Between 80 and 100 people heard all about options for housing at AIP’s fourth annual Forum on Aging on Saturday, Nov. 3. Annamarie Pluhar, nationally known author and expert on shared housing, led the audience through a series of activities to demonstrate the benefits of sharing a home with another person. Experts on home modifications, in-home care, accessory dwelling units, real estate, hospice services, and independent and assisted living shared their expertise with those who attended the forum. During breaks, attendees browsed informational resources provided by local vendors and nonprofits, including Aging in Place Cumberland, and had the opportunity to get their blood pressure checked and participate in a free balance screening. They enjoyed coffee and pastries and a musical selection presented by Greely High School jazz band.

Thank you to all those who volunteered their time, presented valuable information, and made the day one to remember–with a special tip of the hat to Forum Committee Chair Rita Farry and her committee volunteers.


Aging in Place Cumberland’s volunteers—26 strong—spent all morning and part of the afternoon on a beautiful Saturday helping their neighbors prepare for winter. The volunteers, including a contingent from White Pines Church, installed storm doors, took piles of brush and debris to the dump, installed a handrail, removed air conditioners, moved lawn furniture, carried oversized discarded objects to the curb for the town’s bulky item pickup week, cut back gardens, and performed other chores at 13 Cumberland residences. The amazingly well-organized event—thanks to the hard work of AIP volunteer Teri Maloney-Kelly assisted by Joyce Baughan who put it all together—made us proud of our community. Thank you all!



Need a Ride?

Volunteers with Cumberland Area Rides (CAR) will provide transportation free of charge for Cumberland and North Yarmouth residents 60 and older. Available Mon-Fri 9am-3pm, Sunday 9am-noon. Rides available to medical appointments, activities and events, shopping, and more. 5-day notice requested. Call 207-829-3367 or email cumberlandrides@gmail.com to reserve a ride or for more information. You can also learn more about the program by clicking here.

Need a Friend?

Our Friendly Visitor program has dedicated volunteers ready and eager to visit seniors in need of a friend. If you or a Cumberland senior you know would benefit from regular visits in his/her own home, please call the Friendly Visitor line at 207-245-8033 or email AIP@cumberlandmaine.com for more information. You can also learn more about the program by clicking here.

FOR VETERANS: In conjunction with Vet to Vet Maine, we can connect veterans who could use a friend and/or mentor to other veterans who would like to visit and spend time with fellow veterans. To apply for a veteran visitor/mentor or enroll as a veteran volunteer, please click here.

Free Medical Equipment, Call-in Program, Home Safety Education

Cumberland Fire Department and AIPCumberland have a number of free programs to help residents keep safe. Medical Equipment: The department has a wide variety of durable medical equipment on loan free to Cumberland residents. Click HERE to see a list of available equipment. Call 207-829-5421 or email ebernier@cumberlandmaine.com

Call-in: Residents can call the Fire Department every morning. If there’s no call, firefighters will do a safety check. Call 207-829-5421  

Home Safety: The department offers a class on home safety and gives tips on how to stay safe at home. Call 207-829-5421