RANGELEY? The Elder Independence Project will hold an informational Brown Bag Lunch Community Listening Session at the Church of the Good Shepherd Undercroft from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, July 12.

Speakers will include Gerry Baril, Carrabassett Valley, who will share initiatives in that town helping to support independence for older adults, and Janice Daku, WMCA Elder Services program manager, who will speak about the Franklin County Elder Independence Advisory Board’s Elder Independence Project and its initiative focused on creating a county-wide coordinated system of volunteers able to replicate the Carrabassett Valley model.

Rangeley community members will engage in discussion centered on elder needs in the community and ways the Elder Independence Project could help find solutions that work locally.

“We are hoping to learn more about what Rangeley residents are already doing to help older adults remain independent at home, and find ways to help those efforts,” Daku said.

The Franklin County Elder Independence Advisory Board began as a task force in December 2011 to examine and explore successful models of service delivery supporting elder independence ? “aging in place.”

Members of the advisory board now include representatives from Western Maine Community Action, Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, SeniorsPlus, Sugarloaf Area Ministries, and a diverse group of community members.

People planning to attend the community listening session should contact Janice Daku at Western Maine Community Action’s toll free line, 1-800-645-9636, or by email at [email protected] , by Monday, July 8, so that enough food is available. Daku’s direct phone number is 860-4461.

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