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Updated: October 2, 2023 / 2023 NextUp: 40 Under 40 Honorees

40 Under 40: Megan Walton is charting a course for Maine’s aging population

Photo / Tim Greenway Megan Walton, CEO of the Southern Maine Agency on Aging, is also a songwriter and sports fan.
Megan Walton, 37 
CEO, Southern Maine Agency on Aging Find profiles of all the 40 Under 40 honorees here.
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Significant professional accomplishment: I am honored to lead Southern Maine Agency on Aging in serving older adults and their caregivers, especially in our 50th anniversary year. It has been gratifying to grow SMAA’s impact and brand awareness through partnerships with Maine’s businesses, and to expand our case management services to older adults facing homelessness. I’m extraordinarily proud of our amazing team.

Charting a course during the pandemic was challenging, but SMAA became financially sound, resilient and driven to do more on behalf of our clients as a result. We’re now expanding our programming for people with dementia in York and Cumberland counties.

Passion project: When I’m not parenting three young children or running a nonprofit, I love to write music. Last year, I joined other songwriters in Nashville and can’t wait to go back. I also love to support and guide women as they advance in their careers. I’m passionate about using my voice in a way that empowers and inspires other women to do the same.

Audacious goal: Chronic loneliness is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, depression, and cognitive decline. In partnership with all the Agencies on Aging, I believe we can tackle the loneliness epidemic here in Maine. By connecting all older adults to community, services, and a sense of purpose, we can end social isolation and, in turn, have a healthier population and a stronger state.

Favorite quote: “My religion is simple. My religion is kindness.” — Dalai Lama; “Results happen over time, not overnight. Work hard, stay consistent, and be patient.”

Influential book: “Miracle of Mindfulness,” by Thich Nhat Hanh, and “The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More, and Change the Way You Lead Forever,” by Michael Bungay Stanier

Favorite movies/TV shows: Any good sports documentary! Just watched Michael Jordan’s “The Last Dance” miniseries for the third time.

How do you recharge: By playing tennis, traveling, writing songs, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

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