Letter: Legislative forum on aging coming to Harpswell

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I want to encourage readers interested in the issues Maine’s seniors face to attend an event in Harpswell on Wednesday, July 27.

Maine House Speaker Mark Eves will be making the latest stop in his statewide senior listening tour at the Elijah Kellogg Church, 917 Harpswell Neck Road, from 6:30-8 p.m. Various community members, local officials and representatives of Harpswell Aging at Home will lead a discussion that will include a range of issues important to older Mainers, especially the idea of maintaining independence and having the opportunity to age in place.

Making sure we address the needs of seniors should be a major priority for policymakers at all levels, especially with Maine having the highest median age in the country. Aging can bring with it many barriers to living a full and happy life, from access to affordable housing, heat, medical care and prescription medicines, to rising property taxes and the danger of becoming physically and mentally isolated.

These are barriers that we can all knock down together if we listen to each other and demonstrate the willpower to take concrete action. I know that when the Legislature goes back into session next year, I want to be able to carry the voices of local seniors with me as I begin to introduce new bills for my colleagues to consider.

I hope that you will consider attending this forum, whether you have ideas to share or you just want to listen to what your neighbors have to say.

Rep. Jay McCreight