Mornings with Friends February 19, 2020

Mornings with Friends Presents

Seeds of Peace

February 19, 2020

10:00am – 11:30am  Tuttle Road United Methodist Church

Seeds of Peace inspires and cultivates new generations of global leaders in communities divided by conflict by equipping exceptional youth and educators with the skills and relationships they need to accelerate social, economic and political changes essential for peace. Falmouth nurse Lois Myers will share her life-changing experiences volunteering at the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Maine

Cumberland Is an Official Age-Friendly Community

The Town of Cumberland has been officially recognized by AARP and the World Health Organization as an Age-Friendly Community. As such, it joins a worldwide network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.

To be accepted into the network, AIP Cumberland submitted a 45-page Action Plan detailing the organization’s blueprint for creating policies, programs, and services that help older residents remain a vital part of the community and that benefit residents of all ages. Created by a six-member team of volunteers, the plan received praise from Patricia Oh, Age-Friendly Consultant for AARP Maine, who said the AIP team had done “a fabulous job.”

AIP Cumberland’s volunteers Karen Campbell, Thomas Gruber, Deborah Gray, Suzie McCormack, Kendall Putnam, and Nancy Law worked for several weeks to determine the objectives to be addressed by AIP Cumberland and identify the steps to be taken to accomplish those goals. They also named the community partners who could assist with AIP’s work, including churches, town departments, local nonprofits, the schools, and other nonprofit and business organizations.

“This is an amazing accomplishment,” said Gold of the Action Plan. “This document will help guide the progress of AIP Cumberland for years to come.” The Action Plan identifies eight areas where AIP will focus its efforts: housing, transportation, maintaining independence, social engagement and reducing isolation, communication and raising awareness of local resources, health and safety, financial concerns, and outdoor spaces and buildings.

The official certificate from AARP will be presented to the Town of Cumberland at an upcoming Town Council meeting. The 45-page document will soon be available in printed form at the AIP Kiosk at Cumberland Town Hall or online HERE.






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.

Big Project Day: Neighbors helping Neighbors

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!

Look for another Big Project Day in Spring 2019!


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AIP, White Pines Church Pitch in for Neighbors

Aging in Place volunteers, members of the White Pines Church, and Cumberland public works employees joined forces on Saturday, May 12, for a tremendous community outreach effort that helped almost a dozen residents with outdoor spring cleanup and a long list of chores.

Twenty-four volunteers, including two young girls and two teen boys, raked and bagged leaves, hauled discarded appliances and other heavy items to the curb for the town’s bulky pickup, changed storm windows, cleaned up brush piles, set up patio furniture, installed AC units, and performed a multitude of chores for Cumberland residents who needed a hand.

Teri Maloney-Kelly, who organized the Big Project Day for Aging in Place Cumberland, said the event exemplified the spirit of community and collaboration that lie at the heart of AIP. “Together with the folks from White Pines Church, we were able to accomplish an amazing amount of work for our neighbors. Many are older and couldn’t have done the chores themselves.”

Altogether the volunteers put in 63 hours of work. AIP’s Handy Helpers Committee, which Teri chairs, will continue taking requests from older residents for help with minor chores.  Residents 60 and older can apply for service online at or by calling the AIP line at 207-245-8033 or by completing an application at Town Hall. Handy Helpers plans on holding a second Big Project Day in the fall.

“Everyone was terrific!” Teri said of the volunteers, noting that both residents and volunteers enjoyed the day. “It’s a great feeling to know that you helped someone,” she said.

A job well done! A big thank you to all the Big Project volunteers.
AIP volunteers: Joyce Baughan, Judy Loren, John Law, Peter Bingham Sr., Tom Gruber, Teri Maloney-Kelly.

Volunteers from White Pines Church: Charlie Clement, Diane Clement, Karen Hutchinson, Ralph Hutchinson, Scott Cass, Sarah Cass, Brad Knowles, Elsa Knowles, Chris Howell, Nathan Howell, Aaron Howell, Emily Bickford, Ava Bickford.

To sign up for future service, please enroll HERE, call the AIP line at 207-245-8033, or email

To volunteer to work in the future, please sign up HERE, call the AIP line at 207-245-8033 or email THANK YOU!

Preparing Your Home For A Loved One With Alzheimer’s Disease

Photo via Pixabayhands with cane

By Lydia Chan

Watching someone you love battle Alzheimer’s disease is difficult and heartbreaking even at the best of times; at the worst of times, it can be overwhelming, especially if you are in charge of his or her wellbeing. Ensuring that your loved one is well taken care of is a big job, and many family members choose to move the person into their own home so they’ll be more comfortable and safe.

