Missouri has more than 1.1 million residents over the age of 60. Estimates suggest that older adults will outnumber minors for the first time by 2030.

Through an executive order, Gov. Mike Parson created the “Aging with Dignity: Missouri’s Master Plan on Aging” in January 2023. Since then, an advisory council containing legislators, state agency leaders, non-profit organizations and other community partners has been meeting to guide the process of creating the plan.

To help address the needs of older adults, Missouri is holding town halls to hear about their challenges. The public meetings will be February 26 through March 8.

The in-person meetings are being co-hosted by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the ten Area Agencies on Aging. No registration is necessary.

“Several positive changes have already been made, but more help is needed,” said Mindy Ulstad, chief of the Bureau of Senior Programs with DHSS. “Community participation is vital to the process. The overarching goal of the Master Plan on Aging is that all Missourians, regardless of age or ability, will have access to person-centered programs and services necessary to help them age in their environment of choice in a safe and healthy manner.”

Two virtual town halls will be held on March 21. They require a free registration in order to provide a secure link to join the call.

To view the town hall times and locations, click here.

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