Minnesota's Vital Aging Network: A Case Study in Collaboration

Barbara Crosby and Judith Spanberger

In the late 1990s, three Minnesotans from disparate backgrounds looked at the “graying” of many Minnesota communities and at the imminent retirement of the baby boom generation. They realized that the state‟s opportunities and services for older adults were woefully inadequate. Additionally they knew that improved health among older adults, coupled with increasing life spans, meant that an older adult could be a productive participant in community life for decades given supportive public policies, services, and social attitudes.

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