Winona Senior Advocacy


Our mission is to help older citizens remain independent in their homes.


  • Director: Malia Fox
  • Senior Advocate: Lori Paulson
  • Senior Advocate: Marite’ Olmstead


The Senior Advocacy Program offers information, referral and assistance to all individuals in Winona County age 60 and over who live independently in our community.

This is a free and confidential service.

No one will be refused access to the service because of race, religion, color, sex, economic status or disability.

The Senior Advocacy Program will make every attempt to provide adequate staff and/or equipment to ensure program accessibility to disabled individuals.


The Senior Advocacy Program provides:

  • Educational Programs
  • Home Visits
  • Information and Referral
  • Medicare Assistance
  • Supportive Services in:
    • Housing
    • Application for Benefits
    • Advance Directive for Health Care Preparation
    • Notary Services
    • Health Insurance Counseling
    • Money Management

The Senior Advocates assist individuals with:

  • Energy Assistance Application
  • Forms for property tax rebates or renter’s rebate
  • Free cell phone or telephone discount
  • Health Insurance counseling
  • Housing Applications
  • Prescription assistance programs
  • Winona County Human Services application for services

The Senior Advocates make connections with other services available in our community:

  • Companionship
  • In home health and chore services
  • Legal services
  • Nutrition services
  • Transportation options

Support Programs

  • Dementia Friendly Community (DCF) Creating a safe and supportive community for persons with memory loss, their care partners and families through programs including:
    • Weekly Memory Cafe’s
    • The Forget Me Notes Chorus
    • Dementia Friends Informational Sessions
  • Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH), is a program for people who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia at home. The program makes it possible for people to live in their own homes longer, addressing problems related to caregiver health that often force people to move their loved ones to long term care facilities. If the caregiver is better able to manage the challenges of caregiving, the person he or she cares for will benefit as well.

Friendships Forever

For the past six years we have been running a program for older adults who can no longer come to the Center because of issues such as declining health or lack of transportation. Students go to their homes and, with technology, are able to bring them back to the Center without ever leaving their home. If you know someone who would benefit from Friendships Forever, please call us so we can set up an appointment to show them how it all works.