A Matter of Balance Workshop

Have you noticed changes in your balance or do you have concerns about falling? You can stay active and independent.

A Matter of Balance is a nationally recognized program designed to help you manage falls and increase activity levels. This workshop includes gentle exercises with additional components, including group discussion, home safety, assertiveness skill building, and a visit from a guest healthcare professional.

The workshop will be will be held from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm every Tuesday from May 23rd through June 27th at:

Holy Martyrs Church
266 Foreside Rd

The workshop will have between 12 and 15 participants, so register soon by calling 207-396-6500.

Aging in Place: Community Project is Off and Running

Yarmouth is committed to supporting our residents to “age in place” in their own homes/community, comfortably, safely, and independently, regardless of physical ability, age, or income.

Since Spring 2015 this project has been under development to design supportive programs for seniors. Our planning process was supported by the Town of Yarmouth, YCAN (Yarmouth Cares about Neighbors), and the Cumberland County Development Block Grant Program.

The plan is complete and community volunteers are hard at work implementing what residents requested in the community wide survey completed last winter. Successful programs already underway or nearing completion include:

  • Volunteer snow shovel brigade
  • List of local social opportunities already available for seniors
  • Informational brochure on fuel assistance, affordable housing, and food security
  • STAY (Senior Tax Assistance for Yarmouth)
  • Home companion/health services information for seniors and their caregivers
  • Yarmouth Senior Rides
  • List of reliable vendors/contractors
  • Application process for home modifications

We look forward to working with you to make Yarmouth a more age friendly community.

For more information please contact AIP Coordinator, Leigh Kirchner (leighmk2050 “at” gmail.com) or at (207) 712-7244. Please check the Senior Services section of this site for AIP updates. Be watching for our first issue of Yarmouth Senior News in March (available in many locations in Yarmouth), with news of interest to you.

Yarmouth Cares: Donations Welcome

The annual Yarmouth Cares campaign has begun! Please consider a donation to support all of the Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors (YCAN) programs including:

Yarmouth CAN is a 501(c)(3) private, non-profit, all-volunteer organization, so your contributions are eligible to be tax deductible under Maine and Federal law.

Please make checks payable to Yarmouth CAN, and mail them to:

Yarmouth CAN
P.O. Box 553
Yarmouth, ME 04096

Please include your name, address, phone number, and email address so that we may send you an acknowledgement of your gift. If you prefer that your name not be publicly acknowledged as a donor to YCAN, please include a note to that effect with your check.

Thank you, and Happy Holidays!

Latest YCAN News!

The Summer 2016 edition of the YCAN Bulletin, our quarterly newsletter describing recent YCAN events, was published this week. It includes news about:

  • Lunch Crunch (free lunches for kids)
  • Aging In Place
  • Yarmouth Community Center
  • Rides Program
  • Community Conversations
  • Spotlight: Sue Rowe and the Yarmouth Community Food Pantry

Click on this link to read about what has been accomplished recently. If you have questions or comments, you are welcome to email them to us at ycan@ycan.info

Aging in Place Community Survey Update

Many thanks to everyone who helped with the recent Aging in Place survey. More than 840 surveys were returned, which represents 24% of Yarmouth households. This is an amazing return, as most such surveys have less than a 10% return rate. Further, 51% of Yarmouth households age 65 and over returned their surveys.

There was strong awareness of existing programs, such as:
– Yarmouth Police Department morning safety check-in
– YCAN Rides program
– Meals on Wheels
– Yarmouth Community Services
– Yarmouth Fuel Fund
– Yarmouth Community Food Pantry
– Yarmouth Health Council Medical Equipment Loan Closet
But, the above programs are not used much by those who responded to the survey.

Yarmouth’s health care services were generally rated as good to excellent, though more mental health services (including dementia support) and a greater variety of specialists were requested.

Most people have opportunities to socialize with friends or family, but over 17% get together with others every 2-3 weeks or less. Almost 23% noted issues with walking in their neighborhoods due to physical limitations, sidewalk availability and/or the condition of the sidewalks.

Reasons for not remaining in Yarmouth included:
– the burden of property taxes
– the lack of affordable housing for those on a fixed income
– the health status of the respondents
– the lack of available support
– the location of adult children

67% rated a Community Center and 57% a Senior Center as a moderate to high need.

64% wanted volunteer opportunities while 45% requested help from volunteers.

For 65+ age group 58% want to volunteer and 41% need assistance.

The winning entries for Hannaford cards were Casey Walton and Rob Billings.

A full report will be presented to the Town Council in April. The next phase of the project involves brainstorming solutions to address the priorities identified by the survey. We will provide updates when they are available.

Contact Leigh Kirchner if you want to help with any phase of the project by phone at (207) 712-7244 or e-mail to “leighmk2050” at gmail.com