Join the Age-Friendly Community Initiative for the Royersford and Collegeville Region on Jan. 12

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On January 12, 2022, local leaders, politicians, businesses, and community members will come together at Ursinus College to explore how the 422 Coalition on Aging can help older adults remain independent and in their community for as long as possible by creating supportive environments and thriving neighborhoods for them and those that care for them.

If you are unable to make the meeting, please fill out their survey or contact Carin Brastow at 484-854-1600. Your input is invaluable as they shape the goals for 2022 based on the community’s needs. Help those shape what an age-friendly community looks like for the Royersford and Collegeville region.

“Getting older is inevitable- and it is natural that our needs, interests and abilities change as we age. Too many times we see our seniors lose their interests, their connections, and their sense of purpose as they find it harder to navigate our fast-paced world,” says Monica Paulino, General Manager of The Landing of Collegeville.

“I think it is both our opportunity and our responsibility to make sure that we recognize the value of having our older community members stay connected and vibrant. The 422 Coalition on Aging is our way of helping our community become aware of potential barriers and develop ways to support our elders in remaining active and involved as they age,” she notes.

Why is this important? The region’s population is undergoing a massive age shift. By 2030, one of every five people will be 65 or older and by 2035 the number of adults older than 65 will be greater than the number of children under 18 across the US. Additionally, adults ages 45 to 64 are the most likely to be caregivers. In fact, about a quarter (23%) of adults in the US ages 45 to 64 cares for an aging adult, right now. Unfortunately, we know that number is going to increase.

Working with a couple localities is a reasonable way to have the greatest impact on improving the lives of our seniors. By taking localities as our focus and building trusted, reciprocal and long-term partnerships with our communities, the Coalition will strategically increase their impact and help achieve their vision of creating vibrant neighborhoods that support older adults.

WHO: 422 Coalition on Aging, an Age-Friendly Initiative for the Royersford and Collegeville area

WHAT: Kick-off Meeting to introduce vision, purpose and benefits of an Age-Friendly Community

WHEN: January 12, 2022, at 4:00 PM.

WHERE: Ursinus College
601 E Main St
Collegeville, PA 19426
Schellhase Commons Rm#105, located on Main Street at the entrance to campus.

CONTACT: Carin Brastow at 484/854-1600 ext. 202. to RSVP

Local Partners: Mayor Aidsand F Wright-Riggins III, Collegeville Borough; Mayor Jenna Antoniewicz, Royersford Borough; Senator Katie Muth; Collegeville Rotary; FOX Rehabilitation; Kindred Home Health & Hospice; Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce; Senior Independent Living Companions; Spring-Ford Chamber of Commerce; Trinity Reformed UCC; Ursinus College; Dr. Nancy Aronson; Carolyn Madison; Karen McCaslin and Emily Wyner.

The Landing of Collegeville offers personal care and memory care services in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Our senior care services are holistic and person-centered, delivered in a community with a culture that has “a whole lotta heart.” More than our motto, a whole lotta heart is the way we go through life. It’s a promise to our residents, their families, and each other.

Senior living at The Landing of Collegeville is designed so that residents can safely take advantage of all the local community has to offer while aging well, living every day with a whole lotta heart. We are a state-of-the-art community with a warm and welcoming environment that will quickly feel like home.