The Northland Foundation Receives Grant To Help The Aging Adult Community

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The Northland Foundation recently received a grant for $3.5 million to launch their Integrated Rural Aging Community Program.

The foundation is now partnering with local organizations in Northeastern Minnesota to implement the Community Planning and Care Coordination project to help better serve the aging older adult community.

A total of eight organizations, known for supporting rural older adults, have been selected to receive some of the grant funding to continue their efforts.

Studies show Northern Minnesota on the leading edge of the state’s aging adult population.

Nearly 15% of Minnesota’s overall population is now 65 and older.

With a growing number of older adults, Northland Foundation staffers believe it’s important to continue helping people to age in place.

“We know that most people when they age want to stay in their homes. For everyone that is not a possibility,” said Northland Foundation’s Director of Development Zane Bail.

“We want to make sure there are other services and support so that they can age well independently, autonomously and age with dignity,” Bail continues.

Each selected organization is responsible for forming a coalition to help with the planning process.

The coalitions are likely to include community members, social service providers, and public health officials.

The goal of the coalition is to come up with an action plan that will help increase opportunities for aging adults.

“That could range from having a community navigator position to increase access to information about aging services not just through Community Partners, but in our region. It could be increasing referrals streams or increasing our referral network,” said Community Partners Executive Director Taylor Holm.

The coalitions will hold five meetings over the next two months to continue planning.

All eight organizations will receive funding from the grant given to the northland foundation to implement their action plans.

Funding will be provided through December 2022.

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