Aging in Place is offering a series of FREE luncheons this winter! They will all be held at the Cumberland Fire Dept.’s Community Room. We hope this provides a break from the winter doldrums for some fun! You must call to reserve your spot at 829-2208.
Lunch#1- Thursday, January 30
Lunch#2- Wednesday, February 12
Lunch#3- Thursday, March 26
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.
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!
Seven members of the Longfellow Garden Club spent a morning recently clearing out an older resident’s back yard—weeding, raking, cutting down a lot of overgrowth, and moving plants next to the back patio. The team also cleared a path along the side of the house.
Thank you, Longfellow Garden Club!