Seniors shouldn’t have to worry about whether they can afford to heat their homes or keep food on the table.
Maine is the nation’s oldest and most rural state. Too many seniors are struggling to make ends meet on a fixed income. Older people shouldn’t have to worry about whether they can afford to heat their homes or keep food on the table. In our large, rural state, many Maine seniors also face social isolation and transportation challenges that prevent them from successfully aging in their homes. Seniors who live in low-income households are at greater risk of having to move out of their communities before they are ready.
We believe the most effective means of improving the lives of older people in Maine is by partnering with organizations with successful track records of helping seniors to live comfortably and independently. We have focused our grant-making on the following issues related to seniors’ well-being:
- Ensuring no seniors go hungry by supporting food delivery and other services;
- Connecting older Mainers with rides to important services that can keep them healthy and independent;
- Providing safety checks and modifications so that seniors can safely age in their homes;
- Linking older Mainers with social companions and other activities to combat isolation; and,
- Protecting seniors from abuse and financial exploitation.