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November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes. In partnership with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), this year’s focus is on the link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Adults with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to die from heart disease or stroke as people without diabetes. This is because over time, high blood glucose from diabetes can damage your blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart. The good news is that there are steps you can take to manage your diabetes and lower your chances of having heart disease or a stroke:
Don’t forget to wear blue on Thursday, November 14 for World Diabetes Awareness Day!
November is National Family Caregivers Month! This is a time to celebrate the contributions of those volunteer friends and family members who support a loved one with their health or managing a disability. We’re thankful for the contributions of the more than 44 million Americans who care for a family member, friend, or neighbor. Join us as we celebrate the contribution of caregivers and find better ways to support them as they care.
The theme for 2019 is #BeCareCurious. Family caregivers want their loved ones to have the best care possible – at the doctor’s office, at the hospital, and at home. We encourage family caregivers across the country to ask questions, explore options, and share in the care decisions that affect the health and well-being of their loved ones.
Your loved one’s goals: You spend the most time with your loved one and know them better anyone else does. Talk to them about what their goals are for treatment and their care in general.
Treatment options: Is your loved one responding well to treatment? If not, ask your doctor if there are other options.
Research: Talk to friends, family, and doctors to ask as many questions as possible to learn about your loved one’s condition.
The care plan: A lot of care happens at home and you need to be prepared to provide that assistance.
Coverage: Don’t be shy about asking questions about insurance coverage.
So this November, during National Family Caregivers Month, take time to #BeCareCurious about your loved one’s care!
Spectrum Generations hosted the 7th Annual Celebrity Chef Challenge, raising funds in effort to support Meals on Wheels
Hallowell, ME – On Monday, August 12, three chefs competed in the 7th Annual Celebrity Chef Challenge, held at Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Community Center in Hallowell. The event raised over $16,500 in support of the organization’s programs and services, including Meals on Wheels.
Chris Hart, of The Blaine House, won both the judges’ and people’s choice awards with his winning dish of roasted garlic and thyme marinated bistro steak with chimichurri, zucchini, potato, and gruyere gratin with wilted chard and cabbage. The dish will be incorporated into the organization’s Meals on Wheels program, which serves of 225,000 meals annually throughout central and midcoast Maine. Competing chefs Chris Geer, executive chef at the Tuscan Brick Oven Bistro in Freeport, and Elisha Irland, chef and owner of The Oak Table and Bar in Augusta, both put forth tasty dishes utilizing the donated beef, Swiss chard, potatoes, zucchini and summer squash, all of which are commonly utilized ingredients in the Meals on Wheels program.
Gerard Queally, President & CEO of Spectrum Generations said, “For seven years we’ve been hosting this event and I think this is the best ever. To have the community of individuals and business leaders step up to support our efforts in addressing the nutrition needs of homebound adults speaks volumes. Meals on Wheels is a vital program to many of Maine’s older adults, and we are proud to be able to continue supporting our mission of keeping them safe and aging in place.”
All of the produce was donated from farms in Lincoln County: Brown’s Farm (Nobleboro), Goranson Farm (Dresden), and Veggies to Table on the Oui Farm (Newcastle), with the gleaning donation being coordinated by the Lincoln County Gleaners. The dinner was sponsored by Central Maine Power, with additional support provided by Fiore Oils and Vinegars, Vital I/O, and Bernstein Shur.
For more information and to view a video of the event, please click here.
Spectrum Generations, the Central Maine Area Agency on Aging and Disability Resource Center, will be hosting its 17th Annual Golf Fore a Cause Tournament to be held on Friday, June 21 at the Brunswick Golf Club (recently named 2019 “Small Business of the Year” by SMMC). This year’s event will benefit the current Meals on Wheels waitlist. Participants will tee off at 1:00 p.m., spend the day on the course, and transition into the evening with a homestyle BBQ and live music around the fire pit. The cost is $125 /individual, $450/team and includes 18 holes with cart, bagged lunch (catered by Cohen on the Meadows), homestyle BBQ dinner, awards, contests for longest drive, accuracy drive, putting and hole-in-one contest for a chance to win $5,000. New this year, for $25 you can join us for just the dinner portion of the event. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
There are various sponsorship levels available which offer a great way for businesses or individuals to generate positive publicity from their association with our tournament. For event information visit www.spectrumgenerations.org/golf. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor contact Sarah Brown at [email protected] or call 620-1677.
