Conference Schedule & July Conference Pre-Events

7:30 - 8:30 AM        
Transportation from Rockland & VH to North Haven via the Equinox & J.O. Brown’s (leaving Rockland at 7:30am, VH at 8:20am)

8:30 – 8:45 AM            
Coffee and baked goods at Waterman’s Community Center

8:45 – 9:45 AM         
KEYNOTE by Dr. Bill Thomas: “What if everything we know about aging is wrong?”

9:45 – 10:50 AM         
PANEL: “How Aging Has Changed…and Should Change”
Dr. Bill Thomas, Eden Alternative
Dr. Cheryl Phillips, Geriatrician & Leading Age VP of Policy
Jessica Maurer, Exec Director, Maine’s Area Agencies on Aging
Moderated by Robert Jenkens, National Cooperative Bank

10:50 – 11:00 AM 
Ten-minute break

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM        
Short FILM, and PANEL: “Aging on Islands – Challenges & Opportunities”  
Sharon Daley, Maine Seacoast Mission
Maura Michaels, Administrator, Islesboro Boardman Cottage
Lindsey Beverage, North Haven Outreach, SHES President
Bob Candage, Vinalhaven family member & former board member
Dr. Chip Teel, Full Circle America
Moderated by Dr. Wendy Wolf, Maine Health Access Foundation

12:15 – 1:15 PM         
Brown Bag Lunch, Waterman’s Lobby, from Calderwood Hall
(Buy your lunch in advance online w/tickets)

12:30 PM        
Middle ferry returns to Rockland

1:30- 2:30 PM    
ROUND-TABLE: Optional Conference Round-table Session, On Waterman’s Stage.  
For eldercare board members, administrators, eldercare staff and islanders interested in organizing services for aging community members (All welcome) with Rick Erb, Maine Health Care Association, Maine Department of Health and Human Services staff, Maine Legislators, the Genesis Foundation, and others.        

2:30 – 3:30 PM       
Island bus tour & North Haven eldercare site visit
On island residents welcome to meet us at the “yellow house” at 2:45pm

3:45 PM
Last ferry to Rockland leaves



Tuesday, July 5th, 7:30 PM    
FILM: Genius of Marian, Waterman’s Community Center; Presented by Camden International Film Festival “Aging in Maine” series, $5 admission
About the film: The Genius of Marian is an emotionally complex story about one New England family’s struggle to come to terms with the changes Alzheimer’s disease brings. After Pam White is diagnosed at age 61 with early onset Alzheimer’s, life begins to change, slowly but irrevocably, for Pam and everyone around her. As she loses the ability to write, Pam’s eldest son, Banker, begins to record their conversations, allowing her to share memories of childhood and of her own mother, a renowned painter who died of Alzheimer’s in 2001. The Genius of Marian paints a powerful portrait of the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, the power of art and the meaning of family.

Sunday, July 10th, 4:30 PM    
BOOK GROUP: Being Mortal Discussion, North Haven Library with Robert Jenkens, Kate Quinn, Lisa Shields
Initial book group meeting (for those available) will be on Tuesday, June 28th at 7pm at the library, and a larger discussion with refreshments for all interested. You are welcome to attend one or both discussions – this is a flexible book group for those interested! Books available to borrow from the North Haven Library or to purchase at the North Haven Gift Shop today.
About the book: In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, but in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person’s last weeks may be rich and dignified.  

Tuesday, July 12, 8:30 AM      
Laughing Yoga @ Oak Hill Farm, North Shore Rd,with Jeannette Sanger
Laughing yoga is good for people of all ages.

Wednesday, July 13, 7:30 PM    
FILM: Alive Inside, Waterman’s Community Center; Presented by Camden International Film Festival “Aging in Maine” series, $5
About the film: Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. This stirring documentary follows numerous visionaries in healthcare including social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonpro t organization Music & Memory, as he ghts against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss. The lm also features healthcare visionary Dr. Bill Thomas, “Aging on Islands” conference keynote speaker. This inspirational story left audiences humming, clapping, and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.


Again, a VERY special thank you to our amazing sponsors of this event without whose financial support this would not be possible:

Camden International Film Festival
Viking Lumber
Synergy Massage 
Pen Bay Medical Center
Maine Health Access Foundation
John T. Gorman Foundation
The Genesis Community Loan Fund
Maine Seacoast Mission
The Island Institute

And we greatly appreciate our local partners at the North Haven LibraryWaterman’s Community Center, and Vinalhaven Eldercare Services for their help!