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MEREDA 2008 Spring Conference
The Greying of Maine: Real Estate Needs for an Aging Population

November 30, 1999 - 1:00PM
to 5:00PM

University of Southern Maine
Abromson Community Education Center
88 Bedford Street
Portland, ME

This course has been approved for two and three quarter (2.75) hours of legal credits and three (3) hours of broker credits.

About the Event:

The Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) is pleased to present its 2008 Real Estate Spring Conference on Thursday, May 15, 2008 from 1:00—5:00 PM at the University of Southern Maine, Abromson Community Education Center, Hannaford Lecture Hall, 88 Bedford Street, Portland, ME.

The Program:

The main goal of this conference is to provide the audience with an overview of how an aging population affects the real estate development industry in Maine. In particular, how an aging population may effect the need/demand for housing, specific types of housing, specific geographic areas in higher demand, healthcare and medical buildings, independent care facilities, assisted living facilities, etc.

Our panelists will share their experiences and thoughts and answer some of the following questions:
  • What are the dynamics behind Maine’s aging population? Are people moving here from outside the state?
  • As for aging Mainers, are they relocating from other geographic areas in the state or staying in their "home towns"?
  • What is the profile of our over 55 population? Do the non-Mainers have a link to Maine? From where are they moving? Income?
  • What are people over 55 looking for in terms of services, housing, location, amenities, etc.? What is appealing about Maine?
  • Are these individuals looking to own or lease?
  • Are they seeking full-service type amenities or more independent-living situations?
  • Where is the future growth in this sector? What will there be a demand for?
  • Where are the "growth" areas?
  • What does it take to be successful in this industry?
We anticipate this being a very interactive Q&A session with the audience and we invite you to come to the seminar prepared to ask questions!

12:00 - 1:00   Registration
1:00 – 1:20   Introduction
    Roxane Cole, MEREDA President
1:20 – 1:40   PM Demographic Shifts
    Frank O’Hara, Planning Decisions, Inc.
1:40 – 2:00   Housing Creation
    John Wasileski, The Highlands
2:00 – 2:10   BREAK
2:10 – 2:30   Nursing Homes
    Bill Gillis, Continuum, LLC
2:30 – 2:50   Low Income "Elder Housing"
    Dana Totman, Avesta Housing
2:50 – 3:10   Increased Demands on Healthcare
    Dr. David Howes, Martin’s Point Health Care
3:10 – 3:35   Moderator Prompted Discussion with Panelists
    Moderator: Patsy Wiggins, Eaton Peabody Consulting Group
3:35 – 4:15   Moderated Question & Answer Session with Audience
4:15 – 5:00   Social Hour

Directions to the Event:

Directions to USM, Abromson Center, Portland

From I-295 - Take exit 6B (Forest Avenue North) in Portland. Off the exit, immediately move to the far left lane on Forest Avenue to prepare for a left turn at the first stoplight (intersection of Forest Avenue and Bedford Street). Turn left onto Bedford Street at the stoplight and continue underneath the USM Alumni Skywalk. Immediately after the Skywalk, turn left onto Surrenden Street and continue into the USM Parking Garage. Parking: It’s easy and it's free! Take a parking ticket when you enter the garage. When you leave, the gates will be up. No need to have your ticket validated.

Continuing Education Credits:

This course has been approved for two and three quarter (2.75) hours of legal credits and three (3) hours of broker credits.

News About This Event:

05/21/2008   Experts Discuss Real Estate Needs Of Maine's Aging Population At MEREDA’S Spring Conference   Release
04/14/2008   Real Estate Needs Of An Aging Population Is Focus Of MEREDA’s Spring Conference   Release
Materials Related To This Event:

MEREDA 2008 Spring Conference Brochure   Brochure
Spring Conference - PM Demographic Shifts   Presentation
Frank O’Hara, Planning Decisions, Inc.    
Spring Conference - Housing Creation   Presentation
John Wasileski, The Highlands    
Spring Conference - Nursing Homes   Presentation
Bill Gillis, Continuum, LLC    
Spring Conference - Low Income "Elder Housing"   Presentation
Dana Totman, Avesta Housing    
Spring Conference - Increased Demands on Healthcare   Presentation
Dr. David Howes, Martin’s Point Health Care    

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