This can be a huge undertaking in itself, and it can be difficult for everyone to get accustomed to the change. Not only will daily schedules be altered, but the home will likely have to go through some changes as well. In order to ensure the safety of your loved one, it’s best to make the most-used rooms as comfortable as possible and think ahead for any possible issues. For instance, if your loved one has shown a tendency to wander, you might want to install a motion detector or security alarm on the doors of your home.

There’s a lot to think about, but with some planning, you can make your home just right for your loved one with Alzheimer’s.

Take safety measures

Keeping your loved one safe is a priority, and this means making sure all the doors in your home are well secured. A security system that sounds an alarm if a code is not entered can alert you that your loved one is wandering. Alternatively, a motion detector can be used to detect when the person is on the move. Locks should be placed high on the door. If you have a swimming pool, keep it covered when not in use; have fencing installed in the backyard for extra safety.

Make modifications

Your home may suit your needs perfectly, but for a person living with Alzheimer’s, it might be difficult to navigate. Take a look at your kitchen, bathroom, and living areas and determine whether they need to be modified. In the bathroom, a shower seat, nonslip mats in the tub and on the floor, and a detachable shower head will make facilities safer for your loved one. Updates in the kitchen may also be needed to make life easier and safer. Do some research and figure out a budget to determine which changes you can make right away.

Talk to your neighbors

It’s a good idea to talk to your neighbors and let them know that your loved one will be living with you. Ask them to contact you if they see anything of concern, such as your loved one’s walking outside unaccompanied. This can be especially helpful in the event of an emergency, when you may need assistance.

Think outside the box

It’s important to look at your home through the eyes of your loved one. This means finding and removing potential hazards—throw rugs that can cause a fall, dimly lit stairs, a kitchen full of sharp objects—and researching safety issues you may need to address. Every person is different, so think outside the box in regard to issues that may affect your loved one.

Simplify everything

It is easy to overlook how many possessions your house contains because you live there and see them every day, but such a display can be overwhelming for the person with Alzheimer’s. Having several sets of dishes, for instance, or too many shampoos and soaps in the shower can confuse a person living with Alzheimer’s and make things more difficult. Simplify as much as possible to make things easier on your loved one.


Communicating with your loved one’s doctor and with your family members will ease the transition and ensure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to making sure your loved one’s needs receive top priority.

About the Author

After her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Lydia Chan struggled to balance the responsibilities of caregiving and her own life. She founded as an online resource for fellow caregivers and seniors. In her spare time, Lydia writes articles about a range of caregiving topics

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3rd Annual FORUM ON AGING—2017

Aging in Place Cumberland presents its 3rd annual Forum on Aging on November 4 from 9 am to 1:30 pm at Greely Middle School, 351 Tuttle Rd., Cumberland. Free workshops, programs, resources, and lunch for all. For transportation, please call 829-3367 or email


9:00 am Doors open, Registration & Coffee Kiosk
9:00 am-2 pm Blood Pressure Readings, Vendor Tables
9:00 am Welcome: Aging in Place

  • Topic 1: Taking Charge of Your Health—Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA)
    Join us for an engaging workshop where we’ll share advice, strategies, and tools that can help you take charge of your health and live better! We’ll talk about everything from movement to diet, communication skills, and decision-making to help you learn how to stay active and independent in your community. From preventing falls to managing chronic pain, we’ll explore avenues and insights that will help you do the things that matter most to you and live well!
  • Topic 2: Overcoming Caregiving Challenges —Panel members: Peter Baker, Alzheimer’s Association; Catherine Gentile, author and support group facilitator; and Kirsten Dorsey of SMAA’s Stewart Adult Day Center in Falmouth.
    Our panel of experts will discuss the challenges facing caregivers, provide advice on overcoming difficulties, answer questions, and share links to caregiver support and resources.
  • Topic 3: Advance Planning Seminar, Paul Doherty, SMAA
    An in-depth look at options when developing a plan for your healthcare at end of life; help with discussing the subject with family; and how guidance on putting a plan in place that reflects your wishes. Sign up for individual counseling sessions.
  • Topic 4: Welcome to Medicare—David Smith, SMAA. 2 hours.
    Learn how to navigate and apply for Medicare. Sign up for individual counseling sessions.

 9:30-10:30 am Breakout Session I (choose from Topics 1, 2, and 3)

10:30-11:30 am Breakout Session II (choose from Topics 2, 3, and 4)

10:30-11:30 am Balance Screening: See if you’re at risk for falling

10:30am -12:30 pm Medicare Seminar

11:30am-12:30 pm Breakout Session III (choose from Topics 1 and 4)

12:30 pm Lunch

1 pm Closing Comments