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Hmong Elder Connections

Dignity for Hmong immigrants

Hmong Elder Connections offers positive cultural, educational and social experiences for seniors of the Hmong community to help preserve their physical and emotional health and well-being.  Many Hmong elders feel isolated due to a number of language and cultural barriers, as well as personal difficulties arising from their loss of homeland and family members, their lack of economic security, and normal problems associated with aging.  Our program fills a void in the lives of isolated Hmong elders, teaches them about their new country, and gives them a place to find resources and support.

Location

Park ElderCenter 
1505 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Hours

Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
see details below for specific program days/hours

Participants

Hmong elders living in Hennepin County

How we help


Three programs, individual help and support, group activities and an adult day service, are designed to help Hmong elders develop supports for a new life while celebrating their shared heritage. All Hmong Elder Connections staff is bilingual and all programs are offered in the Hmong language. Call 612-377-4472 for more information, or to arrange for a tour.

Individual Help and Support

The bilingual staff of Hmong Elder Connections provide a valuable service in translating, interpreting, and explaining services to help program participants with a wide range of problems. Health care, economic assistance, housing, immigration issues, family problems, transportation and mental health issues are among the most urgent needs.

Group Activities

To reduce isolation and increase support for one another, Hmong Elder Connections has established a drop-in program at Park ElderCenter. Hmong elders meet on Wednesdays every week from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Programs and services include:

  • Health education focusing on hypertension, diabetes, physical exercise, healthy nutrition and weight maintenance
  • Weekly exercise programs
  • Nurse onsite for weekly blood pressure, glucose and weight monitoring
  • Noon meal with culturally appropriate food
  • Cultural programs including annual Hmong New Year Celebration
  • Summer camping trips


This program is funded through a grant from the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging as part of the federal Older Americans Act. Your contributions to the program are always welcome so that we many extend these services to as many people as possible.

For more information, contact Bee Vue — Service Director
Phone: (612) 377-4472
bvue@voamn.org