Stay up to date on Spectrum Generations and the latest news on aging in place. For all media inquiries, please contact the Community Engagement Officer Stephanie Hanner at [email protected]
In light of the recent Blackbaud data breach, which many nonprofits use to process online donations and manage donor information, we want to ensure the supporters of Spectrum Generations that we have not been affected by this; we do not use Blackbaud or their products. Further, we do not store credit care or other financial information when you make a donation to us.
You can make secure donations to Spectrum Generations online at http://spectrumgenerations.org/donate
We greatly appreciate the support of our community in helping us fulfill our mission to serve the needs of older and disabled adults throughout central and midcoast Maine.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month and serves as a reminder that vaccines are not just for kids! All adults should have their vaccination needs assessed at their doctor’s office, or through visits with other healthcare providers. All adults need vaccinations to protect against serious diseases that could result in severe illness requiring medical treatment or even hospitalization, missed work, and not being able to care for family.
· Adults 60 years and older are recommended to receive the shingles vaccine.
· Adults 65 and older are recommended to receive one or more pneumococcal vaccines.
· Some adults younger than 65 years with certain high-risk conditions are also recommended to receive one or more pneumococcal vaccinations.
Certain vaccines are recommended based on a person’s age, occupation, or health conditions (such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes or heart disease). Speak with your doctor or preferred healthcare professional to learn about which vaccines are recommended for you and the steps you can take to get up to date.
As COVID-19 began to emerge across the United States, and eventually into Maine, many across our state worried how they, and their loved ones would fare. All of Maine’s Area Agencies on Aging closed to the public, but services – most notably Meals on Wheels – remained open.
To accommodate the diverse needs of Maine’s older and disabled adults who were among the highest risk, services were expanded and modified; new volunteers were welcomed into each Area Agency on Aging to support ongoing needs; community partners stepped in to provide additional financial assistance and offer a variety of supports.
Today, as Maine is cautiously returning to pre-pandemic levels, we are pleased to share statistics showing how we collectively focused our efforts on meeting the needs of vulnerable and older Mainers.
You can now check out the latest edition of Spectrum Generations' Wicked Aging Newsletter online here!
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Spectrum Generations wants to ensure those who are new to Medicare, or want to review their plans, have information needed to make an educated decision on what is best for hem. Since many throughout the state of Maine are socially distancing themselves, we have created an online Medicare 101 training video that you can watch from the comfort of your own home.
Visit spectrumgenerations.org/medicare; you will need to enter basic information including your name and email address, and then a new window will open. Use the play button to begin the video.
Call our Helpline if you have questions about Medicare, at 1.800.639.1553.
Elder Abuse Awareness Month is highlighted during June, and presents a time to recognize the ways many seniors are being abused, provide education on signs to look for, and share resources if someone you care about may be in danger.
Over half a million reports of abuse of elderly Americans are made to authorities each year but it’s believed that many more instances are never reported.
Elder abuse can take place in an older person's home. Caretakers in an institution can be the perpetrators. Scam artists can get at them over the phone, via computer or at their front door. Sadly, many cases of abuse are at the hands of family.
Abuse is not always actively done with force. It can also be neglect. The senior is not fed, not kept clean or warm, not kept safe, and/or not given proper medical care.
Don't turn your back, we all need to become more aware of signs when vulnerable people are mistreated. Here are questions to consider:
- Do you see changes in personality or behavior?
- Is there noticeable tension or friction between the older person and their caregiver?
- Has the older person lost weight? This can be a sign of malnutrition or dehydration because of not being fed properly.
- Are they dirty, or are their clothes dirty?
- Are they seen wandering around on their own when they shouldn't be?
- Do you see signs of violence like bruising on wrists or other parts of the body?
Not everyone who abuses the elderly will seem like bad people. Often they are just people who can't handle the pressures and responsibilities of looking after someone who is frail and unable to take care of themselves.
If you see something that looks like abuse may be going on, you can contact the Maine Office of Elder Services at 1-800-624-8404 (Voice) 711 (Maine Relay), who can provide or arrange for services to protect incapacitated and dependent adults in danger of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Calls may be made anonymously.
As many organizations have shifted their services to reach people, so have we! Our leadership team is formulating a staged plan for reopening our community and resource centers, and we will announce those plans soon. In the interim, we are happy to share other ways you can get the information and support you may need at this time.
Our Medicare 101 session is now available virtually - through a Zoom Webinar, you can now learn some of the Medicare basics our traditional session would impart. To view the webinar, click here. You will need to enter your name and email address; once complete a new window will open and you just need to engage the play feature in the video box. If you have additional Medicare questions, our ADRC team can help: 1.800.639.1553.
Health and Wellness workshops are also available through our joint venture, Healthy Living for ME.
- Virtual Tai Chi for Health and Balance transforms the popular Tai Chi program to a virtual environment. This 16-session class can help quiet the mind with slow methodical movements that have been proven to improve balance and lessen the pain associated with arthritis.
- Better Health Now is a six-week interactive program that can be completed from the comfort of participant’s home and includes weekly support calls with a certified facilitator. Learn techniques for action planning, problem solving, decision making, and more.
If you are interested in either of these, contact Healthy Living for ME directly to register at [email protected] or by calling 1-800-620-6036.
March is National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Month, and we would like to take the opportunity to introduce you to our Case Management Team who serve these members of our communities. Spectrum Generations has 9 case managers serving 7 counties; we’re here to help you and your family navigate the many complexities of available resources.
The term “intellectual and developmental disability” may refer to a broad range of characteristics or conditions. An intellectual disability is characterized by limitations in functioning and difficulties exhibited in social and practical skills. A developmental disability is attributed to a cognitive or physical impairment that results in limitations such as self-care, language, and mobility. These conditions are often misunderstood, but what should never be in doubt is that all people have the fundamental and inherent right to be respected, valued, and accepted for the contributions they make to their families, their relationships, and their communities.
With effective and responsive coordination, Spectrum Generations’ case managers link consumers to resources, enhancing their quality of life and inclusiveness in their communities.
We are here to help:
- Follow the wishes and needs of each individual through a person-centered planning process
- Enable people to explore a full range of options
- Develop formal and informal supports
- Advocate for the interests, preferences, and dreams of the individual
- Assist individuals and families in independently coordinating their own supports and services if they so desire
- Be free from conflict of interest
- Support the development and expression of self-determination and self-advocacy
- Provide a wide range of available resources