Dementia Care

Dementia is a general term for a set of symptoms that includes one, but usually more, signs of mental decline: in memory, problem solving, language, spatial ability, conceptualization, or other mental abilities. Common types of dementia are Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia; there are many other types, such as that which often occurs in Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases. Caring for a person with dementia can be challenging. However, there are many helpful community resources.

If a caregiver is unsure whether a person has dementia, greater Bangor has a wealth of healthcare facilities and doctors who specialize in dementia and can help to diagnose and evaluate patients. If there is already a diagnosis, caregivers can pursue information about the pertinent dementia diagnosis. Some organizations provide practical tips for caring for a person with dementia. There are adult “day services” for individuals with dementia that offer a crucial opportunity for people with dementia to interact with others and stimulate their mental abilities. In some cases, day services include help with bathing and other challenging tasks. Day services by their nature provide “respite,” the chance to take a break from caregiving in order to relax or do everyday tasks that might be challenging when providing care. For some individuals, care in the home is no longer appropriate because of advanced progression of the dementia and safety issues, so there are residential dementia treatment options which are available. Finally, an important part of caregiving is “self-care,” meaning that it is vital for the caregiver to address his or her own needs. Counseling and support are important aspects of self-care and these and other resources are included below.

Also see Caregiver Resources, Home Health Care, Legal Services, Support Groups, and Mental Health Services.

(207) 772-0115

383 U.S. 1, Scarborough, ME, United States

Services:  The Alzheimer’s Association offers many suggestions to avoid or minimize wandering, as well as programs designed to help monitor the wandering and to insure the safe return of those who wander.

(207) 772-0115; 24-7 Helpline: 1-800-272-3900

383 US-1, Scarborough Town, ME, United States

Services: The AA’s highly trained and knowledgeable staff are well informed about all aspects of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  Call if you have questions about:  Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss, medications and treatment options, brain health and care options.  Call for emotional support as often as you need it. The people at the AA know that living with a person with dementia can be overwhelming.  The Alzheimer’s Association can help by providing caregiving tips and information about respite care options and other services available in your community and by making referrals.  The AA funds research, in addition, to eliminate Alzheimer’s Disease.  The AA also offers a large number of easy-to-understand pamphlets describing most facets of caregiving for a person with dementia.

(207) 941-2865

450 Essex Street, Bangor, ME, United States

Services: Program for people who are caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or related types of dementia. Funds are available through the Caregiver Respite Program to pay for in-home respite and overnight respite at home or in a facility to give caregivers time off from caregiving.  With this kind of relief periodically, it may be possible for caregivers to continue longer than otherwise with caregiving.