age-friendly island programming

A healthy island is an… age-friendly island

Healthy Island Project works to create an environment in which older residents can thrive, receive social and physical support, and age with dignity, respect, and joy.

Our programs include the following:

Coffeehouse with Friends

Game Night

This program is currently on hold due to COVID-19.

Game Night for Salt Air Seniors takes place November – April, at Deer Run Apartments. This Salt Air Senior meet up takes place on the first Friday of each month. Enjoy dinner and an evening of fun playing bingo, cribbage, and other games.

To RSVP for dinner or to be added to the mailing list, please call Barrett Gray at (207) 367-2253. A $5 donation per meal is requested.


First Fridays | 5:00 PM
November – April


Deer Run Apartments
100 Deer Run
Deer Isle, Maine 04627

Lunch Box

We are currently delivering a delicious lunch on Thursdays. We formulated the HIP Lunch Box program to ensure food security for Deer Isle – Stonington seniors during coronavirus times.

Each week, participants receive lunch, brought right to their home. They also receive a wellness check by phone to combat social isolation and a monthly gift from a “secret pal.”

A $5 donation per meal is requested. If cost poses a burden, we are still able to deliver meals to those in need.

Salt Air Seniors

Resumes in-person in September!

Salt Air Seniors is HIP’s oldest program, celebrating over 20 years. This lively group of older adults, ages 60+, meet twice a month for social activities. The group gathers at the Community of Christ Church unless they’re on one of many field trip adventures. Outings may include boat rides, trips to local museums, musical performances, and more.

Lunch is provided during each meeting. To RSVP for lunch or to be added to the mailing list, please call Barrett Gray at (207) 367-2253. A $5 donation per meal is requested.


First and Third Thursdays | 12:00 PM


Community of Christ Church

91 S Burnt Cove Road
Stonington, ME 04681

Salty Gentle Exercise

Senior Food Boxes

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods.

Eligible participants receive a 30 lb. box of groceries on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Boxes must be picked up from Deer Run Apartments.

Successful Aging Creativity Circle

Supper Club

Thanks to generous donations the Salt Air Seniors’ Lunch Box program has expanded to now include dinner every Monday. 110 meals are prepared each week by a local island restaurant and delivered by HIP volunteers. This 15-week winter program addresses food security, nutrition, and social isolation while supporting five island restaurants. A true win-win!

HIP is a proud member of the Age-Friendly Coastal Communities initiative

This regional initiative is coordinated through Healthy Peninsula, and affiliated with the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities and the World Health Organization. The collaboration serves the nine towns of the Blue Hill Peninsula (Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Penobscot, Sedgwick, and Surry) and the island towns of Deer Isle and Stonington. The mission of Age-Friendly Coastal Communities is to enhance the lives of all people who live in our nine-town region, with a special focus on older adults.

    Community Testimonials

    “It has been a joy for both of us to be able to get together with others from the island and socialize, share meals, and listen to interesting speakers. Thanks to you both for your efforts to improve the lives of retirees.”

    Carolyn & Everett McEachern

    Salt Air Seniors Participants

    “[HIP Lunch Boxes] have been getting me through this coronavirus mess. It’s one of the things that’s kept me out of depression. At least you get to see somebody. And the food is excellent!”

    Edie Courville

    HIP Lunch Box Participant

    Partner Organizations

    Healthy Peninsula Logo
    The UnLonely Project Logo
    The Island Community Center Logo
    Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine Logo
    USDA Logo
    AARP of Maine Logo
    Eastern Area Agency on Aging Logo