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Strategic Planning for Aging Communities Delivers Immediate Results


     JustPartners, Inc., has seen strategic planning for aging communities come to fruition in our recent consulting work with the Alexandria, VA, Division of Aging and Adult Services and the Frederick County, MD, Department of Aging. In both settings the Commissions on Aging also played active roles in the planning and subsequent implementation processes. 
     These communities are demographically very different - highly urban on the one hand, small town and rural on the other.  In both cases, though, the planning process itself and the plans resulting from it mobilized a broad range of stakeholders, allies, and older residents.  Alexandria turned out over 500 residents for town hall meetings - rivaling the numbers mobilized for the overall city plan, and Frederick generated survey responses from over 1000 older residents and their families. 
     Each plan recognizes both the assets that older residents bring to their communities as well as the current and projected changes needed to ensure their well-being.  Because the creation of age-friendly communities is not the business of any single sector, the plans identify pathways for engagement by governments, the private sector, nonprofits, faith communities, and older residents themselves.  Equally important, the plans seek to avoid intergenerational competition for resources by prioritizing strategies that can benefit other generations along with older residents. 
     The plans have enabled each Area Agency to make a stronger, more focused case for local support.  For example, into its second year of implementation of its plan, Alexandria's Commission on Aging has been able to preserve real estate tax relief that otherwise would have been financially onerous for lower income older residents and homeowners with disabilities.  In this city that accentuates its history, the Commission has succeeded in limiting brick sidewalks that are notorious for causing falls.  Further achievements include improving bus stops, enhancing park accessibility, and maintaining the Senior Taxi service in the face of a proposal for its termination.  Because the Alexandria planning process uncovered the fact that too many older residents and their families were not fully aware of the services and supports already available, "senior corners" have been created in venues around the city where residents can obtain that information.  Click the image below to read Alexandria's entire report, "The Alexandria of Our Future: A Livable Community for All Ages."
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     While the Frederick County plan is only about a year old, already the Department of Aging has used it successfully to add a full-time case manager to the senior care program; shore up funding for respite services, handyman services, and additional home delivered meals; and make successful application for an Americorps volunteer to coordinate the Meals on Wheels program.  Click the image below to read Frederick County's entire report, "Needs Assessment of the Aging Population in Frederick County, MD."


    Area Agencies on Aging benefit from having consultant assistance with a strategic planning process for multiple reasons, not the least of which is that their time is often fully engaged with program delivery.  JustPartners, Inc., would be glad to talk with you about how we can help.   Our process and recommendations are customized to your setting and constituents.  We draw on a wealth of knowledge and experience from our previous roles as aging practitioners and researchers, but we guarantee that what we co-produce with you speaks directly to your needs and aspirations.   Call us today to inquire about how we might partner to advance age-friendly communities: 410-244-0667, x102.

 
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My Home for Life Store™ was created to provide high quality products at reasonable prices. Products on this site have been screened by the MHFL team and can be purchased with confidence. If there are any questions or problems with items purchased on this site, the MHFL team will be available to assist you.

The Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA), located in Charlottesville Virginia has been serving the needs of the aging community in the Thomas Jefferson Planning district (Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson Counties) since 1975. JABA is one of the most innovative and successful aging organizations in the nation. Working with state and local government, educational institutions, private citizens, businesses, and other non-profit organizations, JABA has consistently risen to the challenge of its mission: adding dignity, comfort, security, independence, and fulfillment to the lives of older adults and their families.

 

JustPartners, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit consulting firm, partners with clients to create strategies and products for measurable, sustainable social change and improved organizational results.


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