Senior Talk Podcasts



Senior Talk Podcasts

Senior Talk with Carol Higgins Taylor is a weekly half- hour program designed with seniors in mind. Senior Talk covers subjects that relate to the lives of seniors and caregivers. Senior Talk’s goal is to bring people information that is important to them – programs, services, agencies – anything that can improve their quality of life.

Hiking for Seniors
Ron Chase is an avid hiker. At 69 years old, he is educating other seniors to the joys of hiking and to help hikers on their path, he wrote Mountains for Mortals – New England, a comprehensive a guidebook for hikers of all levels.
IRS and Other Scams
There are several scams being tracked by AARP. The IRS Scam insists you owe back taxes and tries to make you pay. The Romance Scam defrauds money out of trusting people on dating sites. Jobs Scams preys on the unsuspecting unemployed.
Country Villa
The Country Villa, a senior living community with a variety of amenities, was designed with senior comfort in mind. Situated on Kenduskeag Avenue in Bangor, the family atmosphere, delicious meals, and activities makes for happy residents.
Proposed Changes to Medicare
Medicare is under fire and there are proposed changes in the midst that will weaken the program. While nothing has been decided for sure, the changes could include a Support Premium which really means a Voucher Program. Learn the facts.
Is Social Security in trouble
Legislation has been proposed in January 2017 that would slash benefits to Medicare beneficiaries. The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is working to protect the program and prevent changes that will harm seniors.
Seniors and Cyber Security, Part 2
Going online keeps you connected. But it is not always safe. In Part 2 of Seniors and Cyber Security, we discuss When in Doubt, Throw it Out which means being careful of emails and links; the best privacy measures; and safe shopping online.
Pelvic Floor Rehab
Important muscles at the base of the pelvis can become weak over time. The loss of strength can lead to a many of impairments including incontinence, pain, and instability. Pelvic floor physical therapy enables a person to regain control.
What is a Quality Improvement Organization (QIO)?
A QIO is a group of health quality experts, clinicians, and consumers organized to improve the care delivered to people with Medicare. They work under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Livanta contracts with CMS to help beneficiaries.
Seniors and Cyber Security, Part 1
The Internet is a wonderful tool but there can also be danger. Before you venture online, take some basic safety precautions. Strong passwords, thinking before you act, and locking your devices with a password can all help keep you safe.
Social Security COLA
The COLA increase in Social Security benefits is an average of $4 a month for the average senior. The raise is offset by Medicare premiums increases. The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare discusses the situation.
AARP: What’s Happening now?
AARP Maine is working on a variety of initiatives, one of which is Age Friendly Communities. These towns have taken steps to make life safer and easier for the aging population. Bangor has been deemed just such a community.
The Art of Couponing
The cost of food is very high which is a problem for some seniors with limited income. Margie Higgins had taken clipping coupons to a new level. She developed a system that can help her save upwards of fifty percent on her grocery bill.
The Great Maine Bank Robbery
AgriSafe Part 2
Description: The discussion continues about the health and safety of farmers, prevention of injuries, teaching younger farming family members farm safety and teaching farmers how to talk to their providers about situations they face while working.
AgriSafe Part 1
Description: AgriSafe Network is a nonprofit national membership organization that represents health professionals and educators concerned about the health and safety of farming families. Sebasticook Family Doctors has a Certified AgriSafe provider.
Foster Grandparents
Foster Grandparents help children in their communities develop academic and life skills that are critical to their development and future successes. The program is for seniors 55 and up who want to make a difference in kids’ lives.
Proposed cuts to SHIP Program
Description: In 2015, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program assisted more than seven million Medicare beneficiaries. This successful program is in danger of being defunded in 2017, which means people will be on their own to understand Medicare.
Landline Deregulation
In August, Fairpoint customers in 22 of Maine’s most populous towns will start to see changes in their landline telephone service as new deregulation measures are rolled out. What does this mean for seniors and what can you do about it?
LGBT Senior
SAGE Maine (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) works to improve the lives of GLBT seniors, who are often isolated and fearful. SAGE offers provider trainings, drop-in centers to help seniors connect with each other, and other services.
Aging in the workforce
Maine’s workforce is aging. As people age in their jobs, sometimes they need a little help adapting. The Dept. of Labor has services that can help workers or employers with aging changes. The Career Centers can help you find a new career.
Living and working with vision loss
If you have a vision problem that prevents you from carrying out the activities of daily living, getting an education or a job, there is help. The Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, through DOL, has many services that can help.
Caring for your feet and nails
Foot care is important for people with diabetes, neuropathy and other conditions that can increase the risk of wounds. The St. Joseph Skin and Wound Center provides personalized foot care and education on caring for skin and toenails.
Caring for wounds with Dr. Benner
Proper wound care is critical, especially if there are underlying diseases. It can help individuals with certain skin conditions avoid complications such as chronic wounds which can sometimes lead to serious infection and even loss of limb.
Privatization of Medicaid
The privatization of Medicare is being proposed again which would include a voucher program. The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is against this proposal as it will cost seniors more money while providing less.
Seniors and Opioids
Painkiller prescriptions are at an all-time high. Seniors are at risk for overdosing. A drug, naloxone, arrests the overdose until help arrives. It should be available to people caring for a person taking opiates. It can save lives.
