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

Aging in Place Survey Documents

If you live in Yarmouth and your household has not received an Aging in Place survey, or if you need an extra copy for some reason, you may click here to download a PDF of the survey suitable for printing. A copy of the cover letter for the survey, which includes the entry form for the $50 Hannaford Gift Card drawing, can be found here.

No matter what your age, we hope that every Yarmouth household will complete and return a copy of this survey. Please return your survey to us by mail or by using one of the collection boxes around town:

– Town Hall
– Merrill Memorial Library
– Yarmouth Community Services
– the Yarmouth History Center
– Chamber of Commerce
– Bartlett Circle Community Building
– Yarmouth Falls Community Room
– Sacred Heart Church (on Sundays)
– First Parish Church Office

Results of the survey will be used to plan for Yarmouth to be a more age-friendly community.

Thank you!

Senior Seminar Series at Merrill Library

Merrill Memorial Library
presents

Senior Seminar Lecture Series
6 Consecutive Thursdays 10 am – 12 noon

April 30 — Aging in Place Options / Alzheimer’s Education &Updates
Interior/Exterior Re-design, Senior Downsizing,
*Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter- Peter Baker
Improving Quality of Life for Your Loved Ones with Alzheimers
Get help and Resources in your Local Area
“You don’t know what you’re missing if you don’t move with Bisson”

May 7 —Downsizing, Liquidation, Buying/Selling, Moving
*Universal Designz –Lynne Maxfield-Cole
Accessible & Barrier-Free Homes
*Bisson Moving & Storage – Keith Koehler
*Stan Lourie Enterprises – Stan Lourie
*Simply Sized Homes – Kim Dorsky & Liz Pattison
Estate & Auction Services
Home Downsizing, Moving Management & Resettling Services
*Keller Williams / Marc Gup Real Estate Group – Marc Gup
Premier Real Estate Agency
*Norman Hanson & Detroy -Kathryn Longley-Leahy Esq
*High Tower Advisors, LLC -Grey Terry

May 14 —Legal and Financial/Computer
Elder Law Services, Wills, Trusts, Probate & Estate Planning
Retirement Income Specialists
*E-Connection – Judy Knaub, CPA
Computer Assistance in the comfort of your own home
*Yarmouth Police Department – Detective Paul Martin
*Maine I.D. Theft Services – Jane Carpenter
Don’t let the next fraud victim be you

May 28 —Medical Equipment / Hospice/Reverse Mortgage
*Southern Maine Audiology – Lindsay Robinson
*MedCor Professionals -Mark & Kelly Hassett
High Quality Home Medical Equipment & Rehabilitation Supplies
*Security 1 Lending – Steve Eastman
One of the Largest Providers of Reverse Mortgages in the USA
*Hospice of Southern Maine –Martha Blackburn

May 21 — AARP/ Senior Fraud Protection
*AARP – Jane Margesson
Hearing Healthcare Needs
Compassion, Care and Comfort Through the End of Life

June 4 —– Care Planning for future years
Beach Glass Transitions – Lynn Peel
Senior Care Advisors: Evaluating and Navigating Your Senior Care Options
Bay Square at Yarmouth – Mary Willson
A Benchmark Senior Living Community
In-home Companion and Personal Care Services
Advantage Home Care – Rich Blumenthal
Co-sponsored by MML & PACES – Portland Area Coalition for Elder Services

Free and open to the Public – Light refreshments served

LewisHall@Merrill Memorial Library
215 Main Street, Yarmouth
207-846-4763

www.yarmouthlibrary.org
www.pacesseniors.com