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:

A Matter of Balance

Coming Soon!

A Matter of Balance is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Contact HIP to join a group.

Bridging Neighbors

Coffee Socials

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

HIP Lunch Box

Lunch deliveries every Thursday from mid-September through mid-June. 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.

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

Maine Senior FarmShare Program

A program of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the USDA to provide income-eligible seniors 60+ the opportunity to receive a share (worth $50) of first-quality, fresh, local produce at no cost directly from local Maine farmers during the growing season. HIP has partnered with our local farmer, Northern Bay Organics in Penobscot, to facilitate the program on the island.

The income requirements are a gross income at or below $25,142/year for a one-person household or $33,874 for a two-person household. Contact HIP for more information and to sign up.

Salt Air Seniors

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.

Since COVID-19, Salt Air Seniors has not resumed a regular schedule. To be added to the mailing list, please call Barrett Gray at (207) 367-2253.

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.

To sign up over the phone, call Eastern Area Agency on Aging at 207-941-2865.

Successful Aging Creativity Circle

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

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