Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Groups

In affiliation with the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, we offer support groups at the United Methodist Church in Brunswick at the following times:

  • The 1st Tuesday of every month from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM.
  • The 2nd Tuesday of every month from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM.
  • The 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Care is available for a loved one while you attend the group at no charge. Advance notice for care is required by calling Nancy Herk at 207.729.8571.

pdfDownload our flyer for our Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Groups

The Carefree Cafe

carefree-cafeUsually held on the 4th Tuesday of each month.  Call the Office: 729-8571 for the date of the next cafe.

This special gathering place is designed for people with progressive memory loss, their care partners, spouses, family members and friends. A once a month event to relax, enjoy community, and have a great meal.

This is a place for seniors to connect with their community. The cafe will feature a three course dinner served restaurant style.

This lunch is provided at no charge but donations are gratefully accepted.

Choose from the menu: hors d'oeuvres, entree, dessert, drink.

Reservations are required.  Please call 207.729.8571 OR This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Caregiver Commentary

  • "I am completely astounded by the generosity of you people at Respite Care! Because of their gifts, more people in need will get help in the coming years."

  • "Thank you for lifting the burden, lightening the stress and offering a haven for mother."

  • "Because of your fine program, Dad got the social interaction he so enjoyed and Mom got a much needed break from the demands of caring for him."

  • "I can't think of a better place for mom to enjoy a few hours a day."

  • "What a difference Respite Care has made in our lives! Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

  • "I will always be grateful for your loving care for both of us."

  • "You are caring for us caregivers as much as for the club participants."

  • "You are doing such a wonderful job and I know how much it is appreciated by the families of those who are fortunate enough to find themselves in your care."

  • "I can't say it often enough-many, many thanks for your loving care for my husband. His quality of life is so much better because of what you offer through this special place."

  • "Every once in a while, we find 'special' place-places where friendships are found-love flourishes and memories are held in heart forever more. Respite Care is one of those 'special' places."

  • "When people come through the door here you can see them just relax because they know that they can talk (and) someone is going to listen to them."
    -Gentleman with Alzheimer's

  • "Your 'social club' is the best thing that's happened to us in a long time."

10 Ways to Tell Mom about "The Club"

  • #1 - Fun, fellowship and good food!! Highlight the social aspects and downplay the care aspects of the center. The center can be described as a social club.

  • #2 - Discuss the productive aspects of the activities at the center. Explain that she may be there to attend a meeting or to help others.

  • #3 - Describe some of the activities that might be of interest to her. Explain that this is an opportunity to rediscover old interests as well as discover new interests.

  • #4 - Encourage her just to try it for a week or so.

  • #5 - Ask her to do it for you, because you love her. She will be safe and you can go to work and not worry.

  • #6 - Ask her to do it for the whole family. It gives everyone a break from each other and helps the family get along better.

  • #7 - Talk over the health aspects that will enhance her physical and emotional wellbeing. Explain the benefits of light exercise and the emotional benefits of socializing with a supportive group of her peers.

  • #8 - Explain that the doctor has suggested the use of the center and ask the doctor to write an order or prescription for the program.

  • #9 - Explain that this is something that she must do. Do not give her a choice. If necessary, go with her the first few times so she will not feel alone or abandoned.

  • #10 - Don't!! If Mom is highly anxious, do not discuss the visit in advance. The orientation and explanation can take place at the center.

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Brunswick, ME 04011
 
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