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1988-2023: Celebrating 35 Years of Serving Atwater Seniors! 

Why We're Here

Atwater Area Help for Seniors is proud to serve our seniors in and around Atwater, Minnesota. We are a proud member of the Living at Home Network and offer a wide variety of services geared towards seniors living in our area. Our team members understand the joy of living at home, which is why we take such great care of each and every senior we serve.

Older Americans Month

Established in 1963, Older Americans Month (OAM) is celebrated every May. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, OAM is a time to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of older Americans, highlight important trends, and strengthen our commitment to honoring our older citizens.

This year’s theme, Aging Unbound, offers an opportunity to explore diverse aging experiences, combat stereotypes, and promote flexible thinking about aging—including the importance of enjoying independence and fulfillment by paving our own paths as we age.

Join us as we recognize the 60th anniversary of OAM and challenge the narrative on aging. For more information about ACL and OAM, visit the official ACL website.

Lunch & Learn: Healthy Aging

Wednesday, May 24 | 11 AM | Atwater Community Center

Join us for a free presentation by Nancy Drange to learn more about the physical, cognitive, and social changes of aging and how you can adapt to maintain the quality of life you desire. Nancy is a nurse practitioner specializing in family medicine at CentraCare.

Lunch will be provided by Atwater Area Help for Seniors. Space is limited, so please contact our office at 320-974-8737 by noon on Monday, May 22 to reserve your spot. For a printable event flyer, click here.

Whist Card Group

We are excited to announce the whist card group is active again after a lengthy pandemic pause! Join us every Thursday at 1 PM at the Atwater Community Center; snacks provided. All ages and experience levels welcome.

Medication Disposal

Sponsored in part with a Meeker Cooperative Electric Trust grant

Are you spring cleaning and found unused or expired medications you don’t know what to do with? AAHFS has available Deterra® Drug Deactivation and Disposal Pouches to safely destroy prescription and over-the-counter medications. These pouches are easy and safe to use at home and can be disposed of in regular household trash.

Stop by our office to pick up the Deterra pouches you need; office hours are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday–Thursday; 8:30-noon Friday.

Important Notice: Medicaid Renewals

Medical Assistance (Minnesota’s Medicaid program) and MinnesotaCare enrollees must have their eligibility reviewed once a year to ensure they still qualify for health insurance; this process is called a renewal. Renewals were paused during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep Minnesotans from losing health care when it was most needed; however, Congress has passed legislation requiring states to return to standard eligibility procedures. To stay on Medicaid, eligible people must complete the renewal process by Minnesota’s deadlines. Renewal processes for Medical Assistance restarted in April 2023 and renewals for MinnesotaCare coverage will restart in October 2023.

Medical Assistance enrollees will receive a pre-renewal notice in the mail about three months before the anniversary of their original enrollment date, and paper renewal forms will arrive by mail one to two months before their renewal is due. Because renewals in Minnesota can only be completed by mail—there is no online option—it is vital that each enrollee’s current address is in the state’s system. Kandiyohi County residents can update their address by calling Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services at 320-231-7800; or to find out how to update your address, visit  https://mn.gov/dhs/mycontactinfo/. Additional information about the renewal process and timeline can be found at  https://mn.gov/dhs/renewmycoverage/timeline/ or call the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433.

May 2023 Senior Dining Menus (Regular, Diabetic, Low-Sodium) - click to view/download

Aging is not "lost youth" but a new stage of opportunity and strength.

-Betty Friedan