Yarmouth Age-Friendly Team Updates

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Website: Yarmouth Age-Friendly Site

Vision Statement
The town of Yarmouth is an Age-Friendly Community that
provides and maximizes opportunities for health, participation, and security for all
residents of Yarmouth. The Town supports active aging in an enabling community that
maintains quality of life and well-being for everyone.

Mission of Age-Friendly Community Team
Using a lifespan viewpoint, which is a “cradle to grave” approach, for identifying
and developing services and resources that focus on empowerment and selfdetermination,
the team will work to promote and facilitate inter-generational involvement
in a Town that is friendly and welcoming to people of all ages.

Eight Categories of an Age-Friendly Community
Outdoor Spaces & Buildings*Social Participation*Transportation*Housing*Respect & Social
Inclusion*Communication & Information * Civic Participation & Employment* Community Support & Health


With gratitude for this civic minded team that has continued to work as volunteers at no cost to the Town of Yarmouth!

1. CORRECTION: We met with the Board of Selectmen on 9/20/2016 to: review our Age –Friendly Community Team Charge that include term limits, Age-Friendly Framework (8 categories above), Intergenerational Responsibility & Ageism. This brings the COA back to its roots of aging advocacy in the community addressing built environment, policies and cultural constructs relative to needs and wants of aging citizens in Yarmouth. Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 3:30 pm at the Yarmouth Senior Center. Agendas to be posted in accordance with
MGL up on final team appointments and term assignments per BoS.

2. We hosted our Intergenerational Model UN Pilot on October 15, 2016 from 1- 4…It was a huge success – We learned that Water is a human right and is essential for health, and the participants decided that infrastructure was needed all Over the world to insure clean water to all! We are looking forward to our next session on Aging in the Spring of 2017. Contact Kathi Bailey if you wish to participate.

3. We are expanding our education outreach with Housing and Transportation agencies – We are developing Innovation & Gap summits to create conversations about best practices found in other places.

HOLIDAY Depression: Strategies for Overcoming Holiday Blues
Sometimes as we age, we don’t feel like having lots of parties anymore, and the holidays are no longer very jolly. What used to be a time of joy can change, as life throws us some curve balls.
We think we’re supposed to be especially happy at this time of year. That expectation itself can cause people of all ages to become sad or depressed, but older adults are especially susceptible.
While the holidays may not be the same as they were in the past, there can still be plenty of reasons to celebrate. One of the most important things to remember is that it’s okay to enjoy the holidays as they are now. Memories hold a special place in your heart, but the heart has enough room to add new memories.
Knowing what may trigger gloomy feelings during the holidays, and how you can cope, may help you feel better. Here are some additional tips for beating the holiday blues:

1. Get out and about. Ask family and friends to help with traveling to parties and events. Invite family and friends over. Taking a brisk walk in the morning before you begin the day, or in the evening to wind down your day, is a great way to beat the blues.

2. Volunteer. Helping others is a great mood lifter.

3. Drink responsibly. It is easy to overindulge around the holiday, but excessive drinking will only make you feel more depressed.

4. Accept your feelings. There is nothing “wrong” with feeling jolly; many people experience sadness and feelings of loss during the holidays. Be kind to yourself, seek support, and even laugh at yourself every now and then.

5. Talk to someone. Don’t underestimate the power of friend, family, mentors, and neighbors. Talk about your feelings; it can help you understand why you feel the way you do. Something as simple as a phone call, a chat over coffee, or a nice e-mail or letter can brighten your mood.

Written by: Betty Blackham, RN, Public Health and Wellness Nurse, VNA of Cape Cod


Kathleen Bailey's Presentation to the United Nations

Intergenerational Program

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