In Response to COVID-19
COVID-19: Get the Facts
The Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging is keeping the health and safety of our communities, staff, and families as a top priority. Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public as a precaution to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
The daily operations at the Dancing Sky will continue. Our team is here to serve you and continue our work. Staff are working remotely using email, telephone, and other forms of communications. Until further notice, meetings will be postponed or held via phone or video conferencing. All classes, presentations, and in-person appointments are postponed until further notice.
The Senior LinkAge Line (phone service) will continue to operate as normal. For assistance, call 1-800-333-2433.
Thank you for your understanding and we’ll update you when business returns to normal. We continue to monitor the corona virus situation closely, and will follow the Minnesota Department of Health, CDC, and World Health Organization for updates and guidance.
During these times, we have to make sure that we follow reliable sources that can be trusted to be accurate on the current situation.
Facts About Essential
COPING With Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak
(March 24, 2020)
By the World Health Organization
It is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. Talking to people you trust can help. Contact our friends and family.
If you must stay at home, maintain a healthy lifestyle – including proper diet, sleep, exercise and social contacts with loved ones at home and by email and phone with other family and friends.
Don’t use smoking, alcohol or other drugs to deal with your emotions. If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a health worker or counselor. Have a plan, where to go to and how to seek help for physical and mental health needs if required.
Get the facts. Gather information that will help you accurately determine your risk so that you can take reasonable precautions. Find a credible source you can trust such as the WHO website, or, a local or state public health agency.
Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you and your family spend waiting or listening to media coverage that you perceive as upsetting.
Draw on skills you have used in the past that have helped you to manage previous life’s adversities and use those skills to help you manage your emotions during the challenging time of this outbreak.
Senior Nutrition Centers Update
(March 19, 2020)
In the wake of COVID-19, the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging would like to make seniors and their caregivers aware that senior nutrition sites (senior centers) are not “closing.” While there are no congregate meals, the sites, however, are transitioning to alternative ways of providing meals. Depending on the site, the options may be:
To-go meals for Diners clubs
Frozen and shelf stable meals
Home delivered meals
Contact your local center to find out the options available to you.
Those sites with the home-delivered meals option will leave the meal at the door to minimize contact. Volunteers will knock on the door to let you know the meal has arrived.
For contact information on your local site, go to: Lutheran Social Services or Nutrition Services Inc.
If you need additional assistance, please contact the Senior Linkage Line at 800-333-2433.