AF MG kicks off Zoom interview series 

Age-Friendly Maple Grove kicked off its new Zoom interview series this summer. Host Chuck Schwalbe spoke with Patty Anderson, who retired from a 30-year parks and recreation career and started her own business called Yes& Studio, where she teaches yoga, movement, and mindfulness classes to older adults. In this Zoom interview, Patty shares her expertise to help us find calm during the COVID-19 crisis. 

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M Health Fairview grants AF MG fourth year of sponsorship

Age-Friendly Maple Grove is excited to share that M Health Fairview recently donated $2,000 through the Fairview Foundation to support the work of the initiative. An early collaborator in this community-driven effort, M Health Fairview has provided financial support to Age-Friendly Maple Grove for four consecutive years and remains an active partner. Age-Friendly Maple is enormously grateful for M Health Fairview's continued generosity and partnership!

AF MG presents to Governor's Council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota

Maple Grove’s efforts to become an age-friendly community were shared at the latest meeting of the Governor’s Council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota. The council, appointed earlier this year by Governor Walz, is charged with creating recommendations for how Minnesota should approach and set priorities for age-friendliness at the state level. The council was most interested in learning what factors have contributed to Age-Friendly Maple Grove’s success and what have been barriers to advancing the work. 

Mayor Steffenson, City Administrator Heidi Nelson, and three representatives of AF MG presented information to the council about how this work has progressed over the past several years. The City of Maple Grove joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities in 2016 and follows that program's process and framework. 

A video recording of the April 22 meeting is available here on YouTube. Maple Grove's presentation is near the beginning of the three-hour meeting.

City of Maple Grove provides Covid-19 resources

The City of Maple Grove has compiled a variety of resources and information--both local and beyond--related to the Covid-19 pandemic, including periodic video updates from City officials. View the City's webpage here.

Senior Community Services announces changes related to Covid-19

Senior Community Services has announced changes in its services related to the Covid-19 pandemic. They provide updated information on their website; view it here.  

Maple Grove's MY RIDE service now offering grocery pick-up and delivery service

Due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, MY RIDE customers can now order groceries and household essentials online from a Maple Grove store that has online shopping and local pick up. MY RIDE will pick your order up and deliver to your house; it is not charging a fee for this service. 

MY RIDE is also expanding its service area to include CROSS in Rogers and CEAP in Brooklyn Center, which offer food shelves.

Get the details here.

AF MG's dementia work featured in spring edition of City Focus

Age-Friendly Maple Grove's recent efforts related to dementia are featured in the spring edition of City Focus, the City of Maple Grove's quarterly newsletter. Follow the link and jump to page 28. 

AF MG show premieres on CCX 

Age-Friendly Maple Grove is bringing its work to CCX. Initiative leaders will share information about its work and on topics related to aging in and around Maple Grove. It will also bring in experts on various topics and help connect residents to resources and information. 

The show does not yet have a regular air time, but the first two episodes are both available on YouTube:
View episode 1, which provides a good introduction to Age-Friendly Maple Grove.
View episode 2, which focuses on affordable housing.

CCX is a valuable community resource, and AF MG is excited and grateful to be able to partner with them on this effort.

Governor Walz Signs Executive Order, Commits to Making Minnesota an ‘Age-Friendly State’

Office of Governor Tim Walz, December 11, 2019

Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 19-38 , establishing the Governor’s Council on an Age Friendly Minnesota and formalizing his commitment to making Minnesota the best state to live in at any age.

“Aging is a reality that we all face, whether it’s our parents and grandparents, our friends and neighbors, or ourselves,” said Governor Walz. “Everyone wants to live in a community that is respectful, inclusive, and supportive of our contributions and needs. This executive order coordinates efforts across agencies and sectors to move us all toward an age-friendly Minnesota.”

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