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Monthly Resource Updates

Minnesota launches new COVID-19 telehealth treatment pilot program

· The State of Minnesota launched a new telehealth test-to-treat program so Minnesotans who have tested positive for COVID-19 get medical care and treatments that lower their risk of serious illness or being hospitalized.

· Minnesotans who test positive for COVID-19 can download the Cue Health app and talk virtually with a medical professional.

· Services include consultation, medication, and delivery. The program is free and can be used by all Minnesota residents.

· For more information on how to connect with the program and instructions on getting started with the Cue Health App, visit

More COVID-19 tests are available free online

The White House announced a limited number of free at-home COVID-19 tests for the winter. Households can order standard at-home tests or tests that are more accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. Older adults and people with disabilities can order from the Eldercare Locator: 800-677-1116 or the Disability Information and Access Line: 888-677-1199. Staff are available from 7:00am to 8:00pm Central Time, M - F.

Winter Fun at Ramsey County Parks

Ramsey County Parks & Recreation offers a wide variety of outdoor activities for all ages all year round! Head to the park and embrace the fun of winter – go sledding, skiing, snowshoeing and more. Here's what you can expect to find during the upcoming season: ice skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, kick sledding, and more. Go to:

Maplewood library/Service Center closed for renovation

During the closure, the Maplewood Service Center will have a satellite location at the Maplewood Mall.

New Online Resources:

Senior Community Services, a Minnesota non-profit serving older adults and caregivers, has launched a free, secure online tool to coordinate the help of family and friends. It provides care teams of informal caregivers with a way to centralize communication, including task scheduling & assignment, journaling, and local resources. Check out:

Elder Voice Advocates (EVA) (formerly named Elder Voice Family Advocates) created an online tool for those looking for information on Minnesota’s nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home health care agencies. Minnesotans can now look up the health and safety record through access to state inspection reports of every licensed senior care provider in the state on a single website. Elder Care IQ can help people identify providers that have a history of abuse and neglect of residents, as well as those that received a clean bill of health from state inspectors.

Care Options Network is now sharing their comprehensive data in a fully searchable website of collected and organized services for older adults. No personal information or fee is required to help you find the services you need. The website also provides a searchable online vacancy tool for various types of senior housing and long term care facilities. Additionally, The Network News is a weekly newsletter for care professionals, which can also be accessed online for free, whether a member of Care Options Network or not.

A safe and free way for individuals to receive confidential and anonymous one on one peer support. Trained peer support specialists and recovery coaches are dedicated to improving access to mental health and substance use recovery for all MN residents with a focus on reaching underserved communities. Available 5pm - 9am (7 days a week/365 days a year).

Updated boosters available at county clinics

Free updated boosters are available for everyone 12 years and older who completed their primary COVID-19 vaccination series or received a booster dose at least two months ago.

In-home COVID-19 vaccine requests

In-home COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available through the Minnesota Department of Health. This service applies to homebound residents ages 5 and older.

Schedule an appointment: Call 1-833-431-2053. Language services are available.

Monday - Friday: 9 am - 7 pm and Saturdays: 10 am - 6 pm

Ramsey County Veterans Services

Provides guidance and assistance to veterans, their dependents and survivors in applying for local, state and federal veterans benefits, including resources to support caregivers.

St. Paul Warming Centers

Adult Warming Spaces at two locations - low-barrier spaces. Open 9:30pm - 6:30am every night in December, January & February. Transportation will be providing a loop to adult warming spaces.

● Union Gospel Mission, 435 University Ave E. St. Paul 55130

● Phalen Activity Center, 1530 Phalen Dr., St. Paul 55106

Additional warming centers at these Salvation Army Worship and Service Centers:

Maplewood: 2080 Woodlyn Avenue, Maplewood, MN 55109

Saint Paul Eastside: 1019 Payne Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55130

Saint Paul West: 401 West 7th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102

● Eligibility: Anyone needing to get out of the cold weather when the temperature outside is 10 degrees or below

● Walk in 9 am - 4 pm Monday - Friday and may vary

● Description: Warming centers; meals served and other social services take place according to their regular weekday schedule

Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

From the American Red Cross, learn how to prevent water pipes from freezing and how to thaw them if they do freeze: How to Prepare for Emergencies

Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care Program for Unpaid Caregivers

Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care program’s Winter and Spring 2023 sessions will be offered online starting in January 2023 at no cost. Each session is a series of 8, 2-hour interactive classes over an 8 to 10-week period, and a half-day retreat. More information

Some Tech Help from Senior Planet:

Ask The Techspert: How To Clean Your Email Inbox

With over 319.6 billion emails per day worldwide, this article can show you how to keep your email inbox clean and decluttered. Read more

Ask the Techspert: Avoid Email Scams This Holiday Season

Research shows that the period stretching from the beginning of the giving season to the end of the holidays is when most consumers fall for spam. Learn how to avoid spam and email scams and stay safe during the holiday season.

Grants for walking programs – Proposals Due Dec. 9

The Minnesota Department of Health is asking for proposals from community partners to support building, expanding, and sustaining Walk with Ease programs or other evidence-based walking programs that help people with arthritis manage joint pain. These mini grants ($1,000 - $3,000) will support programs through June 30, 2023. Information and application. Questions? Email:

Resource Update December 2022 (2)
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