Helping elders stay independent can be a challenge in Maine’s rural areas. Many older adults do not have relatives living nearby and must rely on others to help them. Through the Senior Companion Program, homebound elders are able to stay in their own homes longer thanks to regular visits from Senior Companions — dedicated, active individuals age 55 and older.
The UMaine Center on Aging Senior Companion Program currently serves 14 of Maine’s 16 counties. The Senior Companion Program has an average of 105 Companions who serve 373 clients. In 2015, Companions made 23,485 client visits for a total of 73,151 hours of volunteer time. See how you can get involved.
Image Description: Seniors play checkers; photo by Edwin Remsberg, USDA