A York County group is using a $6 million endowment to enhance the qualify of life for older adults - especially as the baby boomers begin to retire.

Known as the Hahn Home endowment, the money is funding the York County Community Foundation's Embracing Aging Initiative. The fund was created in 2007 from the proceeds of the sale of the Hahn Home for Women on South George Street, which closed after a 2003 fire.

The committee steering the initiative will release a report next week that explores ways to help York County improve its housing, government and transportation services for older adults.

"This issue doesn't just affect people who provide services for older adults," said Jane Conover, the foundation's vice president of community investment. "We need to get new people to the table."

That's where the Livable Communities Collaborative comes in.

The foundation announced Tuesday that York County is one of six communities in the U.S. to be chosen by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging to work together on aging issues. The collaborative is funded by the MetLife Foundation.

The other communities selected to participate in the collaborate are Bellevue, Wash., Larimer County, Colo., Miami Gardens, Fla., Monroe County, N.Y. and Sedgwick County, Kan.

Though the selection does not include funding, the York County Community Foundation's initiative will receive technical assistance and networking opportunities.

"We're hoping it's going to bring more visibility and potentially more resources," Conover said.


- Reach Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.

If You Go:

A discussion of the York County Community Foundation's Embracing Aging Initiative report is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17 during the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's Founders' Lecture and Luncheon, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the main classroom building at Penn State York. Tickets, which include lunch. are $30 for institute members and $35 for non-members.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (717) 771-4015 or email olli@yk.psu.edu. The deadline for purchase is Friday.