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In November 2016, the City of Salem formally submitted its age-friendly action plan, Salem for All Ages, to the AARP and the World Health Organization. The final report and supporting materials are available below.

Salem’s Age Friendly initiative began earlier in 2016 when the City was added to the AARP’s national network of Age Friendly communities. Salem became the first City on the North Shore to join the network and only the third in Commonwealth. Acceptance to the network meant the City committed to developing an action plan that focuses on establishing a vision for each of what the AARP and WHO call the “eight domains” of an age-friendly community: civic participation and employment, communication and information, community support and health services, outdoor space and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, and respect and social inclusion.

Within each domain, a vision statement for the future of an Age-Friendly Salem is described, followed by a series of recommendations, and corresponding specific action steps that should be taken. Following approval of the final report a permanent community stakeholders group will be formed to monitor implementation of the plan, evaluate its effectiveness, and update it as necessary.

“In Salem we are thoughtful about how we approach the future,” Mayor Kim Driscoll observes in her letter submitting the action plan. “Great cities do not happen by accident. They take careful planning, public input, and meaningful action. I am so pleased to present the Salem for All Ages Action Plan because I believe it meets all those standards. And because I believe it will truly make Salem an even greater City for all.”

To help prepare the Salem for All Ages Action Plan, the City worked closely with experts from the Center for Social & Demographic Research on Aging at the Gerontology Institute of the University of Massachusetts Boston. Those experts worked closely with a working group made up of City officials and local volunteers, to develop the draft plan. Their efforts included multiple public listening session and meetings, three focus groups, an exhaustive document review of existing plans and reports, and a community survey completed by over 400 Salem residents over the age of 50.

“The priorities represented by the Age-Friendly designation are reflective of Salem’s values as a whole,” said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll. “The goals of a livable, safe, and vibrant city serve to lift up all our residents, no matter their age or ability. This action plan has been informed by as many perspectives as possible, so that the recommendations it puts forth for Salem can be as diverse and as forward-looking as the people who live here.”

En noviembre de 2016, la Ciudad de Salem presentó oficialmente su plan de acción para todas las edades, Salem for All Ages, a las agencias AARP (American Association for Retired Persons) y OMS (World Health Organization). El informe final y los materiales auxiliares se presentan abajo.

La iniciativa para “todas las edades” de Salem empezó a principios de 2016 cuando la Ciudad se sumó a la red nacional de AARP de “comunidades adaptadas a las personas mayores”. Salem llegó a ser la primera ciudad de la costa del norte (de Boston) para sumarse con la red y sola la tercera de la mancomunidad (de Massachusetts). El ingreso a la red significa que la ciudad comprometió al desarrollo de un plan de acción que se enfoca en establecer una visión para cada uno de los “ocho ámbitos” de una comunidad para todas las edades: interacción social y empleo, comunicación e información, servicios comunitarios y médicos, espacios abiertos y edificios, transporte, vivienda, participación social y, finalmente, respeto e inclusión social.

Dentro de cada ámbito, se describe una declaración de visión para el futuro de un Salem para todas las edades, seguido de una serie de recomendaciones y medidas de acción específicas correspondientes que se debería tomar. Después de la aprobación del informe final, se constituirá un grupo permanente de interesados comunitarios para controlar la implementación del plan, evaluar su eficacia y actualizarlo según sea necesario.

“En Salem estamos atentos a cómo prepararnos para el futuro”, observa la alcaldesa Kim Driscoll en su carta en que presentó el plan de acción. “Las grandes ciudades no existen por solo accidente. Hay que planificar meticulosamente, escuchar al público y tomar acción coherente. Me complace sumamente al presentar el plan de acción de Salem para todas las edades porque yo creo que cumple con todos esos estándares. Y, de verdad, yo creo que va a hacer que Salem sea una ciudad aún mejor para todos.

Para preparar el plan de acción de Salem para todas las edades, la ciudad trabajó junta con los expertos del Centro para la Investigación Social y Demográfica de Envejecimiento en el Instituto de Gerontología de la Universidad de Massachusetts, Boston (Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging at the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Boston). Los expertos trabajaron juntos con un grupo de funcionarios de la ciudad y con voluntarios locales para desarrollar el borrador del plan. Su campaña incluyó múltiples sesiones y reuniones de escucha públicas, tres grupos de sondeo, un documento exhaustivo que analizó los planes existentes y los informes y, finalmente, un sondeo comunitario que se lo completaron más de 400 de residentes de Salem mayores de 50 años.

“Las prioridades que se las representa la denominación ‘comunidades adaptadas a las personas mayores’ reflejan los valores de Salem en su conjunto”, dijo la alcaldesa de Salem Kim Driscoll. “Los objetivos de una ciudad habitable, segura y vibrante sirven para animar la comunidad de todos nuestros residentes independientemente de su edad o capacidad. Este plan de acción toma en consideración tantas perspectivas como sea posible, para que las recomendaciones que presenta para Salem sean tan diversas y progresistas como las personas que viven aquí.”


Task Force

Co-Chairs

  • Patricia Zaido – Salem Community Representative
  • Dominick Pangallo – Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor Kimberley Driscoll

Members

  • Theresa Arnold – Director, Salem Council on Aging
  • Amanda Chiancola – Staff Planner, Planning and Community Development
  • Hannah Skahan Diozzi – Community Representative
  • Nicholas Downing – Acting Director, Traffic and Parking
  • Russell Findley – Built Environment Coordinator, Mass in Motion
  • Charity Lezama – Executive Director, Salem YMCA
  • Debra Lobsitz – Chair, Salem Commission on Disabilities
  • Tara Mansfield – Director, Salem Public Library
  • Kerry Murphy – Healthy Living Coordinator, Mass in Motion
  • Patricia O’Brien – Director, Parks, Recreation and Community Services
  • Susan Strauss – SSU Explorers, Life Long Learning Institute, Representative
  • Kay Walsh – Immediate Past President, North Shore Elder Services

Leadership Council

Chairperson

  • Kimberley Driscoll – Mayor, City of Salem

Leadership Council Members

  • Margaret Brennan – Executive Director, North Shore Community Health Center
  • Mary Butler – Chief, Salem Police Department
  • Lynda Coffill – Chair, Salem Council on Aging Board
  • Jeff Cohen – Chair, Salem No Place for Hate Committee
  • Tom Daniel – Director of Planning and Community Development, City of Salem
  • Elizabeth Debski – Executive Director, Salem Partnership
  • Rosaleen Doherty – Owner, Right at Home
  • Councillor Beth Gerard – President (2018), Salem City Council
  • Lynda Hartigan – Deputy Director, Peabody Essex Museum
  • Judith Kane – Administrator, Brookhouse Home
  • John Keenan – President, Salem State University
  • Paul Lanzikos – Executive Director, North Shore Elder Services
  • Sherry Leonard – Director of Community Relations, John Bertram House
  • Mickey Northcutt – Executive Director, North Shore Community Development Coalition
  • Rinus Oosthoek – Executive Director, Salem Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. David Roberts – CEO, North Shore Medical Center
  • Margarita Ruiz – Superintendent, Salem Public Schools
  • Joan Tobin – President, (2018) SSU Explores In Life Long Learning Institute

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