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June 7, 2005 > City anticipates Baby Boomer needs

City anticipates Baby Boomer needs

by Lance Dwyer

Ever wonder what sort of supportive services might be available for your parents when they retire? Ever wonder what might be available for you when you retire?

Mary Anne Mendall and her staff at Aging and Family Services know that looking ahead to elderly care for yourself or a loved one can be stressful. However, they hope that the work they are doing will give all within the Tri-City community a strong sense of security.

To ensure reaching their goal to provide the best possible supportive services to seniors in the future, the Fremont Human Services Department and Tri-City Elder Coalition have launched a survey seeking to gather information on the personal needs of the Baby Boomer generation. The survey is the first part of a long-term project called "Aging: The Ultimate Adventure...Journeying Together."

The survey targets this group because they have a particularly vital perspective to offer; they are currently tending to elderly parents, and in the not-so-distant future, will begin to need help too.

Launched online June 1, the survey will continue throughout the month of June. The next phase for the project will be community planning meetings open to anyone with insight or concern to offer to the planning of elderly care supportive services. Co-coordinator Asha Chandra said, "The goal is to create a community approach to this, we don't want to make all the decisions, we want all of us to come together and come up with the best solutions."

Once results from the survey and planning meetings are compiled, coordinators of the project will have an opportunity to use the data to create a project proposal and apply for a $750,000 grant from Robert Johnson Programs. "Aging: The Ultimate Adventure...Journeying Together" was one of only 11 programs out of a total 486 to be offered an initial grant for the execution of their survey, said Mendall.

Coordinators of the project are eager to gather a "representative" sample through the survey and planning meetings in order to create an effective project.

Co-coordinator Ray Grimm said, "The ultimate goal is to make life better for older adults, their families and the community at large-making changes to the long-term care support services we have in the area and really to improve the quality of our lives."

The Baby Boomer survey can be accessed at: Two community planning meetings will be held in July at the Fremont Main Library.

Aging: The Ultimate Adventure...Journeying Together
Tuesday, July 12
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, July 26
12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

For more information contact Asha Chandra at (510) 574-2055 or Ray Grimm at (510) 574-2063.

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