Yarmouth Age-Friendly Team Updates

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Website: Yarmouth Age-Friendly Site

Vision Statement
The town of Yarmouth is an Age-Friendly Community that
provides and maximizes opportunities for health, participation, and security for all
residents of Yarmouth. The Town supports active aging in an enabling community that
maintains quality of life and well-being for everyone.

Mission of Age-Friendly Community Team
Using a lifespan viewpoint, which is a “cradle to grave” approach, for identifying
and developing services and resources that focus on empowerment and selfdetermination,
the team will work to promote and facilitate inter-generational involvement
in a Town that is friendly and welcoming to people of all ages.

Eight Categories of an Age-Friendly Community
Outdoor Spaces & Buildings*Social Participation*Transportation*Housing*Respect & Social
Inclusion*Communication & Information * Civic Participation & Employment* Community Support & Health

With gratitude for TUFTS HEALTH PLAN FOUNDATION and our civic-minded team that has continued to work as volunteers at no cost to the Town of Yarmouth!

United Nations

Age-Friendly Community Team Update meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday every month @3:30 at Yarmouth Senior Center. All Welcome!
Web Site: http://yarmouthseniorc.wix.com/age-friendlyyarmouth

Age-Friendly Community Team

Appointed by:   Selectmen

Members:         Seven

Term:               Staggered with Two Term Limit

Legal Basis:      Town Charge approved by BoS, November 8, 2016

Purpose:           To advise the Board of Selectmen on matters pertaining to the Age-Friendly Community framework in keeping with membership in the World Health Organization Network.

SPECIFIC CHARGES:  Charged with creating useful data driven reports and developing plans that increase education, engagement and action that continuously improve upon an Age-Friendly Yarmouth using the WHO framework, an intergenerational Lens and Ageism awareness.     The team will serve as an advisory board to the Board of Selectmen and the Director of Senior Services. 

Agenda (All to be posted)

Minutes (All to be posted)
Meeting Dates:     1st and 3rd Tuesday at 3:30 PM to 05:00 PM


Three Year Terms:

Charyn Tietge, Chris Morin

Two Year Terms:

Sharon Ladley, Janice Matheson, Jan Hively

One Year Terms:

Connie Farley, Kathleen McPhee

The Yarmouth Senior Center is launching the FY18 TIME CAPSULE Project in honor of the 30-Year Anniversary of the Yarmouth Senior Center.

Throughout the school year, we will collect items at the Senior Center: We will ask each grade in our school system and each program group at the Senior Center to provide one item such as a group letter, picture, document, video, audio recording or art project that best reflects their class/group. The time capsule itself will be built and decorated as an Intergenerational collaborative ART project. The time capsule is intended as a method of communication to the future Yarmouth leaders to be opened at the next 30-Year Anniversary of the Yarmouth Senior Center in 2047. The time capsule will be stored in a locked room in the basement of the Yarmouth Senior Center with instructions for the future. Please send an email to our Intergenerational Senior Leader, Gerry Bedard, to join our Time Capsule Committee: cgnb14@comcast.net

We’re looking for 25 volunteers to participate in our Intergenerational Model UN to be held at the
Yarmouth Senior Center on Saturday, October 28th from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Our volunteers will be
paired with high-school students for a half-day session to address issues of water around the world. Model UN is a world-renowned program in which participants role-play delegates representing member states of the United Nations. This is done through a si mulation of UN committees and agencies, such as the Security Council or Human Rights Council, debating current, relevant international topics. Volunteers would be required to attend the half-day event on October 28th, as well as a one-hour orientation meeting about one week prior to the event. For more information or to register, contact Gerry Bedard at cgnb@comcast.net. 


Sharing Housing
A Workshop To Gain Skills In Selecting A Good Home-Mate
Thursday, October 19th, Friday, October 20th, Saturday October 21st, 2017

9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Imagine not worrying about how you are going to make ends meet.
Imagine not worrying about falling down and not being found.
Imagine having someone you like and respect who lives under the same roof as you.
There are numerous advantages to sharing housing with others but only if it is a good match. There are also horror stories. The key is choosing the right person (s)!
In this workshop you will learn about:
· The benefits of sharing housing
· What is important for you to be comfortable in your home
· Four guidelines to living well with others
· Communicating effectively to ensure a harmonious and contented sharing
· Finding and interviewing candidates using a housemate compatibility questionnaire.
By the end of the three day workshop, you will have the knowledge, skill and personal insight to confidently pursue home-sharing.
Day One: Home-Sharing, the basics.
Day Two: Living Successfully with a Home-Mate
Day Three: Finding and Choosing the right person.

