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Elder Network HeartDedicated to Supporting Older Adults

Central Minnesota Elder Network in Alexandria is recognized as a leading provider of volunteer support to adults age 55 and older in Douglas County. Since 1996, our non-profit, 501 (c) (3) charitable organization has been dedicated to helping older adults with the challenges associated with aging. These challenges can be physical changes, loss of loved ones, transition to a new home setting, learning new leisure time activities, making new friends or taking care of a loved one - we are here to help. The services at Central Minnesota Elder Network are provided by highly trained, compassionate volunteers and coordinated by a staff of professionals. All services are kept strictly confidential.

Our volunteer-based organization is committed to assisting older adults with their challenges and supporting their choices to maintain an active, secure lifestyle that maximizes independence, promotes quality of life and nurtures the spirit.

Our Mission... Nurturing Spirits

To educate and empower older adults in our communities to live well at home by utilizing trained volunteers and professional staff to support their emotional, social, mental health and respite care needs.

Elder Network HeartOur History... Recognizing a Need, Creating a Solution

Central Minnesota Elder Network began when a community member recognized a growing increase in mental health concerns in our aging area residents. In the spring of 1995, the Parish Nurse at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria learned about a program in Rochester, MN called Elder Network. The program was designed to meet the mental health needs of older adults by way of their peers. Staffers worked to educate community seniors on becoming peer volunteers for other seniors.

Seeing the benefit that the program brought to the Rochester area, the Parish Nurse proposed it for the Alexandria area. Over the course of several months a group of twenty interested professionals met, determined the need in our community, and ultimately replicated the Elder Network program in Douglas County. Over the years, our peer-to-peer services have expanded to include respite care and caregiver counseling. At Central Minnesota Elder Network we continue to seek and refine programs that support older adults as they age in place.