PKS Council on Aging Meeting Minutes – August 2022 (Initial Meeting)

three seniors sitting outside on lawn furniture talking

Thank you to all of you who are following the development and implementation of this effort within PKS as described in the August issue of the Shoreline.

Recap of Our First Meeting

We held our first meeting at Town Hall on August 16, 2022 at 3 p.m.

Ten people contributed to a lively discussion and confirmed our commitment (re) building a sense of community where neighbors know each other, help each other, and everyone is respectful and civil to each other. 

We are specifically focused on the roles seniors play in this community and to making life a bit better/easier for these individuals.

We share the need to help our neighbors cope with issues that pose barriers to living comfortably in PKS and aging in place.

We agreed to call ourselves the PKS Council on Aging.

While we may invite individuals with recognized expertise on specific topics to lead seminars/workshops, our goal is to make aware – or create – workable plans that have a measurable impact on the well being of our citizens.

We will take a ‘hands on’ approach to solutions.

Most Critical Topics

There is a long list of needs. These examples represent only a few of the issues highlighted in the May survey:

  • Increasing awareness of permit requirements and providing help understanding building codes before construction begins.
  • Fulfilling help needs for small home projects, e.g., changing a light bulb, lawn maintenance, repair.
  • Increasing awareness of transportation options and adding options for doctor visits, pharmacy pick-ups, social events, etc.
  • We recognize that we may need the help of specific agencies throughout the county as well as HOAs operating within PKS to fulfill our goals.

Future Meetings

All meetings will be held on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the PKS Town Hall. All are welcomed.

Please mark your calendars for 2022:

Looking Ahead to September

For the upcoming September meeting, each member was asked to read through the open-ended responses to the 1-question survey to become familiar with the words used by residents to describe their needs.

Each should be prepared to share the 1-2 issues that most interested them and outline how they would address the need. It’s o.k. if people pick the same topic.

Discussions with others – members, neighbors, families – is encouraged.

By working together – discussing each project as a group, agreeing on solution(s), implementing a plan into the community, publicizing the benefits – I’m confident we can (re)instill the sense of community that many believe has eroded over time and positively impact lifestyles. We can make a difference!

Official Document

Download a copy of the official PKS Council on Aging Meeting Agenda and Minutes for August 2022.

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