· January 5 – Northern New England Chapter
Speakers: Sylvia von Aulock, AICP, Derek Shooster, Maddie DiIonno
What would an Age-Friendly Community look like, what sort of services would be available, and how would residents of all ages be able to enjoy that community to its fullest? These are the sorts of questions that staff at Southern NH Planning Commission (SNHPC) is asking their 14 communities within the greater Manchester area. In 2016, SNHPC received funding through the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, NH Department of Transportation, AARP, and others to conduct age-friendly assessments in each community. These assessments sought to raise awareness and examine assets, opportunities, and roadblocks in quality of life for both seniors and millennials. The next phase of SNHPC’s Becoming Age-Friendly Program is underway. Staff will assist three communities and ten local businesses to create age-friendly strategic plans that will address actions to improve transportation, accessibility, housing, engagement and other elements that would assist the community in becoming age-friendly. See what we’ve done, and how you can apply it to your own communities.