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Reminder: Dover COA to Host Open Discussion on Senior Needs in Town

Dover seniors will discuss the possibility of a senior center in town along with other issues at the meeting.

The following is a release from the Dover Council on Aging.

The Dover Council on Aging, funded by the Friends of the Council on Aging, will hold a luncheon at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at the Caryl Community Center. 

The topic of discussion will be a needs assessment of Dover’s senior residents. 

Seniors account for 22% of Dover’s population (age 60+). The Baby Boomer generation is turning 65 and Dover’s senior citizen population is climbing rapidly. As we age, we need more services to maintain a healthy and safe lifestyle.

At the present time, Dover has inadequate facilities for current programs being offered by the Council on Aging and no space for new programs and services that seniors are requesting, such as Life Time Learning. Many of these services require a safe, congenial environment where seniors participate in social, educational and cultural programs. 

Please join us for an open discussion on building a senior center that will provide a dedicated space in one location for senior activities, meals, and an opportunity to socialize with our friends and neighbors. 

We will also be discussing our proposal for a wheel chair accessible van which will pick up seniors at their homes for shopping, medical appointments, COA events and other activities. 

These are important topics for all our seniors and those about to become seniors. 

State Rep. Denise Garlick and State Sen. Michael Rush, along with the Dover Selectmen, will be in attendance.

RSVP by June 1 to the Dover COA at 508-785-0032, Ext. 246 or email coa@doverma.org.

Maureen Dilg May 22, 2012 at 01:31 PM
It is time for the seniors and Dover residents to have a serious discussion on the needs of our seniors. Of the 1,200 seniors in town, 521 of them used the services of the COA last year. The COA offered 24 new programs in 2012 along with the 14 normally offered. These programs are scattered in 8 locations within town and in other local towns. We also have a dire need for a wheelchair accessible van. There are now 60 homebound seniors who must depend on friends, relatives and taxi cabs to take them shopping and to medical appointments. As we age and live longer in our homes, medical issues and lack of socialization become a priority. A wheelchair accessible van would allow us to become a viable member of this community once again. Maureen Dilg
Joan Panek May 26, 2012 at 01:05 AM
I look forward to this meeting. It's so easy to think the issues of seniors don't apply to you, so you don't want to think about it, much less spend money on it. And then - Whammo, YOU are a senior. And all the things you thought about seniors change. This is a chance to begin a conversation. Great!

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