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Aging America Conference

Ellsworth-   Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County is sponsoring the annual Hospice Foundation of America educational conference on Thursday, May 16 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Faith Community Fellowship church in Trenton.  This year’s conference topic is Aging America: Coping with Loss, Dying, and Death in Later Life.

This annual conference is very popular and draws volunteers, professionals, family caregivers and community members to hear what national experts have to say on the year’s topic, and to learn about local resources and opportunities related to the topic from community colleagues.

This year’s local panel features several service providers sharing their perspectives on related issues:  Linda Smith, long-time Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County Bereavement Services Volunteer and Aging and Loss workshop facilitator; Mary Katsiaficas, Occupational Therapist with Community Health and Counseling Services, who has worked for many years with elderly clients; Rev. Ben Faneye, Parochial Vicar at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Bucksport and author of the book Integrating the Informed Consent Process in End of Life Care; Jo Cooper, Executive Director of Friends in Action, on “Fulfilling Life’s Destiny in Later Life”.

Lunch and a breakfast snack will be provided.  All attendees will earn education contact hours, while formal CEUs and an excellent companion book are also available for purchase.  Cost for hospice volunteers is $15, and community members attend for $20.


We are especially grateful to our co-sponsoring partners for the event:  Jordan-Fernald Funeral Homes, Community Health & Counseling Services/New Hope Hospice, Eastern Area Agency on Aging, Northern Light HomeCare & Hospice, Stanley Subaru, MDI Hospital and Northern Light Blue Hill/Maine Coast Hospitals.

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