Bangor, Maine Print
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Lead Agency: Bangor Public Health and Community Services
Action Plan Download
Bangor developed its action plan in collaboration with the Bangor Livable Communities Committee. The action plan focuses on addressing issues of housing affordability, caregiving support and isolation. The plan also focuses on health care advocacy and nutrition, and increasing aid for residents to access housing, food and medical needs.
Action Plan Highlights
Outdoor SpacesIncentivize winter sidewalk maintenance through a "golden shovel" program.
Social ParticipationAssist older adults in connecting with resources and information on area activities by establishing a network of neighborhood ambassadors.
Civic Participation and EmploymentBring older adults into the workforce by promoting a program that offers permanent, paid positions to skilled volunteers.
Progress Report Download
Bangor's age-friendly progress report narrows in on five primary achievements that make their community more age-friendly. Bangor improved its built environment for older adults by adding more benches, outdoor exercise equipment and a new winter weather protocol designed to make roads safer for older adults during extreme weather by focusing on clearing routes most used by older populations. Bangor Livable Communities also improved branding, engagement and volunteer opportunities by hosting a volunteer fair and the creating a "Golden Shovel" award. The award incentivizes participating downtown Bangor businesses to shovel sidewalks in the winter, improving pedestrian access and economic activity for small and local businesses. In the coming years, Bangor Livable Communities plans to create an inter-generational community center and integrate more citizen activism within local policy development.