Aroostook Community Matters - Aroostook Agency on Aging

Published: Jul. 24, 2020 at 7:53 PM EDT
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Saucier: “There’s great value in older people in our community. They bring an energy, and a wisdom, and experience to what we do.”

Robert: Aroostook Agency on Aging has had a commitment to the County and been serving our community for over 47 years. With over 20 different services and access to numerous partnered local and regional state programs, the Agency strives to improve the overall quality of life and promote the well being of older people within our community.

Saucier: "We want to help people to live independently in their home community. Sometimes that takes a variety of different supports. Sometimes it's just information and assistance. Or sometimes they may say, you know I really need someone to come into my house to help me with some chores, or some tasks."

Robert: Aroostook Agency on Aging especially looks to aid and relieve challenges surrounding isolation that often face our older persons community. With the onset of the pandemic, specially awarded grant funding from the national demonstration project, Community Care Corps and the federally-aided CARES Act, went a long way in strengthening the Agency's own COVID relief services -- while also paying it forward to other essential County programs and making sure our local-area resources continue to thrive.

Saucier: "We've just announced that we have some of our federal money that we're using to put out small mini-awards. We believe that's another way to kind of spread out the support that we've gotten, and help our communities stay strong through this. So that we can all come out of this still with the same strong infrastructure that we had.

Robert: With a number of different services, including Friendly Visitors and companions; Meal Delivery, Nutrition Services, and Meals on Wheels; Adult Day Services, Wellness Programs, and Aging and Disability Resources -- Aroostook Agency on Aging is there to provide information and assistance on all its programs. And it all starts with one phone call, and reaching out.

Saucier: "Sometimes you don't even need to know the question that you want to ask. You just need to pick up the phone and call us. Again it's a first step in connecting with the services that we have, but really it's a first step in connecting with a whole community of services!"

Robert Grimm, News Source 8.

[Interview: --Joy Barresi Saucier, Executive Director | Aroostook Agency on Aging]

Aired: July 24, 2020

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