In June 2016, several local non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations and residents from towns across Waldo County came together to begin a discussion about Belfast and surrounding communities in the County becoming part of the Age-Friendly Community Initiative.
A committee was formed when a group of community members, working on a resource guide for older residents, met with the Belfast Public Health Nurse to discuss issues facing elders in Waldo County. Since the initial meeting the group has been growing.
The group named their initiative, Aging Well in Waldo County, and developed the following mission: to mobilize our communities to identify and address the needs of our aging friends and neighbors, striving for inclusive, supportive and safe communities for all.
The Belfast City Council voted to support the efforts of Aging Well in Waldo County. The Waldo County Commissioners also agreed to provide the group with a letter of support.
One of the first steps of developing an Age-Friendly Community is to determine the needs of the community and then develop a plan to address the needs identified. Aging Well in Waldo County has been awarded a grant from AARP to support these assessment efforts.
Another important step in the process is to get more people and more towns in Waldo County involved in the initiative. Contact us if you are interested in being a town representative.
On October 26, 2016, at the Waldo Community Building in Waldo, we hosted a free community event to share what has been happening and to address issues related to aging well. We were encouraged by the number of people who turned out and who have been joining this important initiative. We wholeheartedly encourage others to join in our efforts, as well as to help further the conversation about age-friendly communities.
Currently there are over 30 active committee members who represent diverse geographic, economic and social issues in Waldo County, Maine. Representatives from AARP Maine and the Area Agencies of Aging have attended meetings to help guide us in the right direction.
Have your voice heard! Join the conversation! Contact us, there are many ways to get involved.
- For more information about Aging Well in Waldo County, call Jan: 207-338-1626.
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