- Written by Lynne Feldman, Director of Community Services, LifePath
- Published: 23 August 2019
Each fall, each LifePath luncheon club and dining center elects a representative to sit on the Citizens’ Advisory Board (CAB) to LifePath, our local Area Agency on Aging. LifePath’s Board also appoints community members to the CAB.
The purpose of the CAB is to provide LifePath’s Board of Directors with advice and counsel on matters relevant to the functioning of the Area Agency on Aging, especially LifePath programs funded under the Older Americans Act or as LifePath sub-grants, and other related elder issues, including but not limited to advocacy, policy and other local needs. It is an opportunity to make a connection between the local dining sites and LifePath, enable first-hand feedback about the meal program, and ensure senior voices are represented in an advisory capacity.
It is an opportunity to make a connection between the local dining sites and LifePath, enable first-hand feedback about the meal program, and ensure senior voices are represented in an advisory capacity.
The responsibilities of the Citizens’ Advisory Board may include:
- Assisting with advocating on behalf of older people on issues that affect their lives.
- Advising on the formulation and implementation of the Area Plan and reviewing progress on goals and objectives.
- Reviewing proposals for Older Americans Act (OAA) Title III funds and making recommendations for funding them.
- Reviewing the Title III budget.
- Commenting on menus, new dining centers or nutrition facilities.
- Advising on existing and proposed services under Title III of the Older Americans Act offered by the agency.
- Recommending suggested donation or fee schedules.
- Developing strategies to meet service gaps and identify unmet needs.
- Assisting in monitoring and evaluation of LifePath, Inc. and sub-grantee Title III services.
- Testifying or making presentations to local and state legislative hearings or meetings.
- Helping older persons access services available at LifePath, Inc. or in the community.
- Reviewing contracts, proposals and bids for Title III activities.
- Assisting with service complaints made under the LifePath, Inc. OAA grievance procedure.
- Assisting in the recruitment of volunteers and in fundraising efforts.
Who can serve?
The Board is made up of a majority of seniors. One member is elected annually at each dining center and luncheon club. Others are appointed. The term of office is one year, starting in October. There are no term limits and people may serve as long as they are re-elected.
When and where are meetings?
The CAB meets on the 3rd Wednesday of most months from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at LifePath, 101 Munson St., Ste. 201, Greenfield.
What are meetings like?
Members enjoy light refreshments, hear from guest speakers or watch videos and discuss topics relevant to older people, provide feedback on elder lunches, make suggestions for program improvements, and more.
How do I join?
Speak with the Dining Center Manager at your senior center or luncheon club, or call Lynne Feldman, Planner, 413-773-5555 x2215.