Advisory Committee on Aging

Arrowhead AAA receives federal Older Americans Act funding (and other grants and contracts) from the Minnesota Board on Aging. The Older Americans Act gives a strong role to advisory councils. This function is carried out by the ARDC Advisory Committee on Aging. The role of the Committee is to

Represent the views of older adults

Conduct public hearings

Review local proposals for funding under the Older Americans Act

Review and comment on policy

      Advise and assist AAAA staff in planning

2019 Advisory Committee on Aging


Kristin Parendo, Chair

Carlton County


Kathleen Gates, Co-chair

St. Louis County


Aileen DeMenge, Secretary

Aitkin County


Thomas Barratt

St. Louis County


Cheryl Blue

St. Louis County

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Darlene Collins

Itasca County

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Pat Eliasen

Cook County

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Harry Grinage

Itasca County

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Robert Hensley

St. Louis County

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Taylor Holm

Lake County


Lester Kachinske

Itasca County


Clayton Kauppila

Carlton County


Beth Swanson

Lake County


Sue Swendsen

Koochiching County


Anne Varda, Commission Representative

St. Louis County


By-laws require that the ARDC Advisory Committee on Aging have broad representation from senior consumers, senior advocacy groups, faith communities, volunteer organizations, educational institutions and county government, to name a few. One-half of the committee must be age 60+. Terms are for 3 years and members may serve two consecutive terms.

Tentative Minnesota Board on Aging Guideline - No officer, employee, owner, or director of an organization that receives Older Americans Act funds from an Area Agency on Aging shall participate as a director or staff for that Area Agency on Aging, nor on an advisory committee to Area Agencies on Aging.


Meeting Location and Frequency

The Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month in February, March, May, June, September and November. Meetings are held in Duluth at the office of the ARDC at 221 West First Street, Duluth, MN 55802.


How to apply for membership?

Persons interested in serving on the Committee should complete an application for consideration.