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Event attendees will have an opportunity to hear from aging experts, learn about caregiving resources, and share their own experiences
Damariscotta, ME – Spectrum Generations is partnering with Inn Along the Way to host the Aging in Place Forum on Thursday, September 12. This year’s forum will focus on Respecting Choices: Caregiver and Parent Empowerment, and will be held at Inn Along the Way from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The event will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Dora Anne Mills, followed by breakout sessions provided by Lisa Steel-Maley, Dr. Marilyn Gugliucci, Marcia DeGeer, Rick Bisson, and conclude with a plenary session by Steve Raymond of Lincoln Homes.
The Aging in Place Forum is designed to present a sensible and realistic understanding of the aging process for the loved one and their support system, dispel common myths, and highlight some of the common issues related to aging in place. The day will offer strategies and resources for having – what can often be – difficult conversations about care, living arrangements, and last wishes, while the aging family member is still healthy. Attending the forum will help individuals and families navigate what is often misunderstood and feared about aging.
Thanks to the generous support provided by Colby & Gale, Dow Furniture, Mid-Coast Energy Systems, Carol Harper and Associates, LincolnHealth, Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, and The Cheney Financial Group this event is free, but all wishing to attend must pre-register through Dawn Moore at 207.563.1363 or [email protected].
Lunch will be provided by Cohen on the Meadows Catering.
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.
Spectrum Generations Cohen Community Center will host this annual event
Hallowell, ME – On Friday, June 7, Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Community Center in Hallowell will host their annual Healthy Aging Expo, from 9:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.
A free event, the Healthy Aging Expo offers attendees an opportunity to meet with exhibitors including Senior Planning Center, Granite Hill Estates, Atlee Gleaton Eye Care, and Bridges Home Services, among others, and learn about different resources available to help Age in Place. Exhibitors will share information about housing options, legal issues, financial considerations, and information about preventative approaches to a healthier life style. Attendees can also qualify for door prizes and get a free hearing test courtesy of Beltone New England of Augusta.
Lunch will be catered by Cohen on the Meadows and available for a cost of $6.50 (sandwiches, salads, and vegetarian options will be available).
For more information call 626-7777. Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Community Center is located at 22 Town Farm Road in Hallowell.
Augusta, ME – Spectrum Generations is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the organization’s Volunteer Board of Directors.
“We are pleased to welcome Shelley Rudnicki and Josée Shelley to Spectrum Generations’ Board of Directors, as both bring a wealth of financial and organizational knowledge that will support our agency’s mission,” said Gerry Queally, President and CEO of Spectrum Generations. “We are very lucky to have Shelley and Josée join us in this capacity, and I look forward to working with both of them in the coming months.”
Spectrum Generations serves older and disabled adults in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Somerset, and Waldo Counties, and the towns of Brunswick and Harpswell. Among the programs offered are Meals on Wheels, health and wellness activities, Community-based Health Care, and Community Case Management.
The new Board members, who begin their service this week, are as follows:
Shelley Rudnicki, Somerset County Member since 2019
Shelley earned her degree in Social and Criminal Justice from Ashford University. In 2018, she was elected to serve in the Maine House of Representatives where she currently represents District #108; this includes the towns of Fairfield, Mercer, and Smithfield. Shelley is the current Chairman of the MSAD #49 School Board and has been a member of the Board for 11 years. She formerly served on the Fairfield Planning Board, the Central Maine CATV Board of Directors, was President of the Benton Elementary PTO, and Treasurer of the Basketball Boosters. Shelley is a member of both the Fireside Chapter and Martha Washington Chapters of the Order of Eastern Star and is owner of Shelley’s Used Cars, LLC. Shelley lives in Fairfield with her husband of 31 years and is the proud mother of two adult children.
Josée Shelley, Knox County Member since 2019
Josée L. Shelley, CPA graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she studied both Sociology and Business Administration. She has worked as the CFO for Kennebec Behavioral Health since 2003 and has served on several Boards; most recently she has been working with Bartlett Woods in Rockland Maine. Josée’s real passion is working with growing non-profits and applying her operational management skills to serving an organization’s mission rather than just for corporate profits. Josée lives in Owls Head, Maine and enjoys spending time with her adult sons and extended family. She also loves to travel off the grid and plans to work well into her seventies.
Spectrum Generations hosted its Annual Recognition Breakfast this morning at their Cohen Community Center in Hallowell.
The event, combined with a breakfast catered by Cohen on the Meadows, highlighted the previous year’s fiscal and statistical successes and recognized supporters from throughout their six-county service territory.
Honors were presented to:
State Senator Shenna Bellows, Distinguished Community Champion
Caswell’s Discount Wholesale, Business Partner of the Year
Joline Connolly-Allen, Employee of the Year
Barbara Chamberland, Caregiver of the Year
Linda Cook, Volunteer of the Year
Mount Merici Academy Staff & Students, Volunteer Group of the Year
Additionally, Board Chair Gerald Homer presented recognition awards to outgoing board members: Paula Delahanty (Warren), Richard Mitchell (Winslow), John Nale (Waterville), and John Picchiotti (Fairfield).
March is National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Month, and we’re taking 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
When we focus on monthly health topics, it gives us an opportunity to educate our communities and advocate for needed services. If you have questions or would like more information about case management from Spectrum Generations, call us at 1.800.639.1553.
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.