CCC Wednesday Communique — September 28, 2022

Apple trees are some of the many resources we’re blessed with in Downeast Maine.  Everywhere you look is an apple tree…in the middle of a field, by a stream, along the road, maybe in your backyard.  Let’s pick those apples!  (Photo courtesy of Charley Martin-Berry)

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Ending Ageism by 2032
The Maine Council on Aging announced last week that it will work to end ageism by 2032.  We can imagine a Maine without Ageism – a Maine where aging is embraced as a process to be celebrated and where all older people are valued and intentionally included in every aspect of our society. We believe we can build an Age-Positive (Age+) culture in Maine with healthier people and communities, and a stronger economy by intentionally addressing age-bias in all its forms. To be an effective movement, we need a plan, tools, and metrics. We’ll build those together with the most important ingredient of all – YOU! This movement must be bold, empowering and fun, led by people of all ages, colors, abilities, sizes, sexes, and orientations! We need business and municipal partners too. Please sign up to help Maine become Age+!

Food Access Programs in Washington County

Washington County Food and Fuel Alliance is interested in better understanding where the gaps are in our local food access systems. We have created a brief survey to help us evaluate where additional support could be useful in our region. A robust survey response would be very helpful. Please access the SURVEY HERE. Thanks!

Join Healthy Acadia’s Team
Healthy Acadia is recruiting for these positions:

National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers

The National Alliance for Caregiving – a coalition of 67 national organizations – applauds the release of the 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services but urges strong accountability and implementation efforts to turn the strategy into action. Read the report here. The National Strategy includes potential government actions that address issues that family caregivers say are most important, including:
1)    Access to Respite Services
2)    Support with Day-to-Day and Complex Medical Tasks
3)    Inclusion of Caregivers in Care Teams
4)    Financial Education on Caregiving Costs
5)    Better Identification of Family Caregivers
6)    Research on the Needs of Family Caregivers

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