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Lead Agency: Summit County Area Agency on Aging
Action Plan Download
Summit County developed its action plan as a result of the community's thoughtful input and participation, along with guidance and research from regional experts. The plan focuses primarily on six themes as part of its age-friendly vision--educate and empower, communicate broadly, remove barriers, increase connections, enhance livability, and improve community services.
Action Plan Highlights
Respect and InclusionFocus on the social dynamics around aging by developing a positive aging campaign that involves all residents, creating an 'intergenerational connections program' to encourage people of all ages to meet and share experiences, and building a mentorship program with local school districts that connects older adults and students and facilitates intergenerational relationships.
Communication and InformationImprove communications to the older adult community by launching a communication campaign that focuses on educating older adults about the benefits to utilizing all transportation options, collaborating, promoting, and sharing information on the local age-friendly initiative, evaluating the success of printed versus digital materials, and developing strategies for communicating and reaching out to different populations.
Civic Participation and EmploymentPartner with the local chamber of commerce to create a program for older adults to support volunteerism, training and education, while also working with local agencies and education facilities to develop and communicate opportunities for older adults to obtain new learning and skills-based opportunities for growth.