Age Friendly Readfield

Covers: Readfield, Maine

Start Date: January, 2016

Mission, Vision & Goals

The Select Board unanimously passed the following motion; "The Readfield Select Board shall appoint an ad hoc committee for exploring age friendly opportunities for our community consisting of up to five individuals for one year. The committee is charged with creating an inventory of possible desirable resources and services, identifying best methods to communicate the preceding to older citizens in our community, recommending future courses of action they deem desirable, and pursuing in conjunction with the town manager any grant offerings that may be available for assessment and/or implementation of age friendly resources upon approval of the Select Board."

Broad Overview

The resolution passed by the Board of Selectmen is described below. We currently have 3 appointed members and we are recruiting additional members. We have written an article for the town newspaper describing our effort. We applied for and received a planning grant from AARP to assist us with the needs assessment. We are wrapping up our assessment now and are working to increase awareness in the community of the work we are doing.

How is your age-friendly initiative structured?

Consensus model

Describe any partnerships you have developed?

We are working with:

  • Town of Readfield Public Works Dept.
  • Town of Readfield Recreation Dept.
  • Town of Readfield Select Board and Town Manager
  • AARP Maine
  • Masons
  • Local Businesses
  • Local Senior Groups and Community Organizations
  • Maranacook Community High School

What is the role of volunteers?

Volunteers are at the heart of the work of Age-Friendly Readfield and will continue to be central in planning and implementing the activities and programs facilitated by the committee.

Strategies that have contributed to your success? Barriers you have encountered?

Age-Friendly Readfield has attended community meetings to increase awareness and engagement (for example, attending the Town Welcoming Social for new residents; serving on planning committee that is organizing Readfield Heritage Days).

Types of funding that your initiative has received

Grants and Municipal Funding

Community Initiatives

Chores, Handyman & Upkeep

Age-Friendly Readfield is working with Lafayette Masonic Lodge to replicate Mason’s Handy Brigade that serves Bowdoinham. Bowdoin, Richmond.

Health & Wellness

One of our goals will be to raise awareness of recreational opportunities available in the community.

Age-Friendly Readfield is working toward finding a way to offer pickelball.

Outreach & Resource Information

Age-Friendly Readfield is developing a Resource Guide.

Social, Educational & Recreational

Age-Friendly Readfield will be hosting an AARP Safe Driving class this fall.

Food, Gardening & Cooking

Age-Friendly Readfield hosts weekly a Saturday coffee morning at a local restaurant.

Accessibility & Walkability

Age-Friendly Readfield delivered 14 sand buckets to people who requested them during the winter 2016/17. Delivery by our committee members led to connections between volunteers and isolated residents.

Region

Contact

Romaine Turyn
Chair, Age-Friendly Committee
8 Old Kents Hill Road, Readfield, Maine 04355
romainemt@myfairpoint.net
207-685-4516