In 2016, we have seen a remarkable surge in the efforts of Maine towns and neighborhoods to advance age-friendly initiatives. About 18% of Maine’s population lives in one of the 24 communities that have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. In an age-friendly community, residents benefit from an environment that encourages them to remain active and socially engaged in an enjoyable setting. By adopting such features as safe, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options and more opportunities for residents to participate in community activities, cities and towns can become great places to live for people of all ages.
This is a wonderful article in the Bangor Daily News by Opinion Page Editor Erin Rhoda. The article profiles Katherine Freund, 64, who started the Independent Transportation Network that may be one of the most creative answers to Maine's transportation challenges for seniors and those in rural communities. Read this and be inspired!
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