Friday, May 31, 2019

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Age Friendly Raymond (AFR) is sincerely grateful to St. Joseph’s College (SJC) Professor Dr. John Kenneally and his Marketing 302 students, who partnered with us to provide the review and analysis of our community assessment survey this past semester.

The goal of Age Friendly Raymond is to enable residents, organizations and businesses to actively participate in community activities and to respectfully interact with each other regardless of age.  We are part of a national network of communities committed to supporting the ability to stay in our homes as we age while building community alliances with multiple generations of residents. The Age Friendly process requires use of a community assessment to understand what residents see as needed in order to age in place.  The survey was held in the summer of 2018. We recognized that an independent analysis of the survey results was needed to ensure unbiased results.   

Through existing relationships with St. Joseph’s College, AFR collaborated with Dr. Kenneally’s Marketing class to evaluate the responses.  This provided the students with real world data and AFR with unbiased survey results at no cost to the all–volunteer Age Friendly Raymond group.  A preliminary presentation was provided by the students to the AFR Steering Committee; additionally, a high-level recap was presented to the Raymond Select Board.

The assistance provided by St. Joseph’s College with this important project was invaluable to our efforts. We enjoyed working with John and his students, and everyone benefited from the interactions. The students represented St. Joseph’s very well.  We look forward to additional partnerships and working with SJC’s newly launched Institute of Integrative Aging.  The final report is available on the Age Friendly Raymond website and Facebook page.

Thank you again for the quality of this important work!

Laurie Wallace
Susan Moore
Co-Chairs, Age Friendly Raymond Steering Committee

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