4th Annual Maine Summit on Aging: September 20, 2017

Summary of 3rd Annual Summit on Aging: Nearly 500 community, municipal, organizational, business, research and policy leaders participated in the 2016 Maine Summit on Aging hosted by the Maine Council on Aging at the Augusta Civic Center on September 19th, 2016. The 2016 Summit explored strategies Maine can implement to substantially improve the health and well-being of older adults. It highlighted innovative solutions and system changes that are working to promote health, not just through medical treatment, but through new collaborations–between community organizations, volunteer groups, medical providers and more–that are addressing the social determinants of health. Summit speakers and work sessions dug into how increasing access to reliable transportation, safe housing, home repair, quality food, social engagement, educational opportunities, community wellness and exercise programs can keep older adults healthy and out of emergency rooms.

Our engaging keynote speaker, Anne Montgomery, Deputy Director of the Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness at Altarum Institute, described effort to create integrated community-based systems of care that address both the medical needs and social determinants of health of older adults. In 22 breakout sessions, health, research and community leaders shared replicable models and strategies that are working to keep older adults healthy and living well at home. The conversations and recommendations from the Summit will drive MCOA’s policy efforts in the future. We will post presentations and summaries of keynotes and work sessions in coming weeks. Stay tuned!

The Maine Summit on Aging was generously sponsored by our Sustaining Patrons and Platinum Sponsors: Eastern Maine Health Systems, John T. Gorman Foundation, MaineHealth, Maine Health Access Foundation, and Senscio Systems, Gold Sponsors: AARP Maine, GT Independence, Wellness Connection of Maine, and Silver Sponsors: Avesta Housing, HealthCentric Advisors, Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging and SeniorsPlus.

The support of our sponsors allowed us to present the Summit at the low registration cost of $30 and to offer scholarships for those who could not pay so that the event was accessible to all!