There are approximately one million older adults in Minnesota, and that number is growing rapidly. Soon, the number of adults over age 65 in our state will exceed the number of children. 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.
Age-Friendly Minnesota is a collaborative statewide effort to make our systems and communities more inclusive of and responsive to older adults. It is part of a global movement to prepare for an aging population and ensure that older people are valued and integrated into communities at a new level.
Information being gathered through this process will help inform the development of goals and strategies for Age-Friendly Minnesota related to how to make Minnesota a better place to grow older—not just for some, but for all.
Age-Friendly Minnesota Statewide Stakeholder Session - June 16, 2021
Please submit your comments to: MN.DHS.AgeFriendlyMN@state.mn.us.
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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.