Bar Harbor, Maine Print
Joined the AARP Age-Friendly Network:
Lead Agency: Bar Harbor Task Force on Aging
Age-Friendly Taskforce/Advisory Council/Commission
Action Plan Download
Bar Harbor developed its action plan with the goal of creating a community where all residents, regardless of age, can live, grow and thrive. The initiative is focused on three primary areas-housing, transportation, and community support and health services, and is centered on community engagement, resident input, and partnerships with existing community organizations.
Action Plan Highlights
Outdoor SpacesImprove pedestrian friendliness in the community by conducting a sidewalk and walkability study.
TransportationFocus on expanding transportation options for older adults and residents with disabilities.
HousingPromote aging in place by identifying residents who need home modifications and connecting them to services and local funding options.
Progress Report Download
The Bar Harbor Age Friendly Committee is proactively supporting elderly residents. They've initiated a Shoveling Assistance Program to help seniors with winter maintenance, inspired by a similar project in Portland, Maine. They're also penning a regular newspaper column addressing aging issues, ranging from fitness to health and financial topics. A partnership with AARP led to a Resource Guide, connecting seniors with community resources. After initial distribution to local residents, MDI Hospital requested extra copies for their Health Centers. Updates are underway for future editions. The committee, comprising diverse members, aims to enhance connections between individuals, services, and resources, sharing information on aging and related issues, and advocating for the elderly in areas like transportation, housing, enrichment, health, and social needs.