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Rural Aging Initiative logoIntroducing a new, 3-year initiative to enhance aging-in-place in our rural region

For more than 27 years, “Aging with Independence” has been a Northland priority for both grantmaking and programming. With the support of a $2.5 million, three-year grant the foundation's newest effort to support older adults, their caregivers, and their communities is being unfurled. The Rural Aging Initiative aims to strengthen the avenues for older adults in northeastern Minnesota to live full, meaningful lives with independence and dignity in their homes and communities.

The Rural Aging Initiative will approach aging-in-place from three different angles, addressing the needs not only of older adults themselves but also those who provide services and care to them. These three strategies have been designed bearing in mind the unique challenges and opportunities of living in small towns and rural areas. The strategies include:

  1. Training opportunities and financial awards for nonprofit organizations and community partners which enable older adults to be vital contributors to society and remain as independent as possible. Learn more here.
  2. Building on the work of Northland’s nationally recognized AGE to age program, to further increase civic engagement and social connectedness among older people. Staying active and connected to our communities is proven to help maintain wellbeing at any age.
  3. Honing a rural assisted living model that provides quality of care and environment to older adults across the economic spectrum.

For more details, read the article about the Rural Aging Initiative featured in our Winter 2014 Notes newsletter.

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