Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging works with communities that are thinking about the issues and opportunities associated with the aging demographic. We help them analyze options and put action plans in place to create livable communities that are supportive, nurturing and flexible to meet changing needs as people age. We assist in:
- Interpreting demographic data
- Selecting assessment tools/templates
- Learning how to use planning tools
- Identifying local and regional partners
- Making connections to experts, funding and champions
We promote community living and design and support innovative approaches for community response to aging issues. Some examples include:
MAAA has awarded Lifetime Communities mini-grants for projects in 23 metro communities and brings grantees together regularly to meet their learning and practice needs.
The collaborative was launched in 2012 with funding from the Greater Twin Cities United Way. Participating communities support each other as they progress along a continuum of activity from exploration to assessment/analysis to implementing projects. Members share best practices, challenges, opportunities and learnings about community livability.
For more information, contact Kate Houston.
ACT on Alzheimer’s: Fostering dementia friendly communities
Fostering dementia-friendly communities is one of five goals of the statewide ACT on Alzheimer’s initiative. The initiative fosters collective ownership and accountability in preparing Minnesota for the personal, social and budgetary impacts of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
MAAA consults with and assists metro area communities as they undergo a four-phase Dementia Capable Communities Toolkit process:
- Convening an action team
- Assessing community assets and opportunities across 13 different community sectors
- Analyzing the results
- Acting to implement one or more high-priority projects
We also help communities integrate health care and community services to improve care coordination for people with dementia and their caregivers. If you are an ACT on Alzheimer’s ACTion Community in the seven-county metro area and want support in achieving your goals, contact Leanna Smith.