Our next prescription drug take-back day will be Saturday October 27th from 10:00 to 2:00 at the Central Fire Station. This is completely anonymous and you can deposit controlled and non-controlled prescription drugs, as well as over the counter ointments and drops, and veterinary medications. No needles or thermometers.
Age Friendly Georgetown Maine
The Georgetown Age-Friendly Community team has prepared a short survey to follow up on the recent Comprehensive Plan survey done throughout the town. Several issues were raised on aging issues, including transportation support and help with minor home repairs, improvements and chores.
The survey is funded by a grant from AARP; no town funds will be used. The survey is short and easy to fill out. We will be forwarding a return envelope that is pre-addressed and stamped to make it easy to return. We will also have an on-line version when we get closer to November.
The survey will be completely confidential. There will be a way to indicate a desire to get more information or to get support in various areas.
Our town’s average age is rising steadily. Many of us will want to find ways to be able to stay in our community and our homes. Georgetown has a wonderful culture of neighbors helping neighbors and families taking care of their own. Our goal with the Age-Friendly program is to support those efforts and to provide additional resources to provide more town-based support with volunteer activity.
The Volunteer Transportation Program is now running in Georgetown. As of early October, we have six volunteer drivers and five riders signed up and rides have commenced. If you are interested in this program or would like to learn more about it, you can email us at email@example.com or call 387-0440. You could also call People Plus, the operators of the program directly at 729-0757. The program is completely confidential. Riders would be asked to make a donation for the ride, but that wouldn't be required if they were unable to pay.
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When a person is no longer able to drive, they must rely on family, friends, or neighbors to get them to doctor appointments, grocery shopping, hair appointments, visiting friends, and more. For example, if someone doesn't have a driver available to, a taxi ride from Georgetown Center to Midcoast Hospital is $50.00 round trip.
Many Georgetown residents currently provide an amazing amount of support in driving other folks, but they are often very busy and may be aging themselves. Our goal is to provide another option for those who may not reliably have this support and take some of the pressure off current ride providers.
If you have any suggestions, please let us know. The best solution will be one that comes from participation by as many town folks as possible.
In a recent meeting with Ron Hayward and Dave Knauber of our Fire Department, they told us a great many houses do not have sufficient, and sometimes no, identification numbers on their houses. The numbers should be 4″ tall and reflective so emergency vehicles can quickly identify your home if they are on a call. Contact the Fire Department for more information and complete instructions on how to install these properly. It could make the difference between life and death.
Do you need a pair of crutches? A walker? A wheelchair? Dave Knauber of the Fire Department maintains a supply of these and much more. Contact Dave at 371-2020 if you have a need.
One of the functions of this website will be to serve as a resource center for Georgetown residents. In addition to the elder-oriented material in the Senior Resources section, the “About Georgetown” section will contain a listing of area contractors, service providers, and businesses. This will allow Georgetown residents an easily accessible place to find carpenters, home cleaners, dog sitters/walkers, roof shovelers, and much more.
We are currently working to identify businesses and services that would like to be included in these listings. If you are interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will need your business name, service(s) that you provide and contact info including phone, email address, website, and Facebook page.
See this poster for more information.
Organized by Deb Thibodeau, school Guidance Counselor and Sheila McCandless, Age-Friendly Georgetown team member, the kids brainstormed ideas in seven groups of kids from each of the grades, with a teacher and a representative of the Age-Friendly Community team. Many great ideas came from each group, including inviting older neighbors for dinner, helping to shovel snow or mow grass, and to check in on them just to say hi and get to know them better.
The ideas will be compiled and presented to the Age-Friendly Georgetown team. We look forward to continued work with the students and staff of Georgetown Central school to help make our town a wonderful place to age in place.