Feb 26, 2014

TOA Participates in the Maine Summit on Aging


 Pictured, Fran Seeley with Congressman Mike Michaud

Fran Seeley, Chair of the Senior Volunteer Programs Advisory Council and a Foster Grandparent at Lyseth School and Susan Lavigne, Director of the Foster Grandparent/Senior Companion Program at The Opportunity Alliance, participated in the inaugural Maine Summit on Aging, hosted by the Maine Council on Aging and Maine State House Speaker, Mark Eves.  

Designed to generate ideas, prioritize short-term goals and identify action steps, the Maine Summit on Aging brought together over 500 people with an interest in creating solutions to the challenges that Maine faces due to its increasingly older population.

As the oldest state with a median age of 43, everyone in attendance agreed with Speaker Eves that aging is an asset, as he and panelists laid out a framework for understanding the impact of the aging demographics on Maine. He then challenged attendees to come up with ideas for housing and transportation for an aging population while also creating ways to attract young workers to Maine.

A report on the ideas created by the Summit are due in the coming weeks.