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Random Age-Friendly: Summerford seeks information on becoming age-friendly

Members of the Summerford Age-Friendly Committee listen and take notes as Larry Reid, Chair of Random Age-Friendly Communities Board shares what makes Clarenville a model age-friendly community.
Members of the Summerford Age-Friendly Committee listen and take notes as Larry Reid, Chair of Random Age-Friendly Communities Board shares what makes Clarenville a model age-friendly community. - Photo courtesy of Random Age-Friendly Communities

The Town of Clarenville started on its age-friendly journey back in 2007 when it was selected as one of the 10 Age-Friendly pilot projects in Canada.

Since that time, Clarenville has become a model age-friendly community.

Hence, members of the Random Age-Friendly Communities Board are periodically invited to share their knowledge and assist other communities that want to become age-friendly.

The most recent invitation came from the Town of Summerford, a community in Notre Dame Bay on a big mission in its desire to become an age-friendly community.

The Age-Friendly Summerford Committee came together on Feb. 27 to learn more about Clarenville’s age-friendly model from Larry Reid, Chair of Random Age-Friendly Communities Board.

Reid provided the Summerford committee with the history of the board. 

He shared with them the on-going age-friendly activities of Clarenville’s Random Age-Friendly Communities Board--the Health & Wellness Guide; Computers for Seniors; Information Sessions; the Annual Age-Friendly Seniors’ Information Fair; CREST, Transportation for Seniors; GATHER, Seniors’ Drop-In Centre;  the Age-Friendly Park; the randomagefriendly.com website and the bi-weekly Packet articles.

Reid stressed the importance of partnerships with service groups and businesses in the community and how these partnerships have helped to make the Clarenville region more age-friendly.

Reid said he feels that the Summerford Age-Friendly Committee is on the right road to help Summerford become another strong age-friendly community. Their Age-Friendly Survey Results contains valuable information and is a great place to start.

He encouraged them to develop a plan and put it into action. He advised them as well to  engage all stakeholders including the business community and the younger generation and especially the seniors and their families.   

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