2017-11-24 / Letters

Seniors should have received survey in mail

To the editor:

By the time you read this, South Portland residents 65 and older should have received a survey in the mail from the ad hoc Senior Advisory Committee. We have papered the city with “Thank You Senior Citizens” posters and signs in attempt to pique curiosity. Then we followed up by saying that we want to thank seniors for helping put South Portland on Money Magazine’s list of top 100 cities in which to live.

As a way of saying thank you, we would like to find out about you and some of your needs. Please fill out the anonymous survey you receive in the mail and return it to us in the addressed, pre-paid return mail envelope as soon as possible. Senior citizens are a diverse group of individuals with a great deal to contribute to our city. Almost everyone needs some help with something at some time. Almost everyone can help someone else in some way. We want to know what you need and also if you would like to volunteer in some way to help someone else.

We hope to hold focus groups around the city to further increase our knowledge. We will collect data about existing services. Results will be assessed looking at what is needed and what is available. Then the process will begin of identifying what actions might be possible to initiate to help people safely age in place. This will require communication and time, and actions will most likely start slowly and modestly, but it can be a good beginning to increasing the livability of our city for all.

Susan Henderson, councilor at large, Ad hoc Senior Citizen Advisory Committee

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