Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia. Services for people with Alzheimer’s or related dementias (ADRD) 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 as well as caregiver education and support. These pages will help you connect with the many resources available for people living with dementia and their caregivers in Maine.
Click here to download an easy to use guide called Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease created by the National Institute on Aging.
Click here to download Connections, A Guide for Family Caregivers in Maine (2014). This Guide was developed by the Family Caregiver Program for families and friends assisting older adults age 60 and older, people with dementia, individuals with a disability, and adults age 55 and older who are raising relative children (kinship parents) age 18 and younger. This guide includes information about home care,assited living and nursing facility care, end of life care, kinship parenting, legal issues, health insurance, dementias, and long term care as well as other services that caregivers might want to know about.