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.

 

 

 

 

AIP Hosts a FABULOUS FORUM!

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!

BIG PROJECT DAY SAT., MAY 12, 2018

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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 AIPCumberland.org 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 tmaloney-kelly@cumberlandmaine.com.

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