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Forum: Getting There When You Can’t Drive – March 19th

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UMA College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College present Getting There When You Can’t Drive at 2 pm on Sunday, Mar. 19 at Jewett Hall auditorium in Augusta.

Sponsored by UMA Senior College and the College of Arts and Sciences, the forum will present three speakers who will discuss the transportation situation in Maine for non-drivers.

“Aging in Place” is an oft-stated desire of Maine senior citizens. A workable transportation system, particularly in rural areas, is a significant element in meeting this need.

This program will address some steps, both working models and proposals, which could move Maine forward in keeping older people in their own homes.

  • Jess Maurer will give an overview of Maine’s transportation problem and some solutions – diverse initiatives to serve various types of communities.
  • Bob MacDougall will focus on current transportation in Augusta and some ideas for the future that his Age Friendly Committee is considering.
  • Irene Goff will discuss “Neighbors Driving Neighbors”, a local initiative, how it started and the current status of the program.

Jess Mauer is the Executive Director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging. She advocates for the health and economic security of older adults at the national, state and local levels on behalf of Maine’s five Area Agencies on Aging.

Bob MacDougall is currently the Chair for the Augusta Age Friendly Committee, spearheading that initiative, and sits on the AARP Maine state volunteer advisory board. He is very involved in planning Augusta area transportation.

Irene Goff is the Coordinator for Neighbors Driving Neighbors (NDN) serving Belgrade, Fayette, Mount Vernon, Rome, Vienna. “I enjoy talking with people in my community connecting them with volunteer drivers so they can get to where they need to go.” Panel Moderator: Chuck Acker, Forum on the Future (FoF) Chair.

Chuck Acker, Chair of Forum on the Future Committee, will be moderator. The second part of the program will feature a question and answer session. UMASC forums are free and open to the public. Free refreshments are served during the break.

UMA Senior College is open to persons of fifty years or older, and their spouses and partners. Its’ all-volunteer faculty offers programs of courses on a wide variety of subjects for nominal membership and tuition fees. It provides monthly musical programs—Concerts at Jewett—for low admission prices. The Forum on the Future produces four forums a year on topics which are both timely and significant for Maine people.

To learn more about UMASC or to request curriculum materials. please call 207-621-3551, email us at umasc@maine.edu or check out our web page at www.umasc.org.