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Oct 172016
 October 17, 2016  Posted by  Age-Friendly Communities, Uncategorized

Sandwich Generation on KARE11

Caring for an elderly parent while raising children can sometimes be overwhelming. To help “the sandwich generation,” the Minnesota Board on Aging and the Area Agencies on Aging have partnered with KARE11 to discuss and explore the issues the sandwich generation faces in day to day life.

A weekly segment, The Sandwich Generation,  airs Tuesdays at 11 a.m. These segments can also be seen online in KARE-11’s Features section of their website: The Sandwich Generation.

Jul 132015
 July 13, 2015  Posted by  Age-Friendly Communities, Aging in Place

Dementia Friendly America information sheetMinnesota’s ACT on Alzheimer’s has inspired a national project—the Dementia Friendly America initiative! The initiative was announced at the White House Conference on Aging on Monday, July 13th.

Families and communities in every city, town, and rural area in the U.S. are feeling the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Over five million Americans—one in eight age 65 and older and one in three age 85 and older—is living with dementia. They are supported by 15.5 million family members and friends.

Building on the ACT on Alzheimer’s community engagement model employed throughout Minnesota, the Dementia Friendly America initiative is fostering dementia friendliness in communities across the country. The initiative will be deployed through web-based resources and technical assistance.

Tempe, Arizona; Prince George’s County, Maryland; Knoxville, Tennessee; Santa Clara County, California; Denver, Colorado; and the state of West Virginia will be early adopters of the dementia friendly community process.

Download an information sheet.

If you would like more information about Dementia Friendly America, please contact us.

Jul 132015
Minnesota AAA directors receiving n4a Innovations Award

Minnesota AAA directors receive n4a Innovation Award: (left to right) Linda Giersdorf,
Catherine Sampson, Dawn Simonson, Lori Vrolson, Connie Bagley

On July 12, 2015, Minnesota’s Area Agencies on Aging received an Aging Innovations Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. The award commends the Minnesota Agencies for their partner role in developing the ACT on Alzheimer’s initiative and providing technical assistance and support to communities statewide—helping them assess, analyze and work to achieve community goals for becoming dementia friendly.

m4a Innovation Award Info SheetDawn Simonson, executive director, Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging and Lori Vrolson, executive director, Central Minnesota Council on Aging, received the award at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging annual conference and tradeshow in Philadelphia. Simonson and Vrolson also represented ACT on Alzheimer’s as participants in the conference panel, “Equipping Communities to Support People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.”

Read the an info sheet about the award. If you would like more information, please contact us.

Sep 302014
 September 30, 2014  Posted by  Age-Friendly Communities, Aging in Place, Long-term Care

The report “Raising Expectations 2014: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers” is from AARP, The Commonwealth Fund and the The Scan Foundation. It takes a multi-dimensional approach to measure state-level performance of long-term services and supports (LTSS) systems that assist older people, adults with disabilities, and family caregivers. Download the Minnesota fact sheet.Continue Reading Minnesota Ranks Number 1 in New Report on Long-Term Services

Jul 302014
 July 30, 2014  Posted by  Age-Friendly Communities

By Robert B. Blancato,, 7/23/14.
The American public’s cynicism about Washington can diminish when bipartisanship prevails and bills become law. . . . So why is the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act not in this group? The law’s name may not be recognizable for some, but many of the services the law provides and funds are widely recognized, such as Meals on Wheels, senior centers, elder abuse prevention and low-income community service employment. Read the article.

Continue Reading Why Not the Older Americans Act?

Jul 152014
 July 15, 2014  Posted by  Age-Friendly Communities, Aging in Place, Health

For the third year of The United States of Aging Survey, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), the National Council on Aging, UnitedHealthcare and USA TODAY conducted a survey of 3,279 U.S. adults to examine seniors’ attitudes on a range of issues such as health, finances, and community support. The survey results provide insight on how U.S. seniors are preparing for their later years and what communities can do to better support an increasing, longer-living senior population.

Key Findings

  • More than one third of seniors (37 percent) say they exercise every day compared with 26 percent in 2013, and 39 percent say they rely on themselves for the motivation to live a healthy lifestyle.
  • For many seniors, high activity levels correspond to a positive perspective on life. Seniors who exercise daily are much more likely than those who never exercise to say the past year of their life has been better than normal rather than worse (28 percent compared with 15 percent).
  • Nearly 7 in 10 (69 percent) find it easy to pay monthly bills, compared with 66 percent in 2013 and 64 percent in 2012.
  • Younger seniors are the most concerned about community support as they age: Nearly 4 in 10 (39 percent) seniors ages 60-64 feel their communities are not doing enough to plan for the growing senior population.

Read more.

Apr 092014
 April 9, 2014  Posted by  Age-Friendly Communities, Health

ACT on Alzheimer'sTwelve new ACT on Alzheimer’s® action communities have been awarded grants of up to $8,000 to become dementia-friendly and succeed in creating a supportive environment for people with Alzheimer’s and their families. Funded organizations represent communities from all Minnesota regions; ten are geographic in nature and two are communities of shared interest. The grants are funded by Blue Plus (an HMO affiliate of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota), the Medica Foundation, and the Greater Twin Cities United Way. Grants will be administered by the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging.Continue Reading Twelve Communities Receive Grants to Become Dementia-Friendly

Jul 232012
 July 23, 2012  Posted by  Age-Friendly Communities

Community services foster high quality of lifeThe Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging is launching a Lifetime Communities Learning and Action Collaborative funded in part through a grant from the Greater Twin Cities United Way. The purpose is to support city officials and their residents as they work to make their communities good places to grow up and grow old. The collaborative will feature an exchange of best practices, success stories, and strategies to deal with pitfalls and obstacles. As the group identifies its learning needs, the Area Agency will help to engage leaders with appropriate expertise for presentations and Q&A sessions.

Lifetime communities will become increasingly important as the population of older people grows. Communities that work for people of all ages and abilities are attentive to physical, social, and service supports that address a range of needs. Communities prepare as lifetime communities with:

  • Assessing current assets and planning for the future
  • Transforming physical infrastructures, including housing, mobility options and accessible public space
  • Fostering social connections and nurturing a sense of responsibility across generations
  • Expanding products and services that support residents to stay independent and engaged as they age

For information about the Lifetime Communities Learning and Action Collaborative, contact  email