Peggy Gaard and Gail Skoglund believe that people can make meaningful and purposeful choices throughout their lives. They created Proactive to Stay Active: A Blueprint for Aging by Choice, to make it easier for people to do so and to be sure that those around them support their choices.
Gaard and Skoglund are used to moving in lock step. They share the job of director of Open Circle Senior Day Center in Hopkins.
A few years ago, they took the Evolve course together, and when it came time to develop their leadership project for the course, they teamed up once again to produce the guide.
Their work at Open Circle gives Gaard and Skoglund insight into the need for individuals to be intentional about what they want as they age. “Too often adult children are not in tune with their parent’s wishes and desires. This lack can lead to disastrous results,” says Gaard. “But people need help in planning. That’s what this guide starts to do.”
The guide asks questions and provides spaces to write answers about home and community, finances, legal status, wellness, staying connected, and what ifs.
The Evolve: Re-igniting Self & Community program helps participants apply their leadership to work that makes life better for all of us. In the course, participants plan and implement a civic leadership project. These are some of recent projects.