Maine is one of the "oldest" states in the nation. Our state's median age is the highest in the country, and we rank third in the share of the population that is age 65 and over. We are at the forefront of a demographic shift that is occurring across the country. At the same time, many of Maine's seniors are economically disadvantaged. Our rapidly aging population presents challenges as well as opportunities to support our most vulnerable elders.
Where we are and where we need to be
Significant numbers of Maine’s seniors face economic challenges.
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.
How we do our work
We have learned that 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 grantmaking on the following issues related to seniors' well-being:
Washington Hancock Community Agency, Ellsworth $61,000 in support of At Home Downeast, a program that provides residents of the nine-town Blue Hill Peninsula community with essential services that enable seniors to live independently in their homes as they age.
Bath Housing Development Corporation, Bath $156,375 in support of the Community Aging in Place Program, which will increase housing stability for low-income seniors who wish to age at home in the greater Bath region.
Western Maine Community Action, East Wilton $95,000 to support their Keeping Seniors Home program.