The Action Plan. The Age-Friendly Community Project Team for the Bethel Area community (which includes Bethel, Newry, Greenwood and Woodstock) is ready to launch into the development of our Action Plan for submission to AARP. We plan to organize focus group discussions among a wide variety of local groups, in the hopes that we will hear from citizens: what is our community lacking that would help older citizens lead meaningful lives without leaving the area? What are some areas where you might have some special interest?
Perhaps you are already in need of additional services ... perhaps you anticipate those needs in the near future ... perhaps you have family members or friends in this community who are currently in need ... or perhaps you know that you will someday reach the point where your stay in this wonderful community depends on how well your neighbors and local services can provide for your needs.
Task Forces. We are learning a great deal from the survey we administered to local citizens last fall, and we are moving forward in looking for solutions to some of the concerns that were expressed. Want to help? We are eager to engage a variety of local citizens as we form task forces to get the creativity juices flowing! One such team pertains to Communication and Information and will be chaired by Nancy Davis; if you’d like to help, please contact Nancy (see below).
Overwhelmingly respondents worry about their future transportation needs. We heard you and are forming a team to look into the most appropriate, practical combination of creative solutions for the communities of Bethel, Greenwood, Woodstock, and Newry. If you’d like to help the planning team, you may contact its Chair, Allen Cressy (firstname.lastname@example.org, 824- 0508).
Transportation Public Meeting. As a dynamic kick-off for this pursuit, the team sponsored a public meeting on March 10, with a panelist of specialists explaining where their programs might fit into the overall solution for our unique community. The March 17 Bethel Citizen will have a major article on the meeting; it will also be shown on the Public Access TV channel. And be watching for more news on this front.
Tech for Seniors. Kudos to Michelle Conroy, Director of the Bethel Library, for initiating the Tech for Seniors Program which began on March 10. This training provides electronic tablets (like iPads) for participants’ use as they learn a multitude of skills from Telstar teacher/librarian Kelly Fraser. This session is 4 participants, 4 classes. We hope there will be additional groups in the future.
We hope a wide range of people are learning about our progress weekly through the Bethel Citizen, biweekly through our electronic newsletter, or taking printed bulletins from several distribution sites. If you know someone who is not reached through any of these avenues, we would be happy to post-mail bulletins. Please contact Nancy Davis to be added to emails or post-mails. And FMI on any of the above, contact Nancy (email@example.com, 207- 381-1110).