Aging in Place in Union
The Aging in Place in Union Committee was formed in Spring 2017. Aging in Place is a concept instituted by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) to help America’s aging population remain safely in their own homes through their senior years.
Charged by Town Manager Jay Feyler to look at the unique needs of Union’s senior population, committee members meet at the Union Town Office every two weeks.
Numerous speakers from the Midcoast community have been invited to present information on relevant topics such as transportation, home electronics and monitoring, and home repairs.
Dr. Chip Teel, Sterling Transportation, and Penquis were among the groups that brought valuable information to the committee.
The committee has made progress, according to a news release.
The Union Ambulance service will make telephone calls to known fragile adults during storms or power outages.
“Sand for Seniors” is a program through the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, where members of public safety bring a bucket of sand to senior citizens not able to sand their own walkways.
Applications are available at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 302 Park Street in Rockland, the Union Town Office, or the town website at union.maine.gov. Questions about the program can be directed to Deputies Timothy Davis or Paul Spear at 207-594-0429.
The Aging in Place in Union Committee has also compiled a Community Resource Guide. A survey requesting the potential needs of Union seniors has been finalized, as well. These two pieces of information will be sent out to Union residents soon. The Committee requests the survey be returned to the Town Office by Monday, May 21.
An informational luncheon for seniors and family members is planned for Thursday, June 21. During the luncheon seniors can enroll in the Yellow Dot Program (a free program designed to help first responders provide life-saving medical attention in that first “golden hour” after an emergency or crash).
A talk on scams targeting seniors is in the planning stages.
Anyone interested in learning more about the Aging in Place in Union Committee may contact Town Manager Jay Feyler at the Union Town Office at 207-785-3658 or by email at email@example.com.
Aging in Place in Union Committee
Vicki Harriman, Chairwoman
Jay Feyler, Town Manager