Looking for information on resources for older adults? Searching for opportunities to address the challenges of the aging process in Maine? On this page, you’ll find myriad informational resources to help you with questions about aging in Maine and resources for older adults around the state. Priority informational resources are listing in MCOA’s “Aging Resources” list and the foundational “Blueprint on Aging,” which presents the principles and vision that underpin the formation and initiatives of Maine Council on Aging.
Vision of the Blueprint on Aging Maine’s aging population is an opportunity. The state must seize it. The face of Maine is changing rapidly and has been for a long time. Though we are the oldest state in the nation, we cannot allow the challenges of aging to paralyze us. We must be energized by this challenge and capitalize on the assets of our aging population. If we act now, we can ensure our seniors have an opportunity to age with dignity. We can meet growing health care needs. We can support our employers who are looking at a retiring workforce. And we can grow our economy all at the same time. However, there is no silver bullet. There is no one piece of legislation or community program that will allow us to meet this complex challenge. And there is no one-size-fits-all approach. We need a community-by-community plan that moves our state in the right direction – one community at a time. We also need all hands on deck. This won’t work unless people from all segments of our economy collaborate to craft and implement innovative solutions. This is our blueprint for action.
Aging Acronyms navigate the world of aging acronyms
Age Friendly Communities
- Generations United – intergenerational initiatives
- Share the Care – VT Home Share Project
- Green House Project – alternative to traditional nursing home care
Health & Well-Being
Mutchler, Jan E.; Li, Yang; and Xu, Ping, “Living Below the Line: Economic Insecurity and Older Americans Insecurity in the States 2016” (2016). Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging Publications. Paper 13.
- A Portrait of Wellbeing: The Status of Seniors in Maine
- On January 20th, the John T. Gorman Foundation issued a new report called “A Portrait of Wellbeing: The Status of Seniors in Maine”. It highlights economic, housing and social factors impacting older adults across 10 regions within the state. This report creates a much-needed baseline for measuring progress in these areas in the coming years. Among the publication’s findings:
- – Maine has a higher percentage of seniors with low incomes than neighboring states: 29% compared to 21.1% in New Hampshire and 23.5% in Vermont.
- – Seniors living in southeast Cumberland County are more likely to be poor or low-income when compared to those living in other areas of the state.
- – Seniors in Oxford, Somerset, Franklin, and Piscataquis counties, as well as southeast Cumberland County, are more likely to live alone.
- – Half of Maine’s senior renters live in homes where more than 30 percent of total household income is spent on housing costs.
- – Across the state, low-income seniors consistently fare worse than their higher-income peers on indicators of well-being: they are more likely be burdened by housing costs, whether they rent or own, are less likely to be married, and are three times more likely to live alone.
- Click the link above to read the full report.