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Living where you have friends, interests, and a sense of purpose make for a great quality of life. That’s why the Maricopa Association of Governments and its partners have formed the Regional Age-Friendly Network. The purpose of the network is to connect people of all ages to each other and to the communities they call home.  These connections improve the quality of life for all residents, as well as strengthen the vibrancy of the region.

Living well isn't about counting time, but about making your time count. Connections give meaning to each minute of the day. An hour isn’t just 60 minutes; it is limitless possibilities and discoveries waiting to happen. This website is designed to be an interactive space to tap into the possibilities. Connect 60 Plus is about making every minute count.

For a list of calendar events that are free and open to the public, or to learn more about points of interest, click on our connect link.

On the following pages you will hear from people from throughout the region who are redefining their lives. They are active and exploring new opportunities. We want to hear from you about your experiences. Click here to share in these success stories and to share your own story of success as well.


¡Bienvenido a Nuestra


Vivir donde tienes amigos, intereses y propósitos enriquece tu calidad de vida. Es por eso que la Asociación de Gobiernos de Maricopa y sus socios han formado la Red Regional de Edad Amistosa. El propósito de la red es el de conectar entre sí a personas de todas edades a las comunidades donde viven. Estas conexiones mejoran la calidad de vida para todos los residentes, así como fortalecen la vitalidad de la región.

Vivir bien no se trata de contar con tiempo, sino de hacer que su tiempo cuente. Las conexiones dan significado a cada minuto del día. Una hora no es sólo 60 minutos; cada hora significa ilimitadas posibilidades y descubrimientos. Este sitio web está diseñado como un espacio interactivo para aprovechar cualquier posibilidad de interacción que se presente. Conecte 60 Plus se trata de hacer que cada minuto cuente.

Para obtener una lista gratis del calendario de eventos abiertos al público, o para obtener más información sobre los puntos de interés, haga clic en la pestaña titulada CONEXIÓN.

En las siguientes páginas puede aprender de otras personas de la región que están redefiniendo sus vidas. Son personas activas que exploran nuevas oportunidades. Queremos escuchar de usted acerca de sus experiencias. Haga clic aquí para leer estas historias de éxito y también para compartir su propia historia de éxito.

Central Village Request for Qualifications for Transition Agency

The purpose of this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is to solicit Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) from nonprofit or public sector agencies that have the commitment and capacity to take over operations and resources of Central Village, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit village and time bank. This includes staffing Central Village, cultivating appropriate leadership, maintaining and growing the membership, and being good stewards of Central Village’s mission and assets.

RFQ: Central Village Request for Qualifications for Transition Agency

Central Village, Inc. is a private nonprofit village and time bank. It incorporated in 2013 as a 501(c)(3). Membership in the time bank (which will transfer to the new agency) is extended to the community. The mission of the village is to: “Connect people, strengthen families, and build communities by exchanging time & talents.”


On May 6, 2015, 250 guests attended the 2015 Arizona Age-Friendly Network Conference - “Going Places.”  The conference was held at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus in Scottsdale and featured the second annual Community Competition, a curated intergenerational art show, musical performances, workshops in Transportation, Intergenerational Programming, Data and Technology, and Communities in Action, and a Virtual Dementia tour.    

Communities, Artists Celebrated for Bringing Generations Together

Three awards were conferred at the Going Places Conference to celebrate innovative ways older adults are connecting to people of all ages. The awards were part of the 2015 Arizona Age-Friendly Community Competition and the 2015 Intergenerational Art Show. Both competitions and the conference were conducted through the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and the Arizona Age-Friendly Network, a statewide effort to connect older adults to all generations.  Please click here to read more about the event and award recipients.

Sincere appreciation is extended to the speakers, musicians, resource table hosts, volunteers, staff, and everyone who shared in this collaborative effort for an intergenerational conference. Many thanks to the Western Arizona Council of Governments for offering Virtual Dementia tours throughout the day. Workshop presentations and supportive documents from the conference can be found on the 2015 Going Places page

The 2015 Arizona Age-Friendly Conference was sponsored by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Grantmakers in Aging, the Pfizer Foundation and City of Phoenix and is co-hosted by the Arizona Age-Friendly Network and MAG Transportation Ambassador Program.  

We would also like to express our gratitude the following community partners for their support in making these efforts possible: AARP, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arizona Department of Economic Security, Arizona Department of Health Services, and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging.  

Lessons Learned in Rural Age-Friendly Communities - Webinar

For a link to the July 31, 2015 audio recording and PowerPoint presentation featuring a guest panel who will explore the unique advantages and challenges rural communities have in connecting older adults with all generations, please click here.

The Power of Connections

The goal of the Arizona Age-Friendly Network is to connect older adults with people of all ages. This is accomplished through many partnerships in Arizona and beyond, including national organizations such as Grantmakers in Aging. Recently, the Network posted a press release on www.Connect60Plus.com about Duet, a partnering nonprofit. The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust learned about Duet through the website and ultimately awarded a $50,000 grant to support Duet in providing 775 isolated elders and adults with disabilities (“neighbors”) with 49,000 hours of volunteer service and 8,500 rides to medical appointments. This experience illustrates the power of connections and the impact that can be achieved by working together.

Age-Friendly Community Tool – Wellness Survey

This wellness survey was developed by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust on the basis of national research and local priorities. It is meant to be administered to determine a baseline and then readministered to determine changes in wellness. Participants of an age-friendly program or residents within an age-friendly community can take the survey.

Engaging Experienced Older Adults in the Greater Phoenix Regional Economy

A 2014 study conducted by the Thunderbird School of Global Management focuses on three objectives: to determine whether older adults want to connect back into the workforce and whether they want to engage in knowledge transfer with young professionals; to identify programs that adults aged 65+ want to engage in that will have an economic impact on the community; and how to reduce the loss of institutional knowledge within the community as a result of adults aged 65+ leaving the workforce. The project discusses some of the current population trends, what they mean to Greater Phoenix, how older adults want to reengage and transfer knowledge within their communities, and what types of programs can be developed that will create a regional economic impact. Click here to read the full report.


Grantmakers in Aging invites you to participate in Community AGEnda’s communications social media campaign #GenTogether.  The campaign is an age-friendly “selfie” campaign to bring different generations together and build connections while combatting social isolation.  More information on how to participate is available here.  We invite you to take those selfies, share your stories and join in on the fun.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.


Featured Champions


Trudy W. Schuett chairs the Regional Council on Aging for Arizona's Region IV, which includes Yuma, La Paz, and Mohave counties. She is also a member of the Governor's Advisory Council on Aging, and sits on the Board of Directors of Arizona Humanities.



Frank was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1920. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, and a Juris Doctor Degree from DePaul University School of Law, Chicago. After serving in the United States Navy during World War II, he worked as an intellectual property attorney with the same firm for 38 years.



You might say Carol is constantly on the go. She lives in the West Valley, plays golf, practices yoga, acts in local plays, and volunteers at the Southwest Family Advocacy Center. She loves to travel, and still maintains her license in marriage and family therapy. For Carol, the key is staying active.


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About Us

The Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network is a partnership hosted by the Maricopa Association of Governments, a regional planning agency serving the Greater Phoenix area. We are committed to ensuring every person can live a fulfilled life at any age, connected to family, friends, and community.

Contact Us

Maricopa Association of Governments
302 North 1st Avenue, suite 300
Phoenix, Arizona  85003

Phone: 602-452-5074
Fax: 602-254-6490
Web: www.azmag.gov
Email: mag@azmag.gov

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