Issue No. 62
July 2015
The MSCN Newsletter

Welcome to Your July Newsletter!

Happy Independence Day!

This month's newsletter presents two thought-provoking topics for you to mull over as you sip your iced tea. One is "Multi-Generational Living" and the other is "Aging in Place". 

Augusta Senior College is seeking potential panelists for their "Forum On The Future" series. Their topic for discussion is "Multi-Generational Living In Maine". I have added a few resources that introduce Multi-Generational Living as it relates to the present day for those who want to learn more on this subject. 

Next, I have a thought provoking article from Western Mountains Senior College which explores "Aging in Place". This initiative has been growing over recent years, and it addresses how seniors can maintain their independence by collaborating with one another. AARP's Peter Morelli has sent additional information and resources for those who want to find out more about "Aging in Place" and "Age-Friendly Communities". 

Finally, for those who enjoy their "Lifelong Learning" coupled with a little adventure the Gold LEAF Institute is offering a fabulous travel opportunity in January 2016.

UMAUniversity of Maine in Augusta Senior College seeks guest speakers to address:
 "Multi-Generational Living". 

Portrait Berthe Morisot and daughter Julie by Pierre Auguste Renoir

The Forum On The Future Committee of Senior College at UMA is considering presenting an event this fall addressing 
"Multi-Generational Living In Maine". We are interested in hearing from other Maine Senior Colleges who may have done such an event and we would be especially interesting in knowing about any possible guest speakers who might want to appear on a panel at a Jewett Hall (in Augusta) Forum events. 

I'm sure no one needs to be persuaded of the value of increasing public awareness of the benefits to be derived from mullti-generational living or working arrangements. One internet site notes that a record 57 million Americans, or 18.1% of the population of the United States, lived in multi-generational family households in 2012, double the number who lived in such households in 1980. It occurs to me that all Maine Senior College members would be interested in a panel discussion of the implications for seniors from this societal development.

Contact information:
Bob Dodge 
Forum on the Future Committee 
Senior College at UMA 
207 512 8069
Western Mountains Senior College
considers "Aging in Place" 
Landscape by Paul CÚzanne

With more people in Maine and Bethel, turning 65 annually, the "To Your Health" program of Western Mountains Senior College (WMSC) took on the challenge of introducing the community to "Aging in Place." Aging in Place refers to living where you have lived for years, using products, services and conveniences that allow you to remain in your own home safely and independently as you age and your circumstances change.

WMSC "Aging in Place" Panel Presenters

A large capacity audience of 66 persons heard speakers discuss methods used by other communities in Maine to address this issue. Speakers included Peter Morelli, consultant for AARP's Age-Friendly Communities, Joe Perkins representing the nine communities of  At Home Downeast, and Julie Allaire, representing "Kennebunk: No Place Like Home."

Morelli explained how AARP is helping communities prepare for Maine's changing demographics through the Age-Friendly Community Network. The network is expanding regularly as more communities make the commitment to become age-friendly. AARP advances efforts to help people live easily and comfortably in their homes and communities, and it encourages older residents to take an active role and have their voices heard. Communities in Maine who
have already joined this network include Paris, Ellsworth, Portland, Kennebunk, and Bowdoinham.

Allaire, as the founding director for "No Place Like Home," said it supports town efforts to become more age-friendly. A volunteer board of directors provides strategic oversight, and a working group of skilled people conducts activities for the community. Membership is open to people in Kennebunk,
Kennebunkport and Arundel. The organization does focus groups, surveys, and community meetings to provide direct help to older adults in areas they identify. These services may include home safety inspections, errands, help with chores, groceries rides, and other services.

 Village Road in Spring by Otto Modersohn

An "Age Friendly Community" also lends itself to a "village model," as explained by Perkins. He said the village model is a member-based program supported by volunteers. The program provides residents of the nine towns around the Blue Hill Peninsula with essential services, empowering them to continue to live safely in their own homes as they age. He added that "At Home Downeast" was the first member in Maine of the nationwide Village to Village network. While each village model is unique, they share community-based, grassroots origins to address the commonly shared desire to "age in place." Membership guarantees rides to medical appointments, scheduled twice-monthly non-emergency home visits from a licensed health care professional for a check-in, weekly grocery and prescription delivery, initial home safety assessment, and information on and referrals to local resources. The annual membership fee is on a sliding scale based on income and ranges from $130 to $1,300.

Street (anonymous artist)

Patricia Oh, a representative from the Bowdoinham project, was unable to attend the meeting. However, she shared the most important item in her experience in starting any aging in place program. She said, "You must include the experiences of older adults when deciding what direction the aging in place program will take and when implementing age-friendly changes in the community." She added that older residents need to be consulted to learn what they see as the strengths and weakness of the community for aging in place. Their lifetime of experience will enhance any program.

