Language Matters

Maine Wisdom Summit Pre-Session Webinar
recorded September 14, 2022

Don Harden, Maine Council on Aging
Kim Moody, Disability Rights Maine
Maulian Dana, Wabanaki Alliance
Hibo Omer, New Mainers Public Health Initiative
Micaela Cassily, Maine TransNet
James Moorhead, Maine DHHS Office of Aging & Disability Services

The Maine Council on Aging (MCOA) is doing extraordinary work to advance a culture “where we can live healthy, engaged, and secure lives with choices and opportunities as we age in our homes and communities. This vision intentionally includes diverse older people who have experienced historical bias and injustice.”

As a proud member of the Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging, CommunityCare of Lyme – and our entire community – benefits from longtime involvement with MCOA leaders and programs. We have shared and learned together in both in-person and virtual educational and experience-sharing gatherings over many years.

MCOA Hosted the 9th Annual Wisdom Summit, “Breaking the Limits – Cultivating a Vision for Equity in Aging”, virtually on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Click here to access the 2022 Wisdom Summit Agenda

This Wellness Wednesday, we focus on the pre-Summit virtual session, a topic for everyone:

Language Matters

September 14, 2022
12:00-1:30 pm

Program description: As we work to build a vision of equity in aging and develop an age-equity lens that reflects the experiences of older people across diverse communities, it is critical that we use language that is respectful and inclusive. Words have the power to inspire or stifle, heal or hurt, welcome or exclude, break stereotypes or reinforce them. As we work to build a Maine that ensures we can all live healthy, engaged and supported lives as we grow older in our homes and communities, we want to make sure our words inspire, heal, welcome people in and honor the diversity of human experience! We hope you’ll join us to learn and gain access to new tools.

The presenters offer a diverse set of lived experiences, addressing a wide range of language challenges we all face. It is facilitated as an “all teach, all learn” session.

Turn it on while you’re preparing dinner, or maybe grab a comfy seat and a warming beverage, and settle in to listen, learn and expand your wisdom.

Click here to view the recording.

This is an important, evolving topic. CommunityCare of Lyme is committed to promoting a sense of dignity and empowerment for everyone. There will be more opportunities to explore language, as we work together toward a community where everyone belongs. If you have questions to ask or perspectives to share, please contact us any time. 

Main Council on Aging
Main Council on Aging
MCOA Mission
The MCOA draws upon wisdom, experience, and data to influence policy, educate stakeholders, and advance initiatives that move us towards our vision. We commit to including the voices, wisdom, and lived experience of diverse older people.

If you have a wellness themed topic you would like to share or learn more about, and/or blog/vlog about as an expert in a health/wellness related field, please reach out to 

Shelby Wood
Manager of Program Development
CommunityCare of Lyme