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Meet Ida

Ida is an 82 year old retired veteran who lives alone, is legally blind, is hearing impaired, and has mobility issues severe enough to render her homebound.

Ida initially approached the Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) to
receive Meals on Wheels, but as her health has declined staff has stepped
in to assist with other needs:

  • A Social Worker in our Community Services program helped Ida understand and fill out paperwork to secure homemaker services, and connected her with organizations that help people with vision loss live independently.
  • In process is a referral to obtain a wheelchair ramp for her home.
  • A Resource Specialist reviewed Ida’s Medicare coverage to assure she was maximizing her benefits.
  • As a victim of theft by a previous caregiver, SMAA connected Ida to Legal Services for the Elderly.
  • Ida was connected with a Vet to Vet volunteer who visits her weekly. This companionship also offers Ida a chance to share her military experiences with her volunteer, enriching both of their lives.

You may have heard recently in the news that SMAA, as well as other social service organizations, is at risk of losing major sources of funding support. President Trump has proposed a budget that would eliminate several programs and significantly reduce funding for the majority of vital services we provided last year to 23,000 older adults just like Ida in southern Maine.

Programs at risk of losing funding include Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP):

  • RSVP funds the recruitment and placement of more than 600 local volunteers who provide support for Meals on Wheels, Vet to Vet, and many more of the programs that helped Ida remain in her home.
  • Eliminating SHIP funding will mean hundreds of people 65 and older could no longer turn to SMAA for unbiased information and counseling about Medicare and other insurance options.

SMAA has weathered many financial storms over the years – from sequestration to cuts to federal and state funding sources. We have made it through these challenging times because of the generosity of donors and friends like you. I am asking for your support today so that SMAA can continue to serve the growing number of older adults who desperately need our help to live independent in their communities.

Please make a gift today to ensure SMAA can continue to deliver vital programs and services for people like Ida.

Thank you for your continued support!

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Laurence W. Gross
Chief Executive Officer