2017-11-10 / Letters

Seniors: Did you see the signs in South Portland?

To the editor:

Have you noticed the “Thank You Seniors!” signs all over South Portland the last few days? It’s our way of giving credit to what our older residents have done for our community.

In September, Money Magazine named South Portland one of its “100 Best Places to Live in the United States for 2017.” We recognize the contributions our seniors have made in creating our healthy, livable community. Their efforts over the decades have given South Portland continued clear skies, good schools, low crime, ethic diversity, a healthy economy and great neighborhoods in which to raise our families.

The “Thank You Seniors!” signs kick off our senior survey campaign. The city of South Portland is embarking on an ambitious project to improve the lives of our senior population. On Aug. 21, the city council approved the creation of the Ad Hoc Senior Citizen Advisory Committee. The core committee includes: Meredith Tipton and Joan Herzog as co-chairmen, Susan Henderson, Maxine Beecher, Elizabeth Ross-Holmstrom, Cathy MacDonald, Sheila Szafan and Adele Edelman and Kathy Babeau and a committed team of volunteers.

The mission of the committee is to ensure South Portland seniors have access to services and infrastructure enabling them to live safely and with dignity as they age. To do this a survey will ask people about their needs. Very soon residents older than 65 will get a survey in the mail.

We hope the information gathered from the completed, returned by mail surveys will give the committee a clear sense of problem areas and will help us create a thorough plan of action to improve the lives of our older neighbors. This, in turn, will enhance the lives of everyone in South Portland.

We are asking our seniors, in advance, for cooperation in filling out the senior survey and returning it to us in the enclosed envelope. We are aiming for a Nov. 17 mailing. Be sure to fill it out and mail it back.

Joan Herzog, co-chairman Ad Hoc Senior Citizen Advisory Committee

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