Aging Well in Waldo County wants our communities to be safe, healthy, supportive and fun for those 50 and over. The first step to achieve this goal is finding out more about our real needs as we age in Waldo County, Maine. To do this Aging Well in Waldo County has conducted a survey. There have been over 1,000 survey responses submitted and people responded from every town in Waldo County.
Thank You to all who participated in the Waldo County survey!
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Partnering with the World Health Organization, AARP has established a nationwide network of “Age-Friendly Communities.” Recently, AARP awarded Belfast, Maine with this noteworthy distinction. Soon after that, with the intent to expand the AARP Age-Friendly distinction to all towns in Waldo County, AARP funded a grant for Aging Well in Waldo County to assess the needs of those 50 and over in the Waldo County, Maine communities. To do this Aging Well in Waldo County has conducted a survey. If you missed the survey, there will be other opportunities to have your voice heard. Please, Contact Us Now!
What happens now that the Waldo County survey about aging has been completed?
Aging Well in Waldo County (AWWC) will he conducting focus groups, as the follow up to the survey conducted from February 1 – May 5, 2017.
A Focus Group is about a 45 minute session where a trained researcher conducts a conversation based on a few, standard open ended questions. Sessions are audio-recorded for transcription and eventual analysis. Focus groups will be held in Belfast, Liberty, and several other locations around Waldo County, yet to be decided. Times and places will be announced well in advance.
If you would like to participate in a focus group, contact Wendy C Kasten at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-338-0462. You must be willing to share thoughts and ideas with a group. You must be willing to listen to the thoughts and ideas of others. You must have sufficient hearing -with or without assistance – to follow and contribute to the conversation.
We are seeking a variety of people from different walks of life. For example, long time Mainers, and people ”from away.” People who don’t yet have lots of needs, and some who do. People from the younger, middle, and most elder age range. Both women and men. People who did different kinds of work in their employment history.
Participating in a focus group is a chance to contribute to research and ensure points of view are considered and understood. If this appeals to you, consider getting in touch with us!
We encourage anyone interested in taking part in these discussions about aging in Waldo County to contact us.
After this, an Action Plan will be drafted to begin to build on what is working and to being to work toward improving the unmet needs stated in the survey responses of people in our Waldo County community.