Plan Ahead & Age Well: a 7-part educational series

The Ogunquit Memorial Library presented an educational series on aging with local speakers and resources. The series was made possible by a sponsorship from AARP Maine. The average age of our yearlong residents in Ogunquit is 59.9 years old and we have a large retired population that summers here, most of which are retired or soon to be retired, and many of whom are caring for older relatives. We wanted to create a series on aging gracefully focusing on subjects and issues that this age group will have to consider in the next decade.

The topics covered were:

Estate Planning/Health Care Proxies:

Brin Moore, Esq, Attorney in ME & NH has spent the past decade honing her practice in estate planning and probate in Maine and New Hampshire. Estate planning is personal. What she enjoys most about in her practice is coming alongside clients to understand their goals, and working together to create a well-rounded plan that achieves those goals.

She works with clients to prepare Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and Advance Directives, as well as Deeds, Prenuptial Agreements, Special Needs Trusts, Real Estate Trusts, and business documents as they relate to her clients’ needs.


Assisted Living:

Presented by Jen Given and Jenna Elerick, Co-Directors of Coastal Transitions of Maine.

For over five years, Jen and Jenna have helped hundreds of senior’s transition to independent living, assisted living and memory care communities all throughout the state and Southern New Hampshire. As local senior living advisors, we know the senior living communities, their rates, amenities, and care levels. With our knowledge and experience we are able to provide the best options for you or your loved one. We take the stress out of finding the right senior living.

Coastal Transitions of Maine- Your Local Senior Living Advisors offering free, unbiased guidance for your best senior living options.


Downsizing:

Jill Buchan, Co-Owner of J&L Home Organizing, brings you an educational seminar – “Declutter With Purpose: Real Life Strategies for Downsizing Your Home.”

J&L Home Organizing is proud to be one of the premiere women-owned home organizing businesses in New Hampshire. The company began with the mission to empower people to find positive space in their homes and their hearts.  The J&L team understands that sometimes change happens in life that is planned for, or it comes around unexpectedly. Life transitions such as downsizing and moving can be challenging because they force us to let go of the familiar and face the future with a feeling of vulnerability.

This seminar will focus on how to get started downsizing your home and strategies for success – including ways to stay positive and motivated.  Jill will also share information on local resources and ways to pass your unwanted items to others who may need them in the community.


Medicare/Private Insurance:

Presented by Kathy Jodoin, Medicare coordinator at Southern Maine Agency on Aging.


Caregiver Resources:

Presented by Amy Giovannani, Owner of Home Instead.


Nutrition:

Presented by Ashley Perrone, Nutrition Program Manager at Southern Maine Agency on Aging


Dementia:

Elizabeth Castillo, MD, PhD of York Hospital will be presenting on elderly dementia.


This is not an AARP event and the speakers do not represent AARP.

RESOURCES:

There are brochures at the library with more information for some of the topics.

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