State of MN joins the AARP age-friendly network

January 24, 2022 - The State of Minnesota this month became the tenth state in the U.S. to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. The City of Maple Grove joined the network in 2016, and there now are 14 member cities and counties--including Hennepin County--in the state. Minnesota's enrollment is an exciting step for the state, which has been ramping up its age-friendly work in recent years. Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order in December 2019 establishing the Governor's Council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota, and the first ever age-friendly legislation passed in June 2021--extending the Council for two more years, and providing funding for a new age-friendly communities grants program and the hiring of an age-friendly executive director. 

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AF MG prepares to launch community needs assessment

January 20, 2022 - Age-Friendly Maple Grove is preparing to launch a community needs assessment to learn what residents want to make the city a better place to grow older. The City of Maple Grove joined the World Health Organization/AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities in 2016. Since then, initiative leaders have used that program’s framework to guide their work.

More than 625 cities, counties and towns have joined the network in the U.S.; fourteen are in Minnesota, including Hennepin County. Member communities follow a five-year process that includes conducting a community needs assessment and creating and implementing a three-year action plan.

AF MG implemented its action plan from 2019-2021, working in areas such as housing, transportation, and communication, among others. It now will begin a second cycle of the five-year process, beginning with a new needs assessment, which likely will include a survey, focus groups, and gathering input from residents at community events.  

Our cross-sector initiative works to put a “lifespan lens” on many facets of community life. Like most places, Maple Grove’s population is collectively older than ever before. According to the US Census, 28 percent of city residents are age 55 or older, compared to about 11 percent in 2000. These demographic shifts make it critical that aging become a core part of community planning and decisions.



AF MG presents housing recommendations to City Council

October 20, 2021 - The Age-Friendly Maple Grove housing team presented a set of recommendations to City Council on October 18. The recommendations were drawn from the Age-Friendly Maple Grove Housing Brief developed by the housing team earlier this year. The brief lays out recommendations in four categories: affordability; home design and accessibility; zoning and land use; and alternative models. A video recording of the meeting can be viewed here. (The AF MG presentation is at the beginning of the meeting.) 

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Age-Friendly Maple Grove releases findings from dementia grant

October 6, 2021 - AF MG has released findings from work it completed with support from a dementia grant from Trellis (formerly Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging). The project focused on the current role of faith communities in supporting people with dementia and their care partners. A community member survey was conducted in late spring, and over the summer, the grant team interviewed local churches and faith communities about what they observe and what supports they provide related to their members' experiences with dementia. 

AF MG hopes to do more work related to supporting people with dementia and hopes to build off this project to help identify opportunities to do so. (Visit AF MG's Health and Wellness resource page for a helpful list of dementia and caregiving resources.) 

Read the report here >> 

Age-Friendly MN seeks input through new survey

September 22, 2021Age-Friendly Minnesota is encouraging residents to take a 20-minute survey as a way to help partners involved in this collaborative initiative better understand priorities, needs, and opportunities for the state's current and future older residents. With an older population than ever before, Age-Friendly Minnesota is working to make communities across the state better places for all people to live across the lifespan, including older age. 

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New Age-Friendly MN video highlights need for new perspective

August 9, 2021Positively Aging is a new video that helps debunk myths about aging and highlights the important role of age-friendly communities. The seven-minute video was developed by the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging and the Minnesota Board on Aging as part of Age-Friendly Minnesota

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Age-Friendly Maple Grove releases Year 2 Progress Report

June 13, 2021 - AF MG released a report that evaluates its work implementing the second year of a three-year action plan. The report, which covers the 2020 calendar year, includes highlights of how the initiative responded to COVID-19. Despite many challenges posed by the pandemic, AF MG was able to continue its work and contribute to supporting Maple Grove's older residents.

As a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, AF MG follows that program's five-year framework, which includes developing and implementing a three-year action plan. AF MG is currently implementing the last year of its action plan, after which it will conduct a community needs assessment and develop an updated plan. 

View the report here >>