Stories about Eastern Area Agency on Aging

“I love the Expo. I come here every year.”
Linda Stevens, Newport

‘What impresses you about the Senior Expo?’

By Ardeana Hamlin on May 29, 2014, at 2:58 p.m.
The Weekly was at the Senior Expo Tuesday, May 13, at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.
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Local business owners Debra Bell (left) and Don Hanson (right) present checks to Rob Crone, director of nutrition at the Eastern Area Agency on Aging. Bell and Hanson collaborated on a joint pet-photo shoot that helped raise money for EAAA’s Furry Friends Food Bank.

Two local businesses support seniors and their pets and EAAA

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Jan. 29, 2013, at 2:22 p.m.
One of the best things about living in this area is the generosity of community businesses. Add to that fact that animal lovers encompass a special breed of caring, and great things can happen. The beneficiaries of the good works of two area businesses are Eastern Area Agency on Aging’s …
First Lady Ann LePage talks about Washington County possibilities with Lisa Holmes of Bar Harbor Bank and Trust (center) and Ruth Leubecker of the Eastern Area Agency on Aging at a Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce forum Thursday evening. More than two dozen local women addressed LePage, talking about the county's challenges and successes. "When you say good night to the Governor," Barbara Drisko of the Washington County Development Authority told LePage, "please tell him how great we are."

Down East business owners share successes with Ann LePage

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Sept. 22, 2011, at 8:22 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — A businesswomen’s forum with Ann LePage, Maine’s first lady, may have been held at the Bragdon Kelly Funeral Home on Thursday night, but there was nothing depressing about the message she heard. Although there were some suggestions about what changes could be made on the state level …

Rockin’ Out moves to Tuesdays in BDN

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Sept. 13, 2011, at 7:32 p.m.
Dear Readers, For six years, Emily Burnham has been writing her popular Rockin’ Out column for the Bangor Daily News. Music aficionados know they can count on Emily to know where the cool stuff is happening around the state. What’s even better is that the BDN has moved Rockin’ Out …

Tax and Rent Circuit Breaker program ready to help

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Aug. 16, 2011, at 1:09 p.m.
As we head into late summer, it is time to think about taxes. Lest you think I have lost my calendar — or worse — let me assure you that I am not referring to income taxes, but to the Maine Tax and Rent Circuit Breaker program, which provides tax …

Silver Frame Awards presented to senior citizens who are role models

By Sharon Kiley Mack on July 21, 2011, at 9:30 p.m.
CHERRYFIELD, Maine — Nine senior citizens who are proving to be role models in their communities were honored Thursday by the Eastern Area Agency on Aging with the George Hale Silver Frame Award. More than 120 people attended the ceremony and luncheon at the Cherryfield Elementary School. “You are role …

Running like a 5-year-old

By Noelle Merrill, Eastern Area Agency on Aging on June 27, 2011, at 4:16 p.m.
Years ago running was called jogging and it was done in old sweats and Keds. Today is a different world as far as exercise attire and as for aging feet; shoes in particular have come a long way. Running and getting old may not work as well as we hope and …

Take leg pain seriously

By Carol Higgins Taylor on June 20, 2011, at 10:17 p.m.
Myths are circulating that getting older is the sole cause of countless varieties of aches and pains. Nothing to be done, they say, as it is “a normal part of aging.” Don’t listen to these naysayers with defeatist attitudes because in today’s world the medical profession can do wonders. And sometimes an ache or …

Sedentary seniors: go slow with exercise plan

By Carol Higgins Taylor on June 13, 2011, at 7:49 p.m.
Every health care provider in the free world promotes staying active as a secret to staying healthy. We’ve all heard the slogans designed to motivate us, such as “move it or lose it” and “no pain, no gain.” Regular exercise, it sometimes seems, is the active equivalent to sipping from …

Keep hot food hot, cold food cold and wash hands

By Carol Higgins Taylor on June 06, 2011, at 9:45 p.m.
Almost everyone loves cookouts and all the fixings that that go with them. Just one whiff of a grill in action can make you salivate. It seems that every weekend is a new opportunity to join family and friends in a barbecued feast. However, nothing spoils the memory of these …

Medications a big challenge in caring for an elder

By Carol Higgins Taylor on May 25, 2011, at 12:48 p.m.
Caring for an elder person can be rewarding but also challenging. While caregivers are as varied as the tasks they perform, they share some of the same concerns. Caregivers are people of ages, from all walks of life. A caregiver is anyone who provides unpaid assistance to an older adult, …

Paddling into your senior years

By Noelle Merrill, Eastern Area Agency on Aging on May 23, 2011, at 12:54 p.m.
There is nothing like seeing your community from the water. Maine has a lot of good water and this time of year, many older people are drawn to the white water on some of Bangor’s nearby rivers such as the Passagassawakeag, Soudabscook, St. George, Kenduskeag and Dead. There is a …

Sensor lights, closed curtains can help improve home safety

By Carol Higgins Taylor on May 17, 2011, at 9:53 a.m.
We all want to feel safe at home but a few precautions can make that feeling stronger. I hear seniors say, “Oh, I never lock my door,” but that’s not the safest thing to do. I admit, I have done it myself on occasion, but always end up worrying about …

Facing up to jowls

By Noelle Merrill, Eastern Area Agency on Aging on May 16, 2011, at 1:14 p.m.
I recently had the opportunity to offer an online Eastern Area Agency on Aging presentation through the University of Maine Employee Assistance Program for distribution to their employees.  Consequently, I viewed myself speaking on a screen for one hour, and it wasn’t pretty. I noticed lines and puckers and droopy …
Aging in Maine
Wait. Isn't spiking against the rules? Many seniors enjoy a fast-paced game of volleyball -- why not start a team?

Volleyball for the young at heart

By Noelle Merrill, Eastern Area Agency on Aging on April 03, 2011, at 4:12 p.m.
By Noelle Merrill, Eastern Area Agency on Aging Sometimes fitness opportunities just pop up when you least expect them to. Such is the case of the Stockton Springs women over 40 volleyball night. One of our community members got stranded on Isle au Haut recently because of poor weather and …

Eastern Area Agency on Aging sees increase in requests for services

By Diana Bowley on March 27, 2011, at 5:35 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine  — More senior citizens, adults with disabilities and caregivers in Piscataquis, Washington, Hancock and Penobscot counties reached out for more help in 2010 than in 2009 from the Eastern Area Agency on Aging. Piscataquis County commissioners learned recently that the nonprofit agency’s 53 employees, some of whom are …

Smart shoveling may avoid injuries to heart and back

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Feb. 01, 2011, at 9:03 p.m.
Winter has a firm grip on us this year with several huge storms blanketing the state and no end in sight. Snow may look beautiful when the large flakes are falling, but this winter wonderland has lost its charm for many people. Clip this column and give it a read-through …
Carol Higgins Taylor

Find out if Medicare Part D is for you

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Nov. 22, 2010, at 7:54 p.m.
Open enrollment for Medicare Part D is from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31. This is the time for you to review the plan you are enrolled in and make changes for the coming year. Eastern Area Agency on Aging is holding Med D clinics all over our region to help …
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