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Dakota County summit will focus on aging population

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The Minnesota State Demographic Center projects by 2030 there will be more people age 65 and older in Minnesota than elementary, middle and high school students combined. That will have significant implications.

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To explore those implications, Dakota County Public Health has partnered with the Park Nicollet Foundation to host the Living Longer: The Power and Possibilities summit. The summit will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11 at the Rosemount Community Center, 13885 S. Robert Tr.

Public health supervisor Jess Luce said the summit will focus on the impacts of an aging population and what that means to the community on a number of levels. He said community members, business owners and government leaders will benefit from the information that will be shared.

The summit will include breakout session on topics including housing, transportation, a multigenerational workforce, long-term care and mental illness in older adults.

John Migliaccio, former director of research and gerontology at MetLife Mature Market Institute, will give the keynote address. He will talk about demographic changes, boomer trends and innovation in aging.

Through the summit, Luce hopes to start dialogues about aging and the value of creating communities that are age-friendly. He added that the increase in older adults will create a need to change systems and services to meet their needs.

Luce said baby boomers have different expectations than previous generations especially in terms of housing, work and activities they desire.

The cost is $25 which includes lunch. To register visit www.parknicollett.com/cme or call 952-993-3531.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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