Growing Up, Growing Old, Growing Together
In 2013, the Lyme Foundation Forum on the Future of Lyme involved over 100 Lyme residents in identifying needs and opportunities to make our town an even better place to live. Aging in Place emerged as the top opportunity.
Later that year, 225 Lyme residents provided feedback through a survey conducted by the new Lyme Aging in Place Committee. The results were telling and instructive.
- 120 respondents said that living in their Lyme home as long as possible was a top priority.
- Over 90% of survey respondents anticipated needing help with health care coordination, transportation, food and meals, and household services.
- 75% of respondents indicated they found participation in an Aging in Place program appealing.
- Maybe most interesting – the top two current needs listed by Lyme residents were a central source of information and opportunities to volunteer.
Clearly, Lyme residents appreciate their community. They hope to live here, in their homes as long as possible, and they are ready and willing to participate in building a community that supports all residents, no matter what their age.
That feedback and the real-world, innovative “Village” concept of coordinated, volunteer-first, compassionate programs and services, informed the creation of CommunityCare of Lyme. Now a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with a small core staff and volunteer leadership team, we support and promote an array of services, events, and educational programs that connect residents with one another to build and maintain a healthy community.
I am grateful to be able to live in Lyme with my husband and 3 year old daughter, and I am eager to … Joining the CCL Board ….