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CMCOA collaborates with communities, cities, counties, faith-based organizations, regional development commissions and health and social service providers to meet the needs of our growing senior population. This is accomplished through coordinated development of caregiver support, volunteer-based services and community resources.


Communities for a Lifetime
Minnesota’s population is aging. In 2020, there will be more people over the age of 65 than children in school. By 2030, the Minnesota Department of Human Services expects that 1 in 4 people in Minnesota will be over the age of 65. This phenomenon is commonly characterized as “The Age Wave” as the population not only ages but people are also living longer. Communities throughout Minnesota and the nation are preparing for the aging of the baby boom generation through intentional planning initiatives often referred to as "communities for a lifetime."

Blueprint for Action
This guide is designed for local leaders who are interested in (or already are) actively working to create an aging-friendly community. Readers most interested in learning about particular issues on how to build livable communities for all ages can find information on common challenges and proven solutions in specific areas, such as housing, land use planning, supportive services, and transportation. Readers can also find a broader overview of Aging in Place and community leadership through a six-step strategy to build community partnerships, which offers key elements on how to channel community energies into planning and implementing systemic change.

Caregiver Promising Practices
Report from the Administration on Aging on promising practices in the field of caregiving.


Needs Assessment Survey 2012

2010 Census Projections

Central Minnesota Council on Aging - Report on the Aging Population

Transform 2010 County Profiles

Survey of Older Minnesotans
In 2015, the Minnesota Board on Aging (MBA) conducted a statewide survey of persons age 50 and older in Minnesota.  The MBA conducts this survey approximately every five to ten years to monitor the changing needs, assets, and expectations of older persons in the state and uses this information to improve the design and targeting of public programs for older persons and to help researchers and policy makers better understand Minnesota's older population.

Transform 2010 Baby Boomer Data Report
The survey focused on Minnesota boomers’ current thoughts about work and housing in particular, and the ways in which they expect to approach these issues in the next 10 years. The survey also sought better understanding of the way in which personal health, finances, and caregiving responsibilities impact boomers’ decisions about work and housing.

2019 Profile of Older Americans
The Profile of Older Americans compiles data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics to create a statistical summary of older Americans. The Profile focuses specifically on the population aged 65 and older and looks at changing demographics across individual categories, including population, income and poverty, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving.

Minnesota Demographic Center
The Minnesota State Demographic Center analyzes and distributes data from state, U.S. Census Bureau and other sources.

The Maturing of America
In 2011, in communities across the country, the “graying of America” became a conspicuous reality, as the leading edge of the Baby Boom generation—those born between 1946 and 1964—reached age 65. By 2030, more than 70 million Americans—twice the number in 2000—will be 65 and older. At that time, older adults will comprise nearly one in five Americans. With support from MetLife Foundation, and in partnership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), American Planning Association, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, and Partners for Livable Communities, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) led a nationwide survey: The Maturing of America—Communities Moving Forward for an Aging Population.

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