Soup’s On!

Anna Wind, our Healthy Eating coordinator, reports: We had our first luncheon of the season at Harborview yesterday. Six residents came out in the cold and joined me to cook, socialize, taste new things, and share a delicious, healthy meal. We reviewed knife skills, and shared tips about vegetables like leeks and celery root. The …

Advance Care Planning Workshop Coming to Stonington Public Library

A free, two-day workshop will be offered at the Stonington Public Library on January 24 and 31, for those interested in exploring goals, values, and options for their future healthcare decisions, as well as learning practical information about Advance Care Planning. The Workshop is part of Choices That Matter, a community campaign offering opportunities for …

Healthy Peninsula Receives Grant from Maine Community Foundation

The Maine Community Foundation has awarded Healthy Peninsula a $3500 grant for their new Age-Friendly Coastal Communities initiative from the Maine Charity Foundation Fund. The grant will be used to support Healthy Peninsula as they lead this complex community collaboration “through community assessment and into action planning, with full engagement from community members, service providers, …

Please return your survey

The first step in our Age-Friendly Coastal Communities project, a joint venture between Healthy Peninsula, AARP Maine, Healthy Island Project, and the town governments of Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Deer Isle, Penobscot, Sedgwick, Surry, and Stonington, is to invite the community to answer some questions about what our region needs to make it easy …

Thank You and Farewell to Thriving in Place Downeast

All good things must come to an end, and for agencies like Healthy Peninsula, grants are one of those good things. On October 11 the Halcyon Grange in Blue Hill was dressed in autumn regalia to celebrate the successful conclusion of our four-year, $340,000 Thriving in Place Downeast Planning and Implementation grant, generously funded by the …

“Being Mortal” Showing in Brooksville

On Wednesday, May 24 at 6pm, the film “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” will be screened at the Brooksville Free Public Library, followed by a panel discussion. Being Mortal is based on Atul Gawande’s best-selling book and explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with …

Optimizing Healthcare Choices for Difficult Times

As a veteran hospice volunteer, my role is to support individuals who are critically ill or whose condition may be terminal and their caregivers. When I first visit, I want to know: “Who is this person?” “Who is he behind the illness?” “What did she love to do?” “What are the priorities right now?” And …

A Tale of Two Deaths

Three daughters gathered in the hospital room where their mother lay dying. This had been long expected, and the two daughters from out of state and the one who lived nearby sat together around her bed – reminiscing, sharing stories, laughing, crying, and singing their mother’s favorite hymns together. The hospital staff came in periodically …