In 2004, the leadership of Montgomery County’s senior centers and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (MCAAS) recognized the challenge that lies before them and undertook a yearlong project of serious, well-informed research into the status, needs and opportunities that exist for the leading-edge baby boomer generation and current residents who are 60 or older.
Assembling an innovative public/private partnership involving MCAAS and project funders from local foundations including the North Penn Community Health Foundation, the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, Montgomery County Foundation, Inc., Claniel Foundation and Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation, the BoomerANG Project began a yearlong planning and visioning process engaging businesses, faith groups, educators, civic groups, human services organizations, government and citizens in each of Montgomery County’s five regions.
The project investigated, at both countywide and regional levels, the programs and services those senior centers or other community based organizations should provide in the next decade. Related to this was a need for many senior centers to understand how their organizations must adapt, how current facilities must be reconfigured and how community partnerships must be created to meet these needs. As an innovative an proactive strategic plan to deal with the growth and aging of Montgomery County’s population, the project combined best practices from a variety of community development, business development and service delivery models.
The funders engaged two nationally recognized consulting organizations to conduct an extensive analysis, review and assessment of the 10 MCAAS-supported senior centers in Montgomery County, and to recommend an appropriate and responsive strategy for the county’s changing circumstances, needs and opportunities. The project was supervised by a Steering Committee representing the funders, major senior center directors and leading advocates.
Read the results of this effort including the major findings and major recommendations by downloading the full report here.