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After a steering committee, representing all areas of Chatham, held three community forums in November 2017 to hear from Chatham residents of all ages, Chatham now has an Aging Plan! The purpose of these forums was to enable Chatham residents to voice their views and ideas to help the Committee select five priority areas that will provide the structure for the Aging Plan. The Aging Plan is expected to complement PlanChatham, the county’s comprehensive plan.
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Who's Behind the Aging Plan Effort?
Leading this effort is a Steering Committee composed of a diverse group of community leaders from across Chatham. At their first meeting, the Committee helped chart the course of the Aging Plan by developing a 20-year vision and guiding principles that was shared at the three Community Forums.
The Capstone Team
A team of five master’s level students from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health helped the Council on Aging and others develop this plan.
(Pictured left to right): Hanaleah Hoberman, Stephanie Tepperberg, Allison Balmes, Liz Cassidy and Ashley Schultz.
Our vision is a Chatham County that offers older adults, and all residents, a safe, affordable, accessible, and inclusive community that promotes wellness, presents and respects choices, values diversity, recognizes and uses people’s strengths, and supports individuals aging in community with dignity.
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The community picked areas of importance and work groups were formed to discuss objectives. These are the top 5:
2. Healthcare services and coverage
4. Social connectedness, community engagement, and opportunities for self-fulfillment
5. Care services and caregiving.