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Page 4 : THE QUODDY TIDES 9 February, 2018 With the graying of Maine's population and the growth in the number of retirees moving to some towns in the county, the issues of aging in place and, in particular, the questions that arise concerning elder orphans are coming more to the fore. El- der orphans may include both retirees to the area and those from the community who no longer have family in the region. The choice of retirees to move here is understandable, with tight-knit communi- ties where neighbors look out for each other, the beauty and peacefulness of the area, the relatively low crime rate and the affordability. However, the area's isola- tion, with difficulties in accessing health- care and mass transportation, may be seen as a drawback. How can we as communities help the elderly - both those from here and those who choose to move here - continue to live here while letting them live with dig- nity and respecting their wishes for inde- pendence, especially if they have no family members in the area? The issue of elder orphans - those who are aging alone without family nearby - is already significant, with'one in five Amer- icans being, or at risk of being, elder or- phans, according to AARP. And their numbers are expected to skyrocket with the aging boomer generation. AARP offers some tips for planning if you don't have a family member nearby who can be a caregiver. Those tips in- clude: considering where you would like to age, such as places that are walkable with mass transportation or communal liv- ing options; getting in order your paper- work, including health and financial proxies; and developing a social network of friends who can assist you in running errands or bringing meals. Creative solutions also should be con- I ADVANTAGES OF SMALL-TOWN LIVING To the editor: Growing up, I was that kid that wanted to leave the farm for "bigger and better" things. I spent my college years away, only to find myself back home five years later. My family was too important to leave behind, and city life just didn't mea- sure up to my expectations. Soon I found myself wrapped into a small community, involved in several organizations and groups, helping where I could, and work- ing at the local school. My small town became a part of my identity and the peo- ple in it, my family. The strength of this community has shone brightly to me in recent weeks. Af- ter being involved in a vehicle accident and the passing of my grandfather, great aunt and family friend within a four-day span, the people here have stepped up and been more kind and generous than I could Notice on letters Have an opinion? Let everyone know what you think. The Quoddy Tides welcomes letters to the editor. To be considered for publication, all letters to the editor should be signed and give the writer's name, address, and a daytime telephone number. Let- ters may be edited for style, length, taste and libel and should be no more than 400 words in length. They should not include any direct thanking of indi- viduals or groups. our years sidered. Those without a family caregiver might consider adopting a family or reach- ing an agreement for a caregiver to stay with them, with their assets then being bequeathed to the caregiver. Or perhaps one might join with other elder orphans in a riving arrangement that includes a space for a live-in caregiver. The caregiver pro- vides the services needed and in turn is given a space to live. Beyond such individualized arrange- ments, governments and institutions should consider some policy changes that will help with the issues. While the expan- sion of nursing programs in the state is welcome news, greater emphasis needs to be placed on the specialties within geron- tology. In addition, the efforts to promote age-friendly communities can be strength- ened. Communities that address issues ranging from walkab'dity, safety and trans- portation to providing educational, cultur- al and physical activities for seniors will be positioning themselves to be attractive to retirees. While nursing homes or assisted-living facilities are the best option for some, more discussion is needed on how we can provide options that allow the elderly to live with as much independence as they want and can have, while also being en- gaged with their communities. Such dis- cussion should lead to both more creative solutions and policy changes. In our current society, age often is not valued as much as youth, which is unfor- tunate. Those who are now or soon will be elderly have given much to their families, communities, this country, for which we, in turn, should express our gratitude by treating them with the respect they de- serve and by allowing them to live their final years with dignity. Edward French have ever imagined. There is comfort in knowing your rescuers, knowing they would do anything to help you. There is gratitude when family, friends, neighbors and coworkers bring you food, tend your animals and help around the house. It is heartwarming to open cards from students of several different schools. It is a bless- ing to work with such understanding co- workers. This is what small-town living gets you: love, help, compassion and uni- ty. We take care of each other. Washing- ton County, you have outdone yourself. It would be impossible for me to thank everyone properly, but I feel truly blessed to be a small-town girl. I will never be able to repay everyone for their kindness and generosity, but hope that I can pay it forward someday and help those who have helped me. City life, you've got nothing on small-town living! Nancy Curtis Dennysville GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT To the editor: The 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count is happening February 16, 17, 18 and 19. Join in and count birds in your backyard, local park or wherever you spot a bird, then submit your observations