The Dancing Sky is 1 of 7 Minnesota Area Agencies on Aging.
Our goal for the people of Minnesota is simple: To work with rural communities to help older
adults stay in control of their choices.
We envision vibrant communities invested in their elders and older adults and caregivers
planning for the future.
Together, older adults and communities thrive.
Minnesota Board on Aging
Department of Human Services
Proudly serving the counties of Becker, Beltrami, Clay, Clearwater, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin.
• Senior Nutrition
• Senior Housing & Home Modification
• Assisted Transportation
• Legal Services
• Housekeeping & Chore Services
• Dementia Capability
• Medication Management
• Caregiver Support
• Grant Funding
• A Matter of Balance
• Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance
• Powerful Tools for Caregivers
• Living Well with Chronic Conditions
• Living Well with Diabetes
• Living Well with Chronic Pain
Education & Presentations
• Senior LinkAge Line: Who We Are & What We Do
• New to Medicare
• Senior Medicare Patrol: Prevent Healthcare Fraud & Abuse
• The File: The "One Place to Look"
Contact the SLL for more topics.
All services are provided in accordance with the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965.
The OAA supports a range of home- and community-based services.
In 1973 Amendments to the Older Americans Act created Area Agencies on Aging to allow local senior citizen participation in the administration of OAA funds.
The Dancing Sky Board of Directors meets quarterly to discuss and approve major items while an Advisory Committee for each region meet on a monthly basis to make decisions which affect their specific counties.
Planning & Grant Funding
Identification of needs, setting priorities, developing a plan and providing grant funds to agencies for the provision of services to meet priority needs. Administration of grants involves quarterly and annual monitoring, technical assistance and coordination.
The DSAAA provides funding to providers for services that enrich the lives of older adults and their family caregivers. Such as State Congregate Nutrition and Home Delivered Meals.
To help accomplish this goal, the DSAAA awards Older American Act funding (authorized under Title III of the Act) to agencies and organizations that provide direct services for people age 60+ and their caregivers.
We also receive local support through the Northwest Regional Development Commission tax levy and other means of county financial support.
The Dancing Sky AAA provides technical support including information, training to service providing, community groups and municipalities interested in providing services to older adults.
Developing Service Programs
Developing organization plans for sustainability
Providing information on aging demographic
Conducting Community needs assessments, asset mapping and opportunities
Provide educational opportunities for Older adults
Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance
Matter of Balance
Chronic Disease Prevention
Living Well with Chronic Conditions
Living Well with Diabetes
Living Well with Chronic Pain
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Senior LinkAge Line (SLL)
The SLL strives to develop community partnerships and serve older adults.
Four Service Areas of the SLL
Pre-Admission Screening Specialists
Community Living Specialists
Senior Outreach Specialists
The SLL helps simplify the complex issues and decisions you face every day as a senior,
Baby Boomers, Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers or someone trying to reduce prescription drug costs.
The SLL not only helps connect you to services in your community, but also provides the actual assistance to help you get the information and personalized help you need to make good decisions. This includes providing face-to-face help to you in your home and community.
The SLL is a free information and assistance service — offered by the State of Minnesota — which makes it easy for older adults and their families to find community services or plan for their future.
Just one phone call away (800) 333-2433!
Discussion on policies and issues that affect older adults, information, referral, assistance and action to protect the rights of individuals. As well as, outreach services, including; one-to-one assistance and educational presentation.
A message from our
In 2018, the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging (DSAAA) had an amazing opportunity to strengthen and build our organizational capacity to expand our programs and services to meet the needs of the older adults.
The community we serve is made of
a unique and resilient group of older adults, caregivers, persons with disabilities and home- and community-based providers in 21 counties throughout Northwest and West Central Minnesota.
Significant changes to Medicare impacted many older adults in our region during this past Open Enrollment. Medicare Cost Plans will be sunsetting in 2019, resulting in over 40,000 beneficiaries making changes to their coverage. Our Senior LinkAge Line team came together to provide education to over 14,823 older adults and caregivers assisting them with gaining a better understanding of the health plan options available to them as well as assisting them with the enrollment process.
In addition, over the past year we have expanded our Medicare Outreach through our, New to Medicare classes that we offered throughout our 21-county planning and service area. These classes were held in all of our 21 counties which was attended by 420 older adults and their caregivers.
As an organization we recognize that Minnesota is a great place to grow up and grow old where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity regardless of their age. Back in 2000 the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Board on Aging embarked on a plan to support older adults through 2030. As a part of the Minnesota 2030 Initiative, the DSAAA Development team facilitated listening sessions throughout our region to hear from older adults and their caregivers about the services and supports that they will need by 2030. They found that our older adults are concerned about the costs of health care and access to services so they can age in place.
The Dancing Sky AAA is excited to
be a part of assisting the communities in our region to become more age-friendly and dementia capable. Dementia Friends is a global movement changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia. Our team has provided Dementia Friends training and education to communities which resulted in people all across our service area becoming Dementia Friends.
Another way we are helping our communities become dementia capable is through another new program called the Virtual Dementia Tour. This tour gives participants a chance to take a "walk in the shoes"
of people living with dementia. This gives participants critical insight into the daily struggles of dementia sufferers and also the struggles
of those caring for them.
We look forward to the future of aging services as we address barriers to where we are and where we want to be. We envision a future where vibrant communities are invested in the elders. We envision older adults and caregivers planning for their future. Together older adults and communities thrive.