Our October, 2015 community survey formed the basis for our Age-Friendly planning. Four years later - after much discussion, strategic planning and refinement of programs - the May, 2019 Listen to your Elders event provided enrichment to already existing programs and some exciting new potentials.
Transportation (Anita Clark and Shirley Powell)Current Projects:
Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) Volunteer Driver Program: free rides for over-60 residents of the AFCI communities - medical (within 30 miles) or non-medical (within the 6 towns). Call 207-824-4444 at least 3 days in advance of ride. Rides are dependent on availability of drivers.
Continued advocacy with the Maine Department of Transportation, Western Maine Transportation Services and the Mountain Explorer.
WE NEED VOLUNTEER DRIVERS! CONTACT US IF INTERESTED
Housing (Lucy Abbott and Charlie Reiss) Current Projects:
Free home safety assessments by a licensed Occupational Therapist. Clients are recommended by the Bethel Family Health Center or may request the service themselves.
We are developing a Handy Neighbors Program.
Communication and Outreach (Nancy Davis, Shirley Powell, Lucy Abbott) Current Projects:
Press releases and print items (rack card, etc.)
Monthly electronic newsletters – contact us if you’d like to be on the email list.
Resource Directory: Guide to services and agencies available to seniors (and others), locally and statewide; on website and printed copies at select sites within the AFCI communities – contact us if you’d like us to email you a pdf copy.
Social Participation and Respect (Anita Clark) Current Projects: The AFCI collaborates with a variety of community organizations and promotes and advertises multi-age activities.
Community and Health Services (Jane Chandler, Lise McLain, Bob Oickle) Current Projects:
Exercise for Seniors, free of charge: Walk the Gym, November-April; Tai Chi classes
Morning Greeting: Seniors living alone can receive a call each day from a “neighbor” to check in on their well-being, thereby lessening isolation, promoting safety, and encouraging new friendships. FMI: Brooks Morton (firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-824-2679).
Adaptive toolkit Display: tools for home use, including kitchen helpers and aids to facilitate vision and manual dexterity; for sale at Brooks Bros. Hardware and from other online retailers (see catalog); displayed throughout the communities and at local events (Manager Jane Chandler).
The AFCI collaborates with the Local Food Connection to address issues of food security.
All of the above programs welcome volunteers – all sorts of tasks: suggest an idea, give a few hours or serve on a planning team.