Times they are a-changin’ and not in a good way

NORTH READING Come meet the new active age generation and understand what it means to everyone if they leave the town.

The Age-Friendly Team will be presenting results from the town survey of which an astounding 1,400 North Reading residents and stakeholders participated. The guest speaker will be Dr. Caitlin Coyle from the UMass Boston Center, Social and Demographic Research. Additionally, local resident Rich Wallner will provide a 10-year perspective and action plan on this topic.

“It is time to rip off the Band-aid and change the conversation. The new generation of rising seniors demands an active living environment, or they will be leaving our town, and in record numbers. If this were to occur, the mass exodus would be devastating to our schools financially and would be a significant loss in the goodwill and skills that they have acquired that we need as a community to thrive,” said Wallner.

Fastest growing demographic in state

North Reading stands out in Massachusetts as having the fastest growing senior demographic with two out of five current residents reaching age 60 by 2030. “But without a concerted and committed effort on our part, we are at risk of losing them and all that we have built as a community,” Wallner believes. “The good news is we now have significant data to back up an action plan and time to do it.”

Attend the presentation to learn more about this important topic.

When: Thursday, Oct 28. Doors open at 6 p.m. Presentation from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: North Reading Middle/High School Distance Learning Lab (masks are required inside North Reading Public Schools).

Listen in

NORCAM Verizon 24 or Comcast 22

ZOOM Meeting ID: 860 3126 2606 or https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86031262606

For additional information, contact: Rich Wallner at richwallner1@gmail.com.