Governor Janet T. Mills (D), the first woman governor of Maine and its first attorney general, announced today the establishment of a cabinet on aging at a press conference at The Cedars, in Portland today. Its purpose is to ensure that older Maine people age in healthy, safe communities with dignity and support.
The creation of this Cabinet comes at a time when Maine’s median age makes it the oldest state in the nation, with tens of thousands of people expected to retire in the coming years, removing them from the state’s workforce and increasing demands for agiang-related services according to a press release issued by her office this afternoon.
The Cabinet consists of Commissioners from the Department of Health and Human Services, Labor, Economic and Community Development, Administration and Financial Services, Professional and Financial Regulation, Public Safety and Transportation, as well as the Director of the Maine State Housing Authority. The Commissioners of Health and Human Services and Labor will co-chair the Cabinet.
The Governor made the announcement at the Sam L. Cohen Households at The Cedars, Portland. This recently oened facility is one of two Household Models of Senior Living in the state. This model offers residents a home-like environmet, input into daily activities and state-of-the-art care to preserve their quality of life. It is consistent with models envisioned in Maine’s Age Friendly State Plan that charts improvements from housing to supportive services accessible outdoor spaces.
The Cabinet is required to meet at least four tmes per year. It will hold its first meeting in July, at a date to be announced and will meet quarterly after that to coordinate and advance work on affordable housing and long-term services and supports, financial security and protection against fraud, access to information, broadband services and engagements and employment in Maine’s growing economy.
“Maine people work hard their entire lives and they deserve to age comfortably in the communities they love,” said Governor Mlls. “With the establishment of the Cabinet on ?Aging, we can advance policies across state government that make sure he needs of Maine people are met as they age.”