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COVID-19 Briefing #7 (5.13.20) – Resilient Senior Living

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Gathering Ground’s Statewide Conversations — COVID-19 Response

Call #7 – May 13, 2020

Topic: Resilient Senior Living During COVID-19

Guest speaker #1: Michael Oakes, Senior Vice President – Springpoint Senior Living Foundation

Guest speaker #2: Janet Sharma, Coordinator – Age-Friendly Englewood

Resources shared by speakers and participants during the call include:

  • Affordable Housing Resources across the state
  • Food, drug and supplies resources
  • Ideas for reducing isolation among seniors
  • Activities and Arts resources for seniors
  • Affordable house maintenance and repair services
  • Information about starting age-friendly coalitions in your town or city
  • Resources from foundations supporting age-friendly efforts


Download the full summary and resources links here.

“Thank you for hosting Communities in Conversation. Having the opportunity to build new partnerships, share resources and problem solve with such a wide variety of community stakeholders was remarkable! The framework and format used created a truly valuable experience for everyone. I look forward to participating in future events like this.”

– Jaime L. Angelini, MA, DRCC, AMTP, Statewide Director of Disaster Services and Special Projects at the Mental Health Association