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The Early-Stage Social Programs are specifically designed for those diagnosed with dementia and their care partners. The programming offers meaningful activity in friendly, supportive environments. Screening may be required to determine if the program is appropriate for potential participants.

 

For more information or to participate: mpechenik@alz.org or 207.772.0115

 

Early-Stage Social Engagement Committees

Staffed by volunteers from all walks of life, including those living with early stage dementia, these committees plan and present one to two social engagement activities monthly for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners. Thanks to their efforts, the social engagement offerings presented by the Maine Chapter have increased significantly over the past year with an average of 15 to 20 events offered monthly throughout Maine.

 

Dementia Fitness Programs

These programs provide persons with dementia access to the significant health benefits of regular physical activity. Trained instructors from the University of Maine at Orono, the Sanford YMCA, the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA and the University of New England present comprehensive fitness programs that focus on mobility, balance, stretching and light weight training to help improve the physical condition of persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners.

 

Heart to Art

Offered as a pilot program in March 2017. Heart to Art teamed up third grade students from an elementary school with residents in southern Maine living with dementia and their care partners to complete art projects. The pilot program was met with remarkable success as students and persons living with dementia discovered the joys of creativity and working together across generations. Plans are in place to expand the program to other areas of the state.

 

Legacy Storytellers

Legacy Storytellers breaks down barriers by demonstrating what those with dementia can do to improve understanding and awareness of cognitive issues. College students interview and write the life stories of persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The program gives students rare insight into what it is like to live with dementia. And it empowers participants to educate the next generation about the realities of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Mind's Eye Maine

Directed by a photography professor from the University of Southern Maine, this program teams up professional and student photographers with persons living with dementia and their care partners. The photo mentors help participants with visual techniques such as framing, perspective, shadows, and spatial orientation. The Mind’s Eye Maine teams travel to public spaces, both indoor and outdoor, to practice their craft.

 

 


 

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