Maple Grove to offer first Memory Café for people with dementia and their caregivers

A new memory café program will be offered beginning in September 2019 through Maple Grove's Parks and Recreation program. A few memory cafés are available in neighboring communities, but this will be the first within Maple Grove.  

The memory café is a social gathering for individuals diagnosed with early to mid-stage dementia, mild cognitive impairment or concerns about memory and their loved ones. It is a safe and supportive environment, free of judgment, where the person and her/his loved one can enjoy socializing with others who are in a similar situation. (It is NOT a drop off care option.) Individuals who attend need to be self-sufficient in their self-care (toileting, feeding and mobility). Activities may include card games, music, crafts and having fun. Light refreshments will be available. Donation each meeting to assist with costs. Club registration required.

Where: Maple Grove Community Center
When: Third Friday of each month, 9:00am-11:00am
To registerRegister through Maple Grove Parks & Rec (see p41 of the Fall 2019 brochure)

Arbor Lakes Commons Pie Social and Craft Sale

The Arbor Lakes Resident Association and Garden Fund will hold its fourth annual Pie Social and Craft Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, sSept. 14, from 11 am to 4 pm at Arbor Lakes Commons, 8100 Main Street, in Maple Grove. The residential facility for older adults is located across from the Maple Grove branch of the Hennepin County Library.

For $5, a visitor can enjoy homemade pit, ice cream and fresh brewed coffee. Featured pies are apple, banana cream, coconut cream, blueberry, pecan, strawberry rhubarb, mixed berry and lemon meringue.

The variety of crafts includes handmade copper jewelry, crocheted items, wreaths, cards, wall hanging, Christmas items, Avon, Midwestern premium silk, bison and venison products, baby blankets, dish towels, large and small blankets, plants, pillow cases, spoon flowers, pet supplies, string painting, scented soaps, fresh flowers and others. 

The raffle prizes have values ranging from $25 to $200.

Community input needed for possible expansion of the MG Community Center

The City of Maple Grove is undertaking a needs assessment and master plan for a possible expanded Community Center and campus. Community members are invited to an open house (details below) where they can share their thoughts for the future of this important facility.

Community Center Vision Open House
Thursday, August 29 | 5:00-7:00pm

Maple Grove Community Center 

Over the coming months, the City will be also conducting a community survey through US mail as well as an online option. Click here for more information.

MyRide proposes fair increase: Community input requested

Maple Grove Transit has proposed the first increase of MyRide fares since the previous increase in 2004. The program began in 1997 as Maple Grove Dial-A-Ride, with a fair of $1.50 per person each way. The current fare of $1.75 per person per trip, enacted in 2004, would increase to $3 per trip. A trip is is designated as going from one destination to a second destination. A ten-ride punch ticket would increase from $15 to $20.

Public comments can be made by emailing, or calling 763-494-6005.

Full details of the proposal can be found here.

Volunteers needed to conduct business and park audits! (It’s easy!)

Age-Friendly Maple Grove wants to know if local parks, public facilities and businesses are accessible and inviting to residents of all ages and physical abilities. As part of its action plan, AF MG is conducting audits of local businesses and public spaces to find out.

Community volunteers are needed to help conduct the audits, which are quick and easy to do and will be generate important information. Simply print out the audit (or pick one up at the Community Center), take it to the business or park of your choice, and complete it as best you can.

Click here to download the Business Audit.
Click here to download the Outdoor Spaces Audit.

Information gathered from the audits will help AF MG better understand what changes would make local parks and businesses better places for older residents.

Local businesses are a very important part of the community. They provide needed goods and services, employ residents, and are places to connect with the community. An age-friendly business knowledgeably provides great service to all ages. This includes its physical building—easy-to-open doors, spaces wide enough to navigate easily, places to sit and rest—as well as high-level customer service.

The city can ensure that its extensive park system – a tremendous local resource – appeals to older residents by learning more about what features older people want and need. This goes beyond accessibility to understanding how older adults of all ages and abilities are interested in taking advantage of the city’s parks as places for fitness, socializing, or quiet reflection.

Completing an audit is a great way for residents to contribute to Age-Friendly Maple Grove and bettering the community. Reach us through Contact Us page for more information, or call 763-494-6524.

"Little kids and elderly 'grandfriends' get care under the same roof in St. Louis Park"

(Erica Pearson, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, June 29, 2019)

Several sites in the Twin Cities area are bringing little kids and older adults together for care. Fairview is set to open three new intergenerational programs — one in Chanhassen this fall, one in Prospect Park in 2020 and one in Bloomington the following year. While there are many challenges, the concept is growing in Minnesota. 

“Children who have been in intergenerational care, every administrator I’ve talked with has said, when our kids go into public school, or regular classrooms, we hear from those schools and principals that they are the best behaved, they are the most accepting of children with differences, they are more patient, more empathetic,” said Donna Butts, the executive director of Generations United, a national nonprofit that works to bring generations together and studies intergenerational programs.

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