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Caring for the Caregiver

Community Caregiving
Tactics for Encountering the Person with Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia

Presentation by Peg Gagnon of the Maine Alzheimer's Association given to cadets at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro, Maine. 

Length: 1 hour 5 minutes 


Information for Caregivers
Source: Alzheimer's Association

Information for Caregivers Caregiver Stress
Symptoms of caregiver stress and ways you can
become a healthy caregiver.
(6 pages)

The most common behaviors and how to
manage them.
(12 pages)

 Respite Care Guide
Find help when you need a break from caregiving.
(19 pages)


Alphabetical list:

 Activities (12 pages)

 Adult Day Centers (3 pages)

 Bathing (3 pages)

 Behaviors (12 pages)

 CareFinder Guide (30 pages)

 Caregiver Stress (6 pages)

 Communication (12 pages)

 Dressing (2 pages)

 Eating (3 pages)

 End-of-Life Decisions (15 pages)

 Grief, Mourning and Guilt (3 pages)

 Hallucinations (2 pages)

 Hospitalization (3 pages)

 Holidays (2 pages)

 Incontinence (2 pages)

 Late-Stage Care (12 pages)

 Personal Care (12 pages)

 Respite Care Guide (19 pages)

 Sexuality (2 pages)

Telling Others About an Alzheimer Diagnosis

(2 pages)

Maine Caregiving Resources 
Connect with Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease Support and Resources in Your Community

The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter provides information and support for people with dementia and their caregivers. For more information, call 1-800-660-2871 or go to

(M4A)  M4A is a private, non-profit organization that provides a unifying voice for Maine’s 5 Area Agencies on Aging on issues that promote independence, dignity and economic self-reliance for Maine’s 200,000+ seniors. Call (207) 626-0972 for the agency in your community or go to

Southern Maine Agency on Aging  provides older adults and their families with information, guidance, education, and programs for their social, financial, and home care needs. SMAA is an Aging and Disability Resource Center. SMAA's services extend throughout Maine's York and Cumberland counties. The Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging's web site offers caregiver resources including our support groups and schedule of classes:

Maine Office of Elder Services has directories and information related to aging and disability issues:

Adult Administration on Aging (Department of Health & Human Services)

Adult Day Care




Alzheimer's Disease Resources
The Basics of Alzheimer's Disease
Information for Caregivers
If You Have Dementia
Quality Care
Safety Issues and Tips
Financial and Legal Topics for Caregivers
Find a Support Group
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Information


Support for Caring for the Caregiver
is provided by:

 Hospice of Southern Maine

VNA Home Health and Hospice 

Home Instead Senior Care





Support for Caring for the Caregiver is provided by:


Hospice of Southern MaineMercy VNA Home Health & Hospice Home Instead Senior Care

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