The Town of Amherst seeks to understand how our community can best serve older adults and people with dementia. Together, we will explore how we can work together to improve opportunities and outcomes for older adults and people with dementia by becoming an Age and Dementia Friendly Community.
The Town is working with staff from Pioneer Valley Planning Commission who are assisting with the project. Additionally, the Town is forming a working group to provide oversight of this work. The working group will assist with community engagement strategies and development of a community assessment and action plan. The working group will meet monthly throughout 2022.
WORKING GROUP Kick-off MEETING:
The Town will be holding its kick-off working group meeting on Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm via Zoom.
The purpose of this meeting is to provide an overview of the project, project timeline, and to answer any general questions. All are welcome.
LIVABLE AMHERST COMMUNITY SURVEY:
The Town, with the assistance of the working group and volunteers, will distribute surveys targeted to older adults in Amherst and caregivers to assess the areas where older residents may be facing the greatest challenges. The survey will be posted online soon and will also be available in hard copy form. All survey respondents will be eligible for a gift card drawing.
The working group will host a series of listening sessions (via Zoom until further notice) to engage older adults. Stay tuned for more information.
THE DOMAINS OF AN AGE AND DEMENTIA FRIENDLY COMMUNITY:
The public forum topics are based on the domains of an Age and Dementia Friendly Community. This model, developed by the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative, combines the eight domains of livability model developed by the World Health Organization for assessing communities’ ability to support an aging population and the Ten Domains of a Dementia Friendly Community. The model includes elements of the physical and social environments that are key determinants of whether people can remain healthy, independent and autonomous as they age.
It is important for communities to plan for people with dementia while preparing for more livable communities, as data indicates that the numbers of people with dementia will continue to rise as the population ages. Learn more about this project or access age and dementia friendly resources, please visit the project page here.
There is also a page on our public participation platform Engage Amherst where you can check for updates and engagement opportunities, which can be found here: www.engageamherst.org/agefriendly
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