Age-Friendly Saco

Covers: Saco, Maine

Start Date: 2015

Mission, Vision & Goals

To promote active aging by optimizing opportunities for health, engagement, and safety while removing barriers that prevent our citizens from remaining in their homes as they age. This will be accomplished through the engagement with community organizations as well as the collaboration with the City of Saco and the recruitment of community volunteers for the delivery of services that will empower residents to remain in and engaged in their community.


  1. Development of a community resource guide with the City of Biddeford.
  2. Initiation of a Handyman program.
  3. Formation of subcommittees:
    1. Handyman
    2. Communication
    3. Social Events
    4. Transportation

Broad Overview

Age-Friendly Saco has completed its assessment and is starting to work to engage volunteers and community organizations to begin the work of developing a handyman program, social programs, communication, etc.

How is your age-friendly initiative structured?

The Age-Friendly Saco Steering Committee provides the oversight and subcommittees create the work plan for each of the identified areas and carry out the work plan.

Describe any partnerships you have developed?

Age-Friendly Saco continues to work with developing a partnership with UNE and their Health Profession programs. The City of Biddeford in the development of a resource directory. Atlantic Heights for an educational series.

What is the role of volunteers?

Age-Friendly Saco only has volunteers; they are responsible for all aspects of the planning and implementing the plan.

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

The greatest contributor to the success of Age-Friendly Saco has been support by our City in this initiative. Our Mayor has had a strong leadership role in this process. We also have had great success with city support in terms of intern support, dedicated office space, etc.

Community Initiatives


Age-Friendly Saco recently established a subcommittee to address this area.

Chores, Handyman & Upkeep

Age-Friendly Saco recently established a subcommittee to address this area. Have spoken to the Rotary Club and they have offered to provide support to this program.

Home Repair & Modification

Age-Friendly Saco recently established a subcommittee to address this area.

Health & Wellness

Age-Friendly Saco is beginning conversations with UNE about partnerships and have a relationship with the City of Saco Police Dept that has an elderly liaison.

Outreach & Resource Information

Age-Friendly Saco recently established a subcommittee, plan in process.

Social, Educational & Recreational

We offered a series of cooking classes hosted by Atlantic Heights in collaboration with Age Friendly Saco.

Fraud, Abuse & Exploitation

Age-Friendly Saco is considering a day long educational program in the summer where fraud prevention would be a topic.



Jean Saunders
Chair, Age-Friendly Saco
City of Saco
300 Main St., Saco, ME 04072
(207) 808-2021