Maine Senior Guide has announced the speakers for Aging (Parents):101, a daylong forum scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Freeport Performing Arts Center.  The program is provides a primer on paying for care, managing critical conversations, and discovering technology available for independence. Mid Coast Senior Health Center and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield are among sponsors for the event.

speakers for Aging (Parents):101

Staff photo by Derek Davis: Healthcare Heroes. Marilyn Gugliucci, University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Marilyn R. Gugliucci, Director for Geriatrics Education and Research at the University of New England, is the keynote speaker. Her talk, “Defining Aging: Setting the Stage for Different Outcomes” reflects her expertise and interest in the field of aging that has resulted in new forward-thinking definitions for geriatrics and gerontology. She is also the Director of U-ExCEL (UNE~Exercise and Conditioning for Easier Living) Fitness/Wellness Program for older adults within the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine Division of Geriatrics Medicine.

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Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care, Carl DeMars, MD, is a primary care physician with Mid Coast Medical Group-Bath. Dr. DeMars will be discussing Critical Conversations. What sort of crucial conversations should we be having with our loved ones, and how do we continue despite discomfort? DeMars is the Medical Director for hospice care at CHANS Home Health & Hospice, offering a full range of home healthcare and supportive services for individuals within the last six months of life. Since 2017, he has been a Senior Director within the Mid Coast–Parkview Health system. In this role, he works with the outpatient medical teams to assist with managing long-term growth, while focusing on delivery of high-quality, patient-centered care.

Lawyers MaryKathyrn Brennan and Smilie Rogers together form Brennan & Rogers PLLC, an elder law and estate planning practice in York. Brennan will bring some clarity to the questions of paying for aging. Their firm focuses on estate management and life care planning, and includes two social works who specialize in geriatric care planning. A life care plan integrates your legal, financial and care coordination needs under one roof. Often there is predictable progression to aging or a disability and the care journey will be more successful if it begins long before a crisis arises. Brennan discusses various payment and planning options.

Kathy Adams OTL, ATP and the program director at Maine CITE, will talk about Assistive Technology for Staying at Home. We all use technology in our lives. In this session, we will explore assistive technology (AT) devices that we can use for greater safety and independence at home. AT services and resources will also be shared. A licensed Occupational Therapist and certified as an AT Professional, Kathy is the Director of Maine CITE, the state of Maine’s Assistive Technology (AT) Act Program. She has provided community-based services for more than 35 years in Maine. Kathy is the recent Chair of the Maine OT License Board. She serves on the Maine Care Advisory Committee and oversees the Maine AT Consortia.

The third speakers for Aging (Parents):101 will be after lunch. At lunch time, attendees receive a box lunch and can choose to sit at tables hosted by different area experts. Tables hosts include: Disability Rights Maine on hearing issues; Anthem Blue Cross on Medicare; Mid Coast Senior Health Center on senior health and hospice; Courtney Miles LCSW on caring for families with dementia; Maine Emergency Management Agency on emergency preparation. Other tables include downsizing and clutter control, senior travel, assistive technology, senior college and respite care.

The first 50 people attending the program receive a copy of Atul Gawande’s best seller, “Being Mortal”.

Tickets for Aging (Parents):101 are $65 and available through the mail via the Maine Senior Guide website ( or on-line at Join us and learn from the speakers for Aging (Parents):101.