The Town of Cumberland has been officially recognized by AARP and the World Health Organization as an Age-Friendly Community. As such, it joins a worldwide network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.
To be accepted into the network, AIP Cumberland submitted a 45-page Action Plan detailing the organization’s blueprint for creating policies, programs, and services that help older residents remain a vital part of the community and that benefit residents of all ages. Created by a six-member team of volunteers, the plan received praise from Patricia Oh, Age-Friendly Consultant for AARP Maine, who said the AIP team had done “a fabulous job.”
AIP Cumberland’s volunteers Karen Campbell, Thomas Gruber, Deborah Gray, Suzie McCormack, Kendall Putnam, and Nancy Law worked for several weeks to determine the objectives to be addressed by AIP Cumberland and identify the steps to be taken to accomplish those goals. They also named the community partners who could assist with AIP’s work, including churches, town departments, local nonprofits, the schools, and other nonprofit and business organizations.
“This is an amazing accomplishment,” said Gold of the Action Plan. “This document will help guide the progress of AIP Cumberland for years to come.” The Action Plan identifies eight areas where AIP will focus its efforts: housing, transportation, maintaining independence, social engagement and reducing isolation, communication and raising awareness of local resources, health and safety, financial concerns, and outdoor spaces and buildings.
The official certificate from AARP will be presented to the Town of Cumberland at an upcoming Town Council meeting. The 45-page document will soon be available in printed form at the AIP Kiosk at Cumberland Town Hall or online HERE.