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Welcome to our website


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.

Improving Mind and Body Health through the Powers of Tai Chi 

Learn how your community can connect generations to bring health, happiness and balance into their lives.

Tai Chi, known as “meditation in motion”, consists of a series of body movements shown to improve balance, fitness, flexibility and focus. Originally developed in the monasteries of China for self-defense, Tai Chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of health conditions. Tai Chi promotes serenity and strength through gentle, flowing movements.

Now Arizona communities are using this healing art to promote mind and body health across the generations. Intergenerational Tai Chi programs are a novel approach to the ongoing challenge of promoting physical activity and fostering social engagement in youth and older adults. The calm, grounded nature of mature adults blended with the energetic, curious nature of children allows both groups to spend time together in a meaningful way, using movement as the common factor.

Age-Friendly Arizona presents the "Feed Your Mind Webinar Series" where you can learn about the healing powers of Tai Chi. The webinar is free and takes place on March 2, 2018 from Noon to 1:00 p.m. You can sign up for the webinar here and get more information about the webinar series here.

This ancient Chinese tradition is helping people of all ages in Lake Havasu City, thanks to the Western Arizona Council of Governments (WACOG) Area Agency on Aging. The Tai Chi Across Generations project was launched with a $2,000 grant from Lake Havasu City, along with Older Americans Act health promotion funds and Head Start training dollars. The funds were used to bring in a tai chi master trainer for a 2-day certification training attended by WACOG staff and volunteers, county health department staff, and community members. Last year, a tai chi pilot program was started there to benefit seniors, and now these new tai chi teachers will pass their knowledge on to Mohave County preschoolers. For more information, contact Laura Falender.

Seniors Got Game, Get Medals!

The competition was rocking at the Bullhead City Laughlin Senior Games in January. More than 1,000 seniors from as far away as Alaska took part in 15 different events at the second annual games. These age-friendly athletes (minimum age 50) took on every kind of sporting challenge, ranging from pickleball to powerlifting, softball to swimming, and basketball to bowling The event has seen tremendous growth in attendance, up more than 900 in just one year and planning to double again in 2019. Find out how you can join in the fun by visiting the Bullhead City/Laughlin Senior Games website

Love Art? Take Part!

Northwest Valley Connect needs your help to construct a mural that illustrates their primary mission: helping people in the Northwest Valley and Sun Cities get to the places they need to be, easily and efficiently. The group is looking for artwork donations to help inspire people to keep active and connected in the community. If you can help provide supplies such as paint, brushes or other supplies, please contact Kathryn Chandler of Northwest Valley Connect at (623) 282-9304.

Tax Filing Season is Just Around the Corner

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Persons who make less than 54K can recieve free tax filing assistance. Please visit the IRS website to locate the nearest VITA site in your city.

For those who desire to do their taxes on their own and make less that 66K, MyFreeTaxes is a products offered through the Untited Way and H&R block. For more information, you can view and download the flyers below or visit United Way's website.

Pan-Asian Senior & Family Caregiver Forum

Join the Asian Pacific Community in Action Friday, February 9, 2018, at 9:30 AM to discuss and plan for the needs of caregivers and senior care facilities along with prioritizing the urgent service gaps of the community. For more information, you can view or download the flyer below:

ASU Has a Number of Age-Friendly Efforts Underway!

Efforts include the following:

  • The Osher Lifelong Institute has released the spring catalogue of classes. Please visit Osher Lifelong Learning at ASU for more information on classes for students age 50+.
  • ASU is partnering with colleagues in Ireland on building global connectivity among older adults using the principles of age-friendly universities. The attached document has more information on this initiative.
  • ASU has just received a National Science Foundation grant to examine the role of technology in building connected communities by improving access to transportation, medical monitoring, environmental comfort and social connectivity. They are working with four Continuing Care Communities in the Valley. Please contact Richard Knopf for more information.

Arizona Falls Prevention Coalition

The Arizona Department of Health Services is encouraging everyone to be careful, particularly with putting up lights for the holidays. There have been recent deaths from people falling. Please visit Arizona Falls Prevention Coalition's website, Facebook page, or contact Babak Nayeri for more information.

AARP Caregiving Basics

AARP has an excellent new power point presentation available on caregiving. They are available to present the information to groups statewide. Please contact Dana Kennedy at for more information.

Year of Healthy Communities

Vitalyst Foundation has just completed their Year of Healthy Communities and is shifting to Live Well AZ. They are available to work with communities statewide to assist them in increasing the well-being of their residents. For more information, please visit Living Well AZ or contact Suzanne Pfister.

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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