Locally Acclaimed Doctor to Speak About New Book in Belfast

August 17th, 2011

Dr. Allan “Chip” Teel from Damariscotta, Maine will be coming to Belfast to speak about his new book, “Alone and Invisible No More,” and his new approach for revolutionizing elder care in America. Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) is sponsoring the event, which will be free for the public. The talk will focus on how grassroots community action and 21st century technologies can empower elders to stay in their homes and lead healthier, happier lives.


Dr. Teel is a graduate of of Dartmouth College and The University of Vermont Medical College. He trained at the Family Medicine Residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA and returned to Maine where he has been a family physician in private practice in Damariscotta since 1988. He has a Certificate in Geriatrics and has been a Medical Director and provided patient care at Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities.


In 1995, Dr. Teel co-founded the non-profit The Elder Care Network of seven small assisted living homes in Lincoln County, Maine. In the mid-1990’s, he was an original incorporator of the multi-speciality Miles Medical Group and then a founding partner of Full Circle Family Medicine in 2003. He started a for-profit company, LincMe / Elder Power in 2006, to find ways to celebrate the lives of elders and help them stay at home connected to family, friends, community, and personal interests, using existing technology while emphasizing the non-medical aspects of living. He continues a very active practice of office and hospital medicine.

On the television program 207, Dr. Teel shared data from his research, stating that by the year 2030, there will be 21 million individuals over 85 in the U.S. and by the year 2050, there will be 88 million over 65 and 1 million over 100 years old. “I think the most profound thing is that when you talk to anybody 85 to 105, they have the same interests as anyone younger. They want to have a reason to get up in the morning. They want to have a purpose and that purpose isn’t just to take their pills,” he said. “They want to be engaged in the life around them and that life is family, pets, community, personal interests…. and also to do something for somebody else.” Dr. Teel’s method for keeping elders in their homes uses technology such as Skype and community volunteers and involvement to keep seniors out of nursing homes, which can cost families and communities $5,000-$15,000 a month.


To hear how Dr. Teel believes a grassroots community in Maine (which has the highest average age in the nation) can make a difference for its elderly community members and their families, come the auditorium at the Hutchinson Center on Rte. 3 in Belfast on August 25th from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Admission is FREE and everyone is welcome!


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WCAP Transportation Program Receives Two Brand New Buses

August 4th, 2011


There has been a new edition to the Transportation family– twins, in fact. However, before you head over to Waldo County Public Transportation to find out who to congratulate, know that the twins we’re talking about drink gasoline from a nozzle and not milk from a bottle. Yes, they’re twin buses– they are, however, about as new as a newborn.

They were expected to arrive at 1 p.m. However, it was only a little after noon that WCAP staff recall looking out their office windows to see something large and fiery red in color blocking their view. Moments later, the girls from the Transportation department were gathered on the back porch (pictured to the left) looking out excitedly at what one could chance to say is the largest package WCAP has ever had delivered to its doors. “Oh, wow– I like the front,” staff member Elaine Saucier, commented as she watched the buses turn around. “First customer,” and “first passenger” everyone exclaimed excitedly as staff member Heidi Russo stepped onto the new buses to show the drivers where the buses were to be parked.


A little while later, a couple of staff members were able to take a walk over to the new buses with Ed Murphy, WCAP’s Transportation Director, and Dean Hustus (pictured at the top), one of the program’s bus drivers, who wasted no time checking out all of the controls and features of the new buses he and some of the other drivers would be driving.


Ed explained how WCAP ended up lucky enough to have these two brand new buses. He explained that Maine came across some American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funding that resulted in a couple of new vehicles being given to Transportation providers throughout the state. “They’re probably the first real buses we’ve had in the history of the program,” Ed shared. “We’ve had a lot of what they call bus-on-body cutaways but this is an international regular bus chasse with an El Dorado body.”

The buses are 2011 models and are brand new. They hold 20 passengers and up to two wheelchairs. The interior is fairly spacious, with plush patterened purple seats similar to those of a charter bus. When  Dean was asked if he was excited to drive the new buses he replied, “Well, yes!” With a pleasant smile. “I’m going to have to get used to the length of it.,” he added, to which Ed added “And height!” Needless to say, these buses are big in size and effect– they will be making a difference for the Transportation department and its clients in a huge way.


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WCAP

9 Field Street, P.O. Box 130
Belfast, Maine 04915
Phone: (207) 338-6809