Finding Help : Social/Recreational

Volunteer opportunities, senior college programs, group dining options and other social and recreational outlets for seniors.

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Belfast Senior College

Peer-taught courses offered at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center. Classes meet every Thursday for six weeks during the fall and spring semesters and for four weeks during a January-February “Winterim” semester.

Part of the Maine Senior College Network.

Eastern Area Agency on Aging

One of Maine’s Agencies on Aging — a regional hub of resources, programs and services aimed at improving the health and well-being of older adults and their families. Programs include Meals on Wheels, caregiver support, social programs and transportation services to medical appointments.

Foster Grandparent Program of York and Cumberland Counties

The Foster Grandparent Program supports quality child care and schools by placing volunteers in child development centers and schools as mentors and tutors with children with special needs.  Schools and child development centers benefit from additional individualized attention promoting school readiness in child development and academic success in schools.

Maine Gerontological Society

A statewide public policy advocacy association focused on issues that affect older adults in the state of Maine.

Maine Senior Games

Athletic events for adults aged 50+. Events include road running, bowling, basketball, cycling, golf, tennis, and swimming. Most events take place in Cumberland or York Counties.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine

Peer-taught courses for adults aged 50+. Courses meet weekly.

Part of the Maine Senior College Network.

Portland Adult Day Services

City of Portland Adult Day Services Program is designed to offer supportive, daytime care that enables individuals living alone or with family to remain at home, help individual clients rediscover and expand their abilities, friendships and interests, provide a specialized program for clients with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias, and provide much-needed respite for caregivers. Services include: Light breakfast and hearty noon meal, health and medication monitoring by an R.N., therapeutic activities such as music, art, exercise, and much more.

Retiree and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Washington Counties

Volunteer opportunities include public health programs, independent living assistance, veteran appreciation, environmental work, and caregiver respite.

Retiree and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Kennebec, Somerset, and Franklin Counties

Volunteer opportunities include public health programs, prisoner outreach, and reading programs for preschoolers.

Retiree and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of York and Cumberland Counties

Volunteer opportunities include public health programs, tutoring and mentoring programs for students, and immigrant assistance.

Senior Corps volunteers

Senior Corps connects older Americans with volunteer opportunities.

Through Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions and RSVP, the program makes use of the expertise of people over 55. Senior Corps volunteers may be coaches, mentors, companions, tutors or contribute their knowledge to community organizations.

Senior Dining Sites

Group dining events, offered statewide, allow seniors to enjoy social opportunities with meals.

Sunrise Senior College

Peer-taught courses for adults aged 50+ at the University of Maine-Machias.

Part of the Maine Senior College Network.

University of Maine at Augusta Senior College

Peer-taught courses for adults aged 50+. Part of the Maine Senior College Network.

Video: The perfect place to enjoy a long life

This short video entitled “The good life on Swan’s Island” and subtitled “The perfect place to enjoy a long life” was made by a Swan’s Island resident with the support of The University of Maine’s Center on Aging.

The subject of the film is 95-year old Earl Lowell who has been enjoying retirement on the island for 30 years.

Videos on exercise and health

AARP provides 65 videos on exercise and the benefits of being active.

The videos range from strengthening arms, improving balance to more active pursuits – including one on the Brunswick bike path.