Governor Mills visits MaineGeneral Health’s Alzheimer’s Care Center, promotes Jobs in Maine and stimulus package grant program to make respite care more affordable for Maine caregivers

The Governor also takes a walking tour of downtown Hallowell, visits businesses and meets business owners as she continues her travels through Maine.

KENNEBEC COUNTY – Governor Janet Mills today toured the MaineGeneral Health Alzheimer Care Center in Gardiner. The Governor applauded the Center’s extraordinary work in providing first-class care and promoted her administration’s upcoming grant program – Respite Care for ME – which will help caregivers provide respite care for people with dementia. Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 29,000 people age 65 and older in Maine were living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2020. An estimated 35,000 Mainers age 65 and older will be living with the disease by 2025, which which represents an increase of more than 20%.

As part of the Governor’s Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, the Mills administration is partnering with Maine’s five regional agencies on aging to launch Respite for ME this fall. The program will provide up to $2,000 in grants to support family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, helping them access respite care, such as services provided at the Alzheimer Care Center by Gardiner.

“MaineGeneral Health’s Alzheimer Care Center provides exceptional, compassionate care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, thanks in large part to its dedicated and caring staff. With more people expected to need dementia-related services in the coming years, places like the Alzheimer’s Care Center in Gardiner are only going to grow in importance,” said Governor Janet Mills. “My administration is working hard to ensure Maine caregivers — who dedicate their time and energy to caring for the people they love — can afford respite care. Later this year, we will be introducing a new My Plan for Jobs grants program that will provide grants to people to help them access and pay for these important services.

“The Governor’s visit means so much to residents and staff,” said Chuck Hays, president and CEO of MaineGeneral Health. “We appreciate her taking the time to listen to the residents and clients of our day program, for her unwavering support during COVID-19 and her continued focus on the health and well-being of those living with the disease. Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. »

Maine’s first Alzheimer’s care center when it opened in 1988, the Gardiner Center provides long-term care and other services to people with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias in a safe, secure environment. and welcoming. The Center also offers adult day care services that allow people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias to participate in social activities in a safe environment while allowing caregivers to balance work or other responsibilities with caregiving duties.

Following her visit to the Alzheimer Care Center, the Governor took a walking tour of downtown Hallowell, stopping at local businesses and meeting with business owners. The Governor visited Nellie’s Kitchen, Traverse Coffee Co, Vignettes Artisan Crafts and Gifts, Dom’s Barber Shop, Loyal Biscuit Co and Berry and Berry Floral. The governor’s events in Kennebec County come as she travels across the state to meet with local businesses and community leaders. The governor visited Piscataquis, Sagadahoc and Cumberland counties. She also plans to visit York and Somerset counties this week.

Governor Mills with staff at MaineGeneral Health’s Alzheimer’s Care Center

Governor Mills at Vignettes Artisan Crafts and Gifts

Governor Mills at Traverse Coffee Co

Governor Mills at Nellie’s Kitchen

Governor Mills at Dom’s Barber Shop

Governor Mills in Berry and Berry Floral

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