Today, unlike any time in history, there are more older people than children in Minnesota. This demographic reality is here for the long term and will impact the core of work in all sectors. As they move into retirement, today’s older adults and Baby Boom Generation carry with them lifetimes of experience in innovation, creativity, and leadership. At the University, we choose to purposefully engage them for the betterment of our University and communities. To coalesce our work across campus, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities is the first institution for higher learning in Minnesota to enroll in the Global Network of Age-Friendly Universities.
Age-Friendly UMN Council
On September 8, 2020 President Gabel endorsed enrollment of the University of Minnesota in the Global Network of Age Friendly Universities. The enrollment was subsequently accepted. This enrollment also established the Age-Friendly University of Minnesota Council.
The University of Minnesota is a leader in age-friendly work, older adults are fully integrated into University life, and our students are fully prepared to meet the needs of our changing communities.
The Age-Friendly University of Minnesota Council believes:
- We all benefit from intergenerational approaches and exchanges
- Lifelong learners bring experience and perspective that enrich education
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central pillars to all the work we do
- Ageism is a pervasive form of bigotry that must be challenged and eliminated
Members of the Council
Members of the Council represent UMN Twin Cities programs and affiliated organizations, including:
Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing – Sue Nankivell
Center for Healthy Aging & Innovation – Rajean Moone
Humphrey School of Public Affairs – Kevin Gerdes
MN Northstar GWEP – Teresa Schicker
Office of Public Engagement – Amber Cameron
One Stop Student Services – Julie Selander
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – Kate Schaefers
Robert L. Kane Chair in Long Term Care – Joe Gaugler
U of M Alumni Association – Steve Davis
University of Minnesota Extension – Mary Jo Katras
University of Minnesota Retirees Association – Lynn Anderson
University of Minnesota Women’s Club – Susan Hopp
Age-Friendly University Day
On June 20, 2022 we will be holding the first Age-Friendly University Day at McNamara Alumni Center. This event will bring around 150 retirees, older Minnesotans, and lifelong learners together at the event. The day will be filled with a fireside chat as well as breakout sessions on finding purpose in life, age-friendly communities, and dementia.
To learn more and to register, visit the event webpage.
Rajean Moone, PhD