Communities for a Lifetime
Communities for a lifetime are good places to grow up and grow old and offer physical, social and service features for residents of all ages and abilities. Through collaborative action and strategic planning, community leaders across sectors build places that support health and vitality for residents and the community as a whole.
Aging 2030, a joint project of Minnesota’s Department of Human Services, Board on Aging and the Department of Health, identified fostering communities for a lifetime as one of five core strategies to prepare Minnesota for a growing aging population. According to Aging 2030, building communities for a lifetime requires leadership and civic investment in four major aspects of community.
Assessment and Planning
Considering the impact of local demographic trends, including the aging of the population
Assessing the physical, social and service assets and needs of the community
Improvements to Physical Infrastructure
Applying universal design principles to built environments, such as housing, parks and trails, and city streets
Increasing the variety and affordability of housing, including modification of existing homes and intergenerational living
Improving mobility through various forms of transportation, including safe and age-friendly roadways, accessible public transit, and pedestrian and wheelchair-friendly streets
Improvements to Social Infrastructure
Increasing paid and non-paid work opportunities for people of all ages and abilities
Improving physical and mental health and safety across the population
Strengthening neighborhoods, civic organizations, faith communities and other informal social networks
Creating opportunities for interaction between generations and among diverse groups
Improvements to Service Infrastructure
Ensuring the availability of essential community services, including primary health care, grocery stores, and pharmacies
Offering amenities such as parks, cultural opportunities, and a wide array of recreational options
Sustaining and developing supportive services that promote resident well being and independence
Click here to visit the new Communities for a Lifetime website for up-to-date
state and national information, tools and resources to support community
level, collaborative action to improve the quality of for Minnesotans of
all ages and abilities.
To learn more about Communities for a Lifetime
contact Danica Robson at (218) 745-9129!