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

Updates to Action Plan for Continuous Improvement 2016 -2019

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. This is a model for other COA’s that wish to empower like conversations in their communities.
2) We hosted our Intergenerational Model UN Pilot on October 15, 2016 from 1- 4...Yes, it’s a Saturday session
...Thank you to all that attended and participated. Look for more information to come.
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. We are
fostering interaction with professionals and citizens to contribute to vision and action plans that allow us to
test new solutions to our common problems.
a. One solution is the expansion of Van Services through Yarmouth Senior Services. We’ve asked for
$50,000 in the FY18 Budget...Setting the record straight about intentions for use of funds:
i. Part- time scheduler
ii. Expanded hours to accommodate early C-Lab (bloodwork) and allow for late-day appointments
and return
trips….this requires van service to begin at 7AM and end at 6PM.
iii. Restoration of five-day service. (Reduction of FOYCOA salary support reduced-service budget.)
iv. Expansion to Saturday service for event participation.
v. Additional drivers to support acquisition of another vehicle through external grant funds
vi. Gas/Maintenance budget.
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for all the donations requested on our "Wish List," special appreciation to Kindred Eagle Pond Healthcare and all our other partners for sponsoring National Senior Center Month with healthy snacks and giveaways to all who attended.

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  1. Title: Age-Friendly Yarmouth Promotes World Elder

Abuse Awareness Day

Guest Speaker:

Alec Graham, JD, Director of Protective Services with the

Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

Panel Discussion:

Yarmouth Senior Center: Elder Abuse Awareness (Part 1)

Yarmouth Senior Center: Elder Abuse Awareness (Part 2)

Yarmouth Senior Center: Elder Abuse Awareness (Part 3)

2.Title: Age-Friendly Findings Review Community Forum

Guest Speaker:

Jan Mutchler from UMASS Boston will be here to explain age-friendly

framework and to share demographic information about aging in Yarmouth.

A community discussion to identify important issues facing seniors.

Second Presentation:

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 to Kindred Healthcare for sponsoring
an exceptional selection of refreshments!

Intergenerational Program

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