What Has SAGE Maine Done?
As of December, 2016
As of November, 2015
As of December, 2016
- Monthly dinners for up to 80 participants in Portland, with entertainment by the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus and a variety of speakers; it is co-sponsored by the Southern Area Agency on Aging and St. Luke’s Cathedral
- Continued success with the Telephone Drop-In Program (“Virtual Drop-InCenter”) and Drop-In Centers in Augusta, Bangor, Damariscotta, Ellsworth,Farmington, and Presque Isle (some were suspended for part of the year)
- Sponsorship by SAGE Maine for Maine Public Radio and WERU Community Radio
- Appearances on television and radio programs promoting SAGE Maine
- Moved to a new Drop-In Center with more accessible parking in Bangor
- Celebrated Bangor Pride with a pot-luck at the Miller Square Volunteers of America Residence and had displays at pride events around the state
- First Saturday of month luncheons in Bangor continued to be popular
- Opened new shared office space in Portland December 2 at the Equality
- Community Center and began to plan programs for the new space
- Hosted informational display tables at the Maine Geriatrics Conference and the University of Maine Center on Aging Conference
- Jackie McNeil conducted trainings for health-care providers in Bangor and Presque Isle; Doug did one for the Hospice Council of Maine in Augusta
- Published a promotion article in Wiser Living, a magazine for waiting rooms
As of November, 2015
- Jackie McNeil, the SAGE Maine Program Coordinator, conducted 1/2-day workshops for the staff at ALL FIVE Maine Area Agencies on Aging using a curriculum developed by the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, where she is a certified trainer. This project was supported in part by the Equity Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. SAGE Maine board members attended and praised the training Jackie conducted at all locations: Presque-Isle, Lewiston, Bangor, Scarborough, and Augusta. Now these front-line experts know how important it is to make their office approachable and affirmative for LGBT older adults and their families.
- With support from the Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging, we began a subsidized meal program once a month, co-sponsored by Portland's Cathedral of St. Luke, where it is hosted. It began as Out to Lunch with SAGE Maine but soon became Out to Dinner with SAGE Maine and has grown to over 35 participants. A holiday dinner is planned for November. Come and help set up the tables and enjoy the discussions each month!
- Working with partners in each location, we have set up Drop-In Centers for inter-generational discussions, videos, and games in Bangor, Ellsworth, and Damariscotta. The Bangor Drop-In is weekly and a primary commitment of our intern from the University of Maine School of Social Work; it is hosted at the Health Equity Center. The Ellsworth Drop-In is hosted by the Friends in Action program at the newly renovated Moore Center; it meets once a month, hosted by our Executive Director, Doug Kimmel. The Damariscotta Center is held twice a month at the Spectrum Generations center and is hosted by Board Member, Mitzi Lichtman. In addition, Board Member Brian Kaufman hosts an inter-generational LGBT support group in Farmington.
- The Bangor Drop-In group has organized monthly brunches at various restaurants in the greater Bangor area. It also organized a walk in Acadia National Park during the summer.
- SAGE Maine had a convertible in the Pride Parade with SAGE Maine members in Bangor and Portland (where our Executive Director was named a Grand Marshall for the parade). It also had a table at the Bangor, Portland, and Waterville Pride festivals, as well as at the Belfast Peace Festival this year.
- Jackie McNeil and colleagues at the University of Southern Maine and Equality Maine organized a spectacular standing-room-only event in October titled The Greatest LGBT Generation that celebrated accomplishments of Maine LGBT leaders to win the rights that protect seniors in all public accommodations (including long-term care facilities) and marriage equality.
- We had informational tables at several professional conferences throughout the state, were featured on the Senior Talk radio program on WVOM, and have been invited to train Hospice programs in January.
As of December, 2014
- It has been a team effort of all the dedicated Board Members since our beginning in 2013!
- With the fabulous support of AARP Maine and several noted researchers and gerontologist specialists, SAGE Maine conducted a Needs Assessment of Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Mainers. You can view the full report here.
- SAGE Maine received a significant grant from the Equity Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to get started and to build its capacity as a state-wide organization with the mission: Improving quality of life for older GLBT adults living in Maine through advocacy, education, and social support.
- We became the first state-wide affiliate of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) and we participate regularly in activities and monthly updates with the other affiliates across the U.S.
- We learned how to create a Web site, set up a Calender of Events, and began creating a SAGE Maine Center Without Walls.
- We set up two MeetUp.com groups: statewide (GO SAGE MAINE) and GO SAGE MAINE PORTLAND; join up to find out what is happening at our Web site!
- Gifted by the wonderful talent of SAGE Maine member, Dick Harrison, SAGE Maine produced a color brochure about our mission and goals that can be downloaded here and reproduced.
- You could find SAGE Maine at Portland Pride and Bangor Pride in June 2013 and 2014!
- Our own Gerontologist (with a Capital G), Marilyn Gugliucci, Shirley Weaver, and a team of experts conducted a survey of medical practitioners throughout Maine regarding how they affirm and accommodate their practice to the concerns of older LGBT folks. The report was the focus of a lively presentation at the June Bar Harbor Geriatric Conference and is available to download here.
- Two Board members presented the significant concerns of LGBT elders to a training workshop of volunteers for the Maine Ombudsman Program (who monitor and respond to issues in nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Maine), February, 2014.
- SAGE Maine had two Board members on the panel at the University of Southern Maine event, LGBT Elders: The Stonewall Generation Faces the Challenges of Aging. Historical Perspective, University of Southern Maine, Portland, April 10, 2014.
- One Board Member did a radio interview about the film, Gen Silent, that was being shown at the Blue Hill Library, April, 2014; listen to the program here: http://archives.weru.org/weru-news-report/2014/04/weru-news-report-41514/.
- SAGE Maine was represented at the 2014 ENCorps Summit, May, 2014, Sebasco Harbor Resort, Phippsburg, Maine.
- SAGE Maine participated in a panel at Uniting Across Generations: A Community Forum hosted by Maine People’s Alliance, Bangor, July 2014.
- We hosted several Meet & Greet events:
- Brewer, Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, and Eddington; they included showing the films Gen Silent and Ten More Good Years in Brewer, walking around Jordan Pond in Bar Harbor, and a great lunch provided by Clewley Farm Restaurant in Eddington, 2013 and 2014.
- Belfast, May 2014
- University of Southern Maine and viewed the amazing film, Gen Silent, which SAGE Maine can make available for library and other private showings, May, 2014. Kennebunkport, September, 2014.
- Two SAGE Maine Board Members staffed exhibit tables at three significant conferences for professionals providing services to older Mainers:
- University of Maine Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium, May, 2014, Bangor
- Maine Geriatrics Conference, June, 2014, Bar Harbor
- Maine Medical Association, September, 2014, Bar Harbor
- SAGE Maine had exhibits at the Equality Maine Dinners in Portland and Bangor in 2013 and 2014
- SAGE Maine Board Member, Skip Brushaber, organized a writing group at the Westbrook Library, beginning September, 2014.
- Jackie McNeil, a certified trainer from the National Center on LGBT Aging, joined two Board members to provide follow-on training for volunteers with the Maine Ombudsman Program in Portland, Augusta, and Ellsworth in October, 2, 2013.