The Age-Friendly Berkshires Vision 2020 Initiative is ramping up this spring to convene community stakeholders and to host a number of events.
Celeste Reoller Harp, program manager for Age-Friendly Berkshires, is currently convening an Active Agers Advisory Council of people age 50 and up; as well as task force groups to address the following areas: Outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, community support and health services. To get involved, email Celeste.Harp@berkshirehisc.com or call 413-442-0907.
There are also several upcoming events happening under the Age-Friendly Berkshires umbrella:
Aging in Place Forums
Hosted by Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and Age-Friendly Berkshires, the forums are free and open to the public, to discuss barriers to aging at home and in the community and to identify potential solutions.
• March 31, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Froio Senior Center, 330 North St., Pittsfield.
• March 31, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Adams Visitors Center, 3 Hoosac St., Adams.
• April 1, 10 a.m. to noon, Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.
Info: Allison Hope, firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-442-1521, ext. 37.
Senior Speed Dating
This new program will launch in April at Home Instead Senior Care, 66 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. It is designed for adults ages 70 and up. Get to know a variety of interesting people in a series of 5-minute chats and enjoy light refreshments. This program is free but space is limited and registration is required and can be done by calling 413-442-0907.
Age of Disruption Tour
On Tuesday, May 17, at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, meet Dr. Bill Thomas, author, performer and international authority on geriatric medicine and elder care. He'll be joined by musical guest, Nate Silas Richardson, and feature the documentary film, "Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory."
The tour includes a community workshop called, "Disrupt Dementia" from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., followed by a presentation, "Aging: Life's Most Dangerous Game," from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 per event. Info: drbillthomas.org.