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Spotlight On Seniors

The Knox Museum in Montpelier: Fascinating Revolutionary History, Now Featuring an Exhibit by Vietnam MASH Nurse Beth Parks

I went to the Knox Museum in Montpelier to see the exhibit of Beth Parks, a MASH Unit Nurse during the Vietnam War. I saw the exhibit after our interview Beth on Spotlight on Seniors. Beth’s exhibit is a fascinating look at those in war whose every effort is to save lives. She has lived a rich and abundant life since that time, settling in Maine and traveling to 62-countries as a wildlife photographer and author. I loved meeting her for this conversation.

Matt Hansby is the curator for the Knox Museum. Matt and his docents are incredibly knowledgable about the Revolutionary period in Maine, providing intimate details of the lives of the people from that time drawn from original letters and source documents. I thoroughly enjoyed discovering the treasure of the Knox Museum. The mansion and collections are outstanding. If you haven’t been the Knox Museum, put it on your calendar, and take your summer guests and kids. Beth’s exhibit will be on display through October 2016.

Special thanks to Kim Traina of Jumpstart Creative and Christine LaPado-Breglia, staff reporter for Lincoln County News.

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Hearts Ever Young Will Sing Your Heart Open at the Lincoln Theatre, Three Shows, June 2-4

I love this episode of Spotlight on Seniors. Carol Teel is the President and Artistic of Hearts Ever Young, a much-loved local choral group with more than 50-singers. This show was great fun because 11-members of the group perform three songs from their upcoming show, “A Toast to Broadway,”led by Carol and Musical Director Sean Fleming. You’ll want to catch one of their upcoming shows at the Lincoln Theatre:

Thursday, June 2, 7:00PM
Friday, June 3, 2:00PM
Saturday, June 4, 2:00PM
suggested donation: $10.00 per person

Many thanks to the Hearts Ever Young singers on this show: Janice Sprague, Clara Fagan, Lynn Drewette, Melba Boynton, Polly Steadman, Charlie Kettell, David Fields, Jon O’Connor, and Bob & Val Gorrill.

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Food Pantry Volunteers and Local Organizations Provide Food and Other Assistance to Seniors and Families

Can you imagine for a moment that you have children, and don’t have enough money to adequately feed them? That’s “Food Insecurity,” and most of us have a hard time relating to that type of anxiety because we have enough to eat. We are surrounded by food all the time. However, Food Insecurity is a problem throughout our state and country. MaryAnn Look, Co-Director of the Ecumenical Food Pantry, describes the long-standing efforts to assist the food insecure in Lincoln County. In so doing, she shines a light upon the excellent volunteer work of individuals and organizations that occurs locally and through 250 other food pantries in communities all over Maine.

The Ecumenical Food Pantry provides food to residents of Newcastle, Damariscotta and Nobleboro every Tuesday morning, 9:30am to 11:00am, at the 2nd Congregational Church, 51 Main Street, in Newcastle. Click here to see their website for more information.

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Finding Our Way Through the Challenge of Depression: Upcoming Spectrum Generations Seminar on May 5

This “Spotlight on Seniors” interview with Bill Byrnes, Ph.D., is a great conversation discussing another excellent educational offering by Marianne Pinkham and our Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center. It is an evening seminar titled “Don’t Let the Blues Hang Around.”

Kevin Mannix, the popular meteorologist reporting the weather on Channel 6, and the co-author of “Weathering Shame,” will be the keynote speaker. The purpose of this seminar is to open up the discussion about depression and isolation. The simple truth is, isolation worsens depression. The way out is to Start Talking.

A panel discussion will follow Kevin’s presentation, led by Dr. Bill Brynes with local experts and story tellers, and interactive with the audience:

  • Brenda Hamilton, LCSW, Kno-Wal-Lin Home Health and Hospice, of PenBay Healthcare and MaineHealth
  • Francis Magrogan, LCSW, Breakwater Counseling Services
  • Reverend Bob Hargreaves, and
  • Linda Rota, LCSW, Kevin’s wife and co-author of “Weathering Shame.”

I loved talking with Bill Byrnes… He’ll be a great moderator for the panel and audience discussion. Here’s the interview…

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Midcoast Lyme Disease Support and Education Conference April 30 in Wiscasset

Everybody knows that Lyme Disease is a big issue in Maine, and that the infection rate has been on the rise… especially in Knox and Lincoln County! In this episode of “Spotlight on Seniors,” Paula Jones-Jackson and Angele Rice, the Co-Founders of Midcoast Lyme Disease Support and Education and Support (MLDSE), talk about their work in Lyme Disease education, prevention and support.They are holding their second annual conference at the Wiscasset Community Center on April 30, from 8am to 5pm. The first conference drew more than 300 attendees, and this upcoming New England regional conference promises to be even better, with top-notch nationally known speakers and many exhibit vendors. See their website for more information, http://midcoastlymediseasesupport.blogspot.com/.

Here’s the interview…

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The Eldercare Network of Residential Care Homes in Lincoln County, Maine is a Model of Community Village Care

Andrea Handel is the Executive Director of the Eldercare Network of residential care homes that are located in seven communities in Lincoln County, Maine. Founded in 1998, the residences range in size from 6-beds to 16-beds. They have located the residences close to the center of each of the respective towns, providing a continuity for residents, and serving also as centers of community activity. The Eldercare Network is an excellent model of senior residential care in rural areas that could be replicated in other communities in Maine, and in other states with rural populations. Yes, seniors Aging in Place in their own homes is usually most desirable, but some times that simply is not possible. Community leaders in rural areas would do well to look at this model of senior housing and care for their own communities.

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Dr. Robert Hunold is a Country Doctor in a Modern Healthcare System

Rob Hunold, D.O. is a modern-day country doctor. He is a Primary Care Physician with Lincoln Medical Practice, so he sees patients of all ages, and his day-to-day work takes him through all levels of care within our healthcare system. He is also a Board Certified Palliative Care Physician. In this interview, Rob speaks eloquently about end-of-life care and some of the challenges and benefits of practicing in a rapidly changing healthcare system.

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Meals on Wheels Helps Seniors Age Safely in Their Own Homes

Area Agencies on Aging throughout the country provide meals to seniors through thousands of community senior centers. Lincoln County, Maine is a great example of this vital service that helps seniors age safely in their own homes. Kellie Bigos is the Nutrition and Volunteer Coordinator for the Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, and by telling us about Meals on Wheels locally, she is shedding light upon the many benefits of this program to communities all over the country.

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Fitness for Seniors at Spectrum Generations with Robin Maginn

Spectrum Generations serves Central Maine seniors with many essential services. Robin Maginn is the Senior Fitness Coordinator for the Coastal Community Center in Damariscotta. She designs excellent programs to help seniors maintain functional strength and balance. Robin’s programs are evidence-based and very effective. The classes are very inexpensive, and can be a real difference-maker in helping people age safely in their own homes.
For more information, call Robin at 563-1363.

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Spotlight on Seniors Interview with Lynne Tobin on Death Cafes in Damariscotta

The Death Cafe in Damariscotta

Have you ever heard of Death Cafes? Lynne Tobin, LCPC, says you may think the name is a little scary or weird, but Death Cafes are enlivening and healthful. It is an international movement that is here in Damariscotta, facilitated by Lynne and hosted by Savory Maine Dining and Provisions on the second Monday of every month, 9:00am to 10:30am. I have attended several meetings and they are excellent. It’s not a bereavement group… it’s something different. Lynne gives a great description here of what Death Cafes are all about, and why you might want to attend.

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