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Maine Savvy Caregiver 1 Training

(posted May 12, 2017) SeniorsPlus announces Savvy Caregiver 1 training scheduled in Oxford county. If you are caring for someone with dementia, this training will help you learn how to take care of yourself and reduce stress and also communicate more easily with your person. This is a 6-week workshop, with each session lasting two hours.

This class is free but pre-registration is required. Call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241 to reserve a seat.

Training will take place at Department of Health and Human Services, Activity Room, 243 Main Street, #6, South Paris, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays, June 22 through July 27. 

SeniorsPlus to present free Senior Resource Fair in Franklin County

(posted September 26, 2016) SeniorsPlus, the designated Western Maine Agency on Aging, will present a Senior Resource Fair on Saturday, October 1st from 8 am to noon at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington. Featuring workshops and information booths, this free event is a learning opportunity for adults and is open to the public. For more information, contact Mary Richards at mrichards@seniorsplus.org or 864-2645.

The Senior Resource Fair will showcase area agencies and programs that provide support and services for older adults in the Farmington area. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about these different organizations, what they offer, and how they can help older adults in Franklin County to continue to live at home. SeniorsPlus will have a table with staff members to answer questions about our services. There is no charge for the event and it will include breakfast made by the Mt. Blue High School culinary students.

The Senior Resource Fair is presented by SeniorsPlus in collaboration with its community partners on a three-year MeHaf "Thriving in Place" (TiP) grant that focuses on the Farmington and Rangeley communities. The goal of the TiP grants is to assist people with chronic health conditions to stay healthy in their homes rather than needing hospital or nursing home care. 

We have a new Around Town Cafe location! 

(posted August 2016) Douin's Market & Diner at 150 Mercer Road in New Sharon, Maine, is its newest “Around Town” member. Part of the nutrition program of SeniorsPlus, Around Town gives older adults and adults with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy meals out at a discounted price.

The complete list of restaurants participating in the Around Town program is available at www.seniorsplus.org/nutrition-services.

To participate in the Around Town program, pick up a voucher from either the front desk of SeniorsPlus at 8 Falcon Road in Lewiston or the SeniorsPlus Distribution Center on Route 4, 1472 Federal Road, Livermore. Vouchers may be used at any one of the seven participating restaurants. Around Town guests order from a special menu. Vouchers carry a suggested donation of $5.00 each.

“We’re delighted to add Douin’s -- a local favorite -- to our list of participating Around Town restaurants,” said Betsy Sawyer-Manter, CEO of SeniorsPlus. “Around Town makes it easier for older adults in the community to meet with friends and make new friends, while enjoying good food.”

An open house and information session presented by a member of the staff of SeniorsPlus will be held at Douin’s in October. 

Public hearings on State Plan on Aging include Farmington location

(posted Friday, April 8, 2016) As mandated under the Older Americans Act, every four years the Maine DHHS, Office of Aging and Disability Services submits a State Plan on Aging to the Administration on Community Living (ACL). This plan covers the period of October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2020.

The purpose of the State Plan on Aging is to provide Maine’s framework for activities related to programs/activities/services for older adults, document achievements, and planned activities related to the State’s community-based services and provide assurances to ACL that the provisions of the Older Americans Act will be followed.

A copy of Maine’s DRAFT 2016-2020 State Plan on Aging can be reviewed and printed from the Office of Agjng and Disability Services website at: http://www.maine.gov/d…/oads/trainings-resources/policy.html or interested parties may request a paper copy of the draft by calling 207-287-9200.

Three public hearings have been scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:

Date 1: May 4, 2016, 1 PM, Department of Health and Human Services, Cornshop Lane, Farmington.

Date 2: May 9, 2016, 2012, 1PM, Department of Health and Human Services, Graham St., Conf. Rm. A&B, Biddeford.

Date 3: May 13, 2016, 1PM, Department of Health and Human Services, 396 Griffin Rd., Lg. Conf. Rm., Bangor.

The Department requests that any interested party requiring special arrangements to attend the hearing contact the agency person listed below before Friday, April 29, 2016.

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: Written comments must be received by mail, fax or email by 5:00 PM Friday, May 13, 2016.

AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Nicole Rooney, Office of Aging and Disability Services, 41 Anthony Ave, 11 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0011; TELEPHONE: 207-287-9221, FAX: (207) 287-9229; EMAIL: nicole.rooney@maine.gov.

Public Hearings

(posted Friday, March 4, 2016) We will hold three public hearings on our 2016-2020 Area Plan, outlining our plan to serve the older adult and adults with disabilities populations over the next four years.

The public is invited and comments are welcome.

Area Plan on Aging Public Hearing Dates and Locations:

• Thursday, March 24th at 10 AM, SeniorsPlus Education Center, 8 Falcon Road, Lewiston

• Friday, March 25th at 10 AM, Chisholm Room, Franklin Memorial Hospital, Farmington

• Friday, March 25th at 1:30 PM, Norway Town Office, Norway

An advanced draft plan can be reviewed on our website between March 8th and March 25th, 2016 or you may pick up a copy at our office at 8 Falcon Road in Lewiston.

Written comments should be mailed to SeniorsPlus, 8 Falcon Road, Lewiston ME, 04240, and must be received on or before April 4th, 2016

For more information, visit www.seniorsplus.org or call 1-800-427-1241.

Established in 1972, SeniorsPlus is the Western Maine designated Agency on Aging covering Franklin, Oxford and Androscoggin counties. The overall program goal of SeniorsPlus, which is headquartered in Lewiston, is to assist older adults and adults with disabilities in Franklin, Oxford and Androscoggin counties to remain safely at home for as long as possible.  The mission of SeniorsPlus is to enrich the lives of seniors and adults with disabilities.  SeniorsPlus believes in supporting the independence, dignity and quality of life of those we serve.


Testimony in Support of Direct-care Workers

Gretchen Zeh-Higgins, Program Director at EIM, spoke to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services in support of LD 1350, to increase the reimbursement Rate for direct-care workers serving adults with long-term care needs. See what she had to say!


Maine Transportation Forums Announced

The Maine Department of Transportation is holding a series of forums regarding general public transit services in those communities that appear to have the largest unmet needs. They are seeking ideas from the public on how to improve services for, low income individuals, the elderly and disabled, and members of the general public.

Forums in our area:
Mexico - May 19, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, Region 9 Education Center

You may also send your input by email at Transit.MaineDOT@maine.gov.


Praise from Senator Susan Collins

Video Message from Senator Susan Collins of Maine, Chairwoman, Senate Special Committee on Aging On the occasion of the Fill the Plate Breakfast 2015 to benefit Meals on Wheels of SeniorsPlus and the presentation of the Ikaria Award to Dr. Alan Verrill of Central Maine Medical Center and Bridgeton Hospital for singular and outstanding contributions to towards improving the lives of older adults.


Medicare Covers Durable Medical Equipment

Did you know that Medicare Part B covers durable medical equipment (DME) that your doctor prescribes for use in your home? Anyone with Medicare Part B is eligible.

Generally, you pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount after you have met your Part B deductible for the year. The amount you pay may vary depending on the kind of DME needed.

If you have questions about the cost of durable medical equipment or coverage, call 1-800-MEDICARE or call us at 1-800-427-1241!


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