Multi-Generational Mill City


Photo courtesy of Ecumen

Abiitan Mill City provides unique senior living to Minneapolis’ Mill City District.

More than seven years ago, if you were to walk around the Mill City District, you might notice one thing missing: senior living. Which is why when Ecumen, one of the country’s oldest nonprofit senior housing services, had the opportunity to open a space in the Mill City District, residents overwhelmingly responded, “Yes, please!”

Ecumen built Abiitan Mill City to give the people what they were asking for. As the Abiitan team puts it, they were developed from a customer perspective.

“We knew that the incoming generation of Baby Boomer retirees are very different from the previous generation in terms of what they want. Many outright reject the conventional idea of ‘senior living’, segregated in out-of-the way housing developments with limited access to entertainment, recreation and shopping. They want intergenerational living, in communities of people of all ages. Many want diversity, opportunity and choice in all aspects of their lives,” says the Abiitan team.

Abiitan offers options that allow residents to seamlessly stay in their homes as they get older and need services, such as home health care and memory care. Most of the residents live independently, travel frequently, and are highly active in the community. But they have peace of mind knowing that as they age and need more assistance, services are available on site should they need them.

“Residents enjoy a robust schedule of cultural programming on and off premises through Abiitan’s unique partnerships with MacPhail Center for Music, University of Minnesota’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and Guthrie Theater. Year-round activities include lectures, live music performances, movie screenings, creative writing workshops, fitness classes, tai chi and mindfulness meditations,” they say.

Assisted Living and Memory Care residents benefit from customized support services – medication management, daily living hygiene care, housekeeping, and a buddy system to and from meals and activities, provided by specially-trained staff available 24/7. Memory Care residents also have access into the Awakenings program.

“Memory Care at The Terraces at Abiitan offers the most comprehensive programming available, with Ecumen’s nationally-honored, award-winning Awakenings program. Awakenings is a true, intentional collaboration between residents, families, care professionals, physicians, pharmacists, and loved ones that is so effective and powerful it often leads to reduction or elimination of some medications,” they say. “Awakenings provides a better quality of life for our residents and a more rewarding experience for family and loved ones. Our approach focuses on abilities—not disabilities—while honoring each person’s individuality as they continue to pursue all that living well can mean.”

In 55+ Independent Living, Abiitan offers both a month-to-month rental agreement, and a fully-refundable entrance deposit with monthly service fee agreement. Rental rates in 55+ Independent Living start at $1,860. Assisted Living and Memory Care are offered with inclusive monthly rates, and that is often more appealing to people when compared to other structures.

The Abiitan team says they proudly welcome all communities into their living spaces, and their residents come from very diverse backgrounds.

“We are proud of the diversity and inclusiveness of our residents and staff. Fundamentally, we believe our role is to empower people live the lives they want to live. Abiitan is a true community of people who share this belief. Our residents and our staff bring together unique interests and passions to create a very special place to live,” they say.

Abiitan’s urban location makes it a unique senior living experience. As the only senior living community in the core of downtown Minneapolis, residents have easy access to culture, entertainment, recreation, and shopping, all within a few blocks.

“Abiitan does not look like stereotypical senior housing. It has an open, contemporary design and large windows that fill the building light and views of the city skyline. Most people who tour it comment, ‘Anybody would want to live here!'”

At Abiitan, residents can step outside and instantly interact in the community, access public transportation and the skyway, or walk around the neighborhood or river trail, which are just a block away.

For more information about Abiitan, visit

Abiitan Mill City
428 S. 2nd St.

5100 Eden Ave, Suite 107 • Edina, MN 55436
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