As part of planning for Minnesota’s aging network, the eight topics below were identified, and a vision statement and a status check brief developed for each one. They were created following analysis of information from numerous sources—including: AAAs’ Area Plans and reports, Live Well at Home grants, MBA Dementia grants, strategic plans, conversations with managers and key state staff, and state and national-level reports and data on various subjects. These issue briefs will be used to inform statewide priorities public and private partners, councils, boards and state agencies.
- Inclusion & Equity - We will be valued, respected, empowered, and free from discrimination, and will have access to services that are appropriate for us, regardless of age, income, physical or cognitive ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, geography, race, ethnicity or culture.
- Life at Home and in the Neighborhood - We will live in the homes and communities that we desire, and have access to the quality services and housing we need to do so—safely, comfortably and affordably.
- Health & Well-Being - We will have convenient, timely, and affordable access to activities we enjoy, and the care and services we need, to optimize our physical health, mental health and overall well-being.
- Social & Community Connections - We will be connected to the people and things that matter to us and have lifelong opportunities to participate in and contribute to our communities.
- Caregiving & Dementia - We will be prepared to care for each other as we age, and be supported in our roles as caregivers.
- Individual Rights & Protections - We have the right to be educated and empowered to promote our rights and to have our rights respected.
- Emergency Preparedness - We will live in communities that are ready to keep us safe, connected, and autonomous before, during, and after a crisis—be it public health, weather, or other disaster.
- Age-Friendly Integration - Explores higher-level strategies related to coordinating and partnering with local governments, funders and others.