Start Minnesota! Assistance for Older Workers
September 03, 2013
Beginning Tuesday, September 3rd, the Minnesota Board on Aging’s Senior LinkAge Line®: A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors, will expand the One Stop Shop to include information for older adults looking to continue to or return to work. The One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors, a vision of Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon, began in 2011, to help older adults easily connect to and receive assistance from state agencies; simply by calling the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433. In May 2012, the One Stop launched SHARE MN! to connect seniors to volunteer opportunities in their communities.
This new phase of the One Stop will assist and support older adults who are unemployed, want to continue to work, change careers, or wish to return to work after retirement. Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon states, “Keeping Minnesotans who still desire to work is paramount to our state and our economy. We need to put more effort into capitalizing on this valuable, largely-untapped resource.” The Senior LinkAge Line®: A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors has specialists available to provide information to these older adults, discuss their goals and needs for employment, as well as get them connected to the resources that can help them be successful.
For more information on START MN!, call the Senior LinkAge Line®: A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors at 1-800-333-2433 or visit www.MinnesotaHelp.info®.
Aging Workforce Summit
Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon convened a group of experts from across the state on May 14, 2013 to explore the issues surrounding Minnesota’s aging workforce, and to discuss the implications for job-seekers, employees, employers and the state’s workforce development and training systems. The event was sponsored by the Minnesota Board on Aging, Aging 2030, and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. A report summarizing the event and the recommendations from participants is now available.