Alzheimer's Care and Support

Services for people with Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementias, and their caregivers include diagnosis and evaluation at memory clinics, adult day services, in-home and overnight respite, home care services and special care units in residential care and nursing facilities.  For information about these services call your local Area Agency on Aging listed on pages A1-A3.

Adult day services are available throughout the state.  Some are designed specifically for persons with dementia.  To ask for help with the cost of these services, talk directly with the day program you might use.  For more information, call or write:

Office of Elder Services
#11 State House Station (32 Blossom Lane)
Augusta, Maine  04333-0011............... 207-287-9200
Toll Free Nationwide....................... 1-800-262-2232
Toll Free TTY.................................. Maine relay 711

Respite may provide several hours a week of time off from your care giving duties occasionally or on a regular basis.  Respite can be provided at home, an adult day care program or overnight.  Up to two weeks a year of overnight respite is offered at certain nursing residential care facilities.  The “Partners in Caring” program at your local Agency on Aging may help to cover the cost of these respite services.  See pages A1-A3 for the Area Agency on Aging that serves the area you live in.  The Agency on Aging can provide information and support to caregivers of person with dementia.

Information, education and support services for people with dementia and their families are available through the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter.

Referral and resource information on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, symptoms, diagnosis, caregiving issues and county-by-county lists of dementia specific services are available at no charge.  Information, care consultation and a sympathetic listener are available 24 hours a day through their statewide toll-free Helpline.  Staff social workers provide in-depth care management as requested.  Educational conferences, workshops and training seminars are regularly scheduled in a variety of locations for family and professional caregivers.  Additional services include 50 support groups statewide and Safe Return, a nationwide program for people with dementia who wander and become lost.  The Association publishes a free, quarterly newsletter with up-to-date articles on research, caregiving issues and a calendar of events.  Free information packets are sent upon request.

Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter External site disclaimer
383 US Route One,
Suite 2C
Scarborough, ME 04074

Helpline(available 24/7) 800-272-3900
Business:  (207)772-0115
Fax:  (207)289-3705

Maine’s Savvy Caregiver Project provides a 6-session training program for caregivers of people with dementia living in the community.  The course helps family members understand their role as caregivers, provides knowledge of dementia and its impact, and teaches skills for effective caregiving.  Strategies learned at training will lead to an attitude that fosters confidence and a sense of mastery for successful caregiving.  For information about the training, contact the Office of Elder Services at 287-7134 or go to website http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oads/aging/events.htm for the statewide schedule of training.

Alzheimer's/Dementia Support Services in Maine External site disclaimer - A Statewide Resource Directory by counties