Office of Aging
In 2007, the Carver County Board of Commissioners created the Office of Aging located in the Public Health & Environment Division, to prepare the County for a massive number of older Baby Boomers and to change the face, fabric and culture of aging in the County.
While the Carver County population is doubling, the number of residents age 65 and over is expected to quadruple, increasing from 5,246 in 2000 to 24,490 in 2030. More than 90 percent of these older residents will be Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964. These older boomer residents in Carver County have had different life experiences and will have different expectations from today’s seniors.
Charge of the Office of Aging
The challenge for Carver County and its cities is to create communities that Boomer residents will want to stay in as they age and to plan the growth of these cities to create communities to meet their needs. The Office of Aging identifies how Carver County will change with the aging of the Boomers and educates residents, local governments, businesses, civic groups and school districts on the changes. It supports the work of the city-level Commissions and collaborates with community partners to identify how to meet the needs of boomers.
Current Office of Aging Initiatives
- Six City-level Aging/Senior Commissions
Six Carver County cities, Chanhassen, Mayer, Norwood Young America, Victoria, Waconia and Watertown have appointed commissions to advise the City Council and city staff on issues related to current and future 65+ residents. These Aging Commissions include residents from 30 to 80 years of age, have the Mayor or City Council person as a liaison, and meet monthly to identify and address issues.
Carver County Sheriff's Office in partnership with the Office of Aging, is proud to announce a new program called TRIAD. TRIAD is a partnership between law enforcement, the community and the senior citizen community all working together to keep our senior citizens safe. The TRIAD program is coordinated through the Sheriff’s Reserve Program. The implementation plan has three phases: The first phase includes meeting with senior citizen’s commissions to provide brochures and contacts for the senior citizen community. The Carver County Sheriff’s Office TRIAD program will help provide presenters and support for events. The second phase includes proactive coordination of events and topics for discussion through the Carver County Sheriff’s Office TRIAD Program; the third phase includes conducting large scale events e.g. County-wide personal safety, home security or traffic safety seminars.
- Potential New Project: Community Nursing/Parish Nurse Programs
The Office of Aging plans to investigate the models used to provide case management and referral using nurses serving a faith-based community or a neighborhood and develop recommendations for a Carver County-wide initiative to recruit and train nurses or other professionals to serve in these roles.
- Potential New Project: Telehealth
There are a number of interested parties in the City of Waconia working on and exploring the telehealth issue, as it relates to vital signs monitoring, medication compliance and sensor networking.
Will Carver County be ready for the Boomers?
The Office of Aging asked this question at its kick-off event Feb. 29, 2008 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska. The event featured "Transform 2010: Preparing Minnesota for the Age Wave" presented by LaRhae Grindal Knatterud, director of Aging Transformation for the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and Loren Colman, assistant commissioner with the DHS Continuing Care Administration. State demographer Tom Gillaspy spoke on Aging and Carver County, and Carver County Public Health planner Katy Boone gave an Office of Aging presentation. (Aging and Carver County and the Office of Aging Presentation are also available in pdf format.)
Challenge for Carver County: Developing Communities for Boomer Residents
The Office of Aging sponsored a daylong conference, "Challenge for Carver County: Developing Communities for Boomer Residents," Dec. 11, 2008 at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The conference began an exploration of the issues facing the county and its cities as residents prepare for a new and much larger generation of older residents, Baby Boomers. Discussion centered around the need to develop communities with the amenities, services and housing options tailored to the needs of the Boomers, individuals who will have different expectations and demands than their parent's generation. The conference agenda included the following presentations, some of which also provided handouts:
- Setting the Stage: Aging Boomers and Carver County presentation by State Demographer Tom Gillaspy
- Rural Design: A Way to Build Community presentation by Dewey Thorbeck, Center for Rural Design, University of Minnesota
- Transform 2010 presentation by LaRhae Knatterud, Minnesota Department of Human Services
- Opportunity for Carver County: Developing Communities for Boomer Residents presentation by Dawn Simonson, Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging
- Living Longer and Stronger in Dakota County presentation by Deborah Tompkins, Dakota County Aging Initiative
- Creating a Neighborhood for a Lifetime presentation by Marcia Townley, Mill City Commons
- River Bluffs Village presentation by Jessica Hagemann
- Cooperative Communities for Seniors – and the Rest of Us Too presentation by Joelyn Malone, Cohousing Advocates, What is a Cooperative Cohousing Community?
- Housing Fit for All - Vistability and Universal Design presentation by Diane Sprague, Lifetime Home Project, Increasing Home Access
- Senior Housing Discussion presentation by Mary Monteith, Carver County Community Development Agency
- Carver County Library presentation by Melissa Brechon
- Ed Campus – Learning Forward presentation by Tim Engen, The Campus of the Future
- SouthWest Transit presentation by Dave Jacobson
- City of Victoria presentation by Don Uram
- City of Chanhassen – A Community for Life presentation by Kate Aanenson
- City of Norwood Young America presentation by Tom Simmons, Establishing a Senior Advisory Committee
Senior Volunteer Opportunities/Resources
Office of Aging Contact Information
Carver County Public Health, 952-361-1329 or firstname.lastname@example.org
600 East Fourth Street (Second Floor), Chaska, MN 55318