Aging in Place:8 to 80 – A GrowSmart Maine Breakfast Forum

Aging in Place, A GrowSmart Maine Breakfast ForumMaine’s communities are strongest with a diverse population; young and old together.  While there is great focus on the need to strengthen our economy, it is also important for our communities to adapt to the needs of aging citizens.  What opportunities might this present for YOUR community?  What challenges might you face?

You’re invited to join the discussion about what communities can do to adapt to an aging population. What is happening, or not, in your community? What can we be doing now and how do we start? There are communities across the state who have begun to put plans in place to accommodate their aging population. What have they learned and what can you learn from them?

The morning is planned to include a great breakfast, ample time for networking and a lively conversation prompted by an engaging panel. You will leave with great new ideas to bring back to your community not to mention the people you will meet at the forum.

Panelists include:
Jessica Maurer of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Matt Teare, from Sea Coast Management and the Developers Collaborative
Michaela Stone, the Boothbay region Community Navigator
Peter Morelli, Saco’s Director of Development

When: Tuesday, June 24th, 7:30 to 9:30 am

Cost: $25 for members, $50 for non-members. Not a member? Join today.

Location: 29 Mckown Street Reception Center in downtown Boothbay Harbor. Generously donated by Tom Myette.

Generously sponsored by AARP Maine

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Panelist Bios:

Jessica Maurer began work as the Executive Director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging in January 2011. She advocates for healthy aging at the national, state and local levels on behalf of Maine’s five Area Agencies on Aging. She also assists the area agencies in strategic planning, program development and implementation. She provides leadership within Maine’s aging network, including on the Maine Council on Aging and Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention, to advance public policy initiatives that support Maine’s aging population. She is one of the lead authors of the 2012-2016 Maine State Plan on Aging and of Building a Collaborative Community Response to Aging in Place. She was the primary organizer for the Speaker’s Round Table Discussions on Aging and the Maine Summit on Aging and is leading the Maine Aging Initiative.
A licensed Maine attorney, Jessica worked for nearly 17 years in the Maine Office of the Attorney General. In her last 7 years in the Office, she served as a Special Assistant Attorney General, implementing public policy and legislative initiatives for the Attorney General. Aging related policy initiatives included elder abuse, prescription drug pricing and end of life care. Jessica is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Matt Teare has spent the last 15 years designing, approving and building senior communities as the Director of Real Estate Development for John Wasileski and Sea Coast Management – the developer and operator of 3 senior living communities in Maine.  These three communities – OceanView at Falmouth, the Highlands of Topsham and Highland Green – are large, master-planned, continuum of care senior communities that incorporate many elements of smart growth.  The development process for these communities requires a lengthy, collaborative working relationship with a wide variety of public and private stakeholders.  Matt is also developing two affordable senior living projects in South Portland and Topsham as a partner with Developers Collaborative of Portland. Matt lives in Yarmouth village with his wife Tracy and their daughters Ellie, Caitlin and Natalie.

Michaela Stone was born in Washington, DC and her family moved to Sheepscot, Maine when she was three years old. She graduated from the University of Southern Maine and has been a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) since 2005. Her work experience has been with The Family Violence Project, Healthy Kids: A Family Resource Center, and Head Start. She has been the Boothbay Region Community Resources (BRCR) Community Navigator since 2011 thanks to a grant from the Doree Taylor Foundation. As an LSW she helps residents of the region access resources to meet their crucial needs such as help paying essential bills, handling state applications for food stamps, disability and more.

Peter Morelli is the director of development for the City of Saco, where he has been responsible for planning, economic development, and historic preservation since 1987. He has developed parks, business parks, an Amtrak Station, two comprehensive plans, and numerous topical and regional plans, including the current age friendly community plan. He earned a masters degree in public policy at Tufts University and is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine. He is a trustee of the Dyer Library Association/Saco Museum and earned a graduate certificate in Museum Studies from Tufts.



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