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Swampscott for All Ages

In concert with the global initiative to become more Age Friendly, Swampscott joined the movement with an initial town wide Needs Assessment in 2019.  This extensive research resulted in a thorough report that has been steering the Swampscott for All Ages committee toward creating a more Age and Dementia Friendly Swampscott.  Part of the initiative is to address communication that eventually lead to the creation of this website.

With the expert assistance from UMass Boston’s Gerontology Institute, Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging our local Swampscott for All Ages: A Community Needs Assessment was published in 2019.  Swampscott is now in year 4 of our 5-year plan.

Highlights of the first three years include:

    1. Creation of 501(C)(3) Seaglass Village in 2020.  Seaglass Village now has over 100 members and 85 volunteers. Their website boasts a constant list of fun and engaging activities to bring members and volunteers together to learn and grow. The main goal of the Village is to help members remain safely in their homes as long as possible. Seaglass Village is a member of the Village to Village Network that has over 350 villages throughout the country.  Housing
    2. “Talk About Town” programs to educate on Affordable Housing, ADUs, AARP’s HomeFit Program, CEDAC Home Modification Funding.
    3.  Passage of new Accessory Dwelling Unit bylaw in concert with the Swampscott Planning Department.  Hosted a “Talk About Town” on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) with Mike Proscia click here:  https://youtu.be/1JSJNAn5M2U
  1. Health and community services including Dementia Friendly initiative.
    1. Dementia friendly initiative.
    2. Trained town staff to become Dementia Friendly
    3. Creation of weekly Social Day program for residents living with dementia.
  2. Transportation
    1. Research Skipper that is currently in Salem to see about expending to Swampscott. Researching grants.
    2. Seaglass Village volunteers provide over 150 rides annually.
    3. Senior Center vans continue to expand Medical rides and regular trips to and from the Senior Center.
    4. Received a grant from Mass Department of Transportation for an electric van with wheelchair capabilities for medical rides.
  3. Respect and Inclusion combined with Social Participation
    1. Creation of small business-like cards for caregivers to have to hand out.
    2. Topics of respect: Education on dementia friends
    3. Welcome Benches – one at Town Hall and 3 at Senior Center
    4. “Talk About Town” – Intergenerational programs with students and our older adults through cable TV and in person trainings.
      1. LGBTQ
      2. Juneteenth
      3. Black History Month
  1. Communication and Information
    1. Resource guide – grant to develop, print and mail to every home with someone over 40 in Swampscott
    2. Active Aging Swampscott Website – 2022 launch
    3. “Talk About Town” – Recorded presentations to be aired on Swampscott Cable TV.
    4. Annual Hearing Screenings
    5. Initiated annual conferences: “Caregiver’s Fair” in May 2023 and “Creating Your Healthy Aging Plan” Conference in March 2024.
  2. Outdoor spaces and Buildings
    1. Four “Happy to Chat” Benches with signs inviting people to sit and chat.
    2. Increasing hours open at the senior center to accommodate more programs.

Upcoming opportunities.

  1. Special monthly news show for TV – reach out to local famous newscasters.
    1. Forget Me Not Initiative
    2. SHINE
    3. Affordable Housing
    4. Scams and Schemes
    5. AARP Social Security
    6. Mental Health
    7. Opening Minds Through Art

 

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