House Speaker Eves to give keynote at Aging Well Living Well Expo on Oct. 3

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BETHEL — The seventh annual Aging Well Living Well Expo kicks off on Friday, Oct. 3, at 9:15 a.m. with a breakfast keynote address by Rep. Mark Eves, Maine Speaker of the House.

The Expo, a day-long event featuring a silent auction, workshops and other programs, will be held at the Grand Summit Hotel and Conference Center at Sunday River.

The Expo is presented by the nonprofit SeniorsPlus, the designated agency on aging for Western Maine. Tickets for the Expo, which runs from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., are $25 per person and include breakfast and lunch, as well as entrance to workshops. Tickets can be purchased at www.seniorsplus.org or by calling 1 800-427-1241.

Last month Eves launched “KeepMEHome,” key policies designed to help older adults live independently longer in their homes and communities. The initiatives target affordable housing, property tax credits and direct care workers.

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His talk at the Expo, titled “The Aging Initiative,” will expound on his work in the legislature championing the needs of Maine’s rapidly aging population.

“Maine seniors want to age in their homes and communities, where they can live independently with dignity,” said Eves. “As I’ve traveled across the state, I’ve heard the same message from older adults and their families: the financial struggles they face are making it harder and harder to have a secure retirement.”

The more than 20 workshops offered address finance, health, exercise, cooking, crafts, antiques and history with titles ranging from “Palliative Care: A Key to Aging Well,” to “Trips and Tours for Seniors on the Go,” to “True BBQ Starts with Smoke.” Workshops run 75 minutes each.

“Our goal is to offer lively, informative programming for a range of interests and personalities,” said Betsy Sawyer-Manter, executive director of SeniorsPlus. More than 300 attendees attended the Expo last year.

A complete schedule of programming can be found at www.seniorsplus.org.

SeniorsPlus covers Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties, where it is the Agency on Aging and the Aging and Disability Resource Center. The agency focuses on older adults, adults with disabilities and families, and offers a network of support, including information and assistance, short-term case management, Medicare counseling, caregiver support and respite, prevention education and Options Counseling. It provides nutritional services including Meals on Wheels and community dining in the tri-county, largely rural territory.

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