Clinics of Expertise Answer Questions About Aging

Do you have questions about getting older and how to get the help you need? Insurance? Home Care? Fuel assistance? Getting to the doctor’s office or the store?

Friendship Cottage will be hosting weekly Clinics of Expertise on Wednesdays beginning April 29, 2015. Each Wednesday, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., community members can get information and assistance from specific service providers, free and without an appointment.

The first Clinic will be on Wednesday, April 29, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Friendship Cottage, 118 Ellsworth Road (Route 172) in Blue Hill, when a specialist from Eastern Area Agency on Aging (EAAA), will be present to meet one-on-one with older people, family members, or caregivers from the Blue Hill and Deer Isle and Stonington areas.

Eastern Area Agency on Aging staff will continue to provide information and help on the 4th Wednesday of every month. In the next several weeks, other organizations will be added to the Wednesday schedule to answer a wide variety of questions and help community members get the support they need to manage older age more easily.

Eastern Area Agency on Aging has been serving Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock, and Washington counties since 1973. With a specially trained and dedicated staff, they provide seniors, adults with disabilities, and caregivers with a variety of services and referrals, including: Health and Exercise Programs, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, Outreach and Home Services, State Health Insurance Assistance Program, Transportation Services, and Family Caregiver Services & Dementia Programs.

Clinics of Expertise are organized supported by Thriving in Place Downeast (TiPD), a collaboration of Healthy Peninsula and 10 community health agencies working together to find creative solutions for health and wellness. Thriving in Place Downeast is funded by a three-year grant from the Maine Health Access Foundation.

For more information about upcoming Clinics of Expertise, call Friendship Cottage at 374-5612 or online at Healthy Peninsula .