The grant will focus on bringing much-needed education and awareness to the state’s rural areas
Healthy Living for ME – a partnership between three Area Agencies on Aging: Spectrum Generations, SeniorsPlus, and Aroostook Agency on Aging – has recently been awarded a 3-year, $450,000 grant to expand and promote classes which focus on falls prevention for older adults.
Gerard Queally, President & CEO of lead grant applicant Spectrum Generations said, “Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans, but falling is not an inevitable part of aging. These falls prevention classes are proven to help older adults reduce their risk of falling and we are thrilled to be receiving this funding to continue working with our partners throughout Maine to offer the education, resources, and skills they provide.”
Falls prevention classes, like A Matter of Balance, emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.
Healthy Living for ME currently provides a single-point of entry to a statewide network of workshops that empower adults to address and better manage their health issues. Workshops offered focus on improving balance and preventing falls as well as those which focus on helping adults manage chronic conditions – including high blood pressure, chronic pain, heart disease, COPD, arthritis, and diabetes.
A full listing of workshops available in throughout Maine and searchable by zip code, can be found online at www.healthylivingforme.org or call 1-800-620-6036 for more information.
Augusta, ME – Spectrum Generations is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the organization’s Volunteer Board of Directors.
“We are pleased to welcome Shelley Rudnicki and Josée Shelley to Spectrum Generations’ Board of Directors, as both bring a wealth of financial and organizational knowledge that will support our agency’s mission,” said Gerry Queally, President and CEO of Spectrum Generations. “We are very lucky to have Shelley and Josée join us in this capacity, and I look forward to working with both of them in the coming months.”
Spectrum Generations serves older and disabled adults in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Somerset, and Waldo Counties, and the towns of Brunswick and Harpswell. Among the programs offered are Meals on Wheels, health and wellness activities, Community-based Health Care, and Community Case Management.
The new Board members, who begin their service this week, are as follows:
Shelley Rudnicki, Somerset County Member since 2019
Shelley earned her degree in Social and Criminal Justice from Ashford University. In 2018, she was elected to serve in the Maine House of Representatives where she currently represents District #108; this includes the towns of Fairfield, Mercer, and Smithfield. Shelley is the current Chairman of the MSAD #49 School Board and has been a member of the Board for 11 years. She formerly served on the Fairfield Planning Board, the Central Maine CATV Board of Directors, was President of the Benton Elementary PTO, and Treasurer of the Basketball Boosters. Shelley is a member of both the Fireside Chapter and Martha Washington Chapters of the Order of Eastern Star and is owner of Shelley’s Used Cars, LLC. Shelley lives in Fairfield with her husband of 31 years and is the proud mother of two adult children.
Josée Shelley, Knox County Member since 2019
Josée L. Shelley, CPA graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she studied both Sociology and Business Administration. She has worked as the CFO for Kennebec Behavioral Health since 2003 and has served on several Boards; most recently she has been working with Bartlett Woods in Rockland Maine. Josée’s real passion is working with growing non-profits and applying her operational management skills to serving an organization’s mission rather than just for corporate profits. Josée lives in Owls Head, Maine and enjoys spending time with her adult sons and extended family. She also loves to travel off the grid and plans to work well into her seventies.
Spectrum Generations hosted its Annual Recognition Breakfast this morning at their Cohen Community Center in Hallowell.
The event, combined with a breakfast catered by Cohen on the Meadows, highlighted the previous year’s fiscal and statistical successes and recognized supporters from throughout their six-county service territory.
