Aging Well in Maine

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Eating Alone is Bad for Your Health!

One of the biggest risks older adults face is loneliness. Not only does it feel bad, but it can be bad for your health, causing depression which affects all parts of your body. Mealtime is one big culprit. Mealtime in our society is a very social event. Families gathered around a table, sharing their day, memories, insights, laughter, and love. As we age, the table often gets smaller – the kids grow up and move away, a spouse dies, friends move away, and soon, mealtime is more of a chore than a pleasure.

To protect your nutrition, you need to eat with others just as often as possible. SeniorsPlus offers a Community Dining program with places and opportunities for you to get together with friends, neighbors, and family to have a nutritious meal!

1. Lunch Plus Cafes, where you can gather once a week or more, and share a meal with others. Make a reservation and you’ll have a delicious hot meal ready and waiting for you! $3 donation requested. Locations are: Heritage Court and The Auburn Townhouse in Auburn, Meadowview Park in Lewiston, MTM Community Center in Lisbon Falls, Boofy Quimby Hall in Turner, Rangeley Town House in Rangeley, Nezinscot Village in Buckfield, and Muskie Center in Rumford.

2. Around Town Cafes. Get a voucher from us (suggested donation of $5), and use it anytime at a restaurant that partners with us in this program. When you go to the restaurant with your friends or family, ask for the SeniorsPlus menu. There you will have a great selection of entrees that fit our nutrition standards. Enjoy your meal, and “pay” for it with the voucher. Don’t forget that the tip is on you. Our restaurants include: Brickyard Café in Farmington, Campus Cuisine and Chick-a-Dee in Lewiston, Chuck Wagon in Livermore Falls, LaFleur’s in Jay, and Market Square in South Paris.

For more information, go to our website, www.seniorsplus.org/nutrition-services, or call us at 1-800-427-1241.

To good food and good health!

Your Help Needed

As you may know, SeniorsPlus is the area agency on aging covering Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties. One of our area agency on aging responsibilities is to produce a strategic plan for how we are going to better serve the residents of our area, during the next four years, 2017-2020. Our plan becomes part of the State’s plan, which then becomes part of the federal plan for serving older adults.

We want to listen closely to the voices and needs of people in our counties, before we write our plan. We want to know what you consider are the keys to making it possible for you to live and age well right where you are – in your own home.

1) What are the top three things needed by older adults so they can age well in their communities?

2) What are the top three things missing in your community that make it hard for you to remain in your own home?

3) What is your definition of “old”?

4) Which of the following is the correct list of services that SeniorsPlus provides to older adults and adults with disabilities? (Hint: there’s only one right answer here):
a) Meals on Wheels, Medicare counseling and fuel assistance?
b) Aging Well Living Well Expo, free dental care and caregiver support groups?
c) Money Minders, Medicare counseling, Meals on Wheels, caregiver support groups, Education Center, information and assistance, Aging Well Living Well Expo, Around Town restaurant voucher program, Long Distance Learning in Oxford and Franklin counties, early stages of dementia support group, Savvy Caregiver classes, and Matter of Balance and T’ai Chi classes.

If you would take a minute and let us know your answers to the above questions, it will help inform our strategic planning for the next four years. The best way to answer is to email me at cjones@seniorsplus.org. If you can’t get to a computer, you can call me and give me your answers. My phone number is 513-3705. If I’m not available, please leave me a voice mail. Thank you.