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Honoring Minnesota's '50 Over 50'

A new list honoring people over age 50 in Minnesota aims to dispel the idea that an aging population will be a burden on the state. (AARP Minnesota)
A new list honoring people over age 50 in Minnesota aims to dispel the idea that an aging population will be a burden on the state. (AARP Minnesota)
August 17, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. - In an effort to dispel myths about aging, advocates for older Minnesotans are celebrating the accomplishments of those over age 50 this week. AARP Minnesota on Tuesday launched its first-ever 50 Over 50 list to honor dozens of exceptional Minnesotans. The group combed through more than 350 submissions and whittled down the list to what it calls the most inspiring leaders from across the state.

Communications director for AARP Minnesota, Seth Boffeli said the honorees fall into several categories, including the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, arts and community and those who "disrupt current beliefs about aging."

"These 50 people are outstanding, but we're really only scratching the surface of the contribution older Minnesotans are making," he said. "They're doing everything from inspiring their communities with their art to creating new businesses."

As Minnesota's older population continues to grow, Boffeli argued it's important to change people's attitudes toward aging. And he said that's one of the goals of the list.

One of the Minnesotans who made this list this year is Eric Schnell of Shoreview. Boffeli said he was chosen for his work creating a nonprofit, which is studying how self-driving cars could help Minnesotans with disabilities lead more independent lives.

"He was inspired to solve the problem of people living with disabilities and the barrier that access to transportation creates to them," he explained. "It's really just an amazing example of people who are defying these dated stereotypes of what it means to get older."

Boffeli said they are considering doing another list next year, and they will most likely be looking for help in finding another round of "50 Over 50" nominees.

Brandon Campbell, Public News Service - MN