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Three Area Agencies on Aging solidify Healthy Living for ME Joint Venture
Leaders from each organization signed paperwork today finalizing the partnership dedicated to the statewide network of workshops addressing chronic health issues and falls prevention
Healthy Living for ME – a partnership between three Area Agencies on Aging: Spectrum Generations, SeniorsPlus, and Aroostook Agency on Aging – has finalized their union as a Joint Venture, with all three organizations signing papers today at Bernstein Shur in Augusta.
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, and helping adults manage chronic conditions – including high blood pressure, chronic pain, heart disease, COPD, arthritis, and diabetes.
Joy Barresi-Saucier, Executive Director of Aroostook Agency on Aging explains the benefit as, "People from all areas of the state, both rural and urban, want and need access to programs that help them live longer and remain independent. Healthy Living for ME is an innovative network that, for the first time, will make the best wellness programs consistently available to all Mainers regardless of where they live."
President & CEO of SeniorsPlus, Betsy Sawyer-Manter spoke about the efficacy and importance of offering such workshops, saying, "Evidenced-based programs are proven effective. These are rigorously tested to ensure that they have the intended positive impact for those completing the workshops. They are both a preventative and health improvement strategy."
Continuing to highlight the importance of the partnership and future planning for Healthy Living for ME, Spectrum Generations’ President & CEO, Gerard Queally said, “We have worked diligently and in earnest with our partners SeniorsPlus and Aroostook Agency on Aging to make this come to fruition. We all see the benefit of delivering these programs in order to keep older Mainers safe, healthy, and aging in place, and our partnership is a testament to what community-based organizations can do jointly to improve healthcare in our state.”
A full listing of workshops being offered can be found online at www.healthylivingforme.org or call 1-800-620-6036 for more information.
L-to-R, Spectrum Generations President & CEO Gerard Queally, SeniorsPlus President & CEO Betsy Sawyer-Manter, and Aroostook Agency on Aging Executive Director Joy Barresi-Saucier signed paperwork today establishing the joint venture Healthy Living for ME.
Spectrum Generations offering Music and Memory program to aid those with memory issues
Hallowell, Maine – Spectrum Generations is working in partnership with LincolnHealth to provide Music and Memory to persons living in Lincoln County.
Music and Memory helps people living with a wide range of cognitive and physical challenges to find renewed joy in musical favorites. Music can help relieve boredom, empower choice, enable memory, and provide avenues for genuine communication with loved ones and caregivers. The program, offered through Spectrum Generations, is open to anyone that that experiences issues with their memory, or those affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
The expectation of the program is for participants to play music daily for 30-60 minutes for 6 months, complete 3 surveys during that time, help define a personalized playlist, and be willing to track daily use. Spectrum Generations will provide all necessary equipment for the program: MP3 player, headphones, and a personalized playlist. iPads will also be available to the first 10 caregivers that reside in Lincoln County. For more information contact Cathy Morse at Spectrum Generations by calling 1-800-639-1553.
On Saturday, September 8, three Maine chefs gathered to compete in Spectrum Generations’ 6th Annual Celebrity Chef Challenge, an annual fundraiser where they create an entrée following Meals on Wheels guidelines.
Michelle Lizotte, Executive Chef at Rusty Lantern Markets, Steve Dumas from Otto’s on the River and Aunt Gin’s, and Tim Lewis, Executive Chef at Parker Ridge, were this year’s competitors.
For the first time, the event was held at Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Community Center in Hallowell. Of the location change, President and CEO, Gerry Queally said, “We were able to invite guests into our home, and showcase all that we have to offer. The support we received from local businesses, friends, and neighbors, is a true testament to the communities we serve.”
Each competing chef was challenged to create a winning dish using provided ingredients: boneless chicken thigh, squash medley, onions, and peppers. All of the produce was donated from local sources: Merrymeeting Gleaners, Field of Greens farm in Albion, and Emery Farm in Wayne. The chefs were then required to follow Meals on Wheels guidelines, but could use their own spices, techniques, and flair.
Michelle Lizotte was named the People’s Choice Award winner, and the dish created by Steve Dumas, was named the Judges’ Choice.
Judges this year were Chris Ellis, Editor-in-Chief of Edible Maine Magazine, Chris Toole, Executive Chef at The Highlands and two-time Challenge winner, and John McGough, HHS Region One Director.
