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.)
Age-Friendly MN seeks input through new survey
September 22, 2021 - Age-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.
New Age-Friendly MN video highlights need for new perspective
August 9, 2021 - Positively 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.
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.