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Katherine Blauvelt, left, and Debra Wallace, both Central Minnesota field representatives for Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., answer questions about senior benefits and programs during a senior listening session Thursday at the Willmar Community Center. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

For aging population, need for community services is outgrowing the funding


WILLMAR -- Despite all the transportation, nutrition, respite and other services in the region to serve the aging population, Lynn Buckley still sees elderly individuals who fall through the cracks.

These are services that can "help the seniors remain independent in a very economical and cost-efficient way," said Buckley, coordinator of the Caring Connections program at Redwood Area Hospital in Redwood Falls. "It's very difficult to say, 'I'm really sorry but I can't help you.'"

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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