Aging with Gusto
Aging with Gusto leads a series of community discussions that works to ignite more positive views of aging, a foundation for health and well-being. Research shows that people who have a positive self-image as they age are likely to live on average seven and a half years longer (Levy et al., 2002). Aging with Gusto discussions increase awareness of ideas, behaviors and practices that are based on misconceptions and biases about older people and help people know how to live strong, connected lives. Learn more.
Wellness 50+ is a grassroots program that builds the capacity of teams of community members to provide leadership for improving health and well-being for themselves and others in their communities. Wellness 50+ puts planning and implementing in the hands of community members and, as a result, the initiatives produce innovative solutions that are tailored to each community’s specific needs. The initiatives make real change that can be sustained over time. Learn more.
Evolve: Re-igniting Self & Community
Three hundred and four individuals have completed this eight-month leadership development course. Evolve grads become catalytic leaders in our communities, playing significant roles in a broad cross-section of efforts from ACT on Alzheimer’s to fighting against sound walls for 35W in Minneapolis to leading the spring fundraising gala for Second Harvest Heartland. Evolve projects impact the lives of children, older adults and immigrant populations in the areas of health, education, nutrition, the arts and improved use of community services. At the conclusion of the class, almost 100 percent of grads say they are likely or very likely to continue to provide community leadership. Learn more.
VAN Forums engage people in topics that further vital aging and provide opportunities to learn from others and share wisdom. Recent forums have included: “Opioids: Friend or Foe,” “Designing a Better World,” and “Why Stop Working? Rethinking why, when, and whether we retire.”