Winona Senior Advocacy

Our mission is to assist older citizens to remain living independently

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.
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 offers:

  • Assistance
  • Educational Programs
  • Health Insurance Counseling
  • Information and Referral
  • Notary Services
  • Medicare Issues

 The Advocates assist individuals with:

  • Housing applications
  • Completion of forms for property taxes, telephone and prescription assistance, and health insurance
  • Advanced Directives for Health Care

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

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


  • DFC (Dementia Friendly Community)   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
  • REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health), 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.  


For the past year we have been running a program for older adults who can no longer come to the Center (health issues, transportation issues, etc.).  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.