Representatives from Arrowsic, Georgetown, West Bath, Phippsburg, Woolwich and Bath will meet to brainstorm ideas for making their communities more “age-friendly” next Thursday, March 22 at 6 p.m., at the Bath Police Department conference room.

The task before the steering committee is to determine the next step in the process of preparing each community to do what’s needed for its older citizens. The committee was created during two well-attended meetings in January and February in which as many as 40 people showed up to hear three presenters outline what their communities are doing to make them more “age friendly.”

They learned, for example, that North Yarmouth’s “Living Well” program received a grant to acquire “Knox-boxes,” which are installed over the main entry and allow emergency personnel to enter a home without a key. They also learned about Harpswell’s “Aging at Home” initiative and how they developed a “Cooking with Friends” and a “Lunch with Friends” program to lessen loneliness and isolation.

Georgetown’s age-friendly program has just started and can be accessed at Bath Housing’s “Comfortably Home” program aims to eliminate or lessen the incidences of falling. It offers free services to residents 60 years old and older.

Organizer of the past events, Ruth Lawson-Stopps, said at the end of the February meeting that the purpose of the March 22 steering committee meeting is to answer the question of “What’s next?” Lawson-Stopps said she has had a great concern for what the local community is like for people with disabilities, an aging population that continues to increase with the rising ages of the baby boomers.

“I think we have to deal with the subject in advance, before it’s too late,” Lawson-Stopps said. “The steering committee will determine what the next step will be.”

Bob Kalish can be reached at [email protected].