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Joined the AARP Age-Friendly Network:
Lead Agency: Bethel Age-Friendly Community Initiative
Action Plan Download
An action plan is based on the results of community surveys identifying needs within the 8 Domains of Livability that influence the health and quality of life of older adults. While there is flexibility in how a plan is created and what it will do, every action plan includes a statement about what can be achieved, target dates for goal completion, identification of participating organizations and indicators to measure progress. The action plan is an "active" rather than static document. Revisions and amendments are a sign of program improvement and progress.
Action Plan Highlights
TransportationPromote pedestrian safety, walkability, access, and transportation diversity by improving crosswalks, building a two-mile universal trail network, and developing a volunteer-based driving program.
Communication and InformationHelp older residents connect with a friendly voice through a "Morning Greeting Call" program.
Health and Community ServicesEnsure that older adults have access to information on available health services through a comprehensive online directory. Incorporate dementia-friendly concepts into local community planning.
Progress Report Download
The Bethel Region Age-Friendly Community Initiative is focusing special attention on diminishing the effects of social isolation and loneliness. In collaboration with other community non-profit organizations, we run a Neighbor to Neighbor rides program for older adults, a Walk the Gym program in the winter, regular Tai Chi classes, and initiatives to help older adults use technology as a means of decreasing feelings of isolation. We are a valuable resource for news on interesting area events, as well as pertinent health, safety, financial and cultural information. Programs encouraging intergenerational interaction, such as our Handy Neighbor chores program, create valuable social opportunities. During the COVID crisis we have been calling older adults in the area to check on their well-being and are available to deliver food and other goods to those who can't get out.