"Imagine The Future of Aging" to Air on Twin Cities Public Television Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. and Downloadable at ecumen.org; Town Hall Forum Brings Creative Class Together to Discuss What Aging Could be

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In just 13 years, Minnesota will for the first time have more people over the age of 65 than under age 18. What could that mean for Minnesota and how could the experience of growing older be different and better than it historically has been? Ecumen, which is Minnesota's largest provider of senior housing and wondered what 15 of Minnesota's most creative people thought about that question and others and convened with the American Association for Homes and Services for the Aging a discussion that will air from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 11th on Twin Cities Public Television's Channel 17. It's also downloadable at ecumen.org.

It's fascinating how some of the most creative people in Minnesota and America view the coming age wave and growing older. Their insights portend huge opportunities before this country.

In just 13 years, Minnesota will for the first time have more people over the age of 65 than under age 18. What could that mean for Minnesota and America and how could the experience of growing older be different and better than it historically has been?

Ecumen, which is Minnesota's largest provider of senior housing and services, wondered what a multi-generational group of 15 of Minnesota's most creative people thought about that question and others and convened with the American Association for Homes and Services for the Aging a discussion convened by former Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Peter Hutchinson that will air from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 11th on Twin Cities Public Television's Channel 17. It's also downloadable at ecumen.org.

"Aging and the historic demographic changes we face are so often framed in a negative manner," said Ecumen president and CEO Kathryn Roberts, "It's fascinating how some of the most creative people in Minnesota and America view the coming age wave and growing older. Their insights portend huge opportunities before this country."

The participants included Chuck Denny, former ADC Telecommunications Chairman; Mary Brainerd, CEO of HealthPartners; Fred Senn, co-founder of Fallon and co-author of Juicing the Orange: How to Turn Creativity into a Powerful Business Advantage; Al Quie, former Minnesota Governor; Burt Cohen, founding publisher of MSP Communications; Weiming Lu, president Lowertown Redevelopment Corporation; David Stillman, co-founder of Bridgeworks and co-author of the book When Generation Collide; Tom Swain, former vice president of institutional relations, University of Minnesota; Kathleen Ridder, author of Shaping My Feminist Life: A Memoir; Sue Zelickson, food editor, WCCO-AM; Nancy Koo, vice president, Lee Hecht Harrison; Jane Freeman, former first lady of Minnesota and former president of Girl Scouts USA; Mary Birchard, executive director, Alzheimer's Association, Minnesota; and Marion Etzwiler, former president and CEO, Minneapolis Foundation.

Ecumen (http://www.ecumen.org) is based in Shoreview, Minn. The name Ecumen comes from the word ecumenical and is derived from the Greek word for home: "Oikos." Ecumen seeks to create "home" for older adults wherever they choose to live. Ecumen, which is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has 4,000 team members who provide housing options and services in nearly 100 communities throughout the Upper Midwest.

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