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By 2030 one in 5 people in the in US will be age 65 or older.  In Franklin County this demographic shift is particularly rapid; while in 2010 only 15% of the local population was over age 65, by 2030 that number will be 34% of the population, in contrast to 22% of the Commonwealth’s population.  Some Franklin County communities are already at or above this percentage. The FRCOG works to assist member towns in planning for this demographic shift.

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National and state models are guiding the work of analyzing needs and setting regional priorities for our changing communities. FRCOG staff worked with Life Path to conduct a regional needs assessment for older adults in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region. The final report on this survey was issued in fall 2022, and communities discussed the findings from their towns, and how to act on its recommendations.

Based on the survey data and community conversations, LifePath and FRCOG developed the Age- and Dementia-Friendly Franklin County and North Quabbin Regional Action Plan 2024-2028. The plan outlines the rationale, action steps, measurements of success, and timeframes for each goal addressed; goals are organized by AARP livability domains.

Cover of the 2020-2025 CEDS Plan

This work is funded through a variety of sources, including the Massachusetts Community Health and Healthy Aging Funds, Mass In Motion, District Local Technical Assistance, and the towns of the Cooperative Public Health Service health district.

Staff
Meg Ryan headshot.

Meg Ryan

Regional Public Health Nurse

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Rachel Stoler headshot.

Rachel Stoler

Community Health Program Manager

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Lisa White

Lisa White

Regional Public Health Nurse

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National and state models are guiding the work of analyzing needs and setting regional priorities for our changing communities. FRCOG…

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