on- line at . All submitted counts provide a view of the current dis- tribution of species and numbers of birds in the United States. The count is spon- sored by the Audubon Society, Bird Stud- ies Canada, the Cornell Lab of Omiithology and Wild Birds Unlimited. Karen Holmes Cooper COLLEGE ENROLLMENT CHALLENGES Northeast colleges are preparing for en- rollment challenges as fewer high school graduates are expected after 2025. Al- though colleges have made at least some effort to diversify their campuses for years now, the country's changing demograph- ics will soon give them no choice. Ac- cording to an article in the Boston Sunday Globe, the nation's high school popula- tion is becoming increasingly diverse and increasingly unable to afford high tuition prices. Additionally, experts predict a ma- jor drop in the number of high school graduates overall after the year 2025 - especially in New England - because peo- ple had fewer babies since the 2008 eco- nomic recession. As a result, local colleges will have to work harder to bring students to campus and offer them significantly more financial assistance. And some col- leges, experts predict, will find this a daunting new calculus, leading to more mergers and even closures. "Institutions in places like Massachu- setts and New York and Illinois are going to be really challenged to maintain enroll- ment," states Joseph Garcia, president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, whose research on the topic is the industry gold standard. "There are just not going to be enough wealthy, full-paying students to go around." Saint Michael's College in Vermont of- fers some students the chance to enroll in a free college course online during their last semester of high school to help per- suade them to attend and also save mon- ey. Suffolk University, in downtown Boston, has a new agreement with state community colleges that guarantees stu- dents with good grades a tuition discount to finish their degree at Suffolk. Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass has twice the number of first-generation students and students of color as it did five years ago. To help students afford the $50,000 tuition, it has decreased its merit scholarships and used the money instead for need-based aid. For years, many schools have leaned on international students as a major source of full-pay students. Tighter federal policies have made it harder for students to obtain visas, so they increasingly go to other En- glish speaking countries like Australia and Canada. MAPLE SUGARING WORKSHOP The Republican Journal, a Belfast newspaper, reports about an upcoming workshop on maple sugaring. This is part of a series of workshops put on by the Waldo County Water Conservation Dis- trict and the Maine Forest Service. The workshop, "Maple Sugaring for the Small Woodlot Owner," is scheduled for the af- ternoon of Thursday, February 22, at Sim- mons and Daughters Sugar House in Morrill. University of Maine Cooperative Extension's Kathy Hopkins is the state ex- pert on maple syrup. Hopkins will give a hands-on presentation of the basics of identifying trees, tapping trees, making syrup and finding necessary equipment. The presentation is geared toward be- ginners in maple sugaring, especially woodland owners, homeowners and other non-commercial producers. THE QUODDY TIDES ESTABLISHED: NOVEMBER 1968 Tel.: (207) 853-4806 Fax: (207) 853-4095 E-maih qtides@midmaine.com qtides@myfairpoint.net Website: www.quoddytides.com Address: 123 Water St P.O. Box 213, Eastport, Maine 04631 Published the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month at 123 Water St Eastport, Maine. Publisher: Edward French Printed at EIIsworth, Maine Subscription rates: $35.00 a year in Washington County, Maine; $42.00 a year outside of Washington County, Maine $42.00 a year in Canadian funds. Single copy, $1.50 + tax. 2rid class postage paid at Eastporl, Me. 04631 and St. Stephen, N.B. FPermit No. 9435 Notice to Postmaster: Send 3579 to The Quoddy Tides, P.O. Box 213, Eastport, Maine 0463 ! Publication No. USPS-453-220 Publications Mail Agreement No. 40021969. Return undeliverable items to The Quoddy Tides, P.O. Box 213, Eastport, ME 04631 USA Winifred B. French -- Editor & Publisher 1968-1995 Editor & Publisher -- Edward French Senior Editor -- Marie Jones Holmes Assistant Editor & Publisher- Lora Whelan Reporter -- Sasan Esposito Circulation Manager -- Sharon Cook Advertising Representative -- Robin Farrin Copy Editors -- Caitlyn Stellrecht and LindyWeston Accounting -- Heather Paflon Photographers -- Don Dunbar, Chessie Crowe and Robin Farrin Book Reviewers -- Lora Whelan and RJ Heller Contributing Artist -- Jerome Andrews Cartoonist -- Luke Webb Cooking Columnist -- Jack Sivertson Member of Maine Press Association New England Press Association Groundhog Day in the Quoddy area was very overcast, so no rodents would have seen their shadow. Maybe winter will not be too long this year. High school basketball tournament time in Maine is almost here, with a lot of fans planning to be on the road to watch their home teams. QUODDY VISIONS I search with Google aids to see that far-off land, waiting for the summer to view it all first hand. The roads seem so rustic, battered by winter might. The people seem so stoic, braving the sub-zero night. I research my expectations using The Quoddy Tides, my conduit for knowledge in its packed-page guides. Here in Ireland I ponder the life there to mine, wishing its people to meet, our experience to combine. To turn its beauty key and find its very essence, the stories of land and sea, from a bar-stool presence. Until then I will strive on and view it from my chair, And count the slow days to when I can be there. Brian R. Hogan County Wicklow, Ireland Thought for a fortnight That Love is all there is, / Is all we know of Love; / It is enough, the freight should be / Proportioned to the groove. Emily Dickinson