Healthy Aging

Washington County Public Health and Environment is dedicated to serving residents across the lifespan. The ounty recognized the need to “identify and provide access to services that meet the needs and expectations of our changing community” as a strategy in the 2013-2020 Strategic and Implementation Plan. In response to this strategy, Public Health and Environment has offered Local Public Health Grant funding to support planning, community engagement, and project implementation for healthy aging initiatives in 2018. Public Health and Environment also hosts an internal work group to bring together departments working across the county to provide services to aging residents. Contact for more information. 

2019 Local Public Health Grant Funding Opportunity

With attention to our changing demographics and growing aging population, Washington County Public Health and Environment (PHE) places an emphasis on healthy aging efforts. PHE intends to fund one or more organizations to support planning, community engagement, and project implementation for healthy aging initiatives in 2019.

2018 Funded Local Public Health Grant Projects

FamilyMeans Memory Cafés

: A memory café is a safe place where people with a dementia diagnosis and their caregivers can learn about community resources, connect with others, and enjoy time together in a relaxed atmosphere. Join in at Hy-Vee Cottage Grove, Lake Elmo Inn, R.H. Stafford Library, and walk the paths at the Rice Lake Centre in Hugo. For more information see FamilyMeans or find Memory Cafes across Minnesota.

The Vital Aging Network

: VAN expanded Wellness 50+ efforts across the county to build community-based wellness initiatives led by self-directed teams of people 50-plus. Vital Aging Network concentrates on engaging active, civically-engaged older adults through their Wellness 50+ program. Wellness 50+ groups meet in the following communities: Forest Lake, Stillwater, Oakdale, Woodbury, and Cottage Grove. More information. 

Re-Imagine Dementia

: 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.

Caregivers, community members, and groups are encouraged to watch this video and follow along with the provided slide deck. If you watch this video with a group,let us know how you used it by contacting

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