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Salem seeks to support older residents

Salem is seeking community feedback on a draft plan outlining how the city can best meet the needs of its older residents. The city earlier this year became the third community in Massachusetts to join the American Association of Retired Persons’ national network of Age-Friendly Communities. The plan focuses on how the city will pursue what AARP and the World Health Organization have identified as 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. A working group of city officials and local volunteers developed the plan with help from experts from the Center for Social & Demographic Research on Aging at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Gerontology Institute. The draft plan is available at www.salem.com. Comments can be sent through Tuesday, Nov. 1, to Caitlin E. Coyle at caitlin.coyle@umb.edu.

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.