This group was first convened by Governor Orville Freeman in 1956 as the Governor's Citizen's Council on Aging, and was established in statute in 1961. The group's named changed in 1975 to the Minnesota Board on Aging (see Laws of Minnesota 1975, chap. 271).
Today, the board addresses aging policy, information and assistance. It works closely with its Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), which are regional organizations that provide services, supports and information for older adults and their families. Minnesota has seven AAAs across the state that are the local connections to older Minnesotans and the community support they need as they age.