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5/6: Scientifically Proven Ways to Optimize Brain Health

The Lincoln Home is strongly motivated to teach others how to improve the lives of people with dementia. Admissions Director, Steve Raymond, will give a talk Monday, May 6, from 3:00 – 4:00pm, on Mild Cognitive Impairment and the many steps we can take to support and promote Optimal Brain Health. Discussions about cognitive decline can seem all doom and gloom.  Steve says, “As a senior professional who is also aging, I have become intensely interested in maintaining my personal brain health. There is abundant scientific evidence that gives good reason for optimism.”  Handouts will be given so you may do further research to find out what is best for you.  Steve is producer and host of the popular LCTV show “Spotlight on Seniors,” and has recently produced a show on de-stigmatizing Dementia.
 
The Lincoln Home is also hosting two free workshops for the business community focusing on compassionate customer service for people with Dementia. Choose either Wednesday May 8, or  May 15, from 1:30 – 3:30, to learn communication skills that will make your business a dementia-friendly establishment. Empower employees to understand how to help customers with dementia by making them feel  safe, secure and treated with dignity in our local banks, shops, stores, restaurants and places of business. 

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Dean Cartier, Meet a Member of Our Family

Dean Cartier has been with Lincoln Home for 5 years as a full time Maintenance Assistant. Previously, he was the facility director at Kieve for 20 years, owned and operated a construction business and was involved in farming. Always involved in customer service, Dean is a natural with the residents, putting a smile on their faces with his kindness, and positive, upbeat attitude. He understands that residents need and want calm, and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. He loves giving them that. He loves keeping residents safe and happy. He articulates the differences in working for a non-profit, by saying, “we can’t be single minded. There is no such thing as “not my job.” We are a team, it feels natural, we are family. That’s not a cliche. It’s what make it so easy and rewarding to come to work every day. I learn so much from our residents…to live each day and enjoy the little things. My job is to make sure residents are having the best day they can have each and every day here. It is so much more than a job for me, it is a way of life. “  Dean is shown here with Eleanor O’Donnell.

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Free Workshop for Businesses: Learn Communication Skills for Customers with Dementia

The Lincoln Home is strongly motivated to teach others how to improve the lives of people with dementia by helping them to feel safe, secure and treated with dignity in our local banks, shops, stores, restaurants and other places of business. They are offering two free customer service training workshops to be held at 22 River Road, Newcastle. Choose either MAY 8 or MAY 15, from 1:30 – 3:30pm.

Employees will learn skills to help understand and communicate compassionately to customers with dementia. Effectively set up a win/win environment by reducing anxiety and building bridges for a positive outcome.

Towns and cities across our nation are embracing the concept of “Dementia Friendly Communities.” The Lincoln Home is advocating for all businesses, town officials and community leaders to participate in efforts to create a Dementia Friendly Lincoln County. T

o sign up for one of the workshops, or to learn more about family caregiver classes, contact Steve Raymond, 563-3350 or steve@lincoln-home.org. Harbor View Cottage, a unique Memory Loss Community at The Lincoln Home, supports both the caregiver and loved one with Memory Day programs, respite stays and full-time care.

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4/29: Backyard Honey Bees and Pollinators Presentation

Jean Vose is an experienced Master Gardener, certified horticulturist and backyard beekeeper living in Nobleboro where she has created gardens to attract pollinators as well as the other beneficial creatures.  The original homestead, established in 1910, features a farmhouse of that era bounded by over 10 acres of open fields and mixed woods.  The gardens feature vegetables, herbs, ornamental grasses, trees, and shady spots.  Most of her gardens have been established for over 15 years.  A beehive in the garden ensures a good seed crop and fresh honey for the table.
 
Vose will present a slideshow on Monday, April 29, at 3:00pm at the Lincoln Home. She will provide a brief history of beekeeping in America; how and when honey bees arrived.  Vose will provide information and how-to hints on how to keep bees in your back yard and how to encourage other pollinators.  She will introduce local pollinators including, but not limited to, native bees, other insects, birds, butterflies and even bats.  She will also talk about the plants needed to draw and sustain these important pollinators.  Informational handouts will be available.  
 
Vose has been a backyard beekeeper since 1986 keeping and managing honey bee hives in her backyard apiary for pollination and honey which is available at her dooryard.  She and her late husband, after relocating to Maine in 1998, created a beekeeping school in 2001.  From this school, Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers (KLCB) was launched in 2003.  
 
She keeps busy with activities in the Knox & Lincoln Counties Master Gardeners, Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers, Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District, the Maine State Beekeeping Association, Nobleboro Historical Society, and First Baptist Church of Waldoboro.  
 
The Lincoln Home is located at 22 River Road, Newcastle.  For more information, please contact Rhonda Hanna, 563-3350, or rhonda@lincoln-home.org. Visit our website, www.lincoln-home.org  and follow us on Facebook for photos and events of daily life at The Lincoln Home.
 
