Aging 2030

Preparing Minnesota for the age wave

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 administration, with support from the Minnesota departments of Human Services, Health and Commerce and the Minnesota Board on Aging. Own Your Future is a federal/state partnership to encourage and enable Minnesotans to create a plan for their long-term care.

A website provides 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 and how to pay for long-term care cost. Also, other strategies that we all should be incorporating into our plans for our later years.

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.

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

• 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 and over)

• Poverty status of persons 65 and over

• Service use 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 2010 Minnesota Boomer Survey

  • 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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