Planning to Age Well

Instructor:  Karen Gleeson

  • Zoom Class
  • 6 sessions, Thursdays 10:00am-12:00pm, September 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22nd.
  • Limited to 25
  • $20
  • This class has been cancelled

None of us want to get older, but with good planning, and utilizing the resources from our community, aging doesn’t have to be stressful. This course will be a chance to speak with local experts who can answer your questions about the law, medicine, end-of-life planning, finding alternative housing, and local resources for aging well. Participants are asked to “bring a problem/bring a solution” to share.

6 sessions, Thursdays 10:00am-12:00pm, September 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22nd.
Course will be limited to 25 people.

September 17th – “May All Your Real Estate Dreams Come True” Finding – and financing – alternative housing, including downsizing, home sharing, retirement villages. Martha Laitin, MEd – Former guidance counselor, health administrator, and since 1989 a real estate broker (Retirement Specialist) will be our speaker. She says “I was born and raised in Belfast, Maine and can think of no better place to choose for my own retirement than Belfast.”

September 24th – Keeping Healthy as We Age – Nutrition, changes in our bodies, exercises to help us keep fit and healthy. Dr. Carol Kuhn, a physician with Seaport Community Health Center in Belfast is our speaker.

October 1st – Aging and the Law – A review of wills, advanced directives, setting up trusts, other legal questions as we age, including what is “death with dignity”? Sean Ociepka is a Belfast lawyer and probate judge in Waldo County.

October 8th – Safety First to Stay Independent. Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton will review the resources available through TRIAD, including scam-proofing your life. Paul Sheridan will provide a brief overview of how to maintain safe driving habits as we age. Both speakers will address alternatives and resources available to stay independent.

October 15th – End of Life Planning. Death is inevitable, but planning for the end can help ease the stress by ensuring we, and our loved ones, know what to expect. Death educator Chuck Lakin and Funeral Consumer’s Alliance board member Alison Rector will review funeral planning, resources available for green burial or cremation, and answer other questions about how to navigate the “funeral industry” without financial burden, as well as ensuring your final wishes are followed.

October 22nd – Wrap-up on “Aging Well in Waldo County” and how Belfast and Waldo County fit into the “Age Friendly” movement, started by AARP. Wendy C. Kasten is the current chair of Aging Well in Waldo County, a three-year old all-volunteer nonprofit which seeks to address issues of social isolation and transportation gaps in our area (

Karen Gleeson has previously organized this course for Senior College, in both Belfast and Augusta. She has degrees in thanatology (“study of death”) and social work, as well as active membership in local end-of-life organizations and groups.