Minnesota is in the midst of the most dramatic age shift in its history. By 2030, almost one of every four Minnesotans, or 1.2 million individuals, will be 65 or older. Aging Minnesotans will create a number of challenges in our communities, including economic stresses, increased demand for healthcare, and the need for new and different community amenities and services.
In 2030, most of the baby boom generation will be over 85, a category currently described as the “oldest old.” Due to increased longevity, Minnesota’s fastest growing population segment is that of people over 80, a group that requires the highest levels of support to maintain health, independence and quality of life.
In addition to growing older, Minnesota is growing more diverse, adding increased complexity to addressing issues in our communities.
The age wave is upon us with 10,000 boomers turning 65 each day across America. Neighborhood, cities, and counties are on the front lines of the demand for age-friendly communities. The local Area Agency on Aging stands ready to assist with research, know-how, services, and connections to make our communities good places for people of all ages.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Aging 2030 initiative offers an excellent framework for preparing for an aging Minnesota. It proposes that communities need to make changes in the following areas:
- Redefining work and retirement
- Supporting caregivers of all ages
- Fostering communities for a lifetime
- Improving health and long-term care
- Maximizing use of technology
Contact your local Area Agency on Aging for more information or to start a dialogue about what you can do to prepare for an aging Minnesota.