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Making your community more age friendly

Updated: May. 6, 2021 at 6:52 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -Communities are hard at work to become more age friendly so everyone can enjoy what their community has to offer. Megan Cole has more on some of the projects being done.

Maine has a high number of older adults…

“Ours is 19.2 and I think the United States is 16.2.”

That’s why County communities are working on various projects such as improving sidewalks and helping people deal with isolation.

“One of the things that the city did was again partner with the historical society and we created 44 virtual tour vignettes that people can watch from anywhere as long as they have a computer. They average 3 to 5 minutes in length. There’s 30 of them on historic downtown and 14 on them on city as a whole.”

“Definitely to get involved with people who have been inside and isolated for a long time. Reaching out to the local facilities that house some of these older people and try to get them whether it’s getting them out to do some bird watching or just to get them to interact with people after not being able to see family for over a year.”

Both say that it’s important to make sure the community is age friendly so that everyone can enjoy it.

“I think maybe sometimes we feel that our opinions aren’t taken into consideration or we don’t feel as important as we used to so those types of things where we can have an input are really very important.”

“To listen to these aging population just because they have so much to offer. They have so much experience and they know what they want and it’s important to listen to them and be able to offer them what they’re looking for.”

For more information on what your town is working on to make it more age friendly, contact your town office.

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