We All Age
Senior Services Can Help
It's a fact: we all age. In some cultures, elders are revered as the most highly respected social class. Age is considered accomplishment. The United States tells a different story. Most older Americans, if asked, will say that their biggest fear is that they will become a burden to their families or their communities.
Maine is the oldest state in the country (based on median age of 43.5 years). Nearly a third of Maine's seniors live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level ($11,800 for a single person, $15,900 for two people) and that number would increase to 50% without Social Security payments. We know that seniors often have to choose between prescriptions, food, rent or utility payments.
We are always looking for ways to help. Volunteers of America's Senior Services are designed with respect and care to allow people to age independently for as long as possible. In our affordable housing programs, seniors pay 1/3 of their income toward rent which includes utilities.
Resident Services Coordinators are available to help residents locate, apply for, and receive the benefits and services that are available to them, including free legal services, free cell phones, utility assistance, food stamp benefits, transportation networks, and so much more.
In this Inspire, we bring you three stories: one about our newest senior residence, Country Villa in Bangor...elegant and supportive senior living and care. We also tell a story about two women whose lives were changed after moving to Affordable Senior Housing. The final story is about some of our Community Partners who make so much possible behind the scenes, by volunteering, cooking, buying food, providing engaging events, or financial donations.
You too can make a difference in someone's life.