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Promoting self-determination, civic engagement and personal growth for people as they age through education, leadership development and opportunities to connect.


What's New

Ageism is everywhere — here's what we can do about it

StarTribune, October 18, 2017, by Katy Read. Aging with Gusto facilitator, Sally Brown, is a contributor to this article and does an excellent job of making the case about the need to address ageism in our society. Read the article.


Aging with Dignity and Respect: It's a Social Justice Issue

Preventing elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation is an urgent need. These crimes are significantly under reported, and have far-reaching impacts on victims and their families, friends and neighbors. Join us for this forum with Marit Peterson from the Minnesota Elder Justice Center on March 20 from 1:00 to 2:30 at East Side Neighborhood Services. Download a flyer. Register.

Aging with Gusto in Maplewood and St. Paul

Join us for Aging with Gusto sessions: Three Wednesdays - April 11, 18 and 25
Walker Methodist Hazel Ridge
, Maplewood, MN. Download a flyer. Register. Three Mondays - April 30, May 7, 14 – 1:00 to 3:00 PM
2nd Half with Lyngblomsten
, St Paul, MN Download flyer. Register.

Wellness 50+ Teams Build Connection and Well-being

Information session for people interested in learning more about Wellness 50+ in Washington County on Thursday, February 26, 6:00 to 7:30 at Stillwater Library. Register for this session. Download flyer. Call 651-895-3341 for information.

Wellness 50+ is a grassroots movement by people 50+ to improve wellness in our communities. Now, Wellness 50+ is expanding in four new communities in Washington County. Read more.

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Wellness 50+ Mailing List



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From the Chair 2018
Dr. Ira Byock: Living Lives of Gratitude, Forgiveness and Love
We are highlighting an event this month that will provide powerful tools for reconciling your life relationships. Ira Byock, author of The Four Things That Matter Most and other books, will speak on Monday April 9th, in Bloomington. more ]

VAN Updates
Laying the Groundwork for Wellness 50+ Across Washington County
Wellness 50+ is a grassroots effort that engages community members as agents of positive change in their own lives and in supporting others in doing the same. To make this work possible, we are grateful for support of several key partners---Washington Cou more ]

From the Chair 2016
Growing Old, Serious Business
May is Older Americans Month---a month set aside to celebrate the contributions of older adults to our society. more ]

Aging with Gusto
Tell Us Your Aging with Gusto Story
Did you participate in or lead an Aging with Gusto discussion? Tell us what happened. What are some of the "aha!" moments. more ]

Comments from Evolve Grads
Add your comments about Evolve (ALVA)
This is a place for Evolve grads to add their comments and thoughts about the class. more ]

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