Age-Friendly Sullivan

10.03.18 AFS AGENDA PDF  Please join Age-Friendly Sullivan at our next meeting on Wednesday — 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

📚  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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Age-Friendly Sullivan

Defensive driving in Sullivan on 11.17.18 - $40 fee or $25 for seniors 65+. See details below.Join instructor Don Saunders on Saturday, November 17th from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm for Maine Driving Dynamics; a Bureau of Highway Safety course aimed at improving a student's defensive driving awareness and abilities. The five-hour course includes discussion of collision avoidance techniques, safety issues, driver habits and attitudes, and the basic elements that challenge drivers on Maine's highways. The course format engages participants with lectures, videos, and class discussion/participation. Upon completion, students receive a three-point credit on their driving record. Some insurance companies give discounts after completing this course. Check with your company for details. Students should bring their driver's license to class. Registration: $40.00 under age 65; $25 age 65 and older. Seniors should call our office to register to receive the discounted price. 422-4794.

Must bring driver's license to class.

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Defensive driving in Sullivan on 11.17.18 - $40 fee or $25 for seniors 65+. See details below.

This fall, AARP/Maine provided the Frenchman Bay Library with a new selection on Aging and Financial Security.

• Downsizing the Family Home - what to save, what to let go, by Marni Jameson
• New Aging - live smarter, how to live better forever, by Matthias Hollwick
• Retirement Survival Guide, The - how to make smart financial decisions in good times and bad, by Julia Jason
• Social Security for Dummies, by Jonathan Peterson
• The Other Talk - a guide to talking with your adult children about the rest of your life, by Timothy Prosch
• The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement, by Jan Cullinane
• This Chair Rocks - a manifesto against ageism, by Ashton Appleton

Age-Friendly Sullivan is grateful for the partnership with AARP Maine to enhance the lives of all citizens in the area, regardless of age. These books are available at the Frenchman Bay Library, 1776 US Highway One, Sullivan, ME 04664. FMI: 207.422.2307.
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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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