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Promoting self-determination, civic engagement and personal growth for people as they age through education, leadership development and opportunities to connect.


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Aging with Gusto in Northfield, MN

How we think about aging has an impact on quality of life, health and even longevity. One study indicates that people with positive self-perceptions as they age live seven and a half years longer on average. Biases, misconceptions and stereotypes about older adults often operate below conscious awareness. We can change how we view aging and how we treat one another and ourselves as we age. Saturday, October 14, 12:30 to 5:00 PM, Northfield Senior Center. Sponsored by Northfield Senior Center and Northfield Hospital & Clinics. Learn more. Download a flyer. Register.

Aging with Gusto CEU Workshop

Professionals who work with older adults and their families have a significant impact on people’s views about aging. Have you deeply examined your own views? Six CEU credits. Thursday, October 5, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Senior Community Services, Minnetonka Learn more.

Wellness 50+ Teams Build Connection and Well-being

The Wellness 50+ teams have done outstanding work. Together they have created a strong foundation for future efforts and we are gratified to report that all four pilot communities will continue their efforts well after the conclusion of the three-year pilot.

Wellness 50+ is a grassroots movement by people 50+ to improve wellness in our communities. Pilot projects were initiated in Alexandria, MN; the Hamline Midway neighborhood in Saint Paul; Oakdale, MN; and the Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis. Read more.


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VAN Updates
The Why? How? What? of the Vital Aging Network
Vital Aging Network board members and a small group of additional network members, have spent the last few months examining our mission, looking at structure and programs and preparing for the future. more ]

From the Chair 2016
Growing Old, Serious Business
May is Older Americans Month---a month set aside to celebrate the contributions of older adults to our society. more ]

From the Chair 2015
Holiday Joy: a choice we all can make
While the holiday season is a time of celebration, family reunions and childlike wonder, many of us are not immune to sadness at this time of year. We may have lost loved ones, face health challenges or feel alone. more ]

Healthy Aging: Know the Facts
John Sandgren, MD: Blog on Healthy Aging
John Sandgren is a recent Evolve grad and a member of the Vital Aging Network's Wellness 50+ Design Team. We are pleased to have his contribution to our knowledge base about how to age well. more ]

Aging with Gusto
Tell Us Your Aging with Gusto Story
Did you participate in or lead an Aging with Gusto discussion? Tell us what happened. What are some of the "aha!" moments. more ]

Comments from Evolve Grads
Add your comments about Evolve (ALVA)
This is a place for Evolve grads to add their comments and thoughts about the class. more ]

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