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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.

Development Work

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.

A Profile of Older Americans: 2010
Developed by the Department of Health & Human Services Administration on Aging.

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

Maturing of America
Only 46 percent of American communities have begun planning to address the needs of the exploding population of aging Baby Boomers. The Baby Boom generation - born between 1948 and 1964 - is rapidly approaching retirement age. When this trend hits its peak in 2030, the number of people over age 65 in the United States will soar to 71.5 million – twice their number in the year 2000- or one in every five Americans. What ARE communities doing to prepare for this? The Maturing of America– Getting Communities on Track for an Aging Population reports on the results of questionnaires that were sent to local governments* asking about their “aging readiness.” The results show that although many communities have some programs to address the needs of older adults, very few have undertaken a comprehensive assessment of what it would take to make their community “elder friendly.”

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