Cumberland to hold 2nd aging-in-place forum

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CUMBERLAND — The town’s second annual “Forum on Aging,” geared toward helping seniors stay in their homes as long as possible, and remain active in their community, will take place Saturday, Oct. 29.

The 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. event takes place at Greely Middle School, 351 Tuttle Road, and is free and open to residents of Cumberland and North Yarmouth.

Last year’s inaugural event drew 150 people, educating them on services available to seniors.

Workshop sessions this year will include “Community Resources for Seniors,” led by Janet Browne, Southern Maine Agency on Aging; “From Home to Senior Housing,” Tom Gruber, Cumberland Aging in Place committee, and Ann O’Sullivan, SMAA; “Understanding Dementia,” Dr. John Campbell, and “How to Age Well at Home,” Anne Marie Catanzano, SMAA.

The new Cumberland Area Rides and Friendly Visitor programs will be discussed, along with handyman and emergency pet care services.

Flu shots, balance screenings and blood pressure checks will also be offered. Lunch will be provided at no charge. Cumberland and North Yarmouth residents can schedule rides to the event by calling 829-3367.

Call Aging in Place Cumberland at 829-2205, ext. 346, or log onto, for more information.

The group, now in its third year, offers the Cumberland Area Rides program, which was serving nearly 40 residents as of May. It also offers seniors help with medical equipment, food, keeping warm safely during the winter, and fuel assistance.

While its overall goal is enabling residents to stay in their homes as they grow older, the AIP committee also hopes to prevent the social isolation and loneliness that can accompany loss of a spouse.

The group has forged partnerships with several organizations in the community in addition to the Town Council: the recreation, fire and police departments, churches, Prince Memorial Library, School Administrative District 51, the Lions Club, and the Cumberland Historical Society.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.