“It makes us happy when we are out and about because we do not have to look out the window all the time”    ~Hmong Elder

What is the Hmong ElderCare Program?  

La Crosse County has approximately 100 Hmong elders age 60 and over. Most of these elders are isolated, and depressed because they are separated from their peers and have little opportunities to socialize and share with the larger community their gifts and talents.  The Hmong elders also have a difficult time adjusting to their new life and new sense of self in America due to transportation, language, and cultural barriers.  Our program is designed to decrease isolation and depression and loneliness through socialization, nutrition, exercise, stimulating recreational activities, and educational excursions.

Programs and services include:

·       Social and Recreational Activities: tours and trips, gatherings, games and projects

·       Transportation: available to Hmong ElderCare participants

·       Nutrition: nutrition education and culturally appropriate meal

·       Exercise programs:

o   Physical exercise (strengthening exercise)

o   Pedometers to promote exercise

o   Exercise videos to loan out

o   Wii Games for fun and exercise

o   Walking

·       Cultural Brokering & Advocacy: Professional bilingual cultural brokers provide advocacy, translation, information and referral, and some case management.

·       Hmong Sewing Arts
Classes given at the Hmong Cultural & Community Center
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Thank You:

     La Crosse Community Foundation

     Franciscan Skemp Indochinese Foundation

     Gundersen Lutheran Foundation

for your financial support. Because of you we are able to provide

programs that allow Hmong elders to socialize, live, learn, explore,

and enjoy life as they are adapting to their new life in America.

 We gather to share and learn!  










Hmong Community and Cultural Center

1815 Ward Ave, La Crosse, WI 54601



Every Wednesday 10:30am to 12:30pm
Please make reservations 24 hours in advance with VA Thao at 785-6438



Open to all Hmong elders age 60 and over.  Anyone 60 and over is welcome to join us. 



La Crosse County Aging Unit


 Contact: Va Thao, Hmong Elder Caregiver Specialist

Phone: 608-785-6438

Fax: 608-785-6135