Minnesota takes first steps to become 'age-friendly society' for growing number of seniors
Star Tribune, December 11, 2019
Governnor Tim Walz signed an Executive Order to launch a broad-based effort that will involve nine state agencies, tribal leaders, local governments, nonprofits, businesses and private citizens to address the unprecedented demographic shift unfolding in the state. The Governor’s Council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota likely will be formed during the first few months of next year. The purpose will be to develop a comprehensive plan for the state and suggest policies for lawmakers to discuss during the 2021 session.
Seasonal Volunteer Opportunities at CROSS
Are you looking for something meaningful to do this season? Consider volunteering at CROSS, a nonprofit organization providing services to families and individuals in times of need. We have a variety of fun volunteer opportunities. Contact Pat Schwalbe, Director of Volunteers and Community Engagement, for more information. Email Pat@CROSSservices.org or call 763-425-1050.
Volunteer at the Annual Toy Shop & Drive
This year the CROSS annual Toy Shop will be set up at Lord of Life Church (7401 County Rd 101, Maple Grove). This is a huge event, around 480 CROSS families shop for over 1,200 children, ages birth to 18. All families sign up at CROSS and are given a time slot to shop on Saturday, December 14. CROSS collects brand new unwrapped toys from the community. This requires over 3,000 toys and is a huge community effort. Gift cards are welcome for teens, 12-18 years old.
There are three ways to volunteer with the Toy Shop:
- Collect toys: Have a toy drive or collect paper ornaments from CROSS to hang on a giving tree for individuals to use to shop for toys. Each ornament is labeled with girl or boy and the age. CROSS can pull a mix for you of a variety of ages. Please drop off the toys at Lord of Life on Friday, December 13 between 8am-2pm, or at CROSS (12915 Weinand Circle, Rogers) by Tuesday, December 10.
- Set up: Volunteer to help set up the Toy Shop on Friday, December 13 between 8am-4pm (Shifts are 8am-10:30am, 10:30-1pm, 1-3pm, 3-5pm) On set-up day you can volunteer for as long as you’d like to. The more the merrier!
- Shopping helper: Volunteer to help the families shop on Saturday, December 14, between 8am-4pm. Shifts are 8-10am, 10-noon, noon-2pm, 2-4pm).
Volunteer sign-up runs from November 1st - 30th to volunteer on Friday 12/13 and/or Saturday 12/14. Call the CROSS office to sign up: 763-425-1050. (Toy Shop volunteers must be 16 years old or older.)
Meals On Wheels
Route drivers & two volunteers, meal prep AM.
"How Can Cities Handle The Oldest Population In History? New Report Tells Policy Makers To Embrace It."
Forbes, October 28, 2019
With its new report—“Age-Forward Cities for 2030”—the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging is challenging cities across the country and their leaders to move aging to the top of their policy agendas. "[T]oo many local leaders still overlook the connection between aging policies and their cities’ vitality and sustainability. They fail to consider their aging populations as they plan for economic development, and for housing, health and infrastructure needs."
"Moving toward an age-friendly Minnesota: We still have much to do."
by Raejean Moone, MinnPost. November 15, 2019
For the last few decades those working in aging painted a picture of our rapidly changing Minnesota. They targeted 2020 as a key year – the first year we will have more adults over age 65 than children in school. Twenty years ago this seemed so far way, but we are now just months from this demographic reality. The question is: Are we ready?
Maple Grove offers first Memory Café for people with dementia and their caregivers
A new memory café program began in September 2019 through Maple Grove's Parks and Recreation program. A few memory cafés are available in neighboring communities, but this is 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
For more information, call 612.940.4468.
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.
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.