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Update: Rochester Livability Survey

Posted on 01/29/19 by Seth Boffeli, AARP Minnesota

AARP Minnesota and In The City For Good have collaborated to gather community input on how the Greater Rochester area rates as a place to grow older. Over 400 people completed the survey, which is a step in the process toward joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. A report will be published during the spring of 2019.

Survey results indicate well-known issues such as affordable housing and transportation, and local committee members continue to analyze responses for additional factors like civic participation; social inclusion; employment and access to key services. “Rochester and the surrounding area is a great place to live and is growing very quickly. This Age-Friendly initiative is designed to make sure older residents have a voice in how their community grows and changes,” said Jay Haapala, Community Engagement Director with AARP Minnesota. Although the survey has been completed, you can still give input and learn more by contacting Jay Haapala at

“Our Age-Friendly Action Group has been at work for about a year laying the groundwork for this survey and our local application to become part of this world-wide movement,” said Dave Beal of In the City for Good. In September, Danielle Arigoni, AARP Director of Livable Communities presented at an In City for Good forum and met with local community members.

As part of the AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities, community leaders will have access to global resources and information on age-friendly best practices, models of assessment and implementation, and the experiences of towns and cities around the world.  Learn more at and

The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities is an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program, an international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare for rapid population aging and the parallel trend of urbanization. The program has participating communities in more than 20 nations, as well as 10 affiliates representing more than 1,000 communities.

In the City for Good is a community-based response to the challenges of growth in Rochester, MN. The grassroots organization is working so that all share in the responsibilities and benefits of that growth, are well-informed and participate in civic governance.

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