Board Review of Revised Draft Plan
The Board will begin consideration of the draft Community for a Lifetime: CA’s Comprehensive Plan for Serving Older Adults at its March 13 meeting. This plan is the result of extensive engagement with the public including comments received at and following the January public meetings on the previous draft of the report. All comment received during that period are are paired with a response in the Comment and Response Document.
Video of January 13 Public Meeting (NOTE: A limited number of DVDs of the presentation are available upon request. Please contact CA's Communication Department at Communications@ColumbiaAssociation.org.)
Work Team Developing a Comprehensive Plan for Serving Older Adults
For more than a year, a Columbia Association (CA) work team has been developing a Comprehensive Plan for Serving the Older Adult Community. Now the work team has released its draft plan recommendations - and is seeking the community's feedback.
A pair of public meetings were held on Jan. 13. CA staff has also prepared a comment sheet to gain ideas and suggestions from participants. Links to the draft recommendations, and the comment sheet, are available toward the top of this page.
Following the comment period, CA will prepare a revised draft that will be reviewed for approval by the CA Board of Directors. Over the course of this project, CA has used a number of different avenues to identify older adults' needs in Columbia. The community input has included public meetings and small group discussions, an intercept survey of older adults, and a statistically valid telephone survey of the older adult community. In addition, CA project staff reviewed a number of recent studies, surveys and reports that also address the needs and desires of the older adult community.
CA held an open house on May 29, attended by more than 150 people. A presentation and reports from that meeting, as well as feedback from attendees, are posted below.
- Older Adult Open House Presentation (NOTE: A limited number of DVDs of the presentation are available upon request. Please contact CA's Communication Department at Communications@ColumbiaAssociation.org.)
- Leadership Howard County's Presentation
- Older Adult Open House Voting Results
- Older Adult Open House Video
What is Columbia Association seeking to accomplish?
Columbia Association (CA) is looking into how best to serve the older adult community in the future as its population grows, potentially evolving the programs and services that CA offers for older adults.
Demographic and census data show that the older adult population is the fastest growing segment of the community. CA wants to make sure that it has the right programs and the right services available.
Will this focus on older adults come at the expense of other groups?
No. CA understands that there are lots of segments of the community that it needs to serve well, and has long sought to serve as part of its mission of making Columbia a great place to live, work, play, learn and grow.
What will the process entail?
CA has brought together a work team that includes CA staff, a village community association representative and members of CA's Senior Advisory Committee. It will also be consulting with local experts on serving older adults, including community agencies and medical experts.
CA will be examining local, regional and national best practices and trends relating to the aging population or that impact older adults; documenting CA's and the county's services, facilities and programs that serve older adults, and the marketing and promotion of these; and then looking at developing new programs and amenities in the county for older adults seeking to age in place based on this analysis.
This will ultimately lead to a draft of a plan recommending how to enhance and promote CA's programs, facilities and services, while also prioritizing any potential changes. This plan would come before the community and the CA Board of Directors for input before implementation.
How can I get involved?
The meetings of the work team are open to the public, and there will be other opportunities for public participation as well, which will be announced in the future.
Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Materials
Work Team Charter, signed by CA President Phil Nelson
Anticipated Meeting Schedule
- March 19
Feb. 12, 2014 Work Team Meeting
Jan. 22, 2014 Work Team Meeting