Older Americans Act and funding
The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare reports the Older Americans Act received more funding for senior services across the country. The increase in funding is rare and includes Meals on Wheels and other services.
Credit Freeze and Fraud
A recent law allows people to contact the credit bureaus to freeze their credit reports frozen, so no one can open new credit in the person’s name. To unfreeze, the account holder just enters a code. The goal is to prevent identity theft.
Telephone Landlines
AARP is fighting to save phone landlines, which will keep and maintain access to critical communications services. FairPoint seeks to be relieved of their duty to provide a basic landline service to the state’s most vulnerable populations.
Veteran Funeral Benefits
Jim Fernald, Brookings-Smith Funeral Homes, walks you through veterans’ benefits and how to get all the benefits you might be eligible for. Paperwork, Honor Guard, veteran’s cemeteries and more, this show will give you in-depth information.
Pets and Seniors
Don Hanson, Green Acres Kennel Shop, in Bangor, talks about the Furry Friends Food Bank, a program of Eastern Area Agency on Aging. He also discusses seniors caring for pets, getting a new pet and how to choose the perfect pet for you.
Credit Cards, Debt Collection and you
The Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection has two new publications that can help prevent you from being scammed. Credit Cards – Paper or Plastic and Debt Collection – A common sense guide, are available for free by calling 1-800-332-8529.
Cataracts And You
Ophthalmologist, Cynthia Self, MD, discusses cataracts. Surgery for cataracts involves removing the natural eye lens that has become cloudy and replacing with an artificial lens. Dr. Self explains the ins and outs of cataract surgery.
Bond question Affordable Senior Housing
Today, 9,000 seniors are on a waiting list for affordable housing. The Senior Affordable Housing Bond is a first step to address the urgent need of housing for older Mainers. AARP encourages everyone to vote Yes on question 2 Nov. 3, 2015.
Pound the Pavement
Pound the Pavement, a 5K color walk/run is a project the Purple Iris Foundation to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer. The walk/run is Sunday, October 18 at 9:30, Brewer Auditorium. Join Caitlin Burchill, WABI TV 5 for Pound the Pavement.
Organized Solutions Show
Organized Solutions helps people manage their clutter, create more usable space at home, guides people through any organizing dilemma, creates places for things so they won't get lost, and simplify lives. They also help seniors downsize.
SAGE Maine
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) works to improve the quality of life for GLBT seniors in Maine through advocacy, education and social support and to ensure that all GLBT seniors are treated with respect, dignity and equality.
Falls Risk for Seniors
Seniors are at risk for falling. To avoid falls that have serious impacts on seniors’ lives, it is important that they have a falls risk assessment and take measures to increase their strength and balance. Fall prevention programs exist.
Closing the Loophole
Many people do not realize their retirement accounts could be in danger. There is a loophole in regulations for retirement plans, like IRAs, that allows financial advisors to recommend investments that may not be best for their clients.
Fire Safety and Seniors
AARP Maine is collaborating with the Red Cross in Maine to raise awareness about two important initiatives: fire safety and scam and fraud prevention. By working together, the two nonprofits will reach a broader audience across the state.
Technology for seniors
AARP TEK and the Maine State Library are working to make seniors more tech savvy. From e-readers to tablets to cell phones, there many ways seniors can stay connected. If you are new to technology, this show will give you resources to use.
Legislative Updates
After a long, challenging legislative session, AARP Maine is proud of the successful results which will have a positive impact on Mainers in 2015 and for years to come. Among the successes are the CARE Act, and the Medicare Savings Program.
Computer Fraud
AARP’s Fraud Watch Network is educating seniors on various computer fraud. From pop-ups to phone calls from scammers claiming your computer is broken or has a virus, AARP cautions consumer beware and warns to be careful of public Wi-Fi.
Age Friendly Communities
Maine is the oldest state in the nation. As such, numerous towns and cities have adopted an age-friendly program that makes life easier for people as they age. Included are transportation options, home improvement and social events.
Landlines and Credit Freeze
AARP is working hard to preserve phone service, protect the landlines and to prevent the possibility of them being unavailable in the future. Another work in progress is the Credit Freeze, which allows you to freeze your credit for a fee.
Seniors and allergies
Dr. Paul Shapero, allergist in Bangor, discusses how to tell the difference between the common cold and allergies, how to manage allergy symptoms, when to see a medical provider, and the benefit of joining a clinical trial.
AARP Bangor initiatives
AARP is holding a number of events in Bangor to hear what seniors think. In Bangor, there will be a shredding event where seniors can have their important documents disposed of properly. Also, hear how you can help save the MSP program.
Doc Fix Law
The Doc Fix bill has become law. Under the new legislation, Medicare will increase the amount it reimburses doctor by 0.05 percent for the next five years. It shifts some costs to seniors while some costs will be added to the national debt.
Hypnosis
Dr. Robin Aston, retired licensed psychotherapist, treats a variety of conditions with hypnosis, including sleep disorders, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, PTSD and more. Hypnosis can be done in person or by phone.
The Care Act
The CARE Act will allow a patient admitted to a hospital to designate a caregiver, who may provide aftercare for the patient. This includes requiring the hospital to notify the caregiver before a patient is discharged or transferred.
