The idea of developing an age friendly community was brought to a small group of Raymond residents by State Representative Jessica Fay. With Jessica’s leadership an announcement was made and a group of 35 to 40 Raymond residents joined together in May of 2017 to discuss ways to make Raymond an Age Friendly Community. An Age friendly community revolves around addressing livability involving outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information and community and health services.
• The group appeared before the Raymond Select Board in June 2017 to ask for Town support for joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities as 50 towns and counties have done in Maine. Our goals are to establish mechanisms to involve older people throughout the Age-Friendly town cycle, to conduct a baseline assessment of the age friendliness of the town and to develop a 3-year town wide plan of action based on assessment findings.
- The group was accepted into the Age Friendly Network in October of 2017.