MAAA presents “Lifetime Communities on the Ground: Lessons from around the Twin Cities,” to illuminate the landscape of efforts around the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. Profiles of 17 metro-area initiatives illustrate the range of efforts. (View a map of initiatives included in the study.)
The report highlights common challenges and gaps communities face in this work, such as changing mindsets about aging, getting buy-in from community leaders, finding funding and the need for structure around an initiative.
Based on findings from the research, we have made recommendations for ways that MAAA and other organizations can help advance this work—such as by providing information, tools, and other assistance; creating opportunities for communities to learn from each other; serving as neutral facilitators to guide cross-sector collaboration; making funding available and more.
Age-friendly work has expanded and evolved in the past decade. This is good news, but it also means that more places need support and resources to continue their progress.
We hope that this report is useful to communities currently engaged in the work as well as to those who are positioning to take action in the future.
We thank Greater Twin Cities United Way for its financial support in producing this report.
Read snapshots of initiatives included in this report or click on a red dot in the map below for information about a particular initiative.