Backup Plan for Solos

Supported Health-Care Decision Making for People Aging Alone

By 2030, more than 1 in 5 Minnesotans will be age 65 or older. A significant portion will be people without traditional family support – “solos” – or people aging alone.

Solos include those who have no children, spouse or partner as well as those with family members who are not part of a support system, for whatever reason. Without a supportive infrastructure, solos are at risk for lower quality care, care that goes against their wishes or care that carries a high cost to individuals and society.

The Citizens League is teaming up with Minnesota Elder Justice Center and two “solos” to explore existing resources and policies and identify gaps and opportunities relevant to solo health care decisions.

During the summer of 2017, we will form a 15-member task force to take on an 18-month study of this issue. The task force members will represent a broad range of knowledge, interests, ideologies, geographic locations, experiences and skills.

The task force will produce these outcomes:
• Profiles of solos to build understanding of characteristics, needs and barriers.
• A description of the current infrastructure relevant to health-care decision making by/for solos, including identification of gaps and best practices.
• Core elements of a backup plan for personal health and well-being and other tools to help solos plan for themselves.
• A list of potential solutions to address unmet needs and infrastructure gaps.
• Priorities for future action and work plan to implement solutions

Would you like to contribute to this project? Email solos@citizensleague.org to learn more.

This project is made possible by the generous support from The Bush Foundation.

Meeting Materials & Minutes

May 15, 2018
April 10, 2018
March 13, 2018
February 13, 2018
December 12, 2017
November 21, 2017
November 7, 2017
October 24, 2017
September 27, 2017

Project Updates

Read project updates from Solos task force member Patty Thorsen. Patty is a member of the Transportation Accessibility Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Council.

Solo Seniors: Evaluating Existing Resources

The focus of the next month for task force members is to identify and evaluate the quality and usefulness of information resources that help individuals to develop a backup plan for senior solos.

Introduction: A Backup Plan for Solo Seniors

By 2030, more than 1 in 5 Minnesotans will be age 65 or older. A significant portion will be people without traditional family support – “solos” – or people aging alone.

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