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Aging with Gusto

“I never thought about everyday comments that are really ageist. I get together with former classmates twice and year and we are going to have a different discussion now!”
Aging with Gusto participant

Upcoming Aging with Gusto sessions:

Aging with Gusto at HealthPartners Neuroscience Center

Three Mondays, July 23, 30 and August 6
1:00 to 3:00 pm

aging_gusto_logo_wordringrgb-outlines_547HealthPartners Neuroscience Center
295 Phalen Blvd
St Paul, MN 55130
Free and easy parking

Free and open to the public

Download a flyer.



Aging with Gusto in Roseville

Three Thursdays, September 13, 20 and 27
6:00 to 8:00 PM 

Fairview Community Center, Room 108
1910 County Road B West, Roseville, MN 55113

Free and open to the public; registration required. Register below or call Roseville Area Senior Program at 651-604-3520.

This special program is made possible through a grant provided by the B-Dale Club of Roseville in partnership with the Vital Aging Network, Do Good Roseville and the Roseville Area Senior Program. 


Aging with Gusto: A New Perspective on Aging

Aging. Whether we’re 6, 60 or 106, it’s happening to all of us... if we’re lucky. That’s not going to change. But what can change is how we view aging and how we treat one another and ourselves as we age.

It’s no secret: our society favors youth and shies away from aging. Prejudice against people as they age comes with a twist: It is discrimination against our future selves.

Positive Views Matter

Aging with Gusto works to ignite a more positive view of aging. And there’s never been a better time. More and more people are living to 100—and they’re doing so with more “gusto” than ever.

How we think about our own aging and how we treat others as they age takes on added significance as America and the world age at an unprecedented rate.

Goals for the Discussions

The Aging with Gusto discussions:

  • Encourage more positive views of aging.
  • Heighten appreciation for the capacity of people of all ages to contribute in their families and communities.
  • Increase awareness of ideas, behaviors and practices that are based on misconceptions and biases about older people.
  • Develop ideas for how to “age with gusto.”

Ideas for how to "age with gusto"

One Aging with Gusto discussion group completed the series of three discussions and generated an outstanding list of steps that we can take in our own lives, in our families, in our communities and in society to "age with gusto." See the list here. Download the list as pdf.

The Aging with Gusto effort is a joint project of the Vital Aging Network and Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health.The Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging are sponsors in the project.

Would you like to be an Aging with Gusto facilitator?

We are always interested in knowing who's interested in helping up expand Aging with Gusto. If you are interested in being a facilitator, read the volunteer role description and submit an application.

For additional information, call 651-917-4652 or email




This section includes the following pages:

  • Building a Community that Ages Well - Earlier this month, Community Thread hosted a lively discussion about what it means to age. The Aging with Gusto workshop was attended by 40 people who examined their own views of aging and became ambassadors for spreading the word about the dangers of ageism and how it affects us all.
  • Resources - Resources for learning more about Aging with Gusto.
  • Design Team - Aging with Gusto Design Team.
  • Tell Your Story - Use the link on this page to share the outcomes of your Aging with Gusto discussions.


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