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VAN Forum

Crookston Community VAN Forum

September 23, 2008
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Mark Skeie, VAN Leadership Group, Chair
Tom Hyder, VAN Coordinator
Local Leaders

Student Center, U of M Crookston
2900 University Ave.
Crookston, MN

This VAN Forum is co-sponsored by the U of M Crookston and the MN Rural Health Association.

Vital communities have many different names: “communities for all ages,” “elder-friendly communities,” “healthy aging communities,” and “communities for a lifetime.” VAN defines a vital community as a community in which people of all generations work together to find the right balance between meeting individuals’ needs and meeting the needs of the community as a whole.

Beginning in 2004, the Vital Aging Network pioneered an effort to collect a wide range of advice, tools, and models to help communities become vital and supportive of older people as the age of the population increases. VAN recently revised and redesigned this Vital Communities Toolkit and is now ready to share it with the public.

This regional VAN forum includes an introduction to the Vital Aging Network and a review of the Vital Communities Toolkit. The toolkit contains successful models of vital communities from across the state and nation and offers resources, sample assessments, and best practices.

Additionally, the forum will feature a panel of local community leaders showcasing their successes, revealing barriers, and outlining their next steps to improve their community’s involvement with older adults. Participants will have the opportunity to network and share their ideas about creating vital communities in the area where they live.

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