City looks to future of aging population

SOUTH PORTLAND — The South Portland City Council has taken the first step in what is expected to be a years-long process aimed at assuring all elderly residents are able to age in place safely, with dignity and can live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

At its May 22 scheduling workshop, the council agreed to a future discussion on a proposal by Councilor Maxine Beecher to create an ad hoc senior citizens advisory committee.

Under a new process being used by the council, Beecher submitted a workshop proposal form to raise the issue. Because that form had a pair of names attached as cosponsors, it automatically had the second it needed for discussion, and the remainder of the council readily agreed it was a worthy topic for a future workshop. Mayor Patti Smith said it could make the schedule for a first hearing as soon as August

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