Annual Aging Summit Uses the Past to Set a Course for the Future

The Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging (MNLCOA) and co-conveners Age Friendly Minnesota and Minnesota Board on Aging hosted its annual gathering of statewide leaders in the field of aging this fall. The summit was a two-part strategic foresight workshop attended by JFS CEO Ruth Olkon and Aging & Disability Services Director Jill Grover.

The summit reflected on the past 50 years to understand the patterns, policies and chance that got us to this point followed by an analysis of today’s emergent challenges and opportunities. Likely scenarios were examined as the summit envisioned the future of aging in Minnesota.

“It was nothing like any other conference, seminar or workshop I’ve been to before,” said Jill, “in a good way. It really challenged us to think beyond the day to day which is hard to do sometimes.”

JFS is a member of MNLCOA, represented by Ruth and Jill. The membership provides an opportunity to stay engaged with the work of other like-minded agencies with similar missions and goals in the field of aging. Jill is a member of the council’s Diverse Elders Coalition and the Policy Committee.