MN Declared an Age-Friendly State
On December 11, Tanya Rand, Clinical Faculty, Coordinator of Aging Services and Stephanie Larson, Area Emphasis in Aging Scholar had the wonderful opportunity to be present at the Mn Leadership Council on Aging's 2019 Summit to witness Minnesota Governor Tim Walz sign Executive Order 19-38 declaring Minnesota an Age-Friendly state. Minnesota will focus on the 8 Domains of Healthy Aging as defined by the World Health Organization* to guide leaders in engaging stakeholders and communities in creating an age-friendly Minnesota. The summit was a terrific gathering of constituents invested in creating healthy, accessible, and supportive communities where aging persons can experience their own best quality of life.
* The WHO age-friendly cities guide highlights 8 domains that cities and communities can address to better adapt their structures and services to the needs of older people: the built environment, transport, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication, and community support and health services.