AGING IN PLACE LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
AIP COMMITTEE MEETING
FEBRUARY 10, 2016
CUMBERLAND TOWN HALL
- AIP PROGRESS REPORT: Susan Gold, AIP coordinator, reported on the progress of the Aging in Place program. This list appears at the end of these minutes. It was suggested that it would be good to have “New Resident Packets” and contact some real estate agents to include the Aging in Place to promote Cumberland. Peter Bingham suggested that Sue Gold make a presentation to the Town Council about the progress that AIP has made and also about the transportation program that is going to be active shortly.
- LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE MEETINGS: It was suggested that the Leadership Committee does not have a need to meet twice a month and will be meeting on an As Needed basis. Tom Gruber suggested that maybe in the future we could use the sub-committees as Ad Hoc Committees. Dale Denno again requested that each subcommittee develop a list of goals for 2016 including any financial needs. He would like these before the budget it finalized.
- VENDOR GUIDE:
Rita has a list of vendors that will be available to seniors. This is only a list to be used as a reference and not be in any way promote by the town. All that is left is to contact these vendors which is being done.
The driver training will be on February 25th with this being video taped. Everest Bernier will assist with the training and has volunteered to assist with any wheelchair transports. Notices will be posted in the local church bulletins and at the Drowne Road apartments. It was suggested that the drivers have business cards that they can hand out to the passengers. The telephone is all installed and working to receive requests for rides. It was asked what should be done if people want to make a contribution. Because AIP is not set-up yet to receive tax deductible contributions it was suggested that they make the checks to the Town of Cumberland Food Pantry. When the program is tested and any issues corrected then the advertising will be more wide spread.
- HEALTH AND SOCIALIZATION:
The committee is working on the Friendly Neighbors program which will have volunteers that will visit elderly shut-ins.
- FORUM PLANNING:
A committee needs to be formed to plan the next forum. The end of October seems to be a good time to hold the 2nd Annual. We will look at October 22nd or 29th.
- CDGB APPLICATION STATUS:
The application has been filed for a $10,000 grant. A presentation will be made on February 15th in Windham. The money would be used to upgrade the telephone system at the town hall.
PROGRESS REPORT FOR AGING IN PLACE CUMBERLAND
- Hiring of part-time coordinator.
- First annual forum a success.
- Creation and distribution of resource guide (posted on website and will be kept current).
- Establishment of Durable Medical Equipment Program
- Fire Department Call-in Program
- Set-up of structure and forms for volunteer program.
- Structuring of communications/PR system to publicize program and events.
- Establishment of Rides Program (under the auspices of the Congregational Church).
- Training program for drivers on Feb. 25—10 drivers?
- Revamping of web site, including online form for volunteer enrollment and new URL (AIPCumberland.org).
- Establishment of nonprofit organization, Cumberland Aging in Place Program.
- Mornings with Friends, new senior social program, third Wed. of mo. Attendance: 20-25.
- Matter of Balance class scheduled for April.
- Application submitted for 501(c)(3) status.
- Vendor listing with questions for vendors on website.
- Friendly Neighbor program under way.
- Training program for volunteers being developed.
- Community calendar on town website.
- Community development grant application submitted.
- Volunteer coordinator position filled.
- Program coordinator position filled.
- Collaboration with USM students for project to “fight ageism” and build seniors’ esteem and respect.
AIP IDEAS FOR FUTURE PROJECTS
- Sign up for email notification of activities, events, and meetings and e-newsletter.
- Distribute a monthly or bimonthly e-newsletter.
- Publish a brochure and fact sheet.
- Establish an AIP Corner in Town Hall lobby (poster, marketing materials, volunteer enrollment forms, client applications, vendor applications, monthly calendar of events).
- Collate packets for speaking engagements.
- Post senior stories on website.
- Create a senior blog featuring weekly series of topics/hints/etc. for seniors.
- Annual Forum.
- Coordinate with school, recreation dept.’s cooking class, etc. to put on meals for seniors.
- Institute a senior breakfast once a month.
- Establish an As You Like It or Community Meal (both through Southern Maine Agency on Aging) site at a local restaurant.
- Arrange with local restaurant to have a monthly/weekly senior special.
- Schedule food/wine samplings and nutrition lesson in conjunction with local grocery store (Hannaford?).
- Highlight senior stories (accomplishments, story of life) on website, at historical society, with awards once a year for an outstanding Cumberland senior at Town Council meeting.
- Coordinate with Greely teachers to have students interview and write elders’ stories for web. Could have video link as well.
- Game afternoon (Scrabble, bridge, cribbage, rummy, etc.)
- Walking (inside: winter/spring; outside: summer/fall)
- Social Hours (monthly theme gatherings at ??; e.g. Valentine’s social, Fourth of July BBQ, etc.).
- Craft Project Days
- Sports/Maine Senior Games
PROGRAMS AVAILABLE THROUGH SMAA:
- Family Caregiver Support Presentations (1 hr)
- Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshop
- T’ai Chi for Arthritis workshop
- Matter of Balance workshop
- Balancing Act manuals for falls reduction exercises (up to 50 manuals)
- Falls Risk Screen (50+ people)
- Welcome to Medicare Seminar
- Community Resources for Older Adults & CaregiverS
- Strategies for Independent Living
- Options for Older Drivers
- Self-Care for Family Caregivers
- Cognitive Loss Basics Class
- Maine Senior Games Clinics: basketball, track & field, archery, cornhole, badminton
- As You Like It or Community Meal site