Living with COPD
Lung disease can be difficult to live with but there treatments that can improve sufferers well being. The St. Joseph Healthcare Pulmonary Rehab Program uses a multidisciplinary approach to help their patients breathe easier.
Dirigo Pines Retirement Community, Orono
Dirigo Pines is the best in affordable luxury. From well-appointed cottages for independent living to specialized care, this retirement community has it all. Residents enjoy gourmet meals and hundreds of activities with a friendly staff.
IRS Scam and Others
Scams are prevalent. A new one involves the IRS. Protect yourself with tips from David Leach, Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection. The IRS will not call you to ask for money, even if you owe back taxes. It’s a scam. Learn more here.
Winter Safety
It’s been a terrible, never ending winter. The Maine Emergency Management Agency has information to keep you and your home safe throughout the winter season. Watch for signs of ice dams, frozen pipes and home fires. Listen to learn more
IRS and Sweetheart Scams
There is no shortage of scams. The newest ones involve scammers impersonating tax payers in order to get their tax refunds and the Sweetheart scam where those on dating sites are scammed out of thousands of dollars by potential mates.
Holiday Fraud
Tis the season for giving, but it is also the season for taking – by scammers. Before you make a charitable donation this holiday season, do some research. Con artists don’t take vacations. Learn ways to protect yourself with AARP Maine.
AARP and the 127th Legislative Session
AARP Maine’s 2015 legislative agenda focuses on health and long-term care, consumer protections, financial security, livable communities and certain tax reforms. Lori Parham, state director, explains AARP’s strategy for the coming year.
Maine – Beyond the Usual
Visit unusual places in Maine with John and Marisue Pickering in their book: Maine – Beyond the Usual. Each location is a day-trip from Orono and ripe with history. From the Civil War to cemeteries to bridges, this book is a treasure.
AARP Driver Safety Course
AARP Driver Safety course help older drivers navigate changing road conditions, changing physical conditions, and teaches ways to stay safe behind the wheel. There are many driving distractions today and AARP addresses them in this course.
Going Forward After the Elections
Now that the elections are over, AARP Maine discusses what the results will mean for older Mainers. Learn about AARP’s legislative priorities, which are based on survey results from 2,000 Mainers, as we go forward into 2015.
Financial Advice
AARP Ambassador, Jean Chatzky, financial journalist, discusses how to plan for your retirement from age 50 and beyond and give suggestions on how to make the most of the funds you have. It’s never too late to start planning or start saving.
Identity Theft
Identity that is the number form of fraud in Maine. A new report, Identity Theft: Who’s at Risk, revealed that many Americans are not following time-tested consumer protection tips that can keep them safe. Learn the tips here.
Fire Safety for Seniors
Maine State Fire Marshall, Joseph Thomas, discusses fire safety including safe cooking practices, heating appliance safety and staying safer while smoking. Smoking is the number one cause of fire deaths in persons 65 and older.
Winterize Your Home
Winter is coming. What are your plans to stay warm? Learn what projects you can do yourself and when you need a pro. From rope caulk to thermal curtains to furnace filters, we’ve got you covered. Listen for ideas to button up your house.
AARP Voter Engagement Tour
AARP Maine’s Voter Engagement Tour kicks-off in Bangor, October 7. AARP Maine has produced a Voters’ Guides for the Congressional and Gubernatorial race. Find out where the candidates stand on the issues that are important to you.
Seniors And Nutrition
People’s bodies change after age 50, which means their nutritional requirements change. Katherine Musgrave, RD, discusses menu plans and foods that keep seniors healthier and stronger longer. Hint: Stock up on canned fruits and veggies.
Disaster Preparedness
The Maine Emergency Management Agency works with local agencies during disasters, large and small. Learn what you need to know if you experience an emergency, either local or on a larger scale, be it power outages, flooding or snowstorms.
2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Thousands of families are touched by Alzheimer’s disease in Maine. The Walks to End Alzheimer’s all over the state. Money raised helps fund research, services and the helpline. Listen here for the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s.
Hunger in Maine
Maine ranks highly in food insecurity, meaning that too many seniors are not getting adequate nutrition. AARP and Friends of Aroostook, a large farm in Aroostook County, are hoping to change that by bring fresh produce to elders.
Protect Yourself From Fraud
Fraud is a serious problem and it’s getting worse. In Maine, identity theft is the number scam. Online fraud is gaining in popularity as well. This show will give you tips to protect yourself and keep your assets safe from con artists.
Senior and E-Readers
E-Readers are popular but may be confusing. Janet McKenney, ME State Library, discusses different types of e-readers and the benefits of these devices for seniors. E-readers are light weight, hold hundreds of books and have adjustable fonts.
Frances Perkins Center and Social Security
Frances Perkins was the first female U.S. cabinet member, 1933. One of her major accomplishments was the Social Security Act. In Maine, nearly one in four residents receives Social Security, which on average, is about $1,159 a month.
Older Americans Act – What it means to seniors
The Older Americans Act supports a range of services, including Meals on Wheels, in-home care, and transportation and so much more. The Act is up for reauthorization. Learn more from Max Richtman about what this Act really means to seniors.
Happy Birthday, Medicare
Medicare turns 49 years old in 2014. Prior to Medicare, people 65 and 0lder had no health insurance and often spent life-savings if they got sick. What shape is Medicare in today? Lori Parham, AARP Maine, talks about this valuable program.
