Southern Maine Agency of Aging presents “Charting the Future”
About this event
The 4th annual Charting the Future event will again be a virtual, educational seminar in 2021, as we continue to keep guest speakers, participants and staff safe by adhering to recommended CDC practices. This year’s event will highlight the overall health effects of social isolation and loneliness on older adults, but will also explore societal solutions to help older adults stay engaged, involved and connected in their communities. Combatting loneliness and isolation as we age is an-going issue, exacerbated even more in the past year by COVID 19. A disturbing study published by Harvard University suggests that loneliness can have the same negative health effects on an older adult as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. The data showed that loneliness, social isolation, or both were associated with a 29% increased risk of heart attack and 32% greater risk of stroke. We hope that this year’s Charting the Future event will help us better understand the need for social interaction and human connection and present ideas for combatting this growing health crisis in our aging population.
We have been honored to welcome a number of nationally recognized researchers, advocates and specialists in their fields of interest as speakers in past years. Those speakers have included Dr. Garreth Howell, a leading Alzheimer’s researcher at the Jackson Lab, Dr. Doreen Rentz, Co-Director of the Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Nirav Shah, Director of Maine’s CDC, Judy Johansen, Caregiver Advocate at Brigham and Women’s and United States Senators Susan Collins and Angus King.