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North Adams Adopts Age-Friendly Strategy

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North Adams has adopted a new strategy to deal with the growing elderly population in the city. 

Mayor Richard Alcombright says North Adams needs to take a good, hard look at improving the physical and social environment for its elderly.

“For us it really is more of a pledge to make certain that anything we do around buildings, around infrastructure, around programming, we look at how that impacts all age groups but specifically in this case our seniors and our elderly,” Alcombright says.

The motion follows a plan from the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to address the countywide concern that nearly 25 percent of residents are at least 60.

The city has allocated $342,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to begin a two-part overhaul of the Mary Spitzer Senior Center.

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