Master Aging Plan

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Connect, Create & Empower

New Hanover County Senior Resource Center has developed a five-year Master Aging Plan (MAP) that will help shape the resources and services for older adults who have a wide range of needs, now and into the future. This is the first Master Aging Plan for New Hanover County and the first in the four-county region.

The Master Aging Plan will help ensure New Hanover County has a comprehensive and coordinated approach that supports and fosters lifelong community engagement and well-being. The plan will:

  • Connect our older adults with the community and with one another, ensuring they have the right resources at the right time
  • Create a guide that is inclusive, diverse, age-friendly, and strategic that offers more opportunities for our older adults to create their own journey and live well; and
  • Empower our residents to contribute to the community, stay active, and thrive here in New Hanover County.

The development of the five-year MAP kicked off in October of 2020 with a community-wide survey that captured information on the needs and desires of residents and caregivers in New Hanover County. It was followed by public meetings for community members to provide feedback, as well as targeted interviews and focus groups with community stakeholders and residents.

The Master Aging Plan will be New Hanover County’s “roadmap” to deliver comprehensive and coordinated aging services in the years to come. It will be a living, breathing plan that will guide the resources provided by the county to support and foster lifelong community engagement and wellbeing. It will also serve as a foundation for building an even more involved aging coalition in the community.

Over the next five years, the Senior Resource Center and a collaborative group of community partners will implement strategies and track the progress of the plan.

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Connect our older adults with the community and with one another, ensuring they have the right resources at the right time.

In addition to the survey, the Senior Resource Center conducted targeted interviews with community stakeholders and held focus groups with community members, in order to better understand and assess the community’s needs.

In the fall and winter of 2020 to 2021, stakeholders also participated in a community kick-off event, workgroup meetings, and periodic MAP Leadership and Steering Committee meetings. Community groups and members of the public joined to learn about the survey and community needs assessment and how to engage others to participate. View the recorded kick-off meeting on YouTube.

The inclusion of these diverse stakeholders in developing the MAP is essential to ensuring that the plan meets the needs of a growing older adult population. Without the participation of a variety of community members and organizations, an integrated county-wide plan will not be successful. By working together this plan will lead to a forward-thinking approach so that older adults can have a healthier future in New Hanover County.

More community engagement opportunities and virtual meetings will happen throughout the planning process, so stay tuned for updates. If you are interested in participating in future workgroups to create action steps for New Hanover County’s Master Aging Plan, please reach out to (910) 798-6445 or email Andrew Zeldin for more information.