Public welcome at 'Conversation on aging'
New Milford seniors and their family members are invited Nov. 8 to attend a "Town Conversation On Aging" roundtable discussion.
The event will be held at the Richmond Citizen Center, 40 Main St., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
"This discussion will give us a fresh look at the needs of our senior population," said Carolyn Haglund, director of Senior Service for the town. "I want to hear what our seniors want and feel they need."
Input gathered from the discussion will be used to assess the existing resources available in the town for seniors and to determine if there are "gaps in the service" provided, Ms. Haglund said.
Does the Senior Center need an upgrade? Do more programs need to be developed?
These are some of the questions that should be answered by this gathering, she said.
New Milford's senior population of those aged 60 and older, according to the 2010 U.S. census, was 5,093.
The population of those aged 55 to 65 was "close to 2,000," Ms. Haglund said.
The Town Council approved acceptance of the grant during its Oct. 8 meeting.
"Carolyn came to me with this request," said Mayor Pat Murphy. "The grant will allow us to focus on a particular segment of the community and refine some of the services we provide.
"It's always good to get feedback. It's good to take stock and review programs and services. It's always good to hear what people want."
Reservations to attend the event must be made by Nov. 2 by calling 860-355-6075.