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.