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We offer educational programs for families and individuals facing Alzheimer's, as well as community members and healthcare professionals. Programs range from basic introductory material to in-depth multi-part sessions and brain healthy information. We also offer publications and videos that can be helpful to those facing Alzheimer's disease.

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Know the 10 Signs

For anyone interested in learning more about the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide the general public with a greater understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and dementia and what to do if they have signs of Alzheimer’s disease. At the workshop, you will learn: How to tell the difference between Alzheimer’s and typical aging; steps to take if you recognize a warning sign in yourself or someone you know; the process to receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis; why early detection is crucial.

 

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease

For community members and anyone who would like to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

This program is designed to provide people with the basic information that everyone needs to know about memory loss issues and what they mean for all of us. Learn about: Symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia; How Alzheimer’s affects the brain; Causes and risk factors; How to find out if it’s Alzheimer’s disease; The benefits of early detection; How to address a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease; Stages of the disease; Treatment; Hope for the future; Ways the Alzheimer’s Association can help.

 

Living with Alzheimer’s for People with Alzheimer’s


For those who are living with Alzheimer’s disease.

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is life-changing and leads to many questions. What will this mean for me and my family? How do I plan for the future? Where can I get the help I need? Join us for this program where you will hear from others who have been where you are. We will discuss what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do as you navigate this chapter of your life.

 

Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers

For caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease. (This is a three-part program: early, middle and late stages.)

When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, friends and family have many questions. What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What resources are available to help? As the disease progresses, new questions reflect growing needs for skills, programs and services. Join us for this series of programs that provide answers to the questions that arise in the early, middle and late stages of the disease. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do at each point along the way.

Living with Alzheimer’s for People with Younger Onset


For families who are dealing with younger onset Alzheimer’s disease.

When someone under 65 is diagnosed with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, the first reaction is often shock or denial. This doesn’t happen to someone so young…does it? What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made for everyone? What about work? What resources are available to help? Join us for this program that provides answers to the questions that arise for people concerned about Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do to ease the impact throughout the course of the disease.

 

Driving: When is it time to give up they keys?

For families and individuals who are dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

Ideally, families should talk openly about driving soon after a diagnosis of Alzheimer's. Making a decision about when it is time to stop driving can be difficult, but dealing with the issue early on can help ease the transition. This program will offer strategies for having the conversation about driving.

Legal and Financial Planning

For families and individuals who are dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease is a workshop presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, for anyone who would like to know more about what legal and financial issues to consider and how to put plans in place. This program will cover information for families and individuals dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Topics covered will include: Making legal plans that fit your needs; Legal documents you’ll need and what they mean for all of you; How to find legal and financial assistance; Practical strategies for making a long-term plan of care; Tax deductions and credits; Government programs that can help pay for care.

A Family Guide to Supporting a Loved One with Dementia


For families and individuals who are dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

During this program you will learn what dementia is and identify the basic needs of a person with dementia. The workshop describes the five tenets of habilitation and introduces interactions, interventions, and communication techniques that are helpful when supporting a loved one with dementia.

 

 

Conversation Series about Memory Loss and Dementia

The Converstaion Series is designed for families and friends of memory-impaired adults and are led by local experts. The sessions include time for questions and audience participation. All sessions are open to the public and are free of charge. Newcomers may join at any time.

Auburn

Location: Clover Health Care, Common Meeting Room, 440 Minot Avenue, Auburn

Date/Time: Second Wednesday of the month/ 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Contact: Bonnie Iwans, LSW 207.784.3573 Ext. 116

South Portland

Location: First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland

Date/Time: Second Monday of the month/ 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Contact: Lori Axelson, MSW 207.662.3978

Falmouth

Location: Sedgewood Commons, 22 Northbrook Drive, Falmouth

Date/Time: Second Wednesday of the month/7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Contact: Ellen Meagher 207.781.5575

 

Maine SAVVY CAREGIVER Program (SCP)

The Maine SAVVY CAREGIVER Training is sponsored by the Office of Elder Services, Department of Health and Human Services and funded by the Administration on Aging.

This program helps family caregivers of people with dementia develop their knowledge, skills, and attitude that is essential for successful caregiving. Participation in the 12-hour training, provided in six sessions, includes participation in a research project that evaluates the effectiveness of the program. The training is free, however participants are required to complete surveys. For more information: christine.merchant@maine.gov

Overview of SAVVY CAREGIVER Program

 


 

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