Honors were presented to:
State Senator Shenna Bellows, Distinguished Community Champion
Caswell’s Discount Wholesale, Business Partner of the Year
Joline Connolly-Allen, Employee of the Year
Barbara Chamberland, Caregiver of the Year
Linda Cook, Volunteer of the Year
Mount Merici Academy Staff & Students, Volunteer Group of the Year
Additionally, Board Chair Gerald Homer presented recognition awards to outgoing board members: Paula Delahanty (Warren), Richard Mitchell (Winslow), John Nale (Waterville), and John Picchiotti (Fairfield).
March is National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Month, and we’re taking the opportunity to introduce you to our Case Management Team who serve these members of our communities. Spectrum Generations has 9 case managers serving 7 counties; we’re here to help you and your family navigate the many complexities of available resources.
The term “intellectual and developmental disability” may refer to a broad range of characteristics or conditions. An intellectual disability is characterized by limitations in functioning and difficulties exhibited in social and practical skills. A developmental disability is attributed to a cognitive or physical impairment that results in limitations such as self-care, language, and mobility. These conditions are often misunderstood, but what should never be in doubt is that all people have the fundamental and inherent right to be respected, valued, and accepted for the contributions they make to their families, their relationships, and their communities.
With effective and responsive coordination, Spectrum Generations’ case managers link consumers to resources, enhancing their quality of life and inclusiveness in their communities. We are here to help:
- Follow the wishes and needs of each individual through a person-centered planning process
- Enable people to explore a full range of options
- Develop formal and informal supports
- Advocate for the interests, preferences, and dreams of the individual
- Assist individuals and families in independently coordinating their own supports and services if they so desire
- Be free from conflict of interest
- Support the development and expression of self-determination and self-advocacy
- Provide a wide range of available resources
When we focus on monthly health topics, it gives us an opportunity to educate our communities and advocate for needed services. If you have questions or would like more information about case management from Spectrum Generations, call us at 1.800.639.1553.
Three Area Agencies on Aging solidify Healthy Living for ME Joint Venture
Leaders from each organization signed paperwork today finalizing the partnership dedicated to the statewide network of workshops addressing chronic health issues and falls prevention
Healthy Living for ME – a partnership between three Area Agencies on Aging: Spectrum Generations, SeniorsPlus, and Aroostook Agency on Aging – has finalized their union as a Joint Venture, with all three organizations signing papers today at Bernstein Shur in Augusta.
Healthy Living for ME currently provides a single-point of entry to a statewide network of workshops that empower adults to address and better manage their health issues. Workshops offered focus on improving balance and preventing falls, and helping adults manage chronic conditions – including high blood pressure, chronic pain, heart disease, COPD, arthritis, and diabetes.
Joy Barresi-Saucier, Executive Director of Aroostook Agency on Aging explains the benefit as, "People from all areas of the state, both rural and urban, want and need access to programs that help them live longer and remain independent. Healthy Living for ME is an innovative network that, for the first time, will make the best wellness programs consistently available to all Mainers regardless of where they live."
President & CEO of SeniorsPlus, Betsy Sawyer-Manter spoke about the efficacy and importance of offering such workshops, saying, "Evidenced-based programs are proven effective. These are rigorously tested to ensure that they have the intended positive impact for those completing the workshops. They are both a preventative and health improvement strategy."
Continuing to highlight the importance of the partnership and future planning for Healthy Living for ME, Spectrum Generations’ President & CEO, Gerard Queally said, “We have worked diligently and in earnest with our partners SeniorsPlus and Aroostook Agency on Aging to make this come to fruition. We all see the benefit of delivering these programs in order to keep older Mainers safe, healthy, and aging in place, and our partnership is a testament to what community-based organizations can do jointly to improve healthcare in our state.”
A full listing of workshops being offered can be found online at www.healthylivingforme.org or call 1-800-620-6036 for more information.
L-to-R, Spectrum Generations President & CEO Gerard Queally, SeniorsPlus President & CEO Betsy Sawyer-Manter, and Aroostook Agency on Aging Executive Director Joy Barresi-Saucier signed paperwork today establishing the joint venture Healthy Living for ME.