Healthy Living for ME receives $840,000 in federal funding
3-year grant award supports the expansion and sustainability of statewide network of workshops addressing chronic health issues
Statewide (Maine) – Healthy Living for ME – a partnership between three Area Agencies on Aging: Spectrum Generations, Seniors Plus, and Aroostook Agency on Aging – has recently been awarded an $840,000, 3-year grant from the Administration on Community Living (ACL).
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 and helping adults manage chronic conditions – including high blood pressure, chronic pain, heart disease, COPD, arthritis, and diabetes.
Healthy Living for ME will utilize these new grant funds over the next three years in developing, expanding, and coordinating the centralized hub for evidence-based chronic disease self-management programs including Living Well with Chronic Pain and Living Well with Diabetes. The funding of this project will also allow for the pursuit of Medicare reimbursement, for both programs, ultimately resulting in complete sustainability without additional grant support.
Lead organization Spectrum Generations’ President & CEO, Gerard Queally said, “We know that Healthy Living for ME works for Mainers; we’ve seen increased health outcomes in the two years since our last ACL grant. Having a statewide network of providers, community partners, and health systems only furthers that benefit and now presents a fortuitous opportunity for healthcare providers in Maine to work closely with community-based organizations to execute the Triple Aim. Healthy Living for ME workshops improve a person’s experience of care, the overall health of population, and reducing the per capita cost of health care, and provides lasting results.”
For more information on Healthy Living for ME services available in your area, visit www.healthylivingforme.org or call 1-800-620-6036 for more information about becoming a referral partner or host site.
About Healthy Living for ME
Healthy Living for ME brings together Spectrum Generations, Seniors Plus, and Aroostook Agency on Aging – three of Maine’s Area Agencies on Aging – in a partnership to deliver statewide chronic disease self-management and falls prevention classes. FMI or to find a class, visit: healthylivingforme.org
Maine – Spectrum Generations recently completed an accessibility and mobility project, through the generous support of a $98,000 grant from the Next Generation Foundation. The funds were used to purchase two vans for the Bridges Home Services Adult Day program and touchpad door systems at two community centers in Hallowell and Belfast.
Spectrum Generations’ President & CEO, Gerard Queally said, “This support has enabled us to make significant strides in ensuring access to our facilities by persons with limited mobility, and greatly enhanced the opportunity to bring our Adult Day participants out into their communities. It has been a thrilling project to be involved with and our clients are thrilled as well!”
Spectrum Generations purchased two vans with the funds, both offering wheelchair lift service, and modified seating arrangements so that a number of participants from the Adult Day program with varying spatial requirements can join in community outings. The vans will serve all four of the Adult Day programs offered through Bridges Home Services (a division of Spectrum Generations) at locations in Belfast, Hallowell, Skowhegan, and Waterville. They have also already been used to shuttle attendees to the Healthy Living Expo at Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Community Center to avoid crossing a busy road on foot.
The funding also allowed for the installation and wiring of touchpad door systems at Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Community Center in Hallowell and Waldo Community Center in Belfast.
Consumers and caregivers of the programs and visitors to centers are already echoing the praise of new additions. One Adult Day participant said, "I'm excited to have the new vans, being involved in the community is really important to me."
A representative for the Next Generation Foundation commented that, “funding these improvements fit perfectly with our mission to serve Maine’s most vulnerable people. We’re pleased the improvements have worked out so well.”
For more information on Spectrum Generations services available in central and midcoast Maine, visit spectrumgenerations.org or call 1-800-639-1553. For information on Bridges Home Services Adult Day programs, visit bridgeshomeservices.org/services/adultdayservices.
Spectrum Generations Cohen Community Center will host this annual event
Hallowell, ME – On Friday, June 1, Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Community Center will host their annual Healthy Aging Expo, from 10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
A free event, the Healthy Aging Expo offers attendees an opportunity to meet with exhibitors (including major sponsors, Senscio Systems and Bridges Home Care), learn about different ways food can affect health, sample products, get healthy cooking tips, qualify for door prizes and get resources to meet personal goals. Be sure to stop by the Beltone booth for your free hearing test.
Lunch will be catered by Cohen on the Meadows and available for a cost of $6.50 (sandwich wraps, salads, and vegetarian options).
