Five city-level aging commissions are active in the communities of Chanhassen, Mayer, Norwood Young America, Victoria and Watertown and have appointed commission members to advise the City Council and staff on issues related to current and future aging residents. Commissions include residents from 30 to 80 years of age, have the Mayor or City Administrator/City Council member as a liaison, and meet monthly to identify and address aging issues. Additionally, the Office of Aging hosts an annual joint aging commission meeting to foster networking among commission members, highlight work and common themes among commissions and identify solutions to aging related issues in the county.
ACT on Alzheimer's
The ACT on Alzheimer's is a statewide, volunteer-driven collaboration preparing Minnesota for the personal, societal, and budgetary impacts of Alzheimer's disease. Passionate and committed partners, supporters, action communities, and Minnesotans are taking part in the work and making a difference.
The City of Chanhassen is the first community in Carver County to implement the ACT on Alzheimer's Dementia Friendly Toolkit - a four-phase process for bringing people together to help a community become dementia friendly. A community that is dementia-informed, safe, and respectful across all community sectors is a community prepared to support people living with Alzheimer's and those touched by the disease. Its a dementia-friendly community.
Carver County Senior Vulnerable Adult Coordinating Council
The Carver County Senior Vulnerable Adult Coordinating Council (CCSVACC) is a partnership between the Carver County Attorney's Office, Public Health/Office of Aging, Social Services, and Law Enforcement. The partnership works to protect vulnerable adults from elder abuse. Elder abuse can be physical, mental or come in the form of financial exploitation by family members, caregivers or con-artists. Carver County is committed to protecting aging residents from the harms of elder abuse and the issue is even more pressing as the aging population continues to grow in Carver County. The CCSVACC meets bi-monthly.
Partnering with aging commissions, CarFit events are planned for residents throughout Carver County during the year. The events are designed to provide a quick comprehensive check of how an older person and their vehicle work together. A 12-point checklist is completed and recommendations made for car adjustments and adaptations. Occupational Therapists from Ridgeview Medical Center will participate in the events. To schedule a CarFit event in your community, at your business, or at a senior housing complex, contact Public Health at (952) 361-1329 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TRIAD is a partnership between the Carver County Sheriff's Office, the Office of Aging and Carver County community members and senior citizens working together to keep seniors safe. The TRIAD program meets with aging commissions to provide education and information, offers coordination of events and topics for community discussion and hosts personal safety, home security or traffic safety seminars. The TRIAD advisory committee meets quarterly.
Universal Design Project
The Office of Aging provided training for planning staff from four Carver County cities to explain how promoting universal design in new housing construction, and universal and accessible home remodeling will allow residents to age in place. Following the training, three participating cities had a work session on Universal Design with the Planning Commission, Economic Development Commission and City Council members.