Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
Stonington United States of America
Please see “Thriving in Place Downeast – By the Numbers”, a summary of projects and activities conducted in the first two years of our 3-year Thriving in Place grant. These partners and collaborative projects will be the foundation on which we hope to build deeper and more extensive supports for an age-friendly community. The TiPD initiative is focused on the 9 towns of the Blue Hill Peninsula, Deer Isle and Stonington and our goal is for all of these towns to join the Network of Age-Friendly Communties in a regional approach. The Stonington Town Manager and Select Board appreciate the strategic value of a regional approach, which understands each town’s unique character, while recognizing the importance of collaboration in designing and implementing age-friendly activities in our neighborhood of rural towns. Our TiPD initiative already has older community members involved at the decision-making level of our healthy-aging work, including on our Advisory Council, among our TiPD Community Partners, and on the Provider Network. In our two years of implementation, we have made many more contacts with seniors in our region of towns through our TiPD Partners and collaborative programming. In Stonington, specifically, the Healthy Island Project is an active partner in engaging seniors in age-friendly activities, sponsoring programs such as the Salt Air Seniors, Move It To Lose It and other community programs. As our planning efforts evolve, HIP hopes to engage some of these community members in a local planning subcommittee to bring the voices of Island seniors to the larger regional planning efforts.