50 Over 50: Conversations on Aging Well
Pollen and AARP Minnesota
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October 19, 2021
Connect with 50 Over 50 honorees and others from across Minnesota who have mastered the art of aging well through their volunteer efforts, and learn about opportunities to get more involved in your community.
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Conversations on Aging Well

October 19, 2021
11:30am-1:00pm Central

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Minnesota is more than just lakes, hockey, and Prince. The state is at the center of a national conversation around reshaping public safety. It’s known for high educational outcomes and strong voter turnout, but also for deep racial disparities. Whatever the issue, Minnesotans of all ages stay engaged in their communities. We’re ranked fifth in the nation for volunteerism with 41% of residents 16+ having volunteered in the last year (2019, MN Compass). 

Volunteering makes us feel good. It benefits our communities and positively impacts both the people who receive help and those who provide it. This is especially true for older adults. Studies show that volunteering can increase longevity more than physical mobility, exercising, and attending religious services. Volunteering deepens our connections to community and others,  improves our emotional and mental well-being, provides a sense of purpose, and reduces the risk of depression, stress, and disease. In other words, it helps us age well.

Join AARP Minnesota and Pollen on October 19 to hear inspiring stories from 50 Over 50 honorees who have mastered the art of aging well through their volunteer efforts. Connect with people from across Minnesota who share a passion for building community. And learn about opportunities to get more involved in your community with AARP Minnesota’s Create The Good program.




Dr. Rose Wan-Mui Chu, 2016 50 Over 50 Community Honoree

Paula Hart, 2017 50 Over 50 Nonprofit Honoree

Phil Johnson, 2018 50 Over 50 Community Honoree

Moderated by Kate Schaefers, AARP MN Volunteer State President

With a performance by Alive & Kickin






Welcome & Performance 11:30am
Panel discussion 11:45am
Conversations 12:45pm


Live captioning is available, and ASL interpreters are available upon request. When registering, please let us know what you need to fully experience the event.


AARP Minnesota works every day to challenge outdated beliefs and spark new solutions. Pollen shares stories of individuals who want to change our collective story for the better. Our two organizations came together to recognize and celebrate the possibilities and contributions that come with age.



Pollen and AARP Minnesota’s 50 Over 50 list celebrates the hope, resilience, and contributions of those over the age of 50 who work tirelessly to make Minnesota better for all of us.

Since 2016, we’ve honored over 250 individuals from across the state of Minnesota who keep our communities connected, whole, and nourished; strengthen and grow our nonprofit sector; create a thriving culture; steward our economic resources and talent; and infuse the energy of innovation into industries, products, systems, and policies that improve our lives.

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    Rose Chu
    2016 50 Over 50 Community Honoree
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    Paula Hart
    2017 50 Over 50 Nonprofit Honoree
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    Phil Johnson
    2018 50 Over 50 Community Honoree
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    Kate Schaefers
    AARP Minnesota Volunteer State President
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    Alive And Kickin
    Senior Arts Organization