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 University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s 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 Extension Senior Companion Program currently serves 14 of Maine’s 16 counties. The Senior Companion Program has an average of 121 Companions who serve 469 clients. In 2013, Companions made 24,856 client visits for a total of 76,776 hours of volunteer time. See how you can get involved.
To contact a representative near you, see our list of county contacts.
Image Description: Seniors play checkers; photo by Edwin Remsberg, USDA