The Star-Herald

Agency on Aging offers online and in-person events in August

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Staying well allows us to live better lives. Through group classes,  informational sessions and events, the Aroostook Agency on Aging staff and volunteers share  topics and techniques that are intended to help all people age well.

We offer monthly programs developed to help older persons and their care partners succeed and  thrive in their own homes. Pre-registration is required for all sessions. Stop by our Presque Isle office or call 207-764-3396/800-439-1789 for more information on any of these August events. 

Congregate Dining Tuesday, Aug. 2 11:30 a.m. Every Tuesday and Wednesday Madawaska Senior Center, 291 Newberry Street, hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging.

A sit-down luncheon for those over the age of 60 is now available two days per week. Interested  persons must register a day in advance; please call the registration line at 207-760-1689 and  leave a message. Participants will be asked to provide some basic information upon first visit and then adhere to COVID-19 screening every visit. 

Online Gathering Place (online) Wednesday, Aug. 3 10–11 a.m. Every Wednesday in August, hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and AgingME.

The Gathering Place focuses on creating a safe “virtual” place for those with chronic memory loss  or health conditions to engage in fun activities and interact with others. Call or email to info@aroostookaging.org for more information or to preregister for this weekly session.

Congregate Dining Thursday, Aug. 4 11 a.m. Every Thursday and Friday Fort Kent Senior Center, 20 Pine Street, hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and Fort Kent Elderly Social Action Club.

A sit-down luncheon for those over the age of 60 is now available two days per week. Interested  persons must register a day in advance; please call the registration line at 207-760-1690 and  leave a message. Participants will be asked to provide some basic information upon first visit and  then adhere to COVID-19 screening every visit.  

Artists for Aging Exhibit – First Friday Art Walk Friday, Aug. 5 5-7 p.m., hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce.

Help us celebrate “Artists for Aging” with a visit to our gallery at Aroostook Agency on Aging to  see the work of Laurence Park of Presque Isle. 

Medicare 101 (online) Tuesday, Aug. 9 10 a.m. to noon, hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging.

Can you save money on your Medicare? What options do you have for coverage? Do you need  Advantage plans or Supplements? Contact Kimberly James, Medicare education coordinator, for more information or to preregister for a link to this ZOOM class. 

Congregate Dining Wednesday, Aug. 10 11 a.m. Every Wednesday and Thursday Van Buren Community Center/Van Buren Housing Authority, 130 Champlain Street, hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and Borderview Rehabilitation & Living Center.

A sit-down luncheon for those over the age of 60 is now available two days per week. Interested  persons must register a day in advance; please call the registration line at 207-760-1687 and  leave a message. Participants will be asked to provide some basic information upon first visit and  then adhere to COVID-19 screening every visit.  

Senior Medicare Patrol Fraud & Abuse (online) Wednesday, Aug. 10 10 a.m. to noon, hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging.

Have you been a victim of Medicare Fraud? Do you want to learn ways to protect yourself from  scams? How can you inform others about Medicare? Contact Kimberly James, Medicare education coordinator, for more information or to preregister for  a link to the class. 

Caregiver Support Group (online) Tuesday, Aug. 16 6-7 p.m., hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging.

It is normal for caring for a loved one to sometimes produce frustration and anger. But you don’t  have to cope alone. Our support group for caregivers can be a lifesaver because it gives  participants a place where they can share their feelings confidentially, make friends, get help  navigating the healthcare system, and learn from others who are traveling a similar path. Please  call or email info@aroostookaging.org to receive a link to the ZOOM class. 

Coming soon– Call us to find out when the next sessions are being  offered in your area or online! 

Savvy Caregiver, hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and Healthy Living for ME.

The Savvy Caregiver is a 12-hour course delivered in 2-hour sessions over a 6-week period.  Curriculum includes a caregiver manual and workbook. It aims to introduce family caregivers to  the caregiving role, providing them with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to carry out  that role and alerting them to self-care issues. Please call or email info@aroostookaging.org to receive a link to the ZOOM class. 

The Conversation Project, hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and AgingME.

Talking about the things you want for yourself can be challenging. There are so many questions  when you plan for the future: will I have enough money, will someone make decisions for me,  does anyone really know what is most important to me, or does anyone know what makes me  afraid? Our online Conversations class can assist you in developing questions or sharing concerns that you have with your loved ones and family doctor. Please call for  more information or to preregister.

Brain Builders, hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and AgingME.

We all know the importance of physical, mental, social, and emotional wellness. But do you know having a healthy brain improves your mood and decreases the likelihood of having illnesses that threaten your quality of life? Our monthly Brain Health: You Can Make a Difference online session  helps participants create goals that impact on their life and boosts their brain health. Call or email info@aroostookaging.org for more information or to preregister  for a link to this ZOOM class. 

Falls Prevention Informational Session, hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and AgingME.

Participants will gain an overview of falls prevention and other health classes available in  Aroostook County. Class is free, pre-registration is required. Call or  email info@aroostookaging.org for more information or to receive a link to the class. 

MaineCare Toolkit, hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging.

This is a helpful program designed to help older persons and their care partners identify and apply for financial assistance for nursing home care or in-home support services. Agency outreach specialists will provide information through a video presentation, a question & answer session,  and a variety of agency materials to help benefit older persons in Aroostook.  

A Matter of Balance, hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and Healthy Living for ME.

A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance. 

Tai Chi for Better Health and Balance (online), hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and Healthy Living for ME.

Tai Chi is an enjoyable exercise that can improve balance, relieve pain, and improve health and  ability to do things. It is a slow exercise. It is easy to learn and good for all ability levels. There is  a $20 fee for 10 weeks. Please call or visit  www.healthylivingforme.org to preregister or for more information.

Bingocize (online), hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging, Healthy Living for ME and AgingME.

Bingocize is a 10-week health promotion program that mixes the popular game of bingo with  moderate exercise. Participants will perform fall prevention exercises while learning about the  importance of physical fitness in preventing serious falls. Individuals over age 55 should call Callie  Rogers for more information on this Wednesday/Friday class or  visit www.healthylivingforme.org to preregister for a ZOOM link. 

Living Well for Better Health, hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and Healthy Living for ME.

Staying well allows us to live better lives. Living Well for Better Health helps people learn how to  manage their own health by improving communication with their physicians, actively managing  their symptoms, creating personal action plans, and developing support structures. 

Living Well with Chronic Pain, hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and Healthy Living for ME.

This class is designed for people who have a diagnosis of chronic pain, offering strategies for  dealing with their symptoms. Topics include: techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue,  isolation, and poor sleep, appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength,  appropriate use of medications, communicating effectively with family, friends, and health  professionals, nutrition, pacing activity and rest, and how to evaluate new treatments. 

Flavor of Aroostook: Cooking to Connect class, hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging, UMaine Cooperative Extension, NMCC, Aramark and A.R. Gould Northern Light Health.

Join Lisa Fishman of the UMaine Cooperative Extension for a hands-on cooking class held in the  state-of-the-art culinary lab at Northern Maine Community College. In-person registration is limited to six persons, however additional online seats are available.

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