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There are one million older adults in Minnesota and that figure is growing rapidly. In 2020, the number of older adults in Minnesota over age 65 will exceed the number of children under age 18. Older adults may face challenges related to financial security, housing, transportation, healthcare, employment and social service needs. In addition, thousands of direct support workers and the estimated 650,000 family and friends who provide unpaid caregiving are struggling to meet the ever-increasing demand for care. 

Minnesota Executive Order 19-38 (PDF)

News and updates

Media releases or articles related to the Governor’s Council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota.

MN communities, health systems and universities in age-friendly networks:

AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities

The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities serves as a catalyst to educate local leaders and encourage them to implement the types of changes that make communities more livable for people of all ages. The network provides resources to become more age-friendly by tapping into national and global research, planning models and best practices. Membership in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities means that a community’s elected leadership has made a commitment to actively work with residents and local advocates to make their town, city, county or state an age-friendly place to live. Once accepted into the network by AARP, the community leadership and residents work through the age-friendly network’s assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation processes.

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