Age-Friendly Sullivan

AFS Resource Guide  Open to see our NEW Age-Friendly Resource Guide for Sullivan — we are excited to share this info!!!

Please join Age-Friendly Sullivan at our next meeting on the first Wednesday of the month — all are welcome!

Air Purifier Rebate  Looking for an air purifier?  Got allergies, breathing problems, etc.?  Click on the link for a $50 rebate from Efficiency Maine for your ENERGY STAR air purifier.  Other new appliances marked ENERGY STAR are also eligible for rebates.  Contact for more information.

Age-Friendly Sullivan vision:  “A compassionate community of neighbors supporting / welcoming young and aging residents to thrive in a diverse and sustainable Sullivan.” adopted August 1st, 2018

Parks Guide PDF  Creating Parks and Public Spaces for People of all Ages – a step by step guide created by AARP and the Trust for Public Land

2018 Survey   Spring 2018 Survey Results

📙 Rural Aging Primer  Grantmakers in Action “New Frontiers for Funding – an introduction to grant making in rural aging


❤️  Tai Chi Tidal Falls     Healthy Acadia presents Tai Chi at Tidal Falls Wednesdays and Saturdays through August 1st.

❤️  Make new friends and improve your heart-health by Walking Indoors at the Sullivan Recreation Center, every Monday at 5pm, Tuesday & Thursday at 1pm.  FREE

❤️  Senior Fitness at the Town Office with Karen Dove, every Tuesday & Friday, 10am-11:30am.  FREE Starts 7/24/18

❤️  Adult Fitness at the Town Office with Karen Dove, every Monday & Thursday, 10am-11:30am.  FREE Starts 7/23/18

⭐️  YOGA at the Town Office,  $8/drop-in for BEGINNERS and ADVANCED BEGINNERS – Starts 7/23/18

  • Monday & Thursday, 6pm-7:30pm
  • Wednesday, 10am-11:30am
  • 1st Sunday of the month, 1pm-2:30pm

⭐️  RESTORATIVE YOGA at the Town Office, 1st Sunday of the month, 3pm-4:30pm, $15/drop-in

📚  New AARP books  and  AARP Books PDF Visit the Frenchman’s Bay Library to check out their new collection of books for Seniors and their Caregivers, all donated by AARP Maine (Thank you!)

📚  Maine-Guide-E  The AARP Maine Guide to Building Livable, Age-Friendly Communities

📚  Book 1  AARP Roadmap to Livability

📚  Book 2  AARP Roadmap to Livability – Listening

📚  Book-3 AARP Roadmap to Livability – Housing

📚  Book-4 AARP Roadmap to Livability – Transportation

📚  Book-5  AARP Roadmap to Livability – Health Services & Community Supports

📚  AARP-Walk Tool-Kit Walk Audit Tool Kit

📚  AARP-Walk-Audit-Leader-Guide  Walk Audit Leader Guide

📙  Handbook  Maine Legal Services for the Elderly – Elder Rights Handbook

📙Connect to mainecenteronaging University of Maine – Center on Aging for programs, projects, research and initiatives

News and Updates

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Eat, drink and contribute to our Librarys major fundraiser -- a week from Sunday.  Have lunch and share stories about the big snowstorm.


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We can even pull out some checkers or cards for after you eat. Bring friends and make an afternoon of it.

A really fun event- a great winter afternoon!

Age-Friendly Sullivan will have a resource table at the event -- learn about our neighbor-to-neighbor program and new community garden!

I have "pinned" this post to the top of our FB Page for your easy reference. Various organizations are offering help for our federal employees / families furloughed or working without pay. I will post these resources in the comments and invite others to do the same.

Our new Resource Guide is posted to the town website. You will find it at the top of the Age-Friendly page. If you know of a Sullivan resident who is not tech-savvy, we have some printed booklets available at the Frenchman Bay Library. Check it out!
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I have pinned this post to the top of our FB Page for your easy reference.  Various organizations are offering help for our federal employees / families furloughed or working without pay.  I will post these resources in the comments and invite others to do the same. 

Our new Resource Guide is posted to the town website. You will find it at the top of the Age-Friendly page. If you know of a Sullivan resident who is not tech-savvy, we have some printed booklets available at the Frenchman Bay Library. Check it out!


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In light of the continuing federal government shutdown , College of the Atlantic is inviting federal employees to join us for a free meal this Wednesday, January 23 in our Take-a-Break dining hall. Wednesday is brunch day at COA, so come by anytime between 11:30-1 for a delicious plate of breakfast items - or make your own meal from our salad and sandwich bar. Just show your federal ID, and lunch is on us! #governmentshutdown #communitylove #collegeoftheatlantic

Solidarity with furloughed workers. Day 30!!!! When Sullivan Harbor Farm Smokehouse reopens, all currently furloughed workers get a FREE package of smoked salmon. Including our FDA inspectors.

ALL smartphone owners: Your Emergency Responders want you to know…

Medical ID helps first responders access your critical medical information from the Lock screen on your cell phone, without needing your passcode. They can see information like allergies and medical conditions as well as who to contact in case of an emergency.

Set up your Medical ID in the Health app on your iPhone (white icon with red heart)

1 Open the Health app and tap the Medical ID tab.
2 Tap Edit. If asked, tap Edit Medical ID.
3 To make your Medical ID available from the Lock screen on your iPhone, turn on Show When Locked. In an emergency, this gives information to people who want to help.
4 Enter health information like your medical conditions, allergies & reactions, medications, weight, height, and blood type.
5 Enter emergency contacts & relationship
6 Tap Done.

