Age & Dementia Friendly Community

Community Coordinator: Age and Dementia Friendly Cape Ann

SeniorCare is the backbone agency for the Age and Dementia Friendly Cape Ann Initiative, working within the four Cape Ann Communities to create a supportive, welcoming environment where aging adults and people with dementia can thrive.

We seek a dynamic self-starter to coordinate, implement and grow the Age and Dementia Friendly Cape Ann initiative. Under the guidance of the Director of Community Programs and working closely with the Chief Executive Officer and a core team at SeniorCare, this person will lead and coordinate collective impact efforts, culminating in the creation of action plans and successful community change.

This is a part-time, 20 hour per week, multi-year grant funded position.

Primary responsibilities include working with the SeniorCare team, the Age and Dementia Friendly Cape Ann steering committee and other key stakeholders to develop, initiate, and implement comprehensive strategic plans; ensuring interested community members are informed, heard and engaged; working with marketing and development teams; assisting with intern and volunteer recruitment and coordinating and conducting community trainings and presentations.

Position requires a Bachelor’s degree in a related field and a minimum of three years of relevant experience, demonstrated organizational and communications skills including public speaking, familiarity with trends, challenges and opportunities experienced by people aging in the community and those with dementia, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team with a diverse group of stakeholders. (posted 1/8/2018 visit SeniorCare’s Employment page for information on applying for this position)

Age and Dementia Friendly Cape Ann

Age & Dementia Friendly Community Forums Held in November

Dr. Caitlin Coyle from UMass Boston facilitated discussions with residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester by the Sea about how to make Cape Ann more age & dementia friendly. Members from all aspects of the community were encouraged to attend, including caregivers and persons directly impacted by aging and dementia, government, human service agencies, health and beauty, finance and banking, media and information services, private business. Interested individuals are welcome to attend one or all of the Forums.

The Age & Dementia Friendly Cape Ann needs assessment will continue in the coming months with focus groups and more.

SeniorCare Age & Dementia Friendly Initiative topic of discuss at 2017 AARP Livable Communities National Conference

“Age- and Dementia-Friendly Together on the Massachusetts Coast” was a breakout session on day 1 of the conference (11/15/2017)

See breakout discussion topic description

SeniorCare CEO Scott Trenti presents at Dementia Friendly Massachusetts: Creating Welcoming Communities (11/9/2017)

Slideshow used for presentation

World Health Organization’s Definition of an ‘Age-Friendly Community’

An inclusive and accessible community environment that optimizes opportunities for health, participation and security, in order that quality of life and dignity are ensured as people age.

Age Friendly World website

Dementia Friendly America’s Definition of a ‘Dementia Friendly Community’

A community that is informed, safe, and respectful to foster quality of life for those living with dementia and their care partners.

Dementia Friendly website

Age & Dementia Friendly Communities Resource Page

Support for this initiative was provided in part by a grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation

Support for the initial community assessment was provided in part by a grant from The North Shore Community Health Network.

The North Shore Community Health Network