A majority of Americans believe it’s important for their communities to be age-friendly, according to a recent survey we highlighted here on FaceAgingMN.org
Now, Maple Grove has become the third Minnesota city to be recognized as an AARP Age Friendly Community.
The AARP Age-Friendly Communities, part of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program, belong to a network of communities that have committed to “actively work toward making their town, city or county a great place for people of all ages.”
Across the country, 108 towns and cities with a total of more than 52 million residents are recognized as Age-Friendly Communities.
In Minnesota, Minneapolis joined the age-friendly network in 2015 and Alexandria joined this past January. Maple Grove became the latest community to join the network this summer.
The City of Maple Grove recently hosted a community meeting to share more about its Age-Friendly Maple Grove initiative and to hear from residents their ideas and experiences of living in Maple Grove.
Here’s what Maple Grove Parks and Recreation Senior Program Coordinator Kris Orluck had to say to Public News Service: “There are obviously many things that we can be looking at to help make our city more age-friendly. And until we hear that from the individuals that are actually living and affected by it daily, we may not even know it.”
Public News Service also reports that St. Paul, Northfield, Woodbury and Eagan are working on similar age-friendly community initiatives.
You can see the full list of Age-Friendly Communities on the AARP website.
At least 60,000 Minnesotans will turn 65 this year and every year through 2030. The rapidly growing senior population is going to impact communities and touch nearly everyone across our state. Learn more about how you can get involved to help Minnesota face aging.