There’s No Place Like Home Resources for Aging In Place And Community Workshops, Panel Discussions & Conversations Hosted By Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center At The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints In Damariscotta
|Sep 12, 2013|
Save this date and learn how to use your home to stay at home. Knowledge opens the door to independent living: resources for downsizing and aging in place, September 12, 2013. Hosted by Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center and held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Belvedere Road in Damariscotta from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The focus of Spectrum Generations Second Annual Aging in Place and Community Symposium will be Staying at Home: Sustainable Planning and Downsizing for Thriving in Place and Community as One Ages.
According to an AARP study: “Most older adults want to age in place. According to a 2010 AARP survey, nearly 90% of those community members over 65 want to stay in their residence for as long as possible, and 80% believe their current residence is where they will always live. “Aging in Place” is “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. Aging in place offers numerous benefits to older adults including satisfaction, health and self-esteem, all of which are key to successful aging.
Do you or your loved ones know what is needed to be able to successfully age in place? This one day Aging in Place Symposium will connect you to a variety of experts who will help you become familiar with and understand key issues such as downsizing from both a practical and emotional perspective, including getting rid of one’s stuff, emotional right-sizing, downsizing for retirement, stay at home resources and technology, universal design, preparing for your next chapter, the marketplace (real estate) and what an ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Center) is all about. If you are looking for resources in order to plan for changes in your life as you are, or if you are currently an elder or elder caregiver in need of answers, this symposium is for you. Learn how you can use your home to stay at home. Learn about many of the resources that are available within your community for making your home your friend and partner for life.
To conclude the day’s activities, at 3:30 p.m. there will be a community conversation about assessing our communities for livability and aging in place moderated by Jessica Mauer, Executive Director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Sharing the conversation with Jessica will be: Dr. Charles Cogan, Economist & Professor, Muskie School, USM; Mary Ellen Barnes, Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission; Stanley Waltz, Code Enforcement Officer; Ron Orenstein, Damariscotta Selectperson; William Byrnes, Senior Broker, Newcastle Square Reality Associates and Matt Teare, Grown Smart Maine Board Member and Seacoast Management. The concept of livable communities calls attention to the ways the physical, economic and social infrastructure of cities, towns and villages can promote or hinder older residents’ ability to age in place. Aging in place has the potential to benefit not only older adults, but also their families, their communities, and their governments. Be a part of the conversation, come with your questions and participate in this thought provoking conversation about the sustainability of aging in place within our community.
There will be a lunch break between 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. Healthy boxed lunches prepared the the Elder Care Network of Lincoln County’s culinary staff can be pre-ordered. The cost per person is $7. Boxed lunches must be ordered by Thursday, September 5. To place your order call 563-1363.
It’s all about refashioning one’s place in time by downsizing one’s life ever remembering that one can live without all of that stuff! For more information, a brochure and to register call 563-1363, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center at 521 Main Street in Damariscotta or the Knox Community Center at 61 Park Street in Rockland.
Transportation to and from the Knox Community Center provided by Coastal Trans. Call 596-0339 to reserve your seat. Seating is limited to 15 riders
This community based and planned symposium for “all generations” is free and open to the public because of the financial support from the businesses and non-profit organizations listed above as well as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for permitting us to use their Meetinghouse - Bridges Home Care, a Division of Spectrum Generations; CEI—Coastal Enterprises INC.; Cheney Insurance & Newcastle Square Realty Associates; Colby & Gale; Griffin Law Offices and Schooner Title; Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice Pen Bay Healthcare; Lincoln County Healthcare MaineHealth; Mid-Coast Energy Systems, Inc.; Strong-Hancock Funeral Home; and The Highlands.