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Help Create Minnesota's First "50 Over 50" List

AARP Minnesota is looking for help in creating the state's first list of exceptional folks over age 50 who represent the best in the state's older population. (iStockphoto)
AARP Minnesota is looking for help in creating the state's first list of exceptional folks over age 50 who represent the best in the state's older population. (iStockphoto)
March 23, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. – You don't have to be young to blaze a trail or do something incredible – and to help prove it, advocates for older Minnesotans are looking to celebrate the accomplishments of those over age 50.

AARP Minnesota this year is launching its 50 Over 50 list, and is looking for people to nominate exceptional Minnesotans.

Spokesman Seth Boffeli says the idea is to dispel the myth that an aging population will be a burden on the state.

"People have heard of the 30 Under 30 and the 40 Under 40,” he states. “Well, we're going to create the first-ever Minnesota 50 Over 50 list. And we're looking for 50 incredible individuals over 50, who are across Minnesota and are making an impact in their community."

Boffeli says the list will help shine a light on many of the state's leading entrepreneurs and artists who are part of the over-50 generation.

AARP is looking for all nominations to be sent in by May 13.

Specifically, Boffeli says AARP Minnesota wants to honor people who fall into one of five categories: the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, arts and community and those who "disrupt current beliefs about aging."

"Across Minnesota, there's tons of people over 50 who are living life on their own terms,” he points out. “They're running businesses, they're running nonprofits, they're artists, they're volunteer leaders, but they don't get recognized enough, and that needs to change."

Once all the nominations are in, a panel of 10 Minnesotans in the fields of business, arts and others will choose the top 50 by late July.

Then, during the rest of the year, AARP Minnesota will publish written profiles of each of the winners.



Brandon Campbell, Public News Service - MN