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Lead Agency: Monson Council on Aging
Council on Aging/Area Agency on Aging
Action Plan Download
Monson developed its action plan with support from elected officials, local planners, key foundations and a strong working group. Much of the plan draws from existing plans and reports, along with a detailed survey and focus groups. With a focus on both age-friendly and dementia-friendly policies, the plan looks to improve housing affordability and access for people of all ages and to provide transportation and wayfinding solutions that are appropriate for people of all visual, hearing and cognitive abilities.
Action Plan Highlights
HousingKeep more older adults in their homes by developing a volunteer-based or intergenerational community service program to assist people aging in place with home upkeep and landscaping, and assisting homeowners in finding and applying for funding to rehabilitate housing to improve safety, accessibility, and basic upkeep and maintenance.
TransportationPrioritize pedestrian safety downtown by creating and adopting a complete streets policy, and implementing other safety enhancements including traffic calming, crosswalk improvements, improving visibility of intersections by creating clear zones, and reducing the number of curb cuts, and creating more flexible parking requirements.
Outdoor SpacesImprove outdoor spaces for older adults by enhancing the accessibility of parks and trails, creating a centrally located and accessible community garden space, and incorporating the dementia-friendly environments checklist when planning for improvements to parks, public spaces and/or public buildings.