LF native to represent state in Washington, D.C.

Little Falls native Mark E. Anderson, son of resident Mary Anderson Rohrer and the late Edwin O. Anderson, will represent Minnesota beginning Sunday, April 22, and throughout the year, as an appointed member of the LeadingAge Public Policy Congress in Washington, D.C.

One of four selected, Anderson was chosen from among members of the state trade association Aging Services of Minnesota where Anderson serves on the Board of Directors.

LeadingAge is the national affiliate association for Aging Services of Minnesota and the host organization for the Public Policy Congress whose function is to influence national public policy makers in matters that affect the lives of older adults. An active member for many years in Minnesota’s trade associations that represent organizations serving older adults, Anderson has been deeply involved in public policy activities, including serving on the work groups that drafted legislation revisions for Minnesota’s Vulnerable Adult Act and the Assisted Living title protection legislation.

Through the initiative of Aging Services of Minnesota, Anderson has participated in lobbying efforts over the past few years, supporting the policy initiatives of the long-term care imperative, especially in areas affecting adequate funding for public assistance programs that serve older adults who can no longer support their needs through their own personal funds.

Anderson began his lifelong work in older adult services as a nursing assistant at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls while a teenager. Currently, Anderson is employed as the regional director of housing with Walker Methodist, a faith-based non-profit organization that has been serving the housing and health care needs of older adults for more than 70 years.

Anderson and his family reside in Ramsey.