The need to face aging is undeniable and unprecedented. Minnesota isn’t ready to support the one million seniors who will soon call our state home. That’s why we must all work together now to ensure our elders will receive the care and services they need as they age.
Legislative session begins tomorrow, February 20, and people will be paying attention to issues that matter to seniors. These issues will only grow in importance. Soon, 25% of Minnesota’s adult population will be age 65 or older, with 60,000 Minnesotans turning 65 this year, next year and every year through 2030.
Over the past five weeks, we’ve introduced the five Face Aging Principles, which offer a framework for how to meet the needs of Minnesota’s rapidly growing senior population. The Face Aging Principles were created to help provide guidance to anyone who wants to help Minnesota seniors age well.
Here are the principles:
- Principle 1: All Minnesota seniors deserve high quality care, housing and support services as they grow older. We need to encourage a broad range of services that support seniors as they age and address the economic, geographic and cultural distinctions of Minnesota’s senior population, and their caregivers.
- Principle 2: We are all in this together. Caring for one million seniors requires a strong partnership between our seniors, their families, their communities, professional caregivers and the State of Minnesota.
- Principle 3: We all prosper when seniors stay in their communities. State strategies should encourage the best choices for seniors who seek to age in place for as long as possible, connected to their communities and their families.
- Principle 4: Caregiving is a valued career – let’s help our professionals succeed in the jobs they love. Professional senior care is a critically essential and profoundly rewarding career — we all benefit when senior caregivers have just compensation and opportunities for continuing education and career advancement.
- Principle 5: With more than one million seniors, we will need to be bold and innovative. We need to seek efficient ways to deliver quality care and manage costs through innovation and helping seniors age at home for as long as possible with the right support.
It’s never been more critical for every Minnesotan to take part in the conversation about aging. Together, we can spread awareness and spark bold and innovative ideas to provide quality care, manage costs and prepare our state so today’s and tomorrow’s seniors have the support they need to age well.