Minnesota’s Solos – The Emerging Challenge
29% of Minnesota Seniors (more than 200,000 people) are living alone
The demographic bulge known as the Baby Boom cohort is now more than half way through the life continuum. A growing portion of this group is composed of “solos.” These are individuals who cannot or choose not to rely on family to help navigate life events and make health decisions. Yet, solos are largely invisible and often misunderstood—even by those organizations who serve older adults.
The Solo Seniors project was an 18 month study conducted by the Citizens League on the challenges many individuals face as they age alone. At this special presentation, you’ll learn more about the framework for solos generated by a recent Task Force funded through a Bush Community Innovation grant. Additionally, you can share your “solo” stories and help identify the emerging needs of solos when it comes to managing decisions about health and well being in the second half of life.
At the end of our time together, you will leave with a increased awareness about this oftentimes silent issue facing many seniors and the need to create a plan in advance to protect vulnerable aging adults as we discuss the implications, challenges and community impact of our growing “Minnesota Solos” population.
Check-In: 8:30 am
Presentation: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: AARP at the Mall of America, West Entrance/2nd Floor
Event fee: $15 for members; $25 for non-members.
Linda J. Camp is an independent consultant, writer, and researcher. Her work focuses on strategic planning, systems analysis, and change management for non-profits and local government. Past work includes 28 years of management experience in the public sector and consulting work related to older adults. She most recently served as Project Manager for a Bush Foundation funded project on health decision making by/for solo older adults.
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