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Event scheduled to identify existing resources, strategies to fill service gaps for seniors

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 9:22 p.m. CDT

MORRIS – What amenities and services does Grundy County need for our senior citizens to lead full and productive retirements? What would you as a senior like to see in our community?

Two “Age in Place” experts will be in Morris on Oct. 1 to help answer these questions and give guidance to our community’s leaders, according to a news release from the Community Foundation of Grundy County.

The event is “Challenges of the Future: Is Grundy County a Retirement-Friendly Community?” It will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Living Water Church, 118 E. Jefferson, Morris. The event is being organized by the Community Foundation.

Guest speakers will be Dr. Lisa Hollis-Sawyer, Gerontology Program coordinator at Northeastern Illinois University, and Lucia Jones, executive director of the Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging.

“We have a number of topic- and age-specific networks in Grundy County [children, business and education, planning officials, nonprofits] but we’re missing a network of agencies who serve our county’s senior citizens, so we’ve begun convening one,” Julie Buck, executive director for the Community Foundation, said in the news release. “We first met in July. Now we’ll meet again Sept. 18 and then host this event Oct. 1 to jump-start the brainstorming part of the network with the goal of building partnerships to identify existing resources and strategies to fill service gaps. Convening stakeholders like this helps us be strategic about our grantmaking to improve our county’s quality of life.”

The next meeting of the Grundy Senior Network is at 1 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Grundy County Administration Center, 1320 Union St. in Morris. Agencies and organizations who serve seniors are all invited to attend. Call 815-941-0852 or email to RSVP for either event.

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