AUGUSTA – The UMA College of Arts and Sciences and the Senior College will present “KeepME Home,” the last forum in a three-part Forum on the Future series about aging in place on Sunday, April 26th at 2:00 PM in Jewett Auditorium.
Maine’s increasingly older population is posing challenges for the state of Maine. With the growing need for health care for the elderly, the retiring baby-boomer work force, and the desire to age in place, legislators have already begun to prepare.
At the forefront in seeking legislative solutions are Senator Mark Eves (D), Speaker of the House of Representatives and Senator David Burns (R), a member of the bipartisan Aging Caucus.
During the forum, Eves will discuss his legislative initiative, “KeepME Home” which lays out both community-based and legislative approaches to turning the challenges of Maine’s aging population into an opportunity. The initiative addresses a wide range of issues including affordable housing, transportation, home repair and broadband Internet, work force and employment, protection form abuse and exploitation, and provider services for the elderly.
Burns will also be present at the forum to give his perspective on the proposed legislation, and voice his own ideas and the source of his interest and concerns for the well being of elder citizens.
Moderating the discussion will be UMA President Glenn Cummings, former Speaker of the House in the Maine House of Representatives, Majority Leader, and Chairman of the state’s Joint Committee of Education and Cultural Affairs.
The forum is free and open to the public. For more information call the UMA Senior College at 621-3551