Bucksport, Maine Print
Joined the AARP Age-Friendly Network:
Lead Agency: Bucksport Community Health Advisory Committee
Age-Friendly Taskforce/Advisory Council/Commission
Action Plan Download
Bucksport developed its action plan along with the Bucksport Community Health Advisory Committee, incorporating elements of the action plan into the town's comprehensive plan. Bucksport used a combination of focus groups, town meetings, key informant interviews, storytelling, community potluck suppers, and surveys to obtain resident viewpoints on the vision for the future, unmet needs, and recommendations for economic and infrastructure changes. The plan will work to enhance outdoors spaces, improve sidewalks, enhance accessibility, increase transit options, develop new housing models for older adults, and enhance opportunities for social engagement among older populations.
Action Plan Highlights
Outdoor SpacesIncrease pedestrian downtown safety by incentivizing businesses to clear snow from sidewalks, installing accessible hand railings, automatic door openers, ramps, renovating public bathroom areas to include mobility safety supports, and increasing handicap parking spaces along Main Street.
TransportationCreate weekly shuttle bus services and $1 taxis for older adults and residents with disabilities, along with shuttle bus services to community festivals and events.
HousingEstablish supportive apartments and assisted living programs for older adults and adults living with disabilities, along with a window dresser program to install panels in apartment complex units occupied by older adults.
In Bucksport, Maine, extensive community efforts were undertaken to address the COVID-19 pandemic, ensure community welfare, and improve health services. Key projects included recruitment and training of Americorps Vista Volunteers, increasing 2020 Census response rates, coordinating vaccination clinics, disseminating safety information, and redeveloping the Thriving in Place Program. Collaborations with local health, police, and fire departments resulted in community programs like Elder Watch, fire safety strategies, and digital equity training. Initiatives like the Senior Resource Committee led to improvements in transportation, housing, and public safety for older adults. Continual engagement with the community led to diverse endeavors such as a home repair program, an online strength training program, a technology program, and a blood pressure clinic. Applications for various grants aim to further enhance community services.