Caregivers have concerns
Caregivers have concerns about long-term care supports in the state. AARP’s recently released survey findings show that caregivers need help. Family caregivers save the state thousands of dollars by providing care for their loved ones.
Women Veterans’ Commission
Many women veterans do not access Veterans’ Administration (VA) and other agency services or do not apply for assistance. It is very important for these women vets to become familiar with available veteran health care and benefits.
Caregiver Respite
Caring for a loved one can be stressful. Sometimes the caregiver needs a break, just to recharge and get a fresh perspective. Caregiver respite suites enable caregivers to get away while being assured that their loved one is cared for and safe.
Wellness Connection of Maine
Medical marijuana can be effective in managing chronic pain from a multitude of causes. There is a vast array of marijuana plant varieties in a number of forms. The Wellness Connection of Maine discusses the benefits of medical marijuana.
Sam's Club
Sam’s Club has a variety of services that are critical to a senior’s quality of life. Aside from the low prices on products, Sam’s Club also offers screenings on a regular basis and has a hearing aid comprehensive hearing aid department.
Veterans Office Geriatric Program
The Veterans Office Geriatrics and Extended Care Services program is committed to the health and well-being of Veterans with chronic conditions, life-limiting illness, frailty or disability associated with chronic disease, aging or injury.
Encore Entrepreneur Month
Thinking about starting your own business? April is National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month. Lori Parham, state director for AARP Maine joins Senator Susan Collins (by phone) to discuss entrepreneurship among those 50 plus.
Fraud and Seniors
Fraud is a problem in Maine. AARP and Attorney General Janet Mills discuss what seniors can do to protect themselves from becoming victims. Maine Fraud Prevention Alliance has the DASH Out Fraud program to educate seniors.
Retirement Planning
Sometimes retirement age can sneak up on you but it’s never really too late to start estate planning. Jen Eastman, attorney with Rudman Winchell, and Colleen Dunn, EAAA, give sound advice on how to prepare, realistically, for your golden years.
Senior Medicare Patrol
The Senior Medicare Patrol fights Medicare fraud. The program’s motto is “Report, Detect, Protect.” One out of every seven dollars paid by Medicare is from of errors, fraud or abuse. Learn how you can help and keep you Medicare number safe.
Maine Veterans’ Homes
The six Maine Veterans’ Homes in Maine have highly trained dedicated staff and offer skilled nursing and therapy, Alzheimer’s/dementia care, residential care, long-term care and out-patient rehab. There’s a special bond among veteran residents.
Spectrum Generations Bridges Program
Spectrum Generations, the Central Maine Area Agency on Aging, offers the Bridges Home Care program, helping you stay safely at home. This service includes homemaking, shopping and errands, medication reminding, and Veterans Care Coordination.
Preserving Social Security And Medicare
Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, discusses proposed changes in the programs because of an attempt to recalculate the cost of living adjustments, called “chained CPI.”
What Is Happening To Social Security
Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, updates us on activities in Washington with regard to Chained CPI and the effect it would have on Social Security beneficiaries. Learn the facts.
Living Your Best Life Through Metaphysical Health Services
Dr. Kristé Bouvier Sprague discusses a variety of metaphysical services that can enhance quality of life, reduce stress and improve physical ailments, including anxiety, depression, handling chronic illness, sleep problems and grief or loss.
Managing Your Medications
There are many things that seniors need to know about their prescription drug that they may not realize. Lee Ohmart from Miller Drug in Bangor discusses medication interaction and proper disposal of meds and other “must have” information.
A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging
Len Kaye, PhD and author of “A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging” discusses his new book that was written to provide men with a comprehensive manual in which to find answers on their own health concerns and maybe have their questions answered.
Funeral Pre-Planning
The death of a loved one is extremely stressful. It’s actually the worst time plan a funeral. Jim Fernald, Brookings-Smith Funeral Homes, discusses the benefits of preplanning a funeral, the options available and how to start the process.
Nelson Durgin, President of EAAA board
Nelson Durgin is the president of Eastern Area Agency on Aging. His is a Bangor City Councilman and former executive director of the residential care facility, Phillips-Strickland House. Nelson discusses the future of aging in Maine.
De-Stress Your Holidays
Laurie Bouchard and LeeAnn Szelog designed “The Art of Human Relations” to help people communicate better and enhance relationships by realizing the power each of us has. They discuss these concepts in order to help us enjoy the holidays.
Changes at EMMC
Deborah Carey Johnson, President and CEO of Eastern Maine Medical Center, discusses changes at EMMC and the premise of Community Care Teams which help reduce readmissions. Other changes include construction for better accessibility.
The Affordable Care Act and Marketplace
The Insurance Marketplace has seniors asking questions about how this program will affect them and their Medicare benefits. Anne Smith with Legal Services for the Elderly and Dyan Walsh at Eastern Area Agency on Aging discuss the program.
Medicaid Expansion
AARP Maine is committed to securing Medicaid coverage for thousands of people who cannot afford it health insurance. Lori Parham, AARP, explains the benefits of Medicaid Expansion and what it will mean to Mainers and to Maine’s economy.
Healthy Aging
Getting fit means a variety of things. Physical, emotional and mental fitness is the component core of healthy aging and wellness. Amy Cotton, EMHS, is a nurse practitioner and aging expert who can guide you to your best healthiest self.
Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation is committed to finding a cure while ensuring people living with the disease enjoy the best possible quality of life. They fund research and support people with Parkinson’s through education and services.
Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15
In 2012, the Department of Justice estimated that one in nine people 60 and older would be victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation. In Maine, that’s more than 33,000 people. Only one out of five cases gets reported. Listen to learn more.
AARP and Chained CPI
CPI, consumer price index, is a formula that looks at how prices of things change over time. It's used to make cost-of-living adjustments in programs like Social Security, veteran’s benefits, food stamps. It could negatively affect seniors
Postal Food Drive
The United Way, AARP and US Postal Service are holding their annual food drive. This event is easy to participate in. Simply leave food out for your mail carrier to pick up. The national drive works to stamp out hunger across the country.
Dementia and Developmental Disabilities
Studies have shown that people with developmental or intellectual disabilities are at an increased risk for developing dementia earlier than others. Caregivers often need help to cope with these issues, especially as they age themselves.
AARP Older Workers
Older workers are a valuable resource to any business. Sometimes older workers face challenges in the workforce or are laid off and then have trouble finding other jobs. AARP works diligently to help their members face these challenges.
HealthInfoNet
HealthInfoNet helps provide you with better, easier and safer care. Using a secure statewide computer system, HealthInfoNet combines your medical information from separate providers to create a single electronic health record on you.
See the world!
Ever dream of seeing the British Landscape or Portugal and its Islands? Collette Vacations’ tour package is comprehensive, affordable and comfortable. Seniors who book through Eastern Area Agency on Aging get special benefits. Find out how!
Maine Office of Securities and AARP fight fraud
What scams are out there? What are the signs of fraud? What scams are showing up in Maine and how can you best protect yourself from becoming a victim? These questions and more will be answered by the Maine Office of Securities and AARP.
Chained CPI
A budget proposal, called the "chained CPI," would cut Social Security and other benefits for seniors and veterans. The chained CPI would change the way the cost-of-living adjustment is calculated, reducing benefit amounts every year.
Step by Step, a program to reduce the risk of falls
Seniors who fall may have a hard time rehabilitating. Step by Step is a program that reduces the risk for falling by providing falls-risk assessments, balance classes and weight training to build muscle. In-home help is also available.
The Importance of Activities in Senior Housing
Two professional activity directors discuss how they choose enjoyable activities for their housing facilities and the impact activities have on residents. They give tips on what to look for in activities when researching senior housing.
AARP addresses Senior Hunger
State Director, Lori Parham, discusses the problem of senior hunger in Maine. Maine is #1 in New England for food insecurity. There are answers to this problem and Lori speaks to each one: from food pantries to food stamps and volunteerism.
Coming to you from the Senior Health and Safety Fair
The Senior Health and Safety Fair was abuzz with seniors and others visiting vendors and getting screenings. Guests are Winterberry Heights, Sheriff’s Office, AARP and the Old Town Fire Dept. There was a big crowd and a festive atmosphere.
Senior Health and Safety Fair preview
The Senior Health and Safety Fair, Oct. 25, will have varied health screenings and safety information including the Hazard House from the Old Town Fire Department. Med D help and flu shots available. Drop off expired meds in the Triad box.
Martin’s Point Health Care on finding good healthcare Part 2
Martin’s Point is unique, providing both health care services and health insurance plans. They promise to treating each patient with warmth, care, and concern while instilling the importance of having a good relationship with a physician.
Martin’s Point Health Care on finding good healthcare Part 1
Martin’s Point Health Care is leading the way to provide better care at lower costs in the communities it serves. It is a not-for-profit organization, whose primary mission is helping patients and health plan members live healthier lives.
Outsmart Investment Fraud
Seniors are at risk for financial exploitation at alarming rates. Boomers nearing retirement age are vulnerable because scammers promise to increase retirement funds but in reality wipe them out. This seminar can help you protect yourself.
You’ve Earned A Say Update
AARP wants everyone’s voices to be heard on Medicare and Social Security. They are tabulating surveys from last spring and distributing the updated surveys, the results of which will be given to lawmakers. Lori Parham for AARP explains.
Wellness Coach helps find happiness
Feeling happy is important but sometimes we just aren't. Sometimes things just aren't working right. Wellness coaching can help. Coaching is based on incremental change, change that is possible when it is designed right for the individual.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises money for the Alzheimer’s Association while also raising awareness of the disease. Walkers do a three mile loop, carry Promise Flowers, with written personal messages and pay tribute to their loved ones.
What is Northern New England Poison Control Center?
The Northern New England Poison Center is a full service agency that provides 24 hour live assistance by staff nurses on a variety of matters: medication mistakes, interactions, poisons, chemical exposures, education and much more.
Disaster preparedness
You never know when a weather emergency will strike. Being prepared is the best defense. The Maine Emergency Management Agency has tips and tool on ways to weather the storm and suggestions on items for an emergency prep kit and pet care.
Mail order medications with I-Care Pharmacy
The I-Care Pharmacy is based in Aroostook County but mails prescriptions statewide. It is easy to get medications by mail and avoid having to go to the pharmacy. Terry Greenier, owner of I-Care, explains how easy it is to shop with them.
