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]
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.
Meals on Wheels available through Spectrum Generations
Under new guidelines, more people now qualify for the home-delivered meal program
Augusta, Maine – With the emergence of COVID-19 some of the federal and state rules for who qualifies for Meals on Wheels have been temporarily changed, and now, anyone over the age of 60 who is practicing social distancing can receive meals throughout Spectrum Generations’ service territory. Disabled adults living with someone receiving meals are also eligible temporarily.
Meals typically would go to older adults who struggle physically to obtain and prepare their own food, people who have chronic conditions, those recovering from medical procedures, and some who don't have their own transportation. Prior to COVID-19, Spectrum Generations was serving 800 people on the program, including those receiving food through two subcontractors. Prior to the pandemic, the organization had seen such a high need that there was also a waitlist nearing 300 people.
Through the generous increased funding from federal and state governments, as well as support from individual donors, grants from Harvard Pilgrim, United Way of Kennebec Valley, and Maine Community Foundation, and a large donation from Central Maine Power, the waitlist has been cleared and Spectrum Generations can now serve even more people. Persons over the age of 60, living in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Somerset, and Waldo Counties, or the towns of Brunswick and Harpswell, who wish to receive Meals on Wheels, call 1.800.639.1553, between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to speak with a staff member.
The Spectrum Generations’ Meals on Wheels program is deemed an essential service, and staff who usually have duties in other departments now closed have been redeployed to help support the nutrition program.
Volunteers are essential as well – with a current roster of about 100 people, that need will also increase as demand for Meals on Wheels increases and delivery routes are added. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Jessica Bucklin at 620-1684. All volunteers will be screened and begin a background check process, but will be provided with appropriate PPE for their role, whether it be preparing, packing, or delivering Meals on Wheels.
All Adult Day programs will be closed temporarily as of today, Friday, April 3, and remain closed through the pandemic.
Staff have provided consumers with take-home packets for activities, and will be calling routinely to check in on them.
Spectrum Generations offers services that ARE considered ESSENTIAL by the State of Maine DHHS and OADS and we will therefore continue to operate Meals on Wheels, Adult Day programs, community case management, and In-Home Supports.
These services will not be impacted by today's Governor’s Executive Order closing non-essential public facing businesses.
Volunteers continue to be needed in our Meals on Wheels program; if you're able to support us, please email [email protected] - thank you!
As of March 23, 2020, all Spectrum Generations Community and Resource Centers remain closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All center activities, events, and meetings, and congregate dining is cancelled for the foreseeable future.
Essential services: Meals on Wheels, In-Home Care (Personal Support Specialists), Adult Day, and Case Management are continuing.
Volunteers are greatly needed for Meals on Wheels at this time - please email [email protected]
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During this time, we – like many others – continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and have been preparing to continue essential services including Meals on Wheels, Adult Day, and In-Home Care for the past few weeks. We know that as the situation remains in flux, our ability to deliver these services may be impacted but we have already implemented a number of contingencies and as of today, we are strong in our mission and remain dedicated to providing services to those who remain most in need.
Some of the changes we have implemented across our sites:
- All community and resource centers, and our Home Office, are closed to the public.
- All activities, meetings, and events, are cancelled until further notice.
- We have implemented strict daily screenings at each location for staff, volunteers, and vendors/delivery persons.
- Our Adult Day locations in Belfast, Hallowell, Skowhegan, and Waterville remain open, to serve the needs of our consumers with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities, and persons with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
- Meals on Wheels – which are prepared, packaged, and distributed from our two commercial kitchens in Hallowell and Waterville – remains fully operational.
- Our kitchen staff and nutrition teams are well-versed in food safety and remain vigilant in cleaning and sanitation processes.
- Personal Support Specialists who provide in-home care remain in the field, caring for the needs of individuals whose primary care providers often work in hospitals and the healthcare system, or are otherwise unable to remain home at this time.
- Case Management continues to be provided in our communities. Rep Payee consumers continue to be supported.
- All volunteers have been contacted individually to explain impacts and new processes (i.e., screenings, one point of entry at each location).
Right now, Meals on Wheels recipients are safe in their homes, receiving these nutritious meals and safety checks from our incredible volunteers, but we need your help to ensure our ability to continue providing this service as long as COVID-19 remains a high-risk to this population.
Please donate to our Emergency Fund today – share this email with friends and others in our community. All donations are tax-deductible.
Spectrum Generations will be closing all community and resource centers, beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.
Older adults are identified as the highest risk population group for becoming seriously ill from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). In an effort to address rising concerns as they relate to our primary service recipients, all activities, meetings, services including congregate dining, and events have been cancelled until further notice.
Our Adult Day Programs – operating in Belfast, Hallowell, Waterville, and Skowhegan will remain open.
