ElderCare Network of Lincoln County is celebrating its 20th anniversary this fall and will be hosting several programs.

The anniversary events kick off on Thursday, September 13, at 5:30 p.m. in the Dining Commons at Lincoln Academy, 81 Academy Hill Road in Newcastle, with a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres presented by Lincoln Academy’s culinary team and a musical interlude with Celtic harpist Barbara Wright and friends. Dr. Allen (Chip) Teel, founder and board chair of ElderCare Network of Lincoln County, Andrea Handel, ECN director, and Bob Hardina, ECN board member emeritus, will talk about ECN’s future vision for positive and healthy aging in Lincoln County. At 7:00, Dr. Michael Fossel, president and founder of Telcoyle and author of “The Telomerase Revolution: The Enzyme That Holds the Key to Human Aging and Will Lead to Longer, Healthier Lives,” will discuss his research. There is no charge for the program and reception, but reservations are needed by September 10.

A symposium on “What’s the Buzz About Reframing Aging” will be held on Friday, September 14, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in Cheverus Hall at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 380 Academy Hill Road in Damariscotta Mills. The day will feature panel discussions on “Transforming Perspectives on Aging,” “The Intersection of Aging Research and Public Policy,” “Innovations in Community Connecting People and Ideas” and “The Big Think: Where Do We Go From Here?” Symposium participants can either have lunch on their own or partake of a sandwich smorgasbord ($8 per person); smorgasbord reservations must be made by September 10. The symposium is free of charge and open to all.

ElderCare Network’s 20th anniversary celebration will continue into the fall with receptions and tours and programs at all of its seven homes, The Greens.

Under the leadership of a board of directors led by Teel, ElderCare Network has been developing creative solutions to aging issues for 20 years. ECN’s seven family-style assisted-living homes were developed as a cost-effective alternative to nursing homes and larger assisted-living institutions. More recently, ECN has developed programs to serve elders who are still at home through an Adult Day Program and a program of home-care services, Independence At Home. Successful Aging, a pilot program, is now in progress in two ECN homes and includes interventions in daily living in the areas of food, music memory and increased physical activity to improve the quality of life and promote healthy aging.

For more information on the 20th celebration and ECN programs, or to make reservations for the September 13 reception and/or the September 14 sandwich smorgasbord, call 563-2148. For more information on ElderCare Network, go to www.eldercarenetwork.org.