Aging Coalition

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


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.

Meetings and Contact

The Aging Coalition meets the second Wednesday of February, May, August and November from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Meetings will be held at the Crow Wing County Land Services Building in the lower level. A virtual option is available. Task groups meet as needed throughout the year; task group co-chairs report at the Aging Coalition meeting. Contact a Crow Wing Energized team member by completing the Get in Touch form.


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.

  • SAIL Classes
  • 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:

  • Evidence-Based Classes
  • Special Events, Education and Outreach
  • Mental Health Task Group
  • Lakes Area Memory Awareness Advocates (LAMAA)


Meetings are held virtually. Contact Karen Johnson to receive meeting notifications.

Gina Heyer
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Karen Johnson
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Rachel Zetah 
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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 or online at
  • Free assistance provided by Essentia Health – St. Joseph’s Medical Center Mission and Pastoral Services 218-828-7530 or 218-828-7531 or online
  • Debra Bergsnev and Mary Novotny Honoring Choices Facilitators are available to address any questions on Advance Care Planning/Healthcare Directives or if you would like a healthcare directive mailed to you, please email or call them at or or 218-546-7000 ext. 4222.
  • Contact your healthcare provider

Advance Care Planning Resources: