AF MG working on caregiving and dementia grant

July 15, 2021 - As part of a grant awarded by Trellis (formerly the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging), Age-Friendly Maple Grove is undertaking a project to learn more about the role of faith communities in supporting people with dementia and those who help care for them. A community member survey was conducted in late spring, and this summer, the grant team is interviewing local churches and faith communities about what they observe and what supports they provide related to their members experiences with dementia. The grant wraps up in September, and findings shared at that time.

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.) 

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 >> 

Zoom interview on 55 Forward summer programs: What's planned and how to get involved

April 27, 2021 - With summer around the corner--and ever-changing COVID-19 conditions--AF MG talks to Liz Faust, who heads up the City's 55 Forward programs, to learn about what's planned for the summer and how people can get involved. 

Click here to watch the interview.

AF MG receives grant for dementia project

February 9, 2021 - Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging awarded Age-Friendly Maple Grove a grant for $1,500 to support a project aimed at making Maple Grove a more dementia-friendly community. AF MG is one of several recipients around the seven-county metro area chosen to receive funding to help a community start, sustain, or expand dementia-friendly efforts. The grant is part of the ACT on Alzheimer's initiative. AF MG's project will explore how faith communities in Maple Grove are supporting members with dementia and their families, and help determine ways that AF MG can contribute to this work. We are grateful for the support and excited to undertake this work!  

Zoom interview on Senior LinkAge Line: What is it, and how can I use it?

November 24, 2020

Ever heard of Senior LinkAge but never used it, or don't know exactly what it is? Check out AF MG's latest Zoom interview to learn about this incredibly valuable free service provided by the State of MN--including how you can volunteer (virtually) during COVID. Among other things, Senior LinkAge Line provides free, unbiased health insurance counseling to anyone with Medicare! Thanks to the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging for this interview and the many high-quality resources it provides for Twin Cities communities. Watch the video here.