The Dakota County Communities for a Lifetime initiative brings together residents, local businesses, community organizations, cities, and county staff to create networks of age-friendly, healthy, and accessible communities.
Communities for a Lifetime Initiative – Key Challenges & Action Steps
What makes a Community for a Lifetime?
- Transportation options to help keep people mobile and independent.
- Sidewalks and paths that are walkable for transport and exercise.
- A full range of affordable housing options as needs change.
- Accessible and quality services that support older adults and caregivers in home and community settings.
- Flexible and supportive employment and volunteer opportunities, including intergenerational activities.
- Effective technology to connect people and help with life's activities.
Resources and Information page for additional information.
Communities for a Lifetime background reports
Dakota County Aging Initiative Report – April 2007
Living Longer and Stronger Final Report – December 2010
Communities in Dakota County are at various stages in the process of developing a Community for a Lifetime. Visit Communities for a Lifetime project pages below for more information.
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City-level work groups and projects
For more information, contact
Jess Luce, Communities for a Lifetime project manager, at