About Us

Every stage of life brings joys and challenges unique to an individual’s circumstances. For 50 years Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) has provided the resources, programs and people to ensure that older adults and adults living with disabilities in Cumberland and York counties maintain their vitality well past the age of sixty.

Founded in 1973, under the authority of the federal Older Americans Act, SMAA is a non-profit organization dedicated to planning and implementing social services for adults age 60 and older, prioritizing those with the greatest economic and social need, including low-income individuals, BIPOC communities, and individuals residing in rural areas.

The Agency provides many services and programs for seniors on a variety of issues, be they financial, medical, or personal. SMAA offers seminars to help navigate the array of insurance and Medicare options, delivers important dietary and fitness practices, and provides older adults with the opportunity to stay active in the community via participation or volunteer-ism. No matter the reason for your interest, be assured SMAA has the expertise to help find the answers you need. 

In addition to the friendly, dedicated staff at SMAA, the Agency is fortunate to be able to engage the diverse talents of residents in the very communities we serve. The vast majority of our approximately 400 volunteers are older adults themselves. Their commitment to empowering the lives of their peers is instrumental to SMAA as we strive to create better days for the residents of Cumberland and York counties. 

The Southern Maine Agency on Aging is one of five Agencies on Aging that serve the state of Maine. If you live in Maine, but do not live in Cumberland or York County, please contact the Agency that serves your area.

Area Plan

The Southern Maine Agency on Aging's Area Plan for 2016-2020 is available for download via PDF: 

2020-2024 Area Plan (PDF)

Report to the Community for the Fiscal Year 2022

Over the past fiscal year, the Southern Maine Agency on Aging has continued to adapt, refine, and flex our strategic priorities to keep our clients and community front and center. Key highlights from 2022 include:

  • AARP TaxAide Foundation and SMAA volunteers supported more than 200 older adults in filing taxes to receive their $850 Maine Relief Check and Property Tax Fairness Credits. The returns are estimated to be over $150,000.
  • To improve resource and information sharing among non-profits, businesses, volunteer organizations and community members working on behalf of older adults, we launched The Exchange: Southern Maine Alliance for Older Adults. We had over 250 attendees total in our initial networking groups.
  • We held the first multilingual Tai Chi classes for New Mainers through our partnerships with Catholic Charities Maine Refugee and Immigration Services and the New England Arab American Association.

During Fiscal Year 2022, SMAA worked with over 768 caregivers through 1-on-1 counseling or support groups and provided over 10,556 hours of respite for caregivers caring for someone with dementia. Our 400+ volunteers devoted 21,784 volunteer hours and in doing so, were able to deliver over 250,000 meals to homebound older adults in our community.

Read the complete Report to the Community for 2021-2022