JOIN HATF AT THE SPRING TOWN MEETINGS
FIRST STOP & My Senior Center
Healthy Aging Task Force are preparing for the Town Meeting by talking to people about two important items on the Town Meeting warrant — First Stop and MySeniorCenter.
If approved by voters in all island towns, First Stop will be an Information and Referral website for elders, staffed by a real live human being (5 days a week, 7 hours a day), to provide comprehensive information for island elders, their families, caregivers on and off-island, and island service providers. Designed to close the current information gap, it will help elders get the information they need about everything from assisted living, home and respite care, geriatric assessments, and ramps, to home repair, transportation, and wellness programs.
My Senior Center is cutting edge digital technology to strengthen COAs, saving staff time and enabling COA members to sign up from home for a broad range of activities all over the island. Neither of these programs duplicates any other source of information currently available, and First Stop has been recommended by several years of Rural Scholars’ reports.
The overall goals of HATF Town Meeting campaign are:
The articles are slightly different for each town, so check the local newspapers and refer to the article numbers below for reference.
1) First Stop - to urge the towns to commit to a badly needed, comprehensive, and staffed Islandwide information and referral website.
2) My Senior Center - to increase the Island’s Councils On Aging (COAs) outreach and information gathering through the use of new technology.
We believe that town funding of these two programs will help meet the needs of the Island’s growing elder population.
The good news is that the HATF has been granted funds via generous donation to cover ALL of the start-up costs for First Stop and My Senior Center - IF the towns cover their share of the programs’ operating costs for fiscal year 2016.
However, ALL six towns must vote to fund FIRST STOP for the donation to kick in.
Please Vote YES on the Warrant Article:
You can help by voting ‘YES’ on the above warrant article(s) in your town, even if you don’t need it…YET.
Article 38 (First Stop), Article 39 (My Senior Center)
Oak Bluffs –
Article 10 (First Stop), Article 11 (My Senior Center)
Tisbury – Article 10
West Tisbury – Article 39
Chilmark – Article 16
Aquinnah – TBD
The COA’s in Tisbury and Up Island included My Senior Center in their FY2016 budget.
One in six people were over the age of 65 in 2010, in 2030
this number will be one in three.