FARMINGTON — A Senior Resource Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 1, on the Mt. Blue High School campus.

The event will begin with a free buffet breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. at Chef’s Table. The breakfast will be catered by the Culinary Arts program students of the Foster Career Technology Education Center.

The fair, featuring senior-related seminars and various support organization presenters, is geared for seniors 55 and older who are interested in learning more about all of the agencies that serve Franklin County and to become familiar with programs and services they provide.

Family members and caregivers are encouraged to participate so they can gather information and provide guidance for their loved ones as they grow older and are in need of support.

The first seminar, Sharing Stories — A Life Review, is set for 9-9:45 a.m. Steven Quackenbush, a professor of psychology at the University of Maine Farmington, will explore the role played by stories in understanding ourselves and sharing our lives with others. Storytelling will be considered as an ideal opportunity to celebrate life in its richness and complexity.

The second session, Scams in Franklin County, will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. A District Attorney’s Office representative will present an overview of the latest scams that are targeting seniors in Franklin County. The presenter will showcase how to recognize a scam and what steps to take if you have been a victim. The seminar will provide seniors with an opportunity to ask questions and provide tips to protect identity and personal information.

Living Courageously and Outrageously will take place from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Connie Jones, formerly from SeniorsPlus, will provide an overview of all of the opportunities and challenges that seniors face, as they grow older. She will also focus on the important preparation and legal planning that all seniors must consider for supporting themselves, as well as their families.

Vendors providing information throughout the fair include: SeniorsPlus, Franklin Community Health Network Education Department, Western Maine Community Action, Western Maine Transportation, United Way, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Farmington Police Department, Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, Franklin Savings Bank, and Senior Planning Center.

Funding for the free event is provided through a Thriving in Place grant administered by MeHaf, Maine Health Access Foundation, and sub-sponsored by SeniorsPlus.

For more information, email Mary Richards of SeniorPlus at [email protected]


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