Yarmouth’s Age-Friendly Community Team Gives Annual Update

YARMOUTH –Members of Yarmouth’s Age-Friendly Community Team recently gave their annual update to selectmen.

The seven-member group meets at least once per month and discussed their accomplishments over the past year.

Those accomplishments include the intergenerational model U.N., an educational outreach event on housing, and a housing forum.

Looking ahead, the community team is looking at expanding the intergenerational model U.N., hosting workshops in October to help people gain skills to select a good home and focus on communication improvements.

“I think we need to host more conversations about death, dying, housing, planning for our own aging and a find a way to talk to our neighbors and friends and get them to have the conversation with us in the community and in neighborhoods,” said Director of Yarmouth Senior Services Kathi Bailey.

The team also wants to create an age-friendly Yarmouth Village Model plan that would address growing needs for both the town’s older and younger residents.

That includes hiring a village planner, creating marketing and public relations strategies and researching existing village models.

“The top three hitters in the age-friendly category of weakness for almost every community across the nation is transportation, housing and care-giving, and that’s not limited to our caregiving of our elders, it’s also for our youth,” said Bailey.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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