Refresh your driving skills with AARP
AARP’s Driver Safety course is a way for people to brush up on their driving skills. Adult children often have to start the discussion with parents on when to stop driving. AARP has the answers on how to start that conversation.
“Then Sings My Song”
Jennifer Weisheit has worked in nursing homes for decades and through that work found her calling. She wrote, “Then Sings my Song: How I Found God in a Nursing Home” which tells stories of the most inspiring residents and their journeys.
Caring for your veins
Dr. Cindy Asbjournsen, founder of the Vein Healthcare Center, discusses vein health and the latest treatments for vain problems treatments available. She describes symptoms of the most common vein disorders and offers viable solutions.
Elder Abuse
There are 14,000 estimated cases of elder abuse in Maine each year, most of which go unreported. Jessica Maurer, executive director of the M4A, will discuss what is being done about this problem and how to spot signs of abuse in seniors.
“Live” from Senior Expo
With 90 vendors and screenings all day, Senior Expo was very busy. Sponsors and vendors explain why they’re involved with the Expo and describe the events of the day. Senior Talk was taped at the Expo which gives a snapshot of the fun!
Senior Expo Preview
The Senior Expo has a variety of vendors offering a multitude of services, products and program. The Triad Drug Drop-Off Box will be there to take expired meds and screenings will be held all day. Senior Expo, May 18. Free admission.
Senior Health Clean Sweep
Amy Cotton, nurse practitioner and senior wellness expert shares tips for seniors to do spring cleaning including disposing of expired meds and clearing pathways inside while watching out for frost heaves outside which can cause a fall.
Seniors and Hunger in Maine
In ME, 6.92% of people over age 50 are threatened by hunger. AARP, United Way of Eastern ME, the National Assoc. of Letter Carriers and the US Postal Service will team up for the Stamp Out Hunger, the nation’s largest single-day food drive.
Breast Cancer Facts
Description: Robin Long from Caring Connections, and 38 year survivor, Betty Ellison, discuss breast cancer, early screenings, support groups and fundraising. Betty shares her story of hope and invites everyone to attend the High Tea fundraiser.
Low Vision: What can help? - CHCS
An occupational therapist from Community Health and Counseling Services discusses ways in which people with low-vision can remain independent and in their own homes longer. From compensation exercises to gadgets, help is available.
AARP: Who are they?
AARP was founded by one woman seeking to help her friend who, after retiring, began living in deplorable conditions because she didn’t have health insurance. AARP continues the fight today, to ensure all American seniors are treated fairly.
Affordable Care Act
Preventive benefits, wellness visits and closing of the donut hole are what seniors will benefit from due to the Affordable Care Act. To counteract Medicare fraud, new systems have been put in place to catch criminals defrauding Medicare.
You’ve Earned a Say
AARP launched a new initiative to ensure that the voices of American people are heard in Washington with regard to Social Security and Medicare. AARP is distributing questionnaires with the goal of collecting millions to take to lawmakers.
Literacy Volunteers
Reading can improve lives. Some seniors don’t have good reading skills yet are unsure how to get help. Literacy Volunteers helps them begin reading or improve their reading. A volunteer discusses the joy she gets from volunteering.
Leave an emotional legacy
Seniors are a wealth of information and good advice. Lee-Ann Szelog, speaker and trainer on human relations, discusses the joy of seniors sharing their knowledge with other generations. This legacy can be passed down through lifetimes.
Seniors and their Health
Valerie Sauda, R.N. with Rosscare discusses senior health including falls risks and driving problems. Seniors can live productive and healthy lives with a little forethought with regard to their health and wellness.
Women Veterans
Up until 1980, service women were deemed “auxiliary” not veterans. Times have changed and now women are eligible for the same services that men enjoy. If you have served in the armed forces or know a woman who has, don’t miss this show.
Medicare Preventive Benefits
Medicare offers numerous preventive health benefits and screenings to Medicare beneficiaries. Dyan Walsh, community services director at Eastern Area Agency on Aging explains the screenings and the importance of taking advantage of them.
Heart Health
Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women but the symptoms of a cardiac event can be very different for each group. Laurie LeBlanc, RN, with Gentiva, discussed how to keep your heart health and when to call 911.
Family Caregiver Navigator
Caring for elder loved ones can be challenging. Learn more about providing care and how important a case manager can be for the family. From navigating the healthcare system to locating the best long-term facility, a case manager can help.
Pay it Forward
The Pay it Forward concept says that if you do something nice for a person, that person will do a good deed for someone else. The concept snowballs making a better community for all. Everyone has something they can do for someone else.
Hunger Among Seniors
It’s hard to believe but hundreds of Maine seniors go to bed hungry by the month’s end. Or they eat a bowl of soup with crackers until the next check comes and they can get some groceries. AARP did a study to learn more about this problem.
Veterans Funeral Benefits
Jim Fernald from Brookings-Smith discusses the various benefits that veterans are eligible for when making funeral arrangements. From military honors to cemeteries, this show tells has all the details a veteran would need.
Seniors Are Victims Of Sexual Assault Too
Susan Hall Dreher talks about the Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine’s services which include support for victims, advocacy and education. They improve awareness of sexual violence and help with risk reduction.
Consumer University: Exercising Financial Wellness
The Consumer University will be held Oct. 15, at Spectacular Event Center. This seminar will teach you what to look for when thinking about investing. You’ll learn what questions to ask such as: is your firm registered with the SEC?
