October 15, 2013

Roundtable aims to adapt Maine communities for aging population

The event will convene policymakers and private sector investors to help Maine cities and towns meet the concerns of Maine’s growing senior population, including housing, health care, transportation and long-term care.

By Kelley Bouchard kbouchard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — Making communities livable for people of all ages is the focus of the third roundtable talk on aging challenges facing Maine, which is being held Tuesday morning at the Augusta Civic Center.

The group will hear from aging and community development experts on ways that policymakers and private sector investors can help Maine cities and towns meet the concerns of Maine’s growing senior population, including housing, health care, transportation and long-term care.

House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, is hosting the roundtable series this fall to help Maine address its rapidly aging population. Maine has the highest median age in the nation and by 2030, one in four Mainers will be age 65 or older.

Speaking to a group of about 30 community leaders on Tuesday are Patricia Kimball, founder of Ideactive Solutions; Tony Cipollone, president and CEO of the John T. Gorman Foundation; and Becky Hayes Boober, senior program officer of the Maine Health Access Foundation.

The group, including business, health care, municipal and higher education leaders, is expected to provide recommendations for policy changes to the Legislature in early 2014.

The next roundtable is scheduled for Oct. 29, also at the civic center.

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