Bridging the Age Gap: Enhancing Individual and Community Capacity
America’s aging population represents one of the grand challenges - and great opportunities - we face as a country and it is almost unique in the history of the nation. Over the next 19 years, an average of 10,000 Americans will reach retirement age every day, constituting one of the largest pools of knowledge and experience in the United States and one of the largest untapped resources available to address the major social challenges. For the first time in history, a significant number of people, with extraordinary expertise, financial resources, and life expectancy will retire in the same two decades. At the same time, technology has made collaboration easier than ever before, with global challenges having become ever-more pressing and with existing resources and conventional models increasingly inadequate to the task.
The course will include traditional students and retirees and apply their technical knowledge and life experience to the needs of Twin-Cities communities. The course will address the Grand Challenge theme of “Enhancing Individual and Community Capacity for a Changing World.”
This is a time-limited opportunity. If the university is to contribute to addressing this challenge, the time is now. If we take years to respond, we will miss the window.