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Lead Agency: Northern Hilltowns Consortium of Councils on Aging
Action Plan Download
The Northern Hilltowns Consortium of Councils on Aging developed its regional action plan to focus on creating stronger connections between older adults and the broader Northern Hilltowns community. The action plan builds on strong community systems to reduce social isolation, help older adults to remain in their homes, encourage active participation in community life, foster strong community connections and grow public health infrastructure.
Action Plan Highlights
Communication and InformationExpand virtual community programming, such as exercise and educational classes and entertainment options through the expansion of broadband throughout the region.
Health and Community ServicesEliminate food insecurity by evaluating and reviwing local sites developed to provide free or low cost food and "pick up meals to older adults.
Civic Participation and EmploymentRecruit local residents in rural areas as paraprofessionals in their won communities, creating community cohesion and a larger pool of professional caregivers in less urban places.