Dr. Joan MacCracken, author of “The Winter House: A Season of Sharing,” will be joined by Joe Perkins of Washington Hancock Community Agency for a presentation about aging in place Tuesday, July 28, at 7 p.m. at Stockton Springs Community Library, 6 Station St.

MacCracken is a retired pediatrician who specialized in pediatric endocrinology and practiced in Bangor for 23 years. Since childhood, she enjoyed telling and writing stories. Her first book, “The Sun, the Rain, and the Insulin: Growing Up With Diabetes,” published in 1996, described a special family camp that operated at Hersey Retreat in Stockton Springs for 13 years.

In 2005, MacCracken adapted a Nicaraguan folk tale to create the book “Trisba and Sula,” which was awarded Best Bilingual Children’s Book by Skipping Stone Magazine. MacCracken also edited and published “Cracked Marbles,” a collection of Maine stories by the late Dr. Tom Palmer of Bangor. For the past six years, she has continued her passion for writing by producing the quarterly Brooksville Breeze.

For five years, MacCracken has been on the steering committee of the At Home Downeast program, a volunteer organization to assist elders to thrive and stay at home for as long as safely possible. Her community involvement in the At Home Downeast program stimulated her to think about the folks who prefer to remain in their homes, called aging in place. She has read widely on various home-sharing initiatives and is delighted to share this information with others … and the subject inspired her novel.

Using “The Winter House” as a backdrop, the author will present some of the demographics facing senior citizens in our communities. What are some new options to look forward to? How might one think about the alternatives to facing years of living alone? As a staunch supporter of aging in place, MacCracken hopes to raise awareness of this topic.

Everyone is welcome to Dr. MacCracken’s presentation. Light refreshments will be served. The program is free, although donations are welcome. Books signed by the author will be available. For more information, visit stocktonspringslibrary.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.