Falls are the leading cause of injury for older adults. Living Healthy in Washington County works with health systems and community partners to keep older adults safe and independent. Expected growth in Minnesota’s older population also means a growth in Minnesotans living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Minnesota’s senior population is expected to grow tremendously over the next 20 years
The Minnesota State Demographer anticipates the state’s 65+ population will increase by 41 percent from 2010 to 2020, resulting in about 970,000 older adults
By 2030, the 65+ population will surge to 1.26 million
⇒ To work with community partners to implement healthy lifestyle strategies and create supportive environments for aging adults.
Angela Lunde, Associate of Neurology at Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, spoke to community members about re-imagining dementia. The session inspired caregivers and friends to view individuals with dementia with well-being as the primary outcome. In the United States, 1 in 10 people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s, the most prevalent form of dementia. In Minnesota, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s will grow from 92,000 to 120,000 by 2025, according to the Alzheimer’s Association Disease 2017 Facts and Figures.
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