Healthy Peninsula's service area—nine towns on the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle/Stonington—just happens to be located in one of the grayest counties in one of the grayest states in the nation. Here in Maine, we have a history of taking care of our own, of making sure that our elder citizens can stay safe and healthy in their own homes for as long as possible.
In 2013, Healthy Peninsula receiving a planning grant from the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) to work with community members and service providers to find out was was needed to ensure that our elders could, literally, thrive in place. We were fortunate to then receive a three-year implementation grant, and Thriving in Place Downeast (TiPD) was born. The materials available through the Thriving in Place Downeast link tell the history and the successes of this seminal project.
As the TiPD work plan was successfully completed, the partners in the project overwhelmingly supported moving forward together into other projects, such as Age-Friendly Coastal Communities and Choices That Matter Community Conversations. And exciting new avenues continue to open up as we work to assure the older folks in our community are treated with the dignity and compassion they so richly deserve.