Senior Medicare Patrol and Fraud
The Senior Medicare Patrol program educates seniors on how to spot errors, fraud and abuse in the Medicare program, which ultimately costs the government 60 billion dollars a year. Watch your explanation of benefits statements carefully.
Bangor Walk to End Alzheimer’s
The Bangor Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, stepping off at the Hollywood Slots raceway at Bass Park. This three-mile walk is one of 13 in the state and raises money every year in an effort to end Alzheimer’s.
Sylvia Ross Home subsidies
The Sylvia Ross Home in Bangor has some subsidies for middle-income seniors. These beautiful, spacious assisted living apartments provide safety while staff provides a variety of services to help residents with their daily lives.
Rehab techniques for people with Alzheimer’s
Rehabilitation can be difficult in the best of circumstances but for people with dementia it can be particularly challenging as the mode of communication needs to change. Westgate Manor staff discusses rehab in Alzheimer’s patients
Bangor Hydro Electric and energy saving tips
Energy costs are high, no doubt about it, but there are some tips and tricks that can make it a little easier to look at the monthly bill. Susan Faloon from Bangor Hydro shares ways to save money you your electric costs.
Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging (M4A)
The M4A is an organization that works with and represents the five local area agencies on aging at the state government level and ensures that the AAAs are a cohesive unit in their quests to improve the quality of life for Maine seniors.
Pre-existing conditions/Medicare fraud and how to stop it
CMS Boston Regional Administrator Jaye Weisman discusses the new health care law that helps people with pre-existing conditions. She also discusses Medicare fraud. The CMS is asking seniors to help them spot, report and prevent fraud.
Elder Abuse
There’re an estimated 14,000 elder abuse cases in Maine. In about 84 percent of the cases the abuser is a spouse, extended family member or non-family caregiver. Most cases go unreported. Learn about resources and how to report elder abuse.
Encore Leadership Corps
The Encore Leadership Corps is designed for Mainers 50 years of age and older, regardless of their background or experience, who are interested in volunteering and who care about the world around them and want to make it better.
Seniors and addiction to prescriptions
Dr. Scott Davis discusses abuse and addiction to prescription drugs by seniors, which is a growing crisis. Some seniors have been incorrectly diagnosed with depression, dementia, etc., when addition to prescription drugs is the problem.
Martins Point Health Care
Martin's Point is a diverse health care company that offers both health plans and primary care. Their Health Care Centers offer clinical excellence in primary care as well as convenience and service built around the needs of the patient.
Bangor Beacon
Bangor Beacon Community’s seeks to improve the health of diabetes, COPD, pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure and asthma patients by building on our community’s base of care management, collaboration and electronic health records.
Aging information with Dr. Toby Atkins
Dr. Toby Atkins discusses the aging body and mind with special attention to the effect of medications, both over the counter and prescription, on the elderly. He also gives advice on how to get the most from the doctor patient relationship.
What the Poison Control Center can do for you
The Northern New England Poison Center is a full service agency that provides 24 hour live assistance by staff nurses on a variety of matters: medication mistakes, interactions, poisons, chemical exposures, education and much more.
Safe Strides
Gentiva Home Health Care offer the Safe Strides program to help homebound seniors overcome balance problem, reducing their risks for falling. The program isolates the reasons for the balance problems and works on correcting them.
Aging in place-home modification
Most seniors want stay at home. But steep stairways, narrow doorways, and small bathrooms can hinder an older person from getting around comfortably at home. Donna Carrigan has ideas to modify a home making aging in place easier.
Advice for Caregivers
Today caregiving falls more on families and less on institutional care and the caregivers need help. The Weinberg Foundation grant will support caregivers in eastern Maine through adult day programs, like Friendship Cottage in Blue Hill.
EZ Fix
Eastern Area Agency on Aging’s EZ Fix, minor home repair program does odd jobs in seniors’ homes using volunteers. Also discussed is EZ Fix’s new cleaning service and how to find workmen and how to spot red flags with contractors.
Hospital Trips And Memory Loss
Kristie Miner, Kindred Healthcare, discusses how to avoid having a traumatic experience in the hospital room or emergency room with a loved one with memory loss. Learn how to prepare for the trip and how to handle an emergency.
Weinberg Grant helps caregivers in eastern Maine
Many partners came together to obtain a grant from the Weinberg Foundation with a goal of helping caregivers in Washington and Hancock counties. The grant hopes to build a cohesive network for people who are caregiving to access easily.
Senior Companion
The Senior Companion program uses volunteers as “companions” to seniors who need a little support whether it is friendly visiting or errands. The program helps caregivers who can take comfort in knowing that their loved ones are not alone.
Healthcare reform and what it means to seniors
Guests discuss the affordable health care law and explain what Medicare beneficiaries can expect. Benefits include a free physical, screenings and improved Medicare part D coverage including elimination of the doughnut hole.
AARP Tax-Aide Program
Stan Marshall, New England regional coordinator for the program, discusses seniors and taxes. Do seniors need to file? What about those who are newly retired? What is taxable and what isn’t? AARP has Tax-Aide is a free service.
Agencies on Aging
Noelle Merrill, executive director of Eastern Area Agency on Aging, discusses the role of area agencies on aging in Maine, what programs and services offer to seniors and what baby boomers need to know as they enter seniorhood.
