 03, 2014
    Public policy and aging: 'Houston, we've got a problem here'

    By Phil Burgess, The Capital Gazette, August 3, 2014.
    In 1967, Israeli politician and diplomat, Abba Eban, said, “You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing — after they have tried everything else” — an observation frequently but incorrectly attributed to Winston Churchill. Regardless of who said it, the conclusion that American policy making at every level is a messy business is clearly spot on — including policies and programs to meet the income security, health and well-being needs of an aging society. Read the article.

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