A follow-up survey conducted by To Your Health confirmed the definite interest in the issue of aging in place, and it is expected that a new community group will be formed to address the issue. The program was presented as a community service by To Your Health of WMSC with the collaboration of Bethel Family Health Center and MSAD#44/Continuing

Submitted by - Rosabelle Tifft, Western Mountains Senior College

Gold LEAF offers a Winter Trip to Mexico for Language study and travel. January 2016

January 2016: 
Gold LEAF Senior College offers the opportunity for any interested Senior College members to travel to and experience colonial Mexico, improve their Spanish and explore the potential for longer, budget-friendly winter stays. 

Xochicalco Pyramid

Location and Activities: 
We will visit two colonial cities in the heart of Mexico where the weather is sunny, warm (72-84) and dry. Our first stop will be Cuernavaca where we will study Spanish at a well-known language school for adult learners. We will also take guided afternoon trips to Taxco, a town noted for silver production and Xochicalco, an archeological site known for its pyramids, ancient ball courts, and elevated central plaza. After a week in Cuernavaca, we will take a first class bus to San Miguel de Allende, located in the central highlands and known for its many artistic and cultural opportunities. Here, we will continue Spanish studies at another excellent school with afternoons free to enjoy the parks, art galleries, restaurants, small museums and musical performances available. Both locations are tourist-friendly and very safe. Some daily walking on cobblestone streets is necessary. 

Housing will be in home-stay programs associated with each language school. You will have a private room in a clean, well appointed middle-class home with three meals a day provided. 

A Typical Weekday
Arrive at school at 8:30 in the morning for three hours of Spanish instruction in small groups of 3-8 students. Instruction is informal, friendly and tailored to your skill level. All teachers are certified and trained. Return to your "home" for the main meal of the day where you will likely get to use some of your Spanish. Enjoy the afternoon and weekends for relaxation and touring local sites on your own if there is not a planned activity. Both schools offer free or low-cost events in the late afternoon, early evening and weekend. 

Approximate Cost: 
$1250.00, Includes 16 nights of homestay with meals, two weeks of Spanish instruction and three half-day guided trips while in Cuernavaca. Allow an additional $800.00 for a round-trip flight to Mexico and in-country travel to and from airports. 

Ray Glass for further information including likely dates. 
(Phone: 207-778-6785 or Email:  
Gold LEAF for carpool and travel details.
Additional Resources and Information
Age Friendly Resources

If you have an interest learning about age-friendly communities and aging in place, contact Peter Morelli,, or 712-7105. 

Visit the AARP's Age Friendly Community program for more information. AARP Maine will work with any Maine community group who want to address the important issues of aging in place and aging in community. Among the services and resources AARP can provide: 

The AARP Age-Friendly Communities Tool Kit  The AARP Age Friendly assessment tools can be used as is or modified by any community who wishes to do so.

AARP Livable Communities contains the keys to hundreds of reports, action plans, studies and more about livable communities-related topics such as housing, transportation, Complete Streets, walkability, livability and age-friendly places, to name just a few subject areas. 

AARP can provide a model age-friendly community survey and advise on how to administer it. AARP Maine has a small grant program to support age-friendly community planning designed to include low and moderate income older adults. 

The Eight Domains of an Age-Friendly Community 
The age-friendly community program is organized around eight aspects of community life relevant to aging Mainers. Three involve the built environment: outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, and housing. And five focus on the social environment: social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication, and information, and community support and health. 

Similar to a business strategic plan, the planning process starts with a group of issues to assess and plan for. The AARP categorizes the first three issues as the "built environment" and the latter five as the "social environment." 

1. Outdoor spaces and buildings
Availability of safe and accessible recreational facilities 
2. Transportation 
Safe and affordable modes of private and public transit 
3. Housing 
Range of housing options for older residents, the ability to age in place and home- modification programs 
4. Social participation 
Access for older adults to leisure and cultural activities, and opportunities for social and civic engagement with both peers and younger people 
5. Respect and social inclusion 
Programs to promote ethnic and cultural diversity, as well as multigenerational interaction and dialogue 
6. Civic participation and employment 
Paid work and volunteer activities for older adults, and opportunities to engage in the creation of policies relevant to their lives 
7. Communication and information 
Access to technology that helps older people connect with their community, friends and family 
8. Community support and health services 
Access to homecare services, health clinics and programs that promote wellness and active aging


Additional Reading: Multi-Generational Living

By Richard Fry And Jeffrey S. Passel Pew Research Center July 17, 2014

By Marcie Geffner * - Aug. 22, 2014


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