Gov. Janet Mills has announced an investment of $2.5 million in Federal funds to develop a first-of-its-kind statewide initiative to connect older Maine people to resources in their community to help them safely age in place.
The initiative, led by the Governor’s Cabinet on Aging, will connect older adults and caregivers to resources through state, regional, and local partners by developing community-based navigator programs across Maine, in partnership with the University of Maine Center on Aging and Maine’s Area Agencies on Aging. Funding for the initiative comes from American Rescue Plan Act, as approved by the Federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Knowing you can age safely and with dignity in your home and community provides an important measure of comfort and security for many older Mainers. That is why my Administration is so focused on supporting older Mainers and their caregivers. This new initiative is another tremendous step forward in our effort to ensure that older Mainers have the resources and support to age safely in the places they love. I thank the Biden Administration for their investment and the many partners across Maine who are working to make this initiative possible.
Maine has long been a national leader in endorsing principles that promote healthy, active, and engaged aging. Under Governor Mills Maine was designated an AARP “Age Friendly State.” Today, Maine leads the country with more than 80 official Age Friendly designated communities, with an additional 50 communities engaged in similar efforts to support sustainable living for older people.