2018 Survey Spring 2018 Survey Results
📙 Rural Aging Primer Grantmakers in Action “New Frontiers for Funding – an introduction to grant making in rural aging
ACTIVITIES & RESOURCES:
❤️ Make new friends and improve your heart-health by Walking Indoors at the Sullivan Recreation Center, every Monday at 5pm, Tuesday & Thursday at 1pm. FREE
❤️ Senior Fitness at the Town Office with Karen Dove, every Tuesday & Friday, 10am-11:30am. FREE Starts 7/24/18
❤️ Adult Fitness at the Town Office with Karen Dove, every Monday & Thursday, 10am-11:30am. FREE Starts 7/23/18
⭐️ YOGA at the Town Office, $8/drop-in for BEGINNERS and ADVANCED BEGINNERS – Starts 7/23/18
- Monday & Thursday, 6pm-7:30pm
- Wednesday, 10am-11:30am
- 1st Sunday of the month, 1pm-2:30pm
⭐️ RESTORATIVE YOGA at the Town Office, 1st Sunday of the month, 3pm-4:30pm, $15/drop-in
📚 AARP Books PDF Visit the Frenchman’s Bay Library to check out their new collection of books for Seniors and their Caregivers, all donated by AARP Maine (Thank you!)
📚 Maine-Guide-E The AARP Maine Guide to Building Livable, Age-Friendly Communities
📚 Book 1 AARP Roadmap to Livability
📚 Book 2 AARP Roadmap to Livability – Listening
📚 Book-3 AARP Roadmap to Livability – Housing
📚 Book-4 AARP Roadmap to Livability – Transportation
📚 AARP-Walk Tool-Kit Walk Audit Tool Kit
📚 AARP-Walk-Audit-Leader-Guide Walk Audit Leader Guide
📙 Handbook Maine Legal Services for the Elderly – Elder Rights Handbook
📙Connect to mainecenteronaging University of Maine – Center on Aging for programs, projects, research and initiatives
News and Updates
WHY Sullivan joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities?
Between 2000 and 2010, the US Census reports that Sullivan’s population increased by 4.3%, yet our population of residents 65 or older increased by 12.2%. In those 10 years, our median age went from 38.4 years old to 44.7 years old, an increase of 6.3 years! In 2010, our seniors comprised 14.1% of Sullivan’s population. It is projected that seniors will be 25% of our community by the year 2025. How can we keep them safely thriving at home?
The purpose of the AARP Age-Friendly Communities is to serve as a catalyst to educate, encourage, promote, and recognize improvements that will make Sullivan more supportive not only of our older residents, but for residents of all ages. The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified eight domains as influencing the health and quality of life of older adults (see details below).
RECENT MEETINGS, REPORTS
- 6.06.18 AFS Minutes Age-Friendly Sullivan monthly meeting – Review Survey Results; Don Snoke on financial exploitation
- 5.02.18 AFS MINUTES Age-Friendly Sullivan monthly meeting with Mark Green, Downeast Community Partners
- 4.04.18 AFS MINUTES Age-Friendly Sullivan monthly meeting with Melissa Smith, Eastern Area Agency on Aging
- 3.07.18 AFS Minutes Age-Friendly Sullivan monthly meeting with Jo Cooper, Friends in Action
- 2018 February AF News Age-Friendly Maine News – February 2018 includes Welcome Sullivan
- 2.12.18 AFS report PDF Age-Friendly Sullivan 2.12.18 presentation notes to Board of Selectman
- 2.05.18 AFS Notes PDF Age-Friendly Sullivan organizational meeting 2.05.18 notes
The 8 Domains of Creating a Livable Community for all ages
- Outdoor spaces and buildings: Outdoor spaces, such as parks and buildings affect the independence and quality of life of residents of all ages, but especially older adults. Some Maine communities have made parks more accessible by increasing the width of paths and adding benches. Others have increased the number of designated parking spaces near key services and added accessible features to municipally-owned buildings.
- Transportation: Affordable and accessible public and volunteer transportation programs is key to aging in place safely and independently. Some communities have created transportation resource guides that include information about public and private options. Others have created volunteer programs that provide rides to where people need to go and may offer help with, for example, shopping or getting in and out of a building.
- Housing: Safe and affordable housing promotes well-being and is key to older residents being able to age comfortably and safely in the house and community of their choice. Communities can make regulatory changes to encourage additional housing options or to help create new housing. Some initiatives have started their own “Handy Brigade”, others have partnered with existing services to increase awareness of home modification and home maintenance services.
- Social participation: Socializing with friends and neighbors who don’t live in the same home as you is connected to physical and cognitive health. Many communities have started a “senior” center or added to the opportunities available. Others have partnered with local organizations such as lifelong learning programs, an art center, or a library to increase programming for adults.
- Respect and social inclusion: A lack of contact between generations and lack of knowledge about aging are two reasons why stereotypes that exclude older people from full participation in the community continue. Aging adults who feel welcomed and respected for their contribution are more likely to remain actively engaged in economic, social, and civic life than those who do not feel included.
- Civic participation and employment: Older people do not stop contributing to their communities when they turn 65 or 85 or 105. An age-friendly community provides opportunities for residents who want to or need to work past traditional retirement age and encourages people of all ages to volunteer and participate in the political process.
- Communication and information: Staying connected with activities, resources, and people is key to optimal aging. Some communities have created information portals on their town website to increase access to information about local activities and resources making them easy to find. Other communities have created resource manuals.
- Community support and health services: Access to health care and services to support aging in place is key for the health and well-being of older residents. Some communities have emphasized food security in this area. Others have looked at elder abuse prevention or added disaster preparedness.
WHO checklist Checklist of Essential Features of Age-friendly features is a tool for a community’s self-assessment and a map for charting progress. In assessing a city’s strengths and deficiencies, older people will describe how their checklist of features matches their own experience of positive characteristics and barriers. They should play a role in suggesting changes in implementing and monitoring improvements.
STEP 1: ENTERING THE NETWORK: We have been accepted! Sullivan is the 46th community in Maine, and the 204th community in the United States to join the Network of Age-Friendly Communities!
- Certificate #204 Age-Friendly Sullivan Enrollment Certificate of membership through 2020
- Welcome Letter AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities Welcome Letter
- AFS AARP Maine Benefits Single page summary of membership benefits
STEP 2: PLANNING PHASE (years 1-2) has four elements
- Establishment of mechanisms to involve older people throughout the Age-Friendly cycle
- A baseline assessment of the age-friendliness of Sullivan
- Development of a 3-year community-wide plan of action based on assessment findings
- Identification of indicators to monitor progress
STEP 3: IMPLEMENTATION & EVALUATION (years 3-5): On completion of the planning phase, and no later than two years after joining the AARP Network, Sullivan will submit our action plan to WHO for review and endorsement. Upon endorsement by WHO, cities will then have a three-year period of implementation. At the end of the period of implementation, Sullivan will be required to submit a progress report to WHO outlining progress against indicators developed in Phase 1.
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