Chelsea has been designated by the American Association of Retired Persons as Maine’s 83rd age-friendly community.

The work that happens within the network — which is a program within the larger AARP Livable Communities initiative — is hands-on and locally determined and directed, according to a news release from the town office.

Chelsea’s Age-Friendly Committee has been providing monthly senior luncheons that include guest speakers, food and social atmosphere. A walking group for all ages meets three times a week to exercise and make connections. Coming this summer are concerts featuring local performers will be held on the second Monday of every month beginning May 9.

The Selectboard has shown support for the list of events and is anxious to see other activities added as development at Butternut Park and the Town Office continues.

Chelsea’s residents are encouraged to offer suggestions on events and to get involved with the Age-Friendly Committee.

The common thread among the enrolled communities and states is the belief that the places where people live are more livable, and better able to support people of all ages, when local leaders commit to improving the quality of life for the very young, the very old, and everyone in between.

For more information, to share an event suggestion and to get involved, contact the Town of Chelsea at 207-582-4802 or [email protected].

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