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Issues facing older Mainers, from long-term care to aging in place

Younger woman smiling and putting arm around older, white-haired woman
Luciana Santerre

Family caregivers provide more than $2 billion dollars worth of services to Maine each year, but lack real pay and much needed support. That’s one of the conclusions of a new report by AARP “Valuing the Invaluable”, which examines the state’s caregiving and long-term services, and what they provide for older Mainers. We’ll discuss what’s needed for: aging in place, Paid Family Medical Leave, and services in Maine to support family caregivers and their loved ones.

Noël Bonam, state director, AARP Maine
Brenda Gallant, executive director, Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

VIP callers:
Paul Saucier, director, Maine DHHS Office of Aging and Disability Services
TBD, Southern Maine Agency on Aging
Valerie Sauda, chief nurse administrator, associate professor, School of Nursing, Husson University

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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.