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Age4Action Network and Vital Aging Network Co-Sponsor Idea Forum

More than 120 people came together on July 12 at the Wilder Center in St. Paul to generate ideas about how to incorporate support for work, serve, learn, and lead more fully into the federal Older Americans Act.

Governor Tim Pawlenty stopped by the session to encourage the group in doing this important work. Senator Al Franken was unable to attend the session, but Bethany Snyder, his director of field operations, read a letter from him. In the letter, he said, “I am interested in looking for ways to harness the talents and passions of Minnesota seniors and to actively involve them in the civic fabric of our communities.” Senator Franken serves on the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging and will be actively involved in the OAA reauthorization in 2011.

Greg O’Neill and staff from the National Academy on an Aging Society will prepare a summary report with findings from this Idea Forum and others held in locations across the nation. Age4Action will present the report to congressional leaders at a summary session in Washington, D.C. early this fall.

If you have comments to add to our growing collection of ideas, please e-mail them to In your email, use OAA Ideas as the subject. Or, visit TheExchange at to post your ideas.



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