Your workshop leader will be Annamarie Pluhar, M.Div. Author of Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates,
founder of Sharing Housing, Inc., and blogger at https://www.sharinghousing.com. Annamarie is an experienced facilitator, trainer
and workshop designer who knows that learning happens when participants are active and engaged.
Details: The workshop will be October 19-21 from 9:30-3:30 at the Yarmouth Senior Center.

Workshop Fee: $35.00 (includes lunch, a participant notebook, a copy of Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates.
Location: Yarmouth Senior Center
528 Forest Road
W. Yarmouth, MA 02673
Registration details: Call 508-394-7606, X1330 to register.
Please join us for a “Watch Party” featuring renowned author and surgeon Atul Gawande speaking on ”The Value of Community and Choice as We Grow Older You might ask “What is a watch party?” Hint: it has nothing to do with watches or clocks! It’s actually a social gathering for the purpose of watching a specific event or program together, often followed by a group discussion.
Come to our watch party on September 25th to view a presentation by Dr. Atul Gawande, author of the must-read bestseller Being Mortal. The event will be video-streamed live from Boston Public Library to scores of watch parties across the country. Dr. Gawande’s presentation, titled “The Value of Community and Choice as We Grow Older,” is sponsored by the Village to Village Network, a national organization that helps communities establish grass-roots aging-in-place initiatives called Villages. The public is invited to watch the presentation and participate in a post-presentation discussion. When: Monday, September 25th, 5 - 7 PM Where: Cultural Center of Cape Cod
Seating is limited—come early! Note: The presentation starts promptly at 5:00 PM, so please be seated prior to that time. After the presentation, we will serve refreshments and have the opportunity to discuss Dr. Gawande’s talk.

Kathleen Bailey's Presentation to the United Nations

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Winner and National Finalists will be recognized at the opening reception of the 19th Global Intergenerational Conference, taking place June 14th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Yarmouth, MA – MetLife Foundation and Generations United proudly announced today that Yarmouth, Massachusetts, has been selected as a National Finalist for the 2017 MetLife Foundation/Generations United America’s Best Intergenerational Communities Awards.  Since 2012, the awards program has recognized 24 innovative communities across America that are leading the way by incorporating  intergenerational solutions that engage the wisdom and vitality of all generations.

“We congratulate Town of Yarmouth on being the National Finalist. They show promising potential for becoming a place where members of every generation thrive and want to live,” notes Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United. 

“MetLife Foundation understands the value of programs that encourage generations to work together for the benefit of the entire community,” explained Dennis White, president and chief executive officer, MetLife Foundation. “Communities that care for and engage all 
Members - regardless of age – deepen bonds between the generations and set an important example for other communities to follow. We applaud the community selected to receive the 2017 Best Intergenerational Communities Award, as well as the National Finalists.”

The winning community is Two Harbors, Minnesota. The other National Finalists are: City of Surprise, Arizona, and Jenks Public Schools in Jenks, Oklahoma.

A blue-ribbon panel of judges selected the winning entries from among a host of applicants from across the country. Robert Blancato, former executive director of the White House Conference on Aging and a partner in Matz, Blancato & Associates, served as a judge in the selection process.  Blancato, who is also a strategic advisor for Generations United noted, explained: “It is said you can live anywhere, but that does not make it a livable community.  These awards signify that a critical component of a livable community is one that fosters an environment where generations live and work together. ” 

Presentation of this year’s awards will occur at the 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference on June 14th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Best Intergenerational Communities awards program is made possible with a grant from MetLife Foundation. 


About the MetLife Foundation:  MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement.  Today, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing financial inclusion, committing $200 million over the next five years to help build a secure future for individuals and communities around the world. MetLife Foundation is affiliated with MetLife, Inc., a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

About Generations United: For nearly three decades, Generations United www.gu.org has been the catalyst for policies and practices stimulating cooperation and collaboration among generations, evoking the vibrancy, energy and sheer productivity that result when people of all ages come together.  We believe that we can only be successful in the face of our complex future if generational diversity is regarded as a national asset and fully leveraged. 

Intergenerational Program


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