NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County’s 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 MAP for New Hanover County and the Cape Fear region.
In order to begin developing the MAP, the Senior Resource Center has launched a survey 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.
The survey, which is open now until December 2, can be accessed online here in English and Spanish. It is open to any resident, with a special emphasis on those age 50 and older and caregivers, to obtain feedback that will help inform the priorities of the MAP.
Paper copies of the survey are available at the front desk of the Senior Resource Center (2222 S. College Road), all four Public Library locations, the county’s Health and Human Services building (1650 Greenfield Street), and by calling the Senior Resource Center at 910-798-6400.
“Developing a five-year Master Aging Plan will provide greater coordination of community services to help older adults age in place, and I am proud that we are the first in our region with this initiative,” said New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman. “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.”
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.
“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 right here in New Hanover County,” said Senior Resource Center Director Amber Smith. “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.”
To kick off the survey and share information with the community, the Senior Resource Center will hold a virtual community meeting on Wednesday, October 21 at 2 p.m. Community groups and members of the public are encouraged to join the meeting, being held via Webex, to learn about the survey and community needs assessment and how to engage others to participate.
Join the virtual Webex meeting online here or listen to the meeting by calling 415-655-0003 (access code: 133 130 6904; password: SRC-MAP).
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.
Learn more about the Master Aging Plan and take the survey at SRC.NHCgov.com/MAP.