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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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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 Cottage Grove, Woodbury and Stillwater

Let's change the narrative about aging in Washington County. 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.

DPC Community Center 50+, Cottage Grove
Three Wednesdays, January 17, 24 and 31 - 1:00 to 3;00 PM. Learn more. Download flyer. Register.

YMCA - Woodbury
Wednesdays, January 24, 31 and February 7 - 5:30 to 7:30 pm Learn more. Download flyer. Register.

Community Thread, Stillwater
Friday, February 9 - 10:00 to 2:30 pm - includes lunch. Call 651-439-7434 to register.

VAN Forum

An Antidote for Loneliness and Isolation: Social Connections
With Bruce McBeath, PhD, and James Falvey. Thursday, January 25, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Ramsey County Library, Roseville. Free and open to everyone. Learn more. Download flyerRegister.

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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Wellness 50+ Mailing List



About the blogs ]

From the Chair 2018
A New Year, Opportunities and Reflections on 2017
I try to enter the new year with a retrospect on the past year—a summary of the successes, the difficulties, what was accomplished and what still needs to be done to reach my goals. more ]

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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