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POLICY 82

Aging: Expand resources and opportunities for meaningful engagement and independent living, assisted living, and long-term care housing for older Minneapolis residents so they can be a vital part of the fabric of our community.

The population of Minneapolis, the surrounding region and the entire nation is becoming older. The City has a responsibility to create and expand opportunities for engagement, living and mobility for aging residents to ensure they remain a part of the community.

Accessible and affordable housing options that allow older Minneapolitans to age in their communities or their homes are integral to retaining and supporting the city’s aging population. Currently, a significant number of Minneapolis neighborhoods have few housing options other than single family homes, reducing opportunity for many residents to age in their community. The city’s aging residents also need multimodal transportation options that meet their needs. And it’s not enough to simply provide options; these modes of transportation must also be accessible, maintained and free of snow and ice in the winter.

The growing aging population is also experiencing a new phenomenon in history – fewer children and younger people to aid in care and social connectedness. This puts more responsibility on both programming and the design of physical spaces to support wellness and activity.

ACTION STEPS

The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to expand resources and opportunities for meaningful engagement and independent living, assisted living, and long-term care housing for older Minneapolis residents so they can be a vital part of the fabric of our community.

  1. Ensure access to safe, affordable and accessible housing options for Minneapolis residents as they age.
  2. Strengthen and promote multimodal and tailored transportation options that meet the needs of aging Minneapolitans.
  3. Provide opportunities for older residents to leverage their experience and contribute to their communities though volunteering, working, intergenerational engagement and lifelong learning.
  4. Expand and promote mental and physical health and wellness initiatives, activities and services for older Minneapolis residents.
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