MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Experts say 1 in 3 Americans is age 50 or older, and the vast majority of those people want to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible. AARP Minnesota and the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging are teaming up to help make it possible. They’re hosting a community housing forum to address gentrification and aging. The event is Thursday, July 11 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Harrison Neighborhood Association in North Minneapolis.

Suzanne Madison, an ElderCare Development Partnership Program Developer for the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, says housing needs change as people age, however it is possible to live safely, comfortably and independently in the community for as long as possible. Aging experts agree older adults are more likely to remain active, connected, and healthy when they are allowed to remain in their homes, close to friends and family and in communities of faith.

North Minneapolis is currently the focus of renewed investment strategies. On Thursday, July 11, community members and a panel of guests will discuss development efforts to preserve existing housing stock and promote revitalization without displacement of older, long-time residents who want to stay in their homes. To learn more or to register, call (877) 926-8300.

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment.

The Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging is a nonprofit organization serving the seven-county metro area that helps people age with dignity in their communities and builds the capacity of communities to engage.