Staying independent can be a challenge for many seniors in Maine’s rural areas. Many older adults do not have relatives living nearby and must rely on others to help them. Through the Senior Companion Program, homebound seniors are able to stay in their own homes longer thanks to regular visits from Senior Companions — dedicated, active volunteers age 55 and older.
The UMaine Center on Aging Senior Companion Program currently serves all of Maine’s counties outside of York and Cumberland Counties.. The Senior Companion Program has an average of 100 Companions who serve over 350 clients annually. In 2016, Volunteer Companions made 22,683 client visits for a total of 73,811 hours of volunteer time. See how you can get involved.