At this time, Meals on Wheels program will not be impacted and volunteers who support this crucial program are asked to continue doing so as long as they are not symptomatic or have reason to believe they may have come into contact with an infected persons.
Spectrum Generations’ Senior Management Team will continue to monitor the situation closely, and working with community, state, and federal partners will make additional decisions quickly and proactively as necessary.
Volunteer work has not been impacted at this point and we still need you! Each volunteer will be notified individually regarding any potential changes to their schedule.
Until further notice, one point of entry will be designated at all locations for any vendors, deliveries, and visitors; each person entering Spectrum Generations locations, including staff, will be screened immediately.
Please continue to visit spectrumgenerations.org and our Facebook page for timely updates.
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
Spectrum Generations hosted the 7th Annual Celebrity Chef Challenge, raising funds in effort to support Meals on Wheels
Hallowell, ME – On Monday, August 12, three chefs competed in the 7th Annual Celebrity Chef Challenge, held at Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Community Center in Hallowell. The event raised over $16,500 in support of the organization’s programs and services, including Meals on Wheels.
Chris Hart, of The Blaine House, won both the judges’ and people’s choice awards with his winning dish of roasted garlic and thyme marinated bistro steak with chimichurri, zucchini, potato, and gruyere gratin with wilted chard and cabbage. The dish will be incorporated into the organization’s Meals on Wheels program, which serves of 225,000 meals annually throughout central and midcoast Maine. Competing chefs Chris Geer, executive chef at the Tuscan Brick Oven Bistro in Freeport, and Elisha Irland, chef and owner of The Oak Table and Bar in Augusta, both put forth tasty dishes utilizing the donated beef, Swiss chard, potatoes, zucchini and summer squash, all of which are commonly utilized ingredients in the Meals on Wheels program.
Gerard Queally, President & CEO of Spectrum Generations said, “For seven years we’ve been hosting this event and I think this is the best ever. To have the community of individuals and business leaders step up to support our efforts in addressing the nutrition needs of homebound adults speaks volumes. Meals on Wheels is a vital program to many of Maine’s older adults, and we are proud to be able to continue supporting our mission of keeping them safe and aging in place.”
All of the produce was donated from farms in Lincoln County: Brown’s Farm (Nobleboro), Goranson Farm (Dresden), and Veggies to Table on the Oui Farm (Newcastle), with the gleaning donation being coordinated by the Lincoln County Gleaners. The dinner was sponsored by Central Maine Power, with additional support provided by Fiore Oils and Vinegars, Vital I/O, and Bernstein Shur.
For more information and to view a video of the event, please click here.
Spectrum Generations, the Central Maine Area Agency on Aging and Disability Resource Center, will be hosting its 17th Annual Golf Fore a Cause Tournament to be held on Friday, June 21 at the Brunswick Golf Club (recently named 2019 “Small Business of the Year” by SMMC). This year’s event will benefit the current Meals on Wheels waitlist. Participants will tee off at 1:00 p.m., spend the day on the course, and transition into the evening with a homestyle BBQ and live music around the fire pit. The cost is $125 /individual, $450/team and includes 18 holes with cart, bagged lunch (catered by Cohen on the Meadows), homestyle BBQ dinner, awards, contests for longest drive, accuracy drive, putting and hole-in-one contest for a chance to win $5,000. New this year, for $25 you can join us for just the dinner portion of the event. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
There are various sponsorship levels available which offer a great way for businesses or individuals to generate positive publicity from their association with our tournament. For event information visit www.spectrumgenerations.org/golf. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor contact Sarah Brown at [email protected] or call 620-1677.
The grant will focus on bringing much-needed education and awareness to the state’s rural areas
Healthy Living for ME – a partnership between three Area Agencies on Aging: Spectrum Generations, SeniorsPlus, and Aroostook Agency on Aging – has recently been awarded a 3-year, $450,000 grant to expand and promote classes which focus on falls prevention for older adults.
Gerard Queally, President & CEO of lead grant applicant Spectrum Generations said, “Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans, but falling is not an inevitable part of aging. These falls prevention classes are proven to help older adults reduce their risk of falling and we are thrilled to be receiving this funding to continue working with our partners throughout Maine to offer the education, resources, and skills they provide.”
Falls prevention classes, like A Matter of Balance, emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.
Healthy Living for ME currently provides a single-point of entry to a statewide network of workshops that empower adults to address and better manage their health issues. Workshops offered focus on improving balance and preventing falls as well as those which focus on helping adults manage chronic conditions – including high blood pressure, chronic pain, heart disease, COPD, arthritis, and diabetes.
A full listing of workshops available in throughout Maine and searchable by zip code, can be found online at www.healthylivingforme.org or call 1-800-620-6036 for more information.