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The Bethel Regional Plan encompasses several towns and communities, with the ultimate goal of improving livability through a regional approach. This plan was developed through a collaboration between the four towns of Bethel, Greenwood, Newry, and Woodstock, along with AARP Maine. To make the plan truly regional, the towns' Age-Friendly Community Initiative distributed surveys to gather input from the largely rural surrounding townships to address service gaps for older residents. As a result, the action plan commits to addressing gaps in transportation, help with intermittent household chores, and the need for a gathering place or community center to combat social isolation.
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.