Aging 2030

Preparing Minnesota for the age wave

The baby boomers are turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 per day across the nation. Are we ready for the age wave? The goals of Aging 2030 are to transform our systems and services so that we are ready for the demographic changes that have now begun.

Our vision for 2030

Minnesota is a place where all individuals live well, age well and help others in their communities to do the same.

Own Your Future

Own Your Future is a public awareness initiative sponsored by the Dayton/Prettner Solon administration, with support from the Department of Human Services, Minnesota Board on Aging, and the departments of health and commerce. Own Your Future is a federal/state partnership to encourage and enable Minnesotans to create a plan for their long-term care.

The Minnesota initiative was launched on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. Beginning that day, one million letters signed by the Governor and Lieutenant Governor were sent to all households between the ages 40 and 65, encouraging them to prepare for their later years. A website has been created to provide information for Minnesotans who want to find out more about their risk for long-term needs, how to hold conversations with your family and others who will care for you, how to decide where to live, how to pay for long-term care costs and other strategies that we all should be incorporating into our plans for our later years. The website is future or email for more information about the initiative.

In early 2013, a second phase of Own Your Future began, identifying new or redesigned insurance and financial products that could help middle income households pay for their long-term care. That work identified 11 products with such potential, and is moving into its next steps, which is looking at carrier/provider interest, consumer testing and more specific steps needed to bring these products to the market. A third phase, evaluating how Medical Assistance (MA) could better support private financing of long-term care, will begin in mid 2014. Email for more information about this work.

Aging demographic profiles that include the 2010 Census data

We now have county and regional demographic profiles available that include the new 2010 Census figures on aging demographics. As Minnesota ages, it will be increasingly important for local communities to know the population trends in their areas and have the most up-to-date information to use in their planning, service and development activities.

The county and regional profiles include the same information so that users can compare the county data with the local regional data. The information includes:

• Numbers of people over 65 and 85 (the number 60+ is included in the regional profiles)

• Elderly dependency ratios

• Population figures for persons 65+ by race and ethnicity

• Numbers of older persons living alone

• Family caregiver ratios (comparing the number of available caregivers 45 – 64 to the number of persons 85+)

• Poverty status of persons 65+

• Service utilization data for a number of key public programs for older persons

• Summary information from the 2009 county gaps analysis listing key gaps in housing and services for older persons

List of county profiles (

List of regional profiles (

Aging 2030 framework

Aging 2030 is using this framework of major themes for action (PDF). The framework includes strategies within each theme.

The five themes for action are listed below. You can read more on each of these themes by going to the separate page that includes a variety of policy, data and other resources on the theme and strategies.

  • Redefining work and retirement
  • Supporting caregivers of all ages
  • Fostering communities for a lifetime
  • Improving health and long-term care
  • Maximizing use of technology
  • Data from the Minnesota Boomer Survey

    We receive many requests for a summary of the Minnesota Boomer survey that we completed in 2010. Links to the reports available and a PPT used to present the key findings are provided below.

  • Report on MN Boomer Survey (longer version) PDF
    Summary report of the MN Boomer survey (PDF)
    PPT that summarizes key findings of the boomer survey (PDF)
  • Report on MN Boomer Survey: Suburban-Urban-Rural Boomers PDF

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