New Hanover County Senior Resource Center is developing 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 will be 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:
In order to begin developing the MAP, the Senior Resource Center launched a survey (now closed) for residents to share their needs and concerns about aging, as well as provide feedback on the resources seniors use in the community and what their vision for New Hanover County is over the next five years.
Responses from this survey are now being reviewed and will help guide planning for the future and building of resources to support older and aging adults in our community.
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 will conduct targeted interviews with community stakeholders and hold focus groups with community members, in order to better understand and assess the community’s needs.
To kick off the survey and share information with the community, the Senior Resource Center held a virtual community meeting on Wednesday, October 21. Community groups and members of the public are encouraged to join the meeting to learn about the survey and community needs assessment and how to engage others to participate. You can view the recorded meeting here.
More community engagement opportunities and virtual meetings will happen throughout the planning process, so stay tuned for updates.
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
After the community needs assessment and survey are complete, the Senior Resource Center will convene working groups to develop action plans that address each identified priority area.
That work, over several months, will be compiled into a five-year MAP that will be presented to the Board of Commissioners in the spring or summer of 2021.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Empower our residents to contribute to the community, stay active, and thrive here in New Hanover County
“Developing a five-year Master Aging Plan will provide greater coordination of community services to help older adults age in place. This will be an opportunity to refocus, understand the needs of our older adults, and build an aging coalition of community stakeholders to ensure we are continuously investing and ensuring the right resources are available for our older adults. So getting input from our residents to help shape this plan is so important.”
– New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair, Julia Olson-Boseman –
“Every single one of us is aging, and the purpose of this survey and community assessment is to better understand what our residents need to age well here in New Hanover County. What do they need to stay active, remain healthy, be connected, and feel supported? We want to know so we can create an aging plan that guides the county and makes sure our community has the right programs and services to serve seniors in the years to come.”
– Senior Resource Center Director, Amber Smith –