CCC Wednesday Communique — May 11, 2022

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Living with Grief Conference
Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County is hosting this year’s Hospice Foundation of America Living with Grief conference, titled Trauma and Loss, on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. online via Zoom. The conference is offered free of charge; however, pre-registration by May 20 is required.  The national panel (a televised presentation) will focus on the specific issues raised when losses are sudden and traumatic, including the result of accidents and disasters, suicides, overdoses, homicide and terrorism; military or service-related deaths; or the unpredictable trajectories of illnesses.  Complicating their grief, these types of losses can shatter individuals’ assumptions about life and the world.  Part One will explore the factors that complicate grief.  Part Two will use case studies to highlight ways that such losses can be treated. The program concludes with a discussion of vicarious traumatization and strategies for self-care.  Learn more and sign up for this conference in Healthy Acadia’s newsletter.

Breaking the Limits
Cultivating a Vision for Equity in Aging
Please save the date and join the Maine Council on Aging at the 9th Annual Maine Wisdom Summit. The event will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. We are thrilled to announce Dr. Tracey Gendron, one of the foremost researchers on ageism, will be joining us as our keynote speaker at the Wisdom Summit! Dr. Tracey Gendron serves as Chair for the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Gerontology and Executive Director of the Virginia Center on Aging. In addition she is the author of the recently released, “Ageism Unmasked”. We are thrilled to have her join us for this year’s Wisdom Summit and special thanks to our Exclusive Premier Keynote Sponsor, Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice.  More information coming soon!

First Annual Rhubarb Festival 

Mark your calendars for the First Annual Rhubarb Festival, Saturday, June 11, 2022, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Kendall Farm barn in Perry.  The Rhubarb Festival will shine a spotlight on the versatile, plentiful, and under-celebrated spring vegetable. The family-friendly event will include workshops about planting and caring for rhubarb plants, rhubarb history and nutritional value, canning and preservation techniques, rhubarb cooking demos and competitions, sampling, food sales, games, and so much more!  Festival organizers are seeking home cooks to compete in the rhubarb cooking competitions in several categories. food vendors as well as other vendors with a rhubarb focus, i.e. rhubarb sauces, jams, themed-goods, etc. Vendors must bring their own table, chair(s). Vendor fee is $25 per table or 10% of net proceeds from the event. All are welcome and invited to join in this fun family-friendly event. Please bring your own chairs and shopping bags. Learn more here.

Calais Job Fair
Graduating and seeking the ideal job? Wanting a career change? Plan on attending the Calais area job fair at the Calais Community Hospital lower parking lot on May 25th from 11 am — 2 pm.  See flyer for details, including tips on being prepared and making the best impression.

Age my Way

Older adults play vital, positive roles in our communities – as family members, friends, mentors, volunteers, civic leaders, members of the workforce, and more. Just as every person is unique, so too is how they age and how they choose to do it – and there is no “right” way. That’s why the theme for Older Americans Month (OAM) 2022 is Age My Way. Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the celebration of OAM. This year’s theme focuses on how older adults can age in their communities, living independently for as long as possible and participating in ways they choose.
While Age My Way will look different for each person, here are common things everyone can consider:

  • Planning: Think about what you will need and want in the future, from home and community-based services to community activities that interest you.
  • Engagement: Remain involved and contribute to your community through work, volunteer, and/or civic participation opportunities.
  • Access: Make home improvements and modifications, use assistive technologies, and customize supports to help you better age in place.
  • Connection: Maintain social activities and relationships to combat social isolation and stay connected to your community.

 For more information please follow this link to the Older American’s Month website(From the Downeast Public Health Council’s Newsletter)

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