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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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VAN FORUM - Opioids: Friend or Foe

Thursday, October 26, 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Wilder Community Center for Aging, Saint Paul. We are pleased to have Anne Pylkas, MD, join us for this important discussion. The use of pain medications—including opioids—has sky rocketed. Opioid overdose is a growing problem around the country and in Minnesota. It’s hitting young and old and has recently shown to be affecting our economy. Join us to discuss how this epidemic came about and what we can do to reverse it. Learn more. Download a flyer. Register.

Ageism is everywhere — here's what we can do about it

StarTribune, October 18, 2017, by Katy Read. Aging with Gusto facilitator, Sally Brown, is a contributor to this article and does an excellent job of making the case about the need to address ageism in our society. Read the article.

Aging with Gusto in Stillwater

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. Learn more.

Saturday, October 28, 12:30 to 5:00 pm. Boutwells Landing, 5600 Norwich Pkwy, Oak Park Heights, MN 55082. Download a flyer. Register.

Wellness 50+ Teams Build Connection and Well-being

Wellness 50+ is a grassroots movement by people 50+ to improve wellness in our communities. Now, Wellness 50+ is expanding in four new communities in Washington County.  Read more.

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VAN Updates
Laying the Groundwork for Wellness 50+ Across Washington County
Wellness 50+ is a grassroots effort that engages community members as agents of positive change in their own lives and in supporting others in doing the same. To make this work possible, we are grateful for support of several key partners---Washington Cou 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 ]

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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