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Maine Chapter E-News               October 27, 2011

Maine Savvy
Caregiver I
New dates!
Are you caring for a family member with demSavvy Iconentia?

12-hour training program for family caregivers of people with dementia. No cost to attend.

 

Objectives:
  • Attitude - Develop a sense of mastery in the caregiving role and how to care for yourself.
  • Skills - How to effectively interact with your loved one and manage challenging behaviors.
  • Knowledge - Learn what dementia is and how it affects personality and behavior.
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News Dates:

A six-week series on Wednesdays, November 2, 9, 16, 30 & December 7 & 14, 2011 from 10 a.m. - 12 noon.

Location: Phillips-Strickland House, 21 Boyd Street

Bangor, ME 04401

 

Pre-registration is required. For more information about Savvy I or Savvy II and to register, call Cindy at the Alzheimer's Association Maine Chapter at 772-0115.

 

Participation in this training includes participation in a research project to evaluate the program by completing pre- and post-surveys. Please mail or bring your completed survey to the first class.

 

Presented by the Alzheimer's Association Maine Chapter.
Sponsored by the Office of Elder Services, Department of Health and Human Services, and funded by a grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging.

 

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Maine Savvy

Caregiver II

New dates!

Follow-up training to help with new challenges as dementia progresses

Savvy Caregiver II is an 8-hour training program for family caregivers of people with dementia disorders like Alzheimer's disease. These sessions are for persons who have participated in Savvy I. We will apply several of the strategies learned in the Savvy Caregiver Program to your current situation. There will also be new strategies introduced. 

 

News Dates: 
The series of four sessions in Bangor has new dates:
Tuesdays, Nov. 1, 8, 15, & 22, 2011 from 2-4 p.m. 
Location: Phillips-Strickland, 21 Boyd Street, Bangor, ME 04401.

 

Pre-registration is required. For more information about Savvy I or Savvy II and to register, call Cindy at the Alzheimer's Association Maine Chapter at 772-0115.

 

Participation in this training includes participation in a research project to evaluate the program by completing pre- and post-surveys. Please mail or bring your completed survey to the first class.
 
Presented by the Alzheimer's Association Maine Chapter.
Sponsored by the Office of Elder Services, Department of Health and Human Services, and funded by a grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging.

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Whoever you are, wherever you live, you can make a difference!

 - Click here to learn more about state advocacy initiatives we are involved in or monitoring. 

  - To sign up to receive Alzheimer's Association Maine Chapter legislative alerts with more specific and timely information  and advocacy action opportunities, click here.

   - Thanks to all who attended the Maine Aging Advocacy Summit held on Oct. 25th in Augusta! The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter was pleased to serve as one of the co-sponsors of this event. If you were unable to attend, please be sure to check out the summit's Advocacy 101 toolkit now available online.Thanks to M4A for taking the lead in organizing this informative event and to all of the co-sponsors!

    - Become an Alzheimer's Advocate! Sign up here to join the National Alzheimer Advocate Network in Maine.

 

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To benefit the Alzheimer's Association Maine Chapter

Mark your calendar for November 21, 2011, when the 3rd annual Maine Alzheimer's Association Online Auction begins. In celebration of National Alzheimer's Awareness Month, we'll be auctioning fun and unique items to raise money to support the work of the Maine Chapter.

 

Auction items range from restaurant gift certificates to spa services to travel to sporting goods; there is truly something for everyone.This is your perfect opportunity to complete your holiday shopping while supporting Mainers affected by Alzheimer's or related dementias. Please visit

www.biddingforgood.com/alzmaine to learn more,donate items and place your bids!
calendarUpcoming Informational Sessions:
Legal & Financial Issues of Long Term Care
Kate Geoffroy, an elder law attorney at the law firm of Patricia Nelson Reade, will be discussing Legal & Financial Issues with a focus on long term care.
 
Date/time: Nov. 14 from 7-8:30 p.m.
 
Location: The First Congregational Church, Meeting House Hill, 301 Cottage Rd., South Portland, ME

 

FMI: Please call Lori Axelson, LCSW, at (207) 662-3978.

 

Hospice of Southern Maine sessions with Kathleen Rusnak, PhD

    

Morning Session: Before They Forget: Recognizing and Maximizing the Spiritual Possibilities of Alzheimer's -

After a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, new spiritual dimensions emerge. When identified and described, these dimensions can offer possibilities for the patient and caregivers to deepen their connections with each other and live life more fully before the loss of memory permanently transforms the relationship.

Sharing stories, reflections, and insights from her work with hospice patients and

parishioners, Dr. Rusnak opens the door to a deeper look at the spiritual world of Alzheimer's.

  

Afternoon Session: Inner Battles Combat Soldiers Wage: Spiritual Issues and End of Life - The world of the combat-veteran is not a world that a non-combat civilian can ever know. Most of us in a position to help veterans, who have been in combat and are now at the end of their life, have never been in combat ourselves. We have never been in a war. We do not know the inner spiritual struggles of the combat-veteran as they engage in combat and war activities. They have seen "what no person should ever see," and have done "what no person thinks they will ever do," and they dwell on "what I did not do." We are not aware of how the soul of the veteran has been tested, changed, or damaged, or how the veterans' wartime experiences impact their civilian world. At the end of life combat veterans are left with the unfinished spiritual issues that have impacted their civilian lives since their return from war. This presentation will focus on these issues.

 

Date/time: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m.

 

Location: The Landing at Pine Point, Scarborough, ME

 

Cost: $40 per person - snacks and lunch will be provided.

 

FMI: Please call (207) 289-3678 or e-mail pastoralcare@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org 

 

Register online at: www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org 

 

This program is funded in part by the Hospice Fund at the Maine Community Foundation.