A recent Washington Post article highlights the variety of ways communities across the country are adjusting to meet the changing needs of an aging population.

What I love about this article is not just that it addresses the practical realities that come with an older population, but that it also provides great insight into how broad and far-reaching the impacts of aging really are.

Many of us focus on the immediate family decisions and stresses that come along with an aging loved one – decisions about whether or when to seek additional support, move out of a life-long home, or directly address end-of-life issues.

But what about the less obvious challenges – and opportunities – of aging? For example:

  •  The need for new transportation options to accommodate active seniors who want to shop and socialize the way they used to, but no longer drive themselves.
  • In Minnesota, we’ll soon have more people aged 65+ than kids in school – that will bring some challenges, but what about the amazing resource at our fingertips? How are we engaging older Minnesotans to help teach our kids or support and volunteer in schools?

What else? Is your community doing anything unique to meet the needs of an aging population? Are there opportunities we’re missing?

It would be great to hear from city planners, first responders and other city officials if you’re working on anything on this particular topic…