The Aroostook Agency on Aging in partnership with the AARP Maine invites citizens from across Aroostook County to attend one of three informational sessions to learn how their community can become an Age-Friendly Community.

The informational sessions will be held at the following locations and times; all sessions are open to the public:

Houlton Regional Hospital, Center for Community Health Education -  Wednesday, October 3, 9:00-10:00 am

Madawaska Town Council Chambers - Thursday, October 4, 10:00-11:00am

Fort Fairfield Library Community Room - Thursday, October 4, 3:00-4:00pm

Age-Friendly Communities make a commitment to age-friendly planning and then advance efforts to help people of all ages live safely and comfortably in their community. They encourage older people to take an active role in making their community a better place for people to live, work, play and do business.  AARP Maine currently works with 59 local age-friendly teams across Maine, providing them with support, education, networking, and recognition.  Four of those teams--Caribou, Danforth, Houlton and Limestone- -also work closely with the Aroostook Area Agency on Aging.

The Aroostook Agency on Aging’s mission is to improve the quality of life, maximize the independence, and promote the well-being of older people in Northern Maine.  As part of that mission, one organizational goal is to empower and support the development of Age- Friendly Communities in Aroostook County.

Joy Barresi Saucier, Executive Director, Aroostook Agency on Aging, shared, “We believe that Age-Friendly Communities bring people together to look at community needs, plan solutions and build community support structures.  It is this proactive, inclusive approach that makes profound differences in the community, helping all members to live a better life.”

Older people and community leaders are encouraged to attend and bring a friend or neighbor to learn how their community can become age-friendly.  Requests for additional information can be directed to Joy Barresi Saucier, Executive Director, Aroostook Agency on Aging, at 764-3396 or joy.b.saucier@aroostookaging.org.

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