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Alternatives to Driving: Putting Down the Keys and Picking up the App
Start Date/Time:
Friday, June 01, 2018 12:00 PM (UTC-07:00) Arizona
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Most of us love our cars, but we may not always want to or be able to drive. Having alternatives can be convenient. As we get older, having alternatives to driving can become critical. Listen in as Kathy Chandler from Northwest Valley Connect talks about how her agency schedules rides for people with Lyft. This provides a low cost, safe alternative to driving. This webinar will provide communities with tools for meeting the transportation needs of their residents.

To participate in the live webinar:
http://azmag.adobeconnect.com/alternativestodriving/

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Age-Friendly Arizona Survey

The goals of Age-Friendly Arizona are to decrease social isolation and increase access to services and social opportunities. In order to better serve the community, we ask for a moment of your time to fill out a quick survey. Please use the link below to take this survey.

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

Pagina!

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.

Dementia Friendly Tempe

Tempe is Arizona’s first and only dementia friendly city. For information about Dementia Friendly Tempe, visit www.tempe.gov/DFT

Local Nonprofit in Need of Volunteers to Help Seniors this Summer

(Phoenix, Ariz.)—Many isolated elders and homebound adults are without vital services such as transportation to the grocery store and doctor’s appointments this summer. Currently, there are 75 homebound adults waiting to be matched with volunteers through Duet: Partners In Health & Aging. These free-of-charge services include help with grocery shopping, transportation to medical appointments, providing friendly visits, minor home repairs, assistance with basic paperwork and more. Read More ››

Duet Invites Volunteers with Family Caregiving Experience to Become Mentors at June 27 Event

(Phoenix, Ariz.)—To an isolated family caregiver, having someone provide emotional support throughout their journey can be life changing. Duet: Partners In Health & Aging is home to the caregiver-to-caregiver mentor program and is looking for volunteers with family caregiving experience to provide one-on-one support to other family caregivers in a mentorship capacity. Read More ››

Uber and Lyft Are Making It Harder For Arizona Seniors To Get Around

As Uber and Lyft take a bite out of the taxi industry, seniors without smartphones are having a hard time getting around. But there are options for those without smartphones. Read More ››

Aging Well in Arizona

2018 Aging Summit
September 20-21, 2018

The AZ4A Aging Summit is Arizona’s premier gathering of aging network professionals, bringing together decision-makers, experts, advocates, and front-line aging service providers. Register here ››

For more information:

2018 Seniors Report Rankings: Arizona's Performance Continues to Decline

Over the past five years, Arizona has experienced a perpetual decrease in senior health, according to America’s Health Rankings. It has since fallen 13 points, 18thin the country in 2013 and in the past year alone declining eight points, tying with Florida for 31st. Read More ››

Memory Café

Memory Café is a comfortable, safe, and engaging place for people living with memory loss along with their care partners to meet with others in a like situation.

When:
Opening Session: Monday, May 7th
Then every first and third Monday
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Where:
Sun Lakes United Methodist Church
9248 East Riggs Road
Sun Lakes, AZ 85248

Do You Still Need to File Taxes?

Free tax preparation for prior years, 2014 - 2017!

Federal and State tax preparation services are available for households or Individuals who earned less than $54,000 a year. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) will be available this summer at the following time and locations:

Time

Location

Thursdays
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
May 3 - 31, 2018
Sunnyslope Family
Services Center
914 W. Hatcher Rd.
Phoenix, 85021
Tuesdays
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
June 5 - July 3, 2018
John F. Long Family Services Center
3454 N. 51st Ave.
Phoenix, 85031

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Making It Easier to Get Transportation to Rural Health Care

A high number of seniors live alone and the health risks for those without transportation can be life-threatening. Older adults are among those most in need of transporation services, but the town of Wickenburg, Arizona now has something most rural areas don't and that is affordable transportation for older adults.

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Mobility & Aging in Rural America: The Role for Innovation: New report from GIA

GIA Rural Mobility America CoverMany of us take our mobility for granted, but for millions of people in rural America, transportation can be inaccessible, unaffordable, or simply unavailable. New and innovative technologies like scheduling software, ride hailing, autonomous vehicles, drone deliveries, and telehealth have the potential to improve services and increase access. A new report from Grantmakers In Aging (GIA), Mobility & Aging in Rural America: The Role for Innovation: An Introduction for Funders, explores the exciting possibilities for collaboration across the philanthropy, social services, automotive, and technology sectors to improve quality of life and empower millions of people of all ages and abilities in rural America. Download the report at bit.ly/RuralPubs.

Writing a New Chapter

Who doesn’t love to get a hand-written letter? People in greater Phoenix are discovering new friendships across the generations in the mail. Duet: Partners in Health and Aging, is bringing together older adults and elementary students in their Age-Friendly Pen-Pal program. Letters are exchanged between older adults and elementary school students for months, then a school visit is arranged where the pen-pals get to meet and share new connections. This year Duet is working with fourth graders from Navajo Elementary School, the Scottsdale School District and the Scottsdale Charros volunteer organization to improve the quality of life for all. If you’d like to know more, please contact Sue Reckinger with Duet at 602-274-5022.

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.

MyFreeTaxes
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.

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

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.

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Frank

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.

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Carol

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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