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This is the second segment of Thursday's 2-hour Maine Calling extended show. For the first segment, click here.

The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are exacerbated for people who are older, many of whom have added health problems and are more vulnerable to anxiety, isolation, inability to communicate and more. We will talk about what aid and support is available for these older Mainers, and how others can help them.

  This program has been edited for rebroadcast.

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In October, Governor Mills designated Maine an age-friendly state, where all ages can stay active and connected and be able to maintain quality of life. With 69 municipalities enrolled in AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, we’ll learn what it means to be considered ‘age-friendly’ and about efforts that bring together community, state and age-friendly leaders to develop a statewide action plan.


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Getting help for aging family members or friends can be confusing, stressful and overwhelming.  We’ll hear from experts on some of the biggest challenges facing older people – from mobility to memory to medications – and ways to care for aging family members and friends.  We’ll also get advice on where caregivers can turn to get help and support.


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According to a 2016 CDC report, only 20 percent of Americans over 18 are meeting the guidelines for both aerobic and strength training. When respondents were divided by age and gender, the percentage of those exercising decreased with each increasing age group, and for every age group a smaller percentage of women were strength training than men. Strength training helps to maintain and build muscle mass as we age. We’ll learn about ways to incorporate strength training into our everyday lives.

Democrats have joined forces with a senior citizens group in trying to bypass Governor Paul LePage, by issuing a voter approved housing bond that right now is stalled at the governor's office.