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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.


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Wellness 50+ Teams Producing Impressive Results

We are excited to update you on the work of our community-based Wellness 50+ teams. The Vital Aging Network has active pilots in Alexandria, MN; Hamline Midway in Saint Paul; Oakdale, MN; and the Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis. In each pilot, participants have created a well-functioning, self-directed team with strong connections in the community.

The Wellness 50+ teams are designing and implementing projects that will make real differences in people's lives. While the teams are still in the start-up stage, the commitment of team members is extraordinary and we believe the potential in their work is unlimited. If you are interested in community-supported wellness for people 50+, we encourage you to take a few minutes to read the Wellness 50+ update (pdf) or visit the Wellness 50+ page on our website.


October VAN Forum:
The Grace of Ordinary Days

Bernie Saunders presents his first-hand account of collaborating with his poet mother, Kay Saunders, in writing the book, The Grace of Ordinary Days. Described as "Tuesdays with Morrie meets Georgia O'Keeffe," their story is a rare glimpse into the separate but inseparably linked lives of a mother and son. More details.


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Re-defining Home Stories
Re-defining Home as We Age
Cyndi Walter, a member of the planning team for the Vital Aging Network Re-defining Home workshop led by Lynn Englund, has for several months been listening carefully to conversations as she went about her day. These stories come out of what she has heard more ]

From the Chair 2015
Healthy Living: A Personal and Community Journey
The Vital Aging Network has been deeply engaged for the past two years in learning about health and wellness for older adults. more ]

Healthy Aging: Know the Facts
John Sandgren, MD: Blog on Healthy Aging
John Sandgren is a recent Evolve grad and a member of the Vital Aging Network's Wellness 50+ Design Team. We are pleased to have his contribution to our knowledge base about how to age well. 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 ]

From the Chair 2014
The Holiday Season... Be Well!
The Vital Aging Network is deeply engaged in its Wellness 50+ initiative promoting healthy habits, practices and goals for older adults in their communities. Our communities are experiencing wonderful results and progressing in developing truly life chang 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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