Crow Wing Energized

Seniors/Aging Coalition

The Aging Coalition is a focus area under Crow Wing Energized Healthy Choices. Current membership includes 25 people representing 16 home and community-based organizations who provide services to people 65 and better living in Crow Wing County. The core group meets every other month while task groups develop their own meeting schedule based on their current work. Task groups report their actions and work plans to the core group. All members of the Coalition are expected to serve on at least one task group.

Purpose: To develop and promote health and wellness options for the aging population in Crow Wing County.

Desired Outcomes: 1) Provide education on available services, programs and events in Crow Wing County to professionals and citizens. 2) Promote collaborations with the following professionals and audiences:

  • Health Systems in Crow Wing County
  • Community at large
  • Aging population/residents
  • Government-State, County, Local
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Service Clubs
  • Businesses in CWC
  • The Center

Activities: Be the driving force that explores and implements strategies that address the social, mental, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the aging population, their caregivers and families. Our list of immediate issues is below but is subject to change as the needs of the aging population changes.

  • Fall Awareness And Prevention
  • Advance Care Planning (Health Care Directives)
  • Healthy Eating
  • Care Transitions
  • Exercise
  • Active Lifestyle/Socialization
  • Companionship/Respite
  • Caregiver Resources

Task Groups:  Task groups are identified and formed according to the activities listed as priority issues.  Current task groups are:

  • Falls Awareness and Prevention
  • Advance Planning (Health Care Directives)
  • Community Resources for Seniors
  • CREATE with Wisdom
  • Senior Services Collaboration.

Meetings:  The second Wednesday in January, March, May, July, September and November from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at the Land Services Building, 322 Laurel Street, Brainerd.

Contacts for more information:


Kathleen Gilbride, M.Ed

Central MN Council on Aging


Gayle Nielsen, MSN

Essentia Clinics


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Advanced Care Planning

A healthcare directive allows you to:

  • Appoint someone to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to make the decisions for yourself.
  • Give instructions to your decision maker about the kind of care you want and don’t want.

Appointments are available for assistance. Free assistance provided by Essentia Health – St. Joseph’s Medical Center Mission and Pastoral Services 218-828-7530 or 218-828-7531

Click to download resource PDFs



Honoring Choices MN Healthcare Directive

Minnesota Advance Care Directive



Click to download flyers.

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Online links, simply click for various resources.

Guide to Senior Nutrition

Moving Tips for Seniors

Financial Resources for Seniors

Guide to Medicare and Medicaid for Seniors

Medicare and Medicaid Explained

Veterans Benefits for Seniors

Legal Planning for Alzheimer’s and Dementia




Click to download Senior Bytes

February 2017 issue featuring beans, peas and lentils Senior Bytes February 2017

January 2017 issue featuring soups senior-bytes-january-2017

December 2016 issue senior-bytes-december-2016

October 2016 issue featuring reducing food waste senior-bytes-october-2016

September 2016 issue featuring winter squash senior-bytes-june-2016

June 2016 issue featuring cottage cheese and summer drinks senior-bytes-june-2016

May 2016 issue featuring healthy meals for one or two Senior Bytes May 2016

March 2016 issue featuring nutrition month and how to cook a perfect egg Senior Bytes March 2016

February 2016 issue featuring safety cooking in a slow cooker Senior Bytes February 2016

January 2016 issue featuring hand-washing and citrus Senior Bytes January 2016

December 2015 issue featuring sweet potatoes and craisins Senior Bytes December 2015

November 2015 issue featuring kitchen safety tips Senior Bytes November 2015

October 2015 issue featuring pizza Senior Bytes October 2015

September 2015 issue featuring 10 healthy eating tips for senior Senior Bytes September 2015

August 2015 issue featuring and spaghetti squash Senior Bytes August 2015

July 2015 issue featuring zucchini and cucumbers  Senior Bytes July 2015
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The Center – providing a community focal point on aging.