For Android phones, Google has introduced Emergency Information; it’s a new feature that lets you set emergency points of contact as well as enter basic medical information such as blood group, allergies, medication, and organ donor status, so that it can be accessed from the lock screen. Here’s how to add the information and access it from the lock screen.

Setting up Emergency Information: Go to the Settings app and tap Users. In the “lock screen settings” section, you will see “Emergency Information”. Tap it. The Emergency Information screen is divided into two tabs; one for medical information and one for emergency contacts.

You can enter your name, home address, blood type, allergies, medications you are taking, your organ donor status, and any additional medical notes you deem necessary should you experience a medical emergency. In the Contacts tab, you can select who should be called if something happens to you.

Accessing Emergency Information From The Lock Screen: The emergency information you set is for your benefit but you won’t be the one to access it should an emergency arise. In the event that you’re incapacitated e.g. you’ve lost consciousness, medics or by-standers will be the ones who access it when they’re trying to aid you. They obviously will not know what your passcode is which is why the emergency information can be accessed from the lock screen without needing to unlock the phone.
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WHY Sullivan joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities?

Between 2000 and 2010, the US Census reports that Sullivan’s population increased by 4.3%, yet our population of residents 65 or older increased by 12.2%.  In those 10 years, our median age went from 38.4 years old to 44.7 years old, an increase of 6.3 years!  In 2010, our seniors comprised 14.1% of Sullivan’s population.  It is projected that seniors will be 25% of our community by the year 2025.  How can we keep them safely thriving at home?

The purpose of the AARP Age-Friendly Communities is to serve as a catalyst to educate, encourage, promote, and recognize improvements that will make Sullivan more supportive not only of our older residents, but for residents of all ages.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified eight domains as influencing the health and quality of life of older adults (see details below).


The 8 Domains of Creating a Livable Community for all ages

  1. Outdoor spaces and buildings:  Outdoor spaces, such as parks and buildings affect the independence and quality of life of residents of all ages, but especially older adults.  Some Maine communities have made parks more accessible by increasing the width of paths and adding benches.  Others have increased the number of designated parking spaces near key services and added accessible features to municipally-owned buildings.
  2. Transportation:  Affordable and accessible public and volunteer transportation programs is key to aging in place safely and independently.  Some communities have created transportation resource guides that include information about public and private options.  Others have created volunteer programs that provide rides to where people need to go and may offer help with, for example, shopping or getting in and out of a building.
  3. Housing:  Safe and affordable housing promotes well-being and is key to older residents being able to age comfortably and safely in the house and community of their choice.  Communities can make regulatory changes to encourage additional housing options or to help create new housing.  Some initiatives have started their own “Handy Brigade”, others have partnered with existing services to increase awareness of home modification and home maintenance services.
  4. Social participation:  Socializing with friends and neighbors who don’t live in the same home as you is connected to physical and cognitive health.  Many communities have started a “senior” center or added to the opportunities available.  Others have partnered with local organizations such as lifelong learning programs, an art center, or a library to increase programming for adults.
  5. Respect and social inclusion:  A lack of contact between generations and lack of knowledge about aging are two reasons why stereotypes that exclude older people from full participation in the community continue.  Aging adults who feel welcomed and respected for their contribution are more likely to remain actively engaged in economic, social, and civic life than those who do not feel included.
  6. Civic participation and employment:  Older people do not stop contributing to their communities when they turn 65 or 85 or 105. An age-friendly community provides opportunities for residents who want to or need to work past traditional retirement age and encourages people of all ages to volunteer and participate in the political process.
  7. Communication and information:  Staying connected with activities, resources, and people is key to optimal aging.  Some communities have created information portals on their town website to increase access to information about local activities and resources making them easy to find.  Other communities have created resource manuals.
  8. Community support and health services:  Access to health care and services to support aging in place is key for the health and well-being of older residents.  Some communities have emphasized food security in this area.  Others have looked at elder abuse prevention or added disaster preparedness.

WHO checklist  Checklist of Essential Features of Age-friendly features is a tool for a community’s self-assessment and a map for charting progress.  In assessing a city’s strengths and deficiencies, older people will describe how their checklist of features matches their own experience of positive characteristics and barriers.  They should play a role in suggesting changes in implementing and monitoring improvements.

STEP 1:  ENTERING THE NETWORK:  We have been accepted!  Sullivan is the 46th community in Maine, and the 204th community in the United States to join the Network of Age-Friendly Communities!

  1. Certificate #204  Age-Friendly Sullivan Enrollment Certificate of membership through 2020
  2. Welcome Letter AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities Welcome Letter
  3. AFS AARP Maine Benefits  Single page summary of membership benefits

STEP 2:  PLANNING PHASE (years 1-2) has four elements

  1. Establishment of mechanisms to involve older people throughout the Age-Friendly cycle
  2. A baseline assessment of the age-friendliness of Sullivan
  3. Development of a 3-year community-wide plan of action based on assessment findings
  4. Identification of indicators to monitor progress

STEP 3:  IMPLEMENTATION & EVALUATION (years 3-5):  On completion of the planning phase, and no later than two years after joining the AARP Network, Sullivan will submit our action plan to WHO for review and endorsement.  Upon endorsement by WHO, cities will then have a three-year period of implementation.  At the end of the period of implementation, Sullivan will be required to submit a progress report to WHO outlining progress against indicators developed in Phase 1.


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