For more information call 626-7777. Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Community Center is located at 22 Town Farm Road in Hallowell.
Spectrum Generations is pleased to announce the addition of six new members to the organization’s Volunteer Board of Directors.
“We are pleased that so many community leaders have chosen to give of their time and talents to support the mission of Spectrum Generations,” said Gerry Queally, President and CEO of Spectrum Generations. “Our organization and the population we serve will no doubt benefit greatly from the involvement of our new board members.”
Spectrum Generations serves older and disabled adults in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Somerset, and Waldo Counties. Among the programs they offer and/or administrate are Meals on Wheels, health and wellness activities, Community Based Health Care, and Community Case Management. Spectrum also organizes and hosts a number of classes and events throughout the year.
The new board members, all of whom began their service in 2018, are as follows:
Robert Bremm, Sagadahoc County Member since 2018
Bob graduated from SUNY Maritime College with a BEME. Upon graduation he was commissioned in the U.S. Navy and became a Navy pilot. He has been a Director of Facilities at Central Maine Medical Center, Maine Medical Center and Bates College. In 2012 he started his own company, Orion Maine Inc. He provides owner project management services for large design/construction projects, specializing in healthcare and higher education.
Stephanie Duncan, At Large Member since 2018
Stephanie Duncan has been involved in the greater Kennebec area for many years and is very proud to be part of a community that she grew up in and has proudly raised her family in. Stephanie started her long journey in social services with a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta. Over the years she has been employed as activities coordinator, a substitute teacher, a direct support specialist, personal caretaker among other positions. She has been entrenched in the Gardiner School System, Uplift, and Spectrum Generations. She is very excited to be part of Spectrum Generations at the board level to learn more about the range of services and helping other families best support their children through these services. Stephanie has held positions that have allowed her the flexibility to be the main caregiver and best advocate for her son Gabe, a client at Spectrum Generations. She resides in Randolph with Gabe and loves hearing the adventures of her two adult children Ross and Mariah.
Thomas B. George, Jr., At Large Member since 2018
Tom George currently works as a Program Manager at Senscio Systems. He also works part-time as a Facilities Manager for ElderCare Network of Lincoln County. Prior to joining Senscio and ElderCare, Tom owned and operated his own business for over eight years. Tom brings his sense of entrepreneurship, extensive amount of experience in customer relations, and broad knowledge of technology, construction, and healthcare industries. Tom is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University where he studied Business Administration, Organizational Leadership, and IT. In addition, he holds a Human Resource Management Certificate and is a Certified Residential Medication Aide within the State of Maine. Tom lives in Coastal Maine with his wife and son. He loves spending time with his family and enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, fishing, and snowmobiling.
MaryAnne Kinney, Waldo County Member since 2018
Representative Kinney is serving her second term in the Maine House of Representatives serving District 99 which includes nine towns in Waldo County. A 1990 graduate of Edward Little High School, Representative Kinney currently works as a maple syrup producer on her farm in Knox and has held a wide variety of jobs in the past. She has worked as a truck driver, pharmacy technician and a credit analyst in the past. She is a member of the Maine Farm Bureau, MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association), NRA and the Maple Producers Association.
Brett Seekins, At Large Member since 2018
Brett Seekins has served the healthcare industry the past 24 years. He started his career working for CMS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as a Medicare Auditor and Reimbursement Administrator specializing in Medicare certified long term care providers. He continued his service the last 20 years working for a large northern New England CPA firm as a Senior Manager leading the long term care/senior living practice. Brett’s primary focus and expertise center on healthcare reform at the federal and state level, regulatory, compliance, legal, reimbursement, annual reporting, legislative and financial matters impacting the industry. He is a graduate of Franklin Pierce College awarded a B.S. in Accounting with honors. Brett also serves on other healthcare Boards and is a frequent presenter on related topical matters. Brett is an at-large-Maine Board member who resides in Cape Elizabeth with his wife and two children.
Nancy Weingarten, At Large Member since 2018
Nancy grew up in New York City and has lived in Maine since graduating from college in 1973. She has a Masters in Health Care Administration from St. Joseph’s College of Maine and spent her career working in various health care settings. Prior to retirement, Nancy worked for 27 years as the Administrative Director of the Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency in Augusta and Waterville. She serves on several local boards and as a volunteer for Spectrum Generations as a SHIP Medicare counselor.