Announcing Awardees of the 2014 Encore Prizes for Exceptional Organizations
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has announced the Encore Prizes for Exceptional Organizations 2014 Awardees. Among the awardees were Benevilla and the Maricopa Association of Governments. Please click here to read about the exceptional work being done throughout the region to enhance the lives of older adults in our communities. Thanks to the efforts of the Arizona Age-Friendly Network and partners like Benevilla, older adults are becoming more engaged in their communities, needs are being met, and partnerships are expanding across the state for a greater impact.
Invitation to Participate in Study on Economic Impact of Older Adults
In every community, there are talented individuals who have years of experience in diverse fields. At the same time, there are young adults who are entering the workforce for the first time. They have tremendous energy, but may lack all the skills and insights they need to succeed. If we can connect these two groups, our communities and people will be more successful. The economic impact of this exchange could be powerful. We invite you to become a part of this effort by responding to this survey
The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is working with the Thunderbird School of Global Management to determine the economic impact older adults have in our economy. This includes offering alternative arrangements in the workplace that support older adults, as well as facilitating the transfer of knowledge from experienced workers to younger generations. This survey is an important step in better understanding how older adults might want to engage in paid and unpaid employment and how youth can benefit.
Please take a few moments to respond to this survey. You may answer the questions online at the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Older_Adult_Engagement_2 or by sending your completed survey to Amy St. Peter, MAG Human Services and Special Projects Manager, by mail at 302 North 1st Avenue, #302, Phoenix, AZ 85003 or by fax to (602) 254-6490.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Ms. St. Peter at (602) 452-5049.
Student survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Thunderbird_MAG_Older_Adult_Engagement
Older adults survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Older_Adult_Engagement_2
Grant to Help Arizona Become More "Age-Friendly"
PHOENIX (November 5, 2014) — A new statewide network will connect people of all generations with each other and with meaningful opportunities to participate in their communities–thanks to recently announced funding from local and national philanthropies. Please visit the MAG news page to read the complete press release.
Applications being accepted for part-time Age-Friendly Network Internship
The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Human Services Division is seeking to fill a part-time internship to assist with completing activities related to the Age-Friendly Network. Please visit the MAG employment page to read more about this exciting opportunity and obtain information on how to apply.
2014 STAR Awards
On June 11, the National Volunteer Transportation Center, a program of the Community Transportation Association of America, announced the 2014 STAR Award winners. The STAR Award for Excellence was awarded to Duet: Partners in Health & Aging. Inc., in Phoenix, Arizona for their transportation–related services. To learn more and see a list of awards and honorable mentions, click here.
Duet helps elders and adults with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes by pairing them with caring volunteers who provide vital transportation and friendship. Last year, 601 Duet volunteers, using their own vehicles, provided 33,926 escorted door-through-door, one way free-of-charge rides to medical and social service appointments as well as grocery stores for 543 individuals. Volunteers drive to destinations, stay throughout, and bring individuals home safely in one-on-one “duets of service.” Duet transportation services provide a lifeline with a budget of $291,400. Volunteers may facilitate their “match” by accessing Duet’s innovative, interactive website map www.duetaz.org that shows, in real-time, individuals waiting for service in the area, minus last names and addresses. Duet serves Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Fountain Hills, Peoria, and Paradise Valley, a densely populated area that covers 972 square miles. STAR Award funds will help recruit and train new volunteers and maintain services within this area.
The “Feed Your Mind” Webinar Series: An interactive opportunity to learn and connect on a variety of topics
Reducing Stress for a Longer, Happier Life
Dr. Turshá Hamilton will discuss how stress, especially unmanaged and uncontrolled stress, damages the body and accelerates aging. She will present tips to help reduce the negative effects of high stress levels.
The “Feed Your Mind” series provides webinars on the first Friday of each month at noon. The topics are as diverse as the people in our region. Connect online with friends and neighbors to discuss topics like investing, fitness, and technology. Click here to read more and to register...
Arizona Caregiver Coalition Free Training Workshop
Do you care for a loved one? Do you help a child or adult living with a special health condition, chronic illness, or life threatening illness? Any of these circumstances can be emotionally, physically, and financially stressful. Click here to read our event flyer and learn more about a six week educational program offering Powerful Tools for Caregivers. Anyone interested can also visit our website at: www.azcaregiver.org.
Southeast Valley Seniors Stay Active
Arizona Republic editor writes about more options available to senior citizens today than their predecessors in the past. Read the article here to learn more about efforts in the Southeast Valley and other communities in Arizona. Read more...
A Challenge to Rethink How We “Get Old”
Pfizer is committed to supporting people as they challenge what “getting old” means. Please visit GetOld.com to inspire others with your story, declare your age and what that means to you, and to explore articles with the latest research and insights about living life to the fullest.
Region Named One of Best Intergenerational
Communities in U.S.
The Greater Phoenix region has been named one of the best intergenerational communities in the country. MetLife Foundation and Generations United have announced that the Maricopa region will receive one of four MetLife Foundation/Generations United America’s Best Intergenerational Communities Awards. Read more...
What You Don't Know May Surprise You at Retirement
Arizona Beneficiary Coalition in collaboration with Health Services Advisory Group, Inc. (HSAG) present: “ What You Don’t Know May Surprise You at Retirement — What to Know and Where to Go”. This is a free informational forum for people approaching 55+.
Aging and Livable Communities
The American Planning Association (APA) has Aging and Livable Communities on its radar. The Aging of America provides an extraordinary opportunity for planners to create plans and policies and help develop and redevelop communities that are more age friendly and, therefore, more livable. Click here for more information from the APA.
Fraud Watch Network
The Fraud Watch Network provides you with access to information about identity theft, investment fraud and the latest scams. Fight back against identity theft and fraud. Learn about active scams, and find out how to spot and avoid them. Click here to learn more about the Fraud Watch Network.