Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Senior Christmas Fun Day set for Dec. 8


Lois E. Johnson

Pam Jensen, AWIN coordinator, and the AWIN team will be hosting a Christmas Fun Day for senior citizens on Tuesday, December 8, at the Senior Dining Center.

All senior citizens in the Moose Lake area are invited to the Senior Citizen Christmas Fun Day at the Senior Dining Center on Tuesday, December 8. The day starts at 12:30 p.m.

The Christmas party is sponsored by the Aging Well Information Network of Moose Lake (AWIN), a new organization formed as part of the Rural Aging Initiative through grants from the Northland Foundation.

Pilot programs began in two locations as part of the initiative. Those programs are located in Aitkin County and in Moose Lake.

The purpose of the Rural Aging Initiative is to assist senior citizens in connecting to the services available to them in the area to help make their lives easier and be able to remain in their homes as long as possible as they age.

The Moose Lake group formed early this year and came up with a mission statement: The Moose Lake area is a community that values its elders and creates an environment that promotes a satisfying, healthy aging experience.

Pam Jensen was asked to be the coordinator of the group, and three projects were chosen: Transportation, Technology and Information/Outreach.

A website has been set up at, and people can visit the AWIN of Moose Lake page on Facebook.

The organization has had a successful year.

Bus service from Arrowhead Transit returned to Moose Lake two days a week on August 4, and technology classes, where seniors can learn how to use iPads, cell phones or other technology, began in November at the civic and community center downtown.

A brochure with a directory of services and businesses of interest to seniors has been printed and will be distributed soon.

AWIN has sponsored programs about Medicare Improvements and the Fraud Watch Network from AARP. More programs are planned for next year.

"I am amazed and excited about this group," Jensen said in a recent interview. "It is so exciting to see so many things happening for the senior citizens. It's AWIN win for the senior citizens of Moose Lake!"

There will also be displays and information of interest to seniors at the party. People will be asked to sign up for door prizes, including a grand prize. The drawings for the door prizes will take place at the end of the festivities. Winners must be present to be able to claim their prizes.

Prizes will be also be awarded to the winners of the free bingo.

More information about how AWIN can help senior citizens is needed. Each person will be given a card so they can list their ideas and suggestions.

"We want you to come to the Christmas party with your suggestions," said Jensen. "What do you see as a need or a want? What can AWIN do for you? We really want to hear from you."

Everything is free for senior citizens, including refreshments. Reservations are not needed.


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