More than 30 volunteers attended Aging in Place Cumberland’s first Volunteer Recognition & Appreciation Celebration at Cumberland Town Hall on May 22. Town Manager William Shane and members of the Town Council were on hand to honor the volunteers, who received certificates of appreciation and AIP T-shirts. Councilor Thomas Gruber told the gathering about AIP’s early beginnings and its growth since 2014. Karen Campbell, chair of the town’s Aging in Place Committee, and AIP coordinator Susan Gold made the presentations.
Among the programs offered by AIP Cumberland are regular social gatherings like Mornings with Friends, a home visitation program that brings Friendly Visitors to homebound seniors, and a volunteer handyman service that helps seniors with shoveling, yardwork and gardening, minor home repair projects, and pet care. AIP also collaborates with the Congregational Church in Cumberland on Cumberland Area Rides (CAR), operated by volunteers to provide rides to seniors in the community. CAR volunteer drivers provided more than 250 rides to seniors during its first year and continues to grow.
Photo Credit: Steve Thomas
Susan Smith, a volunteer with Aging in Place Cumberland’s Friendly Visitor program, and Liz Richter made the news in the latest edition of the Forecaster. The two women have developed a warm relationship after being introduced through the Friendly Visitor program two months ago. Reporter Alex Lear detailed their friendship in the article.
The two attend concerts together, share lunches, and enjoy talking as they spend time getting to know one another. Their latest joint venture is a 48-class course on the history and development of music, available on DVDs. They have finished three classes so far.
Susan says that Liz is “an inspiration,” while Liz calls Susan “an angel.” The program and Susan’s visits have made a “huge difference,” says Liz. “It lightens my life.”
To read the story, click here.
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Jeff Howes, part of a team from Sedgwood Commons, shovels off a carport roof for a Cumberland resident during the recent snow deluge to assist Aging in Place Cumberland’s efforts to keep older residents safe.
Students in Greely High School’s Community Service Club and Greely Middle School’s Pathways program pitched in as well, shoveling and clearing ice for Cumberland and North Yarmouth residents. Volunteers worked to clear walkways, shoveled steps, refilled sand buckets, created off-road parking spots, and even pruned limbs over a walkway.
Thank you all for doing this important work and helping our older residents stay safe! One resident wrote to express her deep appreciation. "Thank you so much for sending these guys over to help me out," she said. "They did such a wonderful job!"
To sign up as a volunteer or to register for shoveling services, please call 245-8033 or email AIP@cumberlandmaine.com.
About one hundred people came to Greely Middle School on Saturday, Oct. 29, to learn about Aging in Place Cumberland and find out more about resources available to the area’s seniors. Participants could get a blood pressure reading, do a balance screening to determine their risk of falling, and visit resource tables provided by a number of local organizations. Seniors had the opportunity to sign up for various AIP programs and to volunteer to serve their neighbors in a number of ways. Speakers talked about dementia, regional resources including the Aging in Place program to serve seniors, strategies to enable seniors to live safely at home for as long as possible, and options for senior living.
After enjoying a delicious lunch provided by Wayside, Forum participants heard an entertaining talk on the history of Cumberland by Carolyn Small of the Cumberland Historical Society.
Organizers hope the event provided Cumberland seniors with needed information and resources they can now use to improve the quality of their lives.
To view three Forum workshops, click on the title of your choice below:
Dementia & its complications
Aging in Place Cumberland and Southern Maine Agency on Aging Resources
Understanding Senior Living Options, Part 1
Understanding Senior Living Options, Part 2
Location: United Methodist Church, 52 Tuttle Road, Cumberland
Date: Tuesday, April 5–May 24, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
A Matter of Balance is an eight-week course designed to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. A Matter of Balance acknowledges the risk of falling but emphasizes practical coping strategies to reduce this concern. Trained facilitators conduct eight two-hour sessions designed for groups of 10–12 participants. During the class, participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable and set realistic goals for increasing activity. They also find ways to change the environment to reduce fall risk factors and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.
Registration Required – To sign up or for more information, call Southern Maine Agency on Aging at 800-427-7411, ext. 583 or 207-396-6583 or visit the website at www.smaaa.org
Fee: $20 for 8-wk course; registration and payment through SMAAA.
Cumberland Town Hall, Council Chambers
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