Older residents who want to "age in place" and live independently in the Mount Airy area are encouraged to join the Mutual Mount Airy, which is focused on bringing the input of the community together and mapping out ways to help the group become more effective.
This group is also open for those who want to put their efforts into making the community a better place for older residents to live comfortably in their own homes. Peter Javsicas, one of the conveners of the group, has publicized a meeting on Feb. 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Hagan Amphitheater, Lutheran Theological Seminary 7301 Germantown Ave.
"[Mutual Mount Airy] is aimed at facilitating aging in place for older folks who want to stay in their own homes and live independently as long as they can," Javsicas said.
The idea of this group was created last November, between a few people who wanted to put more thought into the community and help out older residents who want to focus on providing and living independently.
"A small group began to plan for a public meeting that would help us understand the depth and breadth of interest in the neighborhood," Javsicas said. "After a few planning meetings, we held our first public meeting on December 3, 2012, at the Lovett Memorial Library."
The purpose of Mutual Mount Airy group is to help brainstorm and create plans to help older residents receive aid with household needs, as well as providing support through meeting others and making new connections.
"At the Dec. 3 meeting, 48 people attended and were invited to express their interests and concerns," Javsicas said. "Strong interest emerged for social interaction, help with “handyman” tasks, help with computers and electronics, and help with mobility and access for such things as social and cultural events, shopping and medical appointments.
Participants also expressed an interest in voicing opinions on political issues that could affect the neighborhood.
Attendees also listed several other interests," he added. "Some attendees also decided to join our Working Group."
This Working group plans to meet monthly to discuss further goals that should be met, and the public groups will be meeting monthly as well. By doing this, the group can find ways to get to know each other and to help each other better.
"We want to create a better quality of life in our neighborhood that is less dependent on the usual buying and selling of goods and services," Javsicas said. "We believe that through mutual aid we can have better answers to both the issues of daily living and the hunger for a richer experience of fellowship with our neighbors.”