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Blazing a Trail at the Minnesota State Fair

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Great Minnesota Get Together – the Minnesota State Fair - is upon us, and the Minnesota Board on Aging (MBA) will once again have a presence in the State Fair's Education Building. The theme of this year's booth is Blazing a Trail, a reference to the Minnesota Board on Aging, which has blazed the trail for the nation in the fields of aging policy, information and assistance for 60 years.

The Board's booth space at the fair provides a great opportunity to connect with thousands of older Minnesotans and their family members from across the state, provide them with information and answer their questions. Topics covered include Medicare, aging in place, long-term care planning, preventing senior fraud and much, much more. The booth will be manned by staff, volunteers and board members from the Minnesota Board on Aging, the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Minnesota's Area Agencies on Aging, which staff the Senior LinkAge Line® (800-333-2433). They will be on hand every day throughout the fair to answer questions and connect seniors to the resources and help they need.

In keeping with the Blazing a Trail theme, the booth will feature a photo backdrop and props that visitors can use to take photos of themselves. In addition, Own Your Future, the state's initiative to encourage individuals over 40 to begin planning for long-term care, will again be at the booth, providing information and surveying fairgoers about their plans for saving for retirement and long-term care.

The Minnesota State Fair runs from Thursday, Aug. 25 through Labor Day, which falls on Sept. 5 this year. The State Fair Education Building is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily during the fair.