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Commission on Aging Invites Community to March 29 Forum on Montgomery County Age-Friendly Initiative

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

             Seniors, interested residents and non-profit organizations and businesses serving seniors, are invited to attend a forum on Wednesday, March 29 sponsored by the Commission on Aging.  The forum will help residents understand the County’s Age-Friendly Initiative and gather feedback about how the program can be customized and publicized to deliver the most benefit to residents.

            The forum will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Following a panel discussion, participants will be invited to join group discussions on topics such as Housing, Transportation, Communication, and Home and Community-Based Services.  Future forums will focus on other topics such as Outdoor Spaces and Buildings; Respect and Social Inclusion; Civic Participation and Employment; Support and Health Services; Emergency Preparedness and Resilience; Elder Abuse, Neglect and Fraud; and Age Friendly Business Practices.

            In December 2015, the County became an Age Friendly County, part of the World Health Organization’s “Age Friendly Cities and Communities Program,” administered by AARP.  The Age Friendly Montgomery Initiative was formed to implement the program and track progress. 

            “Enrollment in the World Health Organization’s Age Friendly Communities program is another way for our community to show its commitment to residents across the lifespan,” said County Executive Isiah Leggett.  “I urge everyone who can to attend the forum so we can hear from you about what’s important for us to focus on.”

            The forum will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building, located at 1 Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring.  The Civic Building is accessible by public transportation and adjacent to the Ellsworth Drive parking garage.

            Refreshments will be served.  The event is free but reservations are requested.  Contact Tremayne Jones at Tremayne.jones@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-1262.  Organizers will provide sign language interpreters and other auxiliary aids or services upon request. Please make your request with as much advance notice as possible, if possible at least three (3) full business days in before the meeting, by contacting Tremayne Jones at Tremayne.Jones@montgomerycountymd.gov  o r240-777-1262 (Voice) or MD Relay 7-1-1. Last-minute requests will be accepted but may be impossible to fulfill.


Release ID: 17-439
Media Contact: Mary Anderson 240-777-6534