Mission Statement and Messages from Kathi Bailey


mission statement
The mission of the Town of Yarmouth's Division of Senior Services is to foster an Age-Friendly community that enhances the quality of life for the Town's older adults (60+) and their families by providing programs and services in a supportive and accessible environment that contributes to vital aging through mental, physical, and financial wellness





Messages from the Director of Seniors Services
Kathi Bailey, MA
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Here comes Peter Cottontail…
It sure is nice to see the daffodils again and the very cold days becoming a memory. Our
annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon will be held on 4/21/17. The volunteer power in
our Older Persons’ population is amazing. Volunteers are the glue that binds our
community together. They can be found raising money for special causes, delivering
meals to homebound elders, reading to children, serving on boards and committees, doing
office work and chores, connecting past talents and resources to new solutions.
Our older persons and DY high school students will be mixing it up again by taking a field
trip to Boston as part two of our Intergenerational Model UN at the Edward M. Kennedy
Center on 4/8/17. This time our topic is Aging Public Policy. What are the special
circumstances of aging women around the world? Is there access to affordable health
care for women and men as they age? What is being done about the financial security of
our aging men and women? Yarmouth’s contribution to the positive and purposeful
aging process is much valued as evidenced by interest in this project at the United
Nations. We will be joined by our friends from Age-Friendly Boston, University Students,
and other special guests, along with using technology to bring in Aging experts from
around the world to add valuable knowledge to the content of that day.
We are building Bridges in our elementary schools and future leaders in our high school
youth. It seems that Yarmouth has found the Fountain of Youth. And while budget battles
continue and the challenge of how to best allocate resources exists as a reality, innovation
and kindness prevails in this very special Town.
As the Chamber of Commerce says…Yarmouth is “within reach” and our Age-Friendly
continuous improvement efforts fit into that theme beautifully. We are within reach for the
whole world to come and enjoy for a day or a lifetime.
Happy Patriots Day! Kathi
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The Luck of the Irish!
We have some great events for you at the Yarmouth Senior Center
in March.
• Party with us at our annual Saint Patrick’s Day luncheon! We can sing in the Spring with our Irish eyes smiling and our bellies full of corn beef and cabbage.
• Discover the “as is” and “could be” pathways to housing at our
Age-Friendly Yarmouth Housing Forum. Contribute to your own
knowledge and needs of the community.
• Join our monthly Conversation with Kathi to share thoughts about a variety of agerelated topics beginning with Human Rights for Older Persons initiative, underway with workgroups on Aging.
• Reflect on Women’s History - Women socialists and trade unions held an earlier Women's Day on the last Sunday in February, 1908, followed by the International Women's Day, was held March 19, 1911. The focus was and still is upon women workers, and advancing women's rights in the workforce, politics and society.
Follow the efforts of our Intergenerational Model UN Pilot on April 8th where we will focus our Older Persons and Youth ambassador teams on the topic of Aging around the World!
Sincerely yours, Kathi
    

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