Age-Friendly Maple Grove seeks new volunteers
Sept. 14, 2020 - Age-Friendly Maple Grove encourages community members and other interested stakeholders to get involved in this initiative to make Maple Grove a better place to grow older. Maple Grove joined the World Health Organization/AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities in 2016. Since then, it has been actively working to make housing, transportation, social participation, communications, and other aspects of community life more inclusive of later life.
Click here to learn more, or see page 20 of the fall 2020 edition of City Focus, the city's quarterly newsletter.
Zoom interview series: Protecting yourself from scams during Covid 19
August 6, 2020 - Officer Todd Strege from the Maple Grove Police Department shares the latest about scams targeting older adults during Covid 19--what to watch out for, and what to do if you're contacted by a scammer.
Zoom interview series: 55 Forward Still Strong During Covid
August 10, 2020 - AF MG is pleased to share the second in its Zoom interview series! This time host Chuck Schwalbe talks to Maple Grove Parks & Recreation Senior Program Director, Liz Faust, to learn about what's going on with the City's 55 Forward programs during Covid-19. Check it out to learn about current programs and activities, what's to come, and how to get involved.
Age-Friendly Maple Grove releases Progress Report for year one of its action plan
AF MG recently released a progress report that examines its first year of work under a three-year action plan. The plan runs from 2019 through 2021 and includes actions under eight domains--from housing and transportation to communication and community services. A Leadership Team and several subcommittees carry out the work, all of which aims to make Maple Grove a better place to grow older. The plan is part of a framework laid out by the World Health Organization/AARP Network for Age-Friendly States and Communities. Maple Grove has been a member of that network since 2016. Click here to view the Progress Report.
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.
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!
Maple Grove's MY RIDE service now offering grocery pick-up and delivery service
August 3, 2020 - Due to impacts of Covid-19, MY RIDE in late March began offering pick-up and delivery of groceries and household essentials from local stores that have online shopping and local pick-up. MY RIDE will pick up your order and deliver to your house at no cost. MY RIDE also expanded its service area to include food shelves at CROSS in Rogers and CEAP in Brooklyn Center. Get the details here about these expanded services.
MY RIDE recently released more Covid-related services updates. Click here for more information.
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.
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.”