AUGUSTA — The forum, Getting There When You Can’t Drive, is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at the University of Maine at Augusta in Jewett Auditorium.

Sponsored by UMA Senior College and the College of Arts and Sciences, the forum will present three speakers who will discuss the transportation situation in Maine for non-drivers. “Aging in Place” is an oft-stated desire of Maine senior citizens.

A workable transportation system, particularly in rural areas, is a significant element in meeting this need. This program will address some steps, both working models and proposals, which could move Maine forward in keeping older people in their own homes.

Jess Maurer, executive director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies, will give an overview of Maine’s transportation problem and some solutions which include diverse initiatives to serve various types of communities.

Robert MacDougall, chairman of Augusta’s Age Friendly Committee, will discuss current transportation in Augusta and some ideas for the future that the committee he represents is considering.

Irene Goff, coordinator for the Neighbors Driving Neighbors program serving Mount Vernon, Fayette, Vienna, Rome and Belgrade, will explain how the program got started and how it is doing two years later.

Chuck Acker, chairman of Forum on the Future Committee, will be moderator. The second part of the program will feature a question-and-answer session.

UMASC programs are free and open to the public. Free refreshments are served.

For more information, call 621-3551, email [email protected] or visit

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