Maine Senior Guide: new website for seniors
There’s a new website for seniors. maineseniorguide.com is a comprehensive site with information on everything from health and wellness to estate management. There’s a blog for immediate information and an Ask Lynn column for questions.
Maine Senior Guide: New Website For Seniors
There’s a new website for seniors. maineseniorguide.com is a comprehensive site with information on everything from health and wellness to estate management. There’s a blog for immediate information and an Ask Lynn column for questions.
Bangor Nursing and Rehab
Bangor Nursing and Rehab boasts a variety of programs for residents. They also provide outpatient rehab. BNRC has monthly Lunch and Learns for the community. Currently they’re redecorating residents’ rooms to their specific tastes.
Saving Energy
Three energy experts come together to discuss the cost of home heating and ways to reduce that cost. Weatherization, heat audits and bank loans to pay for it all are among the topics covered. Tax credits are discussed as well.
Dirigo Pines Retirement Community Winter Stay Program
Dirigo Pines offers a Winter Stay program for people who do not want to stay home during the winter but who don’t want to leave the state. Close up the house and winter in a beautiful apartment at Dirigo Pines. Two meals a day included.
Living with Alzheimer’s Disease
The Alzheimer’s Association is working hard to change the face of Alzheimer’s disease: to portray a diagnosed person not as being a “victim of or suffering from” the disease but more toward a positive message of “living with the disease.”
Breast Cancer Awareness
Caring Connections is an organization that, among other functions, educates people about breast cancer and supports women who have been diagnosed. Listen for information on breast health and the vast array of Caring Connections’ services.
Green Acres Gubernatorial Race
Don Hanson, co-owner of Green Acres Kennel Shop in Bangor, holds unique fundraiser for Eastern Area Agency on Aging’s Furry Friends Food Bank, which provides pet food to low-income seniors and disables who struggle to feed their pets.
Penobscot County Triad Senior Safety Day
Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross discusses the Senior Safety Day and the importance of such an event for seniors. Held on Oct. 14, the conference will have information about fire safety, bank fraud, powers of attorney and more.
Dr. Moshe Myerowitz
Dr. Myerowitz is a chiropractor and board certified clinical nutritionist. He has been in practice for close to 59 years and uses his skills and education to treat and focus on the whole person, not just the symptom of their ailment.
Alzheimer’s Memory Walk
The Alzheimer’s Memory Walk steps off across the state Sept. 25 with a goal of raising $350,000. Young and old alike can raise money to help fight this debilitating disease. Meet a man who’ll do the walk backward as a tribute to his dad.
Disaster And Emergency Preparedness
When disaster strikes, whether natural, as in hurricanes, or terrorism, having a plan is important. Being ready for “anything” can take away the fear. Chief Deputy Sheriff Troy Morton discusses a disaster kits and how to be a good witness.
Recent Research On Rural Caregivers
Caring for an aging parent in a rural community has its own challenges. Research, as part of the Weinberg Foundation Grant looks at how caregivers are coping in rural settings and what they’re able to accomplish with limited resources.
Legal Services For The Elderly
Legal Services for the Elderly provides free legal advice to seniors through a hotline staffed by attorneys and paralegals. Staff attorneys are located in each area agency on aging and meet with seniors needing more in-depth assistance.
Rosscare’s Lifeline & Other Helpful Tools
Rosscare has a variety of devices that help seniors remain independent in their homes, including Lifeline, medicine dispenser, smoke alarms and alert buttons that automatically signals help if a senior falls and does not get up right away.
The Challenges Of Transportation For Seniors
When seniors stop driving they face new challenges. Independence can be lost as they rely on others to take them to medical appointments or shopping. Hear what some communities have done to solve the problem and what still needs to be done.
Federally Qualified Health Centers
An FQHC is a federally funded comprehensive, head to toe, medical practice that treats patients without regard for their ability to pay. FQHCs are located throughout the state. MaineCare/Medicare are welcome. Extended hours are available
Commodities Supplemental Food Program
The commodities program is a food distribution program whose goal is to provide supplemental staples to low-income seniors who qualify. This federal program seeks to increase the health and wellness of these seniors through nutrition.
Winterberry Heights Assisted Living Gives Back
Winterberry Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care offer residents more than a place to live. Outreach to community non-profits include a luncheon with First Lady Karen Baldacci to benefit Meals on Wheels.
Rehab Center Of Maine
Dr. Peter Keebler and Liz Duke, Rehab Center of ME, at EMMC, discuss rehabilitation: different levels of rehab, skilled rehab, acute inpatient rehab, home rehab, outpatient rehab, pros and cons.
Stroke Prevention Show
Paula Lowney, EMMC, talks about the risk factors for stroke, prevention and treatment. She discussed the symptoms of stroke and what to do if they appear. Early detection and treatment is key. Get the signs.
Senior Connections Expo Show
The Senior Connections Expo and DASH Fair has been combined into one great event. Many vendors, door prizes, presentations and all-day health screenings, including falls-risk assessments and benefits check-ups.
Seasoned Workers Show
Jane Black from EMDC’s Seasoned Workers program discusses her program that helps people 55 and older pay for courses that will result in the student receiving a certificate. This program has no income guidelines.
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