Maine Families

Health – Chronic Conditions

AIDS / HIV:

Health Equity Alliance (formerly Down East AIDS Network): 255-5849
HIV Testing, Support & resources for living with HIV/AIDS

ALZHEIMER’S / DEMENTIA:

Family Caregiver Services & Dementia Programs: 941-2865 or 1-800-432-7812
The Family Caregiver Resource program offers information, assistance, support, appropriate referrals, and sometimes just a friendly ear, to anyone who is providing unpaid assistance to a senior. Caregiver Resource Specialists are Licensed Social Workers who are specially trained in caregiving issues. No problem is too big or too small for them to tackle.

Savvy Caregiver Training:
Training Workshop for family or caregivers of loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Training provides family caregivers the knowledge and skills essential for successful caregiving.  Training is provided over 6 – 2hr. sessions. Materials and training are provided at no coast.  Available free through EAAA

CANCER:

Cancer Patient Navigator: 255-3741
Downeast cancer patient navigators work with directly patients and healthcare providers throughout Washington County. Cancer patient navigators can connect you to a variety of resources throughout your cancer treatment process. This service is provided free through Healthy Acadia

Cancer Resource Center (Washington County Programs)664-0339
Support groups, Reiki treatments, Yoga and exercise classes geared just for cancer patients, and much more.  Call for classes and support group schedules and locations closest to you

Downeast Hospice Cancer Support: 726-5087 / 664-0339
Support groups for cancer patients and survivors

Yoga for Cancer: 288-8103 or email to cloudnine@gwi.net
Free exercise/movement classes for seniors to maintain active lifestyles. The program will feature a variety of weekly exercise classes for older adults at any fitness level including a class called “Yoga for Cancer”.  Call or email for times and locations.   These free classes are provided through Healthy Acadia’s Graceful Ageing Program

CEREBRAL PALSY:

Maine Parent Federation: 1-800-870-7746
Help for parents of children with disabilities including cerebral palsy.  Links to services and resources including a team of providers called Family Support Navigators who can help organize paperwork, help find needed services, accompany families when meeting with doctors, school providers, other service providers.

United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Maine: 941-2885
Non-profit organization providing support, education, and advocacy to our members and our communities

CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS:

211 Maine: Dial 2-1-1 (toll free)
Free, confidential information and referral service that connects people of all ages across Maine to local services. 211 Maine is based in Maine and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our Specialists are trained and friendly. You can reach 211 via phone, text, email, or by searching our online database.

Keep Me Well:
An east to use on-line resource to help Maine residents assess their risk for chronic diseases, improve their health through education, and learn more about local resources and supports.  Recommended by Healthy Acadia

Medline Plus:
Online service that provides a wide variety of health resources and enables visitors to search health topics, cross-reference their medicines, review educational videos, and more.  Recommended by Healthy Acadia

Paul O’Neil Foundation: 676-1287
Help with paying for travel, lodging, food and gas for parents and caregivers while their child is in the hospital. Email: pauloneilfoundation@gmail.com

Public Health Nursing (PHN): 287-4112 / 1-877-763-0438
Nurse Home Visiting – Nurses can provide support to patients of any age, in their home, providing health assessments, medicine management, and care coordination. This is a free service for residents of Maine, no insurance or Mainecare required

Taking Action for Health: 255-3741 or email: angela@healthyacadia.org
This is a free, interactive 18-hour workshop series that is open to anyone living with a chronic health condition, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, obesity, arthritis, migraines, asthma, eating disorders, depression and more.  Caregivers are also welcome.  Classes meet once weekly for six weeks.  Participants will learn appropriate use of medications; how to evaluate new treatment options; appropriate exercise for maintaining/improving strength, flexibility and endurance; nutrition information; how to communicate effectively with family, friends and health professionals; techniques to manage frustration, pain, fatigue and isolation; and decision making processes.  This free workshop series is provided through Healthy Acadia

DIABETES:

Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program: 255-3741
Healthy Acadia lifestyle coaches offer the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program for preventing type 2 diabetes. Participants meet with a trained coach and a small group  of people who are making lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes. Sessions are weekly for 6 months and then monthly for 6 months. This is a free service provided through Healthy Acadia

Dining with Diabetes Down East – Machias:
This free program complements medical care by teaching people with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, and their family members and caregivers what they can do to help control blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. UMaine Extension registered dietitian and nutritionist Alan Majka will provide presentations, lead discussions and demonstrate preparation of nutritious recipes that participants can sample. There will be an opportunity to taste a variety of main dishes, side dishes, and desserts.

PARKINSON’S:

Fitness for Parkinson’s: 288-8103
Free exercise/movement classes for older adults with Parkinson’s.  Call or email for times and locations.  These classes are provided through  Healthy Acadia’s Graceful Ageing Program and the Parkinson’s Wellness Fund

Parkinson’s Wellness Fund:
The Parkinson’s Wellness Fund provides individuals with Parkinson’s access to the services they need to live an improved quality of life. Services are free, apply online here.  Grants are available to the caregiver as well as the individual living with Parkinson’s

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