Local organizations have joined forces to offer an event to help seniors in our communities to live healthy, connected and prepared.
Changing Aging will take place Sunday, Sept. 22, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Boothbay Region YMCA. The event is open to all Lincoln County residents and caregivers. Adult children are encouraged to attend with their parents and loved ones, and those serving our older population can expect to connect with their peers and community resources.
Attendees can visit informational booths and/or attend breakout sessions. The event and services offered are free and include flu shots; simple haircuts; appetizers and refreshments; educational sessions on advance planning, healthy aging and avoiding scams; and information about local healthcare resources and senior living options. A pharmacist will be on hand to answer questions about medications, and home modification experts will be available to discuss ways to make it easier for seniors to navigate their surroundings.
Each of the attendees will receive a step-by-step planning guide that offers a blueprint for getting things in order now in order to make the lives of your loved ones easier when you pass away.
“We plan for many family milestones and celebrations throughout our lives, but quite often, we avoid planning for the inevitable,’’ said Sue Burge, one of the event organizers, and a member of the Boothbay Region Community Resource Council. “One of the best gifts we can give to those we care about the most is a collection of all the information and documents they will need to honor your wishes when you’re gone. This will lighten their load during a time of grief and give them peace of mind, knowing that your wishes are being met.”
For more information about Changing Aging, please call the LincolnHealth Education Center at 207-563-4540 or visit cchi.coursestorm.com. You do not need to register. The event was planned by the Boothbay Region Community Resource Council, the Boothbay Region YMCA, The Coulombe Center for Health Improvement, LincolnHealth and MaineHealth Care at Home.