Our population is aging at an unprecedented rate—in Minnesota, the U.S. and around the world. A new reality is here: the number and proportion of older people in our population are greater than ever before and growing every day.
Communities are on the front lines of this change. Their leadership can facilitate collective ownership and accountability for community-driven responses that help older adults live their best lives.
We are pleased to present, “Lifetime Communities on the Ground: Lessons from around the Twin Cities,” as a way to illuminate the landscape of these important efforts.
During the past decade, many communities in the Twin Cities have initiated efforts to become age-friendly or lifetime communities—places where people can thrive as they grow up and grow old.
Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging (MAAA) is a regional leader in this arena, providing expertise and resources for community living. Creating lifetime communities is, and has been for over a decade, part of our organizational strategic plan. Through thought leadership, the Lifetime Communities program, and funding of this work, we are helping Twin Cities’ communities become more inclusive and better able to meet the needs of older residents.