NEW INITIATIVE IN NORTHERN COMMUNITIES:

Senior Citizens Due for Improved Services

       NOTING THAT 20 percent of the U.S. population can be classified as “old,” and that their numbers are increasing, Bill Miller, executive director of Greater Homewood Community Corporation, kicked off a meeting on January 11 that was designed to pull together the network of services available to seniors who live in that sector of the city.

       The meeting was attended by 24 service providers representing the private, nonprofit and public sectors.

       “We have not only an obligation but a responsibility to participate in the provision of services not only to our senior residents but to those living in the external community,” said Greg Lannon, president of Roland Park Place.

       Neetu Dhawan-Gray, executive director, Commission on Aging and Retirement Education, proposed that Greater Homewood be developed as a model for a senior-friendly community by looking at every aspect of community planning from the perspective of older people.

       The group concurred that Greater Homewood already provides a wide variety of services to seniors—from the Senior Cyber Net to Action in Maturity’s regularly scheduled lunches and speaker programs—with very little duplication of effort. Nonetheless, several gaps were identified: providing better transportation, finding ways to invigorate isolated seniors, and creating for cross-cultural and multi-generational programs.

       The meeting was organized by Aimee Herring, senior outreach coordinator and AmeriCorps VISTA member at Greater Homewood Community Corporation. For information about upcoming activities, contact Ms. Herring at 410-261-3511 or herringae@aol.com.

       


Attending organizations included Action in Maturity, CARE, College of Notre Dame, First English Lutheran Church, Gallagher Mansion, Greater Homewood Interfaith Alliance, Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation, Johns Hopkins Elder Plus and Experience Corps programs, Meals on Wheels, Northern District Police District, Ss. Philip and James Church, Roland Park Place, Senior Cyber Net, Senior Network of North Baltimore, St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, Tressler Lutheran Services, Union Memorial Hospital, and the Baltimore City departments of recreation and parks, police, health and social services as well as the city’s fire marshall’s office and housing authority.


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This story was published on January 31, 2001.