Leominster’s population is aging faster than other parts of the state, particularly for people aged 75 and older. Not surprisingly, most older adults want to remain living in their current homes so it is high-time that we focus on becoming an Age-Friendly community. This internationally-recognized initiative addresses key aspects that make a city more viable for people of all ages, especially as it relates to accessible and affordable housing and transportation options.
Whether you want to age in your own home or in a more communal setting, Leominster needs good options and sufficient support services for the growing percentage of older adults. As Mayor, I want seniors and their loved ones to have easy access to good information and the most current resources to make the choices that work best for them over time.
By partnering with the MA Councils on Aging and AARP-Massachusetts, I want to explore options for “inter-generational house-sharing,” which would carefully match younger adults with older housemates to bring the generations closer together and also make housing more affordable, safer, and social for all involved.
To be an Age Friendly community, we also need accessible and affordable transportation options. Carefully coordinated bus routes and excellent communication systems for Dial-a-MART’s paratransit service are essential to getting us where we want to be. Also important to keeping us moving is make our city sideways, intersections, and the future Twin Cities Rail-Trail be safe for pedestrians, whether we use wheelchairs, strollers, walkers, or wheelie-carts, or cans.
Contact Committee to Elect Andrea Freeman 431 Pleasant St, Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 728-3787