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Planning for Baby Boomers in Carver County

Carver County currently has approximately 6,000 residents over the age of 65. That number is expected to increase to 25,000 by 2030. Existing research suggests that traditional models of aging and service delivery do not meet the needs or expectations of the baby boomer generation, which begins to turn 65 in the year 2010. The county requested assistance with helping Carver County cities assess their readiness for the boomer age wave. Graduate students in urban and regional planning helped the Carver County Office of Aging conduct focus groups, and design and pilot a resident survey and a boomer readiness assessment tool that can be used to identify such needs in the areas of housing, employment, volunteerism, recreation, and medical and social services. A final report was prepared for the county that includes the resident survey and community assessment tool. CGO staff continue to refine the survey instrument and assessment tools, which will ultimately be distributed through organizations such as the League of Minnesota Cities, Metro Cities, and the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging. The project has recently led to a series of CURA-sponsored meetings between University of Minnesota faculty, metro-area county staff, state agency staff, elected officials, and service providers to identify and prioritize potential university-community research projects related to preparing for the boomer age wave.

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Carver County Office of Aging
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