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Age- and Dementia-Friendly Program

An age-friendly community enables people of all ages to actively participate in community activities and treats everyone with respect, regardless of their age. It is a place that makes it easy for older people to stay connected to people that are important to them. And it helps people stay healthy and active even at the oldest ages and provides appropriate support to those who can no longer look after themselves.

LifePath is beginning an initiative towards helping the North Quabbin and Franklin County become more age- and dementia-friendly. To learn more, please contact us.

Age-Friendly Needs Assessment

As part of the Age-Friendly project, we undertook a region-wide needs assessment, including a survey and focus groups, to identify what people think about aging in place here in Franklin County and the North Quabbin. The raw data was collected from almost 2,000 surveys and 4 focus groups, and LifePath will continue to work with our partner, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments—a remarkable resource—to produce a results-based overview of the collected data. The goal of the project is to use the data to identify priorities that we can work on as a region, and subregions, and to focus on what we can change in the short term and what needs longer range planning.

Initial results of the Age- and Dementia-Friendly survey results were shared virtually on November 1, 2022. Here are the resources from the event:

In the session, we asked for those interested in volunteering to dive deeper into this data, to become a part of work groups that will convene around four areas:

  • Housing and Outdoor Spaces
  • Transportation
  • Communication/Information/Social and Civic Participation
  • Health Services/Community Support

Click here for the form to demonstrate interest in the workgroups.

In the coming months, we will be visiting with representatives of the project in specific towns to go over the collected information. If you are one of those contacts, please make sure we know.

Please be in touch with questions or comments.
Carol Foote, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Past Updates

For past issues of LifePath's Age- and Dementia-Friendly Newsletter, click the links below:

  • June 30, 2022, Program Manager Departure
  • April 7, 2022, Survey Update, Public Health Nurse Particiation, Town Enrollment Update
  • September 1, 2021, Needs Assessment and Enrollment Updates
  • June 25, 2021, AARP Designation, Funding Opportunity, and Healthy Aging Spotlight
  • March 23, 2021, AARP Designation, Funding Opportunity, Training Opportunities and Healthy Aging Spotlight