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Bradford Sets Meeting on Care for Aging Residents

Bradford, Vt. — A group of residents is looking for ways to help its elderly community members and to develop a plan of action to assist the town’s aging population.

Dennis McCullough, a professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and author of My Mother, Your Mother , and registered nurse Laurie Harding will speak next Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Bradford Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ.

“Particularly here in Vermont, where our aging demographic is significant, communities are vital in caring for each other,” said the Rev. Karen Lipinczyk, of the congregational church, whose Board of Mission and Social Action is sponsoring the event. With families living farther apart, it can be harder to organize care for aging family members, Lipinczyk said. Churches traditionally would take on the task but are no longer able to. “Churches, for lots of reasons, are no longer filling that central community caring role that they used to at one time,” Lipinczyk said.

At a recent Bradford Interfaith Council meeting, representatives from the four churches in Bradford discussed how they could help each other fill that caregiver void.The council, another sponsor of the upcoming meeting, have already discussed how to be conduits for connecting caregivers with information, such as tips on selected an assisted living center and coordinating rides to medical appointments. “The long range goal is to help people stay healthier longer,” Lipinczyk said.

— Liz Sauchelli