Maine Summit on Aging

December 27, 2013

Thank you to everyone who made the January 17th Maine Summit on Aging a success, if you would like to find out more about the Maine Aging Initiative go to

Registration for the Summit on Aging is FULL and we cannot accommodate additional registrations.  The Summit presentations will be filmed and available on the Maine Council on Aging’s website at

Please check there to follow the progress of this work.

You’re invited by the Maine Speaker of the House and the Maine Council on Aging to attend the Maine Summit on Aging!

Friday, January 17, 2014   Augusta Civic Center 8:15a.m.-3:15 p.m.

The rapid aging of Maine’s population and workforce has significant implications for Maine’s economic growth and is challenging employers, health and education systems, municipalities and state leaders to find innovative ways to attract and retain workers, create new housing and transportation options for older adults, and deliver supports and services to keep people healthy and thriving in their homes. 

Maine has the opportunity to be a national leader in developing strategies to solve these challenges.  The Maine Summit on Aging will build on the vision and ideas generated by business, higher education, philanthropic and policy leaders at the Speaker’s Round Table Discussions on Aging held this fall.  Ideas generated at both events will help inform an action plan that will be implemented in the coming months and years.  This is a conversation, not a conference!  We need your participation and bright ideas to help Maine lead toward the creation of an Aging Friendly Maine made up of Aging Friendly Communities.


8:15-8:55 Registration – Light Breakfast

9:00-9:15 Welcome by Maine Council on Aging

9:15-9:45 Opening Keynote by Maine Speaker of the House Mark W. Eves

9:45-10:45 Easy Chair Panel – What’s the Problem? Where Do We Start?

· Charles Colgan, Professor, Maine Center for Business & Economic Research

· Dr. Lisa Letourneau, Executive Director Maine Quality Counts

· Evan Richert, Land Use Planning Consultant

· Peter Vigue, Chairman & CEO, The Cianbro Companies

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Innovative Community Solutions Panel

· Linda Jariz, Advisory Committee on Aging in Bowdoinham

· Tony Levesque, Community Development Director, Town of Fort Fairfield

· Joe Perkins, At Home Downeast

· Judy Shaw, Administrator, Office of Securities

12:00-1:00 Lunch – Announcements by Speaker Mark Eves

1:00-2:30 Work Sessions (5-6 concurrent)*

2:35-2:45 Reconvene & Overview of Next Steps by Maine Council on Aging

2:45-3:15 Closing Keynote by U.S. Senator Angus King

*Work Sessions

Housing & Transportation (zoning, home sharing, new development, new models of transportation)

Workforce & Employment (supporting older workers and working caregivers, re-imagining older workers)

Public and Private Safety (preventing elder abuse, avoiding financial exploitation, protecting privacy rights)

Health Care and Social Services (re-imagining the delivery of health and home supports and services, growing the health and direct care workforce, assistive technology)

Building Aging Friendly Communities (nuts and bolts of building Aging Friendly Communities)

Higher Education (research and development of innovations necessary to support older adults thriving at home, retraining older workers, building a health and direct care workforce prepared to care for our elders)