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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

Igniting More Positive Views of Aging

Upcoming Aging with Gusto sessions in Cottage Grove, Woodbury and Stillwater

Cottage Grove

Wednesdays, January 17, 24 and 31
1:00 to 3:00 pm

DPC Community Center 50+
8400 East Point Douglas Road South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Download flyer. Register.


Wednesdays, January 24, 31 and February 7
5:30 to 7:30 pm

YMCA Woodbury - The Zone

2175 Radio Dr
Woodbury, MN 55125

Download flyer. Register.


Friday, February 9
10:00 to 2:30 pm
- includes lunch
Community Thread
Stillwater-Great Room
2300 Orleans St. W.
Stillwater, MN 55082
Lunch provided by Presbyterian Homes & Services - Croixdale

Learn more. Register by February 1 by calling 651-439-7434. Space is limited.

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.”

CEU Workshop for Social Workers, Nurses, Other Professionals

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?

This Aging with Gusto CEU workshop offered by the Vital Aging Network is designed for social workers, health professionals, housing staff and others. More about Aging with Gusto. Learning Outcomes for the Workshop

aging_gusto_logo_wordringweb_688Participants will:

  • Surface their personal beliefs and feelings about aging and examine what has influenced their views.
  • Learn about the detrimental effects of ageism and ways to change misconceptions, biases and prejudices about aging.
  • Develop strategies for incorporating positive perceptions of aging into your professional work and create a personal action plan for doing so.

The Vital Aging Network is a CE Provider authorized by the Minnesota Board on Social Work. Certificates of completion for 6 CEUs will be provided.

Watch for upcoming CEU workshops.


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.

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


This section includes the following pages:

  • 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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