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Brennan & Rogers, PLLC

279 York Street

P.O. Box 467

York, Maine 03909

2 Storer Street, Suite 111

Kennebunk, Maine 04043*

(207) 361-4680

Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed

*Satellite office located in 

Kennebunk, Maine 

is staffed for scheduled appointments made through the York office only 

The Brennan & Rogers, PLLC Journal

March 2022 Edition

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Updates in Estate Planning and Elder Law

Millions of People Could Lose Medicaid Coverage When the Pandemic Is Declared Over

While declining COVID-19 cases are good news, the end of the pandemic could mean millions of Medicaid recipients will lose their coverage. Federal law has prevented states from terminating Medicaid benefits while the coronavirus health emergency is in place.

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When to Avoid Naming a Trust as Beneficiary of Your Retirement Plan

Naming a trust as a beneficiary of your retirement plan can be a good idea in some circumstances, but it can be dangerous if you are worried about creditors coming after your estate.

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The York Police Department's Good Morning Program

The York Police Department’s Good Morning program is a great way to connect our Police Department with our local seniors or adults with disabilities. But how does it work?

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The issue is that the average person can't survive on Social Security alone, a problem that has become exacerbated by rising costs that include property taxes, health care, and housing. While there is no singular cause for this financial challenge, the truth is that many people are struggling, even though they often don't want to ask for help.

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Professional Spotlight:

Eliot Aging in Place Committee

Creating an Age-Friendly Eliot

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  In 2017, the concept of making the town of Eliot, Maine, an age-friendly community caught the interest of then Select Board member Robert Pomerleau. Eliot’s Aging In Place (AIP) Committee was approved as a town committee by the Select Board to improve the lives and wellbeing of Eliot residents.

The American Association of Retired People (AARP) serves AIP, as it did for Mr. Pomerleau, as a positive ally and mentor in this important endeavor. As AARP states: “well-designed, age-friendly communities foster economic growth and make for happier, healthier residents of all ages.” 

Since its first meeting in June 2017, Eliot’s Aging In Place (AIP) Committee continues to meet every third Thursday at Eliot Town Hall. In addition, committee members email and phone each other throughout each month to work on agenda items and move projects ahead, including AIP’s involvement in the Eliot Fall Festival, meeting with Town officials and residents to discuss concerns, working on grants, attending webinars, and planning events.

The guiding force for AIP is its Action Plan, based on the results of a community survey and adopted on January 17, 2020. The Plan outlines the eight domains of age-friendly communities. Eliot residents identified the first three domains as areas for improvement:

  1. outdoor spaces and buildings
  2. communication and information
  3. housing and transportation
  4. social participation
  5. respect and social inclusion
  6. civic participation and employment
  7. community and employment
  8. community support and health services

“When we work together as a committee to make Eliot more livable, we consider whether a project or pursuit falls under one of these domains to ensure we serve our community as planned,” explained AIP Chair Ellen Ceppetelli. For instance, the Committee’s purchase and installation of seven benches around the Town were right in line with AIP’s Action Plan, improving outdoor spaces and advancing social participation and inclusion for older residents. To cap off the installation of the final benches at the Eliot Boat Basin and the Town’s William Fogg Library, AIP held a writing contest, asking residents of all ages to write a short story, essay, or poem about the importance of a public bench. A line from a poem by the oldest contributor truly captures what living in an age-friendly community means: “Oh, my, there’s a neighbor/who waves with a friendly smile/I’ll come here more often/To sit on this public bench.” 

Eliot AIP has advanced its communication with residents this year by sending out a monthly newsletter online and in hard copy, creating Facebook and Instagram pages, and meeting with local groups and individuals. The monthly newsletter and social media outlets allow the AIP Committee to inform all residents better, especially older adults, to connect online and in person about what is happening around Town and how to find assistance for heating, food, and other living expenses. 

Listening to older residents and working with Town officials are also key to Eliot AIP’s success. Recently, avid Eliot pickleball players in their 60s and 70s attended an AIP meeting to press for improved facilities at Frost Tufts Park. AIP saw pickleball as a terrific opportunity for older residents to get involved through playing and enjoying the social and physical aspects of this growing sport. The Town Manager and Select Board were receptive, earmarking key American Rescue Plan Act funds to improve facilities at the park. Further, AIP and the Town’s pickleball community have forged a great relationship on which to build. 

Being age-friendly means thriving as a community that involves all its residents of all ages. For the Town of Eliot, the Aging In Place Committee serves as an important voice and advocate.

The Aging in Place Committee meets every third Thursday in the Eliot Town Office at 4:00 pm. You can email the Committee at and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Are you a local professional or organization with your pulse on the lifestyle and needs of seniors in our community? We welcome the opportunity to feature your written piece in our monthly newsletter! 

Please email Kim for more information!

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