Think of your favorite town. Why is this place special? How would you enhance this community you already love? Last month UNH Cooperative extension, Citizen’s Institute for Rural Design, the National Endowment for the Arts and Plan NH worked alongside other organizations and City of Franklin residents to explore “Aging in Place.” Throughout the weekend, we discovered the love residents of Franklin have for their community. Many wish to stay there.
In Franklin, like many NH and United States communities, the population of baby boomers turning 65 is on the rise. According to AARP, ten-thousand people turn 65 every day. Eighty percent of those people want to remain in their current communities as they age.
“Franklin for A Lifetime” guest speakers Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur from AARP, Philip B. Stafford from Indiana University and Josh Bloom from the CLUE group, among others, made it clear: “Aging in Place” does not focus on those who are elderly. Instead an age-friendly community is one that is livable for anyone. Think of “Aging” not as a medical condition but as change. We age, every day. Lifestyle, availability to resources, transportation, environmental stimuli and personal happiness need consideration when adapting for that change.
As we reflect on the takeaways and anticipate Franklin’s next steps, we will be sharing a series of blog posts addressing some key points from the experts at “Franklin for A Lifetime” Workshop.
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