 

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4/22: Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Presentation

All aboard at the Lincoln Home for a presentation on the history and current restoration progress of the 
Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway on Monday, April 22, at 3:00pm. The presentation includes a slide show and a selection of artifacts for display,  followed by a brief question and answer session.  The Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington was one of Maine’s five narrow gauge railways. It extended from Wiscasset northward to Albion. The Railway was built in 1894 and closed in 1933. Today the Railway, under the auspices of the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum, is being reconstructed by dedicated volunteers.

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“Spot Light on Seniors” Show Focuses on De-stigmatizing Dementia

Lincoln Home’s Steve Raymond, Director of Admissions and Community Outreach and Lynn Norgang, Executive Director. Photo: Kim Traina

LCTV hosted Lincoln Home colleagues, Steve Raymond and Lynn Norgang, to create a new “Spotlight on Seniors” episode. The focus of this show is to help seniors, families, and community members understand more about memory loss and dementia. The onset of dementia can affect our families and our friends, our colleagues and our neighbors, and may come to affect us individually. Cognitively, it changes how people think, act, their perception of time, and their ability to care for themselves. Lincoln Home is strongly motivated to teach others how to improve the lives of people with dementia who are out and about in our community by helping them to feel safe, secure and treated with dignity.

Several anonymous stories of residents were shared to demystify the stigma associated with dementia. Memory loss is not a mental illness. Understanding the disease process and learning communication strategies can raise the consciousness of our community and help us collectively treat those with cognitive impairment with empathy.

The model of caregiving at Lincoln Home, for all residents, is based on the “Best Friend’s Approach.” As in a best friend relationship, we take the time to learn as much as we can about our residents’ likes, family, career and history. We build relationships and create a feeling of family, and use skillful communication based on an understanding of the dementia disease process.

This approach is invaluable for those suffering from memory loss, creating a sense of security, structure, empathy and positive reinforcement. Assisted living residents with some level of cognitive impairment often improve by being in a community environment with structure, social connection, proper nutrition, medication management, and compassionate care.

Learning helpful communication skills sets up a win/win environment by reducing anxiety and building bridges for a positive outcome. People with dementia are struggling to hang on to their dignity and sense of control. Often, a caregiver hears, “I want to go home.” Home, to someone with dementia, does not necessarily mean a place, but more a state of mind, back to when their world made sense and they were in control. Positive diversion and redirection can help move someone from sadness to feeling joyful in the present moment, which is the very basis of the art of memory loss caregiving.

Executive director Lynn Norgang, shared, “Caregiving is a privilege and an honor. We receive far more than we give each and every day. We are so appreciative of our staff who go above and beyond to ensure each resident is treated with dignity, compassion and kindness.”

Towns and cities across our nation are embracing the concept of “Dementia Friendly Communities.” The Lincoln Home is advocating for all businesses, town officials and community leaders to participate in efforts to create a Dementia Friendly Lincoln County. On May 8 and May 15, from 1:30 – 3:30, Lincoln Home is offering free customer service training to local banks, shops, stores, restaurants and other places of business. Employees will learn skills to help understand and communicate compassionately to customers with dementia.

A separate set of free classes in communication skills is also being offered for family caregivers of people with dementia.

The LCTV Spot Light on Seniors show can be viewed starting Thursday, April 11 at 6:30pm, then continuing to air at revolving time slots, or view on-line: http://lctv.org/spotlight-on-seniors-dementia/

To sign up for one of the workshops, or to learn more about family caregiver classes, contact Steve Raymond, 563-3350 or steve@lincoln-home.org. The Lincoln Home is located at 22 River Road, Newcastle.

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4/16: Music by the Kantele Ensemble

The Lincoln Home will host the Kantele Ensemble Tuesday, April 16 at 3:00pm. The Kantele is a traditional Finnish lap-harp with a 2000-year history rooted in the folklore of the “Kalevala,” the national epic of Finland. The Finns consider it to be one of the most important symbols of their culture. The Kantele Ensemble, led by Director Celia Jones, will share the history and the music of the Kantele.
 
The Lincoln Home is located at 22 River Road, Newcastle.  For more information, please contact Rhonda Hanna, 563-3350, or rhonda@lincoln-home.org. Visit our website, www.lincoln-home.org  and follow us on Facebook for photos and events of daily life at The Lincoln Home.
 

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4/16: Music by the Kantele Ensemble

The Lincoln Home will host the Kantele Ensemble Tuesday, April 16 at 3:00pm. The Kantele is a traditional Finnish lap-harp with a 2000-year history rooted in the folklore of the “Kalevala,” the national epic of Finland. The Finns consider it to be one of the most important symbols of their culture. The Kantele Ensemble, led by Director Celia Jones, will share the history and the music of the Kantele.
 
The Lincoln Home is located at 22 River Road, Newcastle.  For more information, please contact Rhonda Hanna, 563-3350, or rhonda@lincoln-home.org. Visit our website, www.lincoln-home.org  and follow us on Facebook for photos and events of daily life at The Lincoln Home.
 

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Val Lovelace, Meet our One2One Care Director

One2One Care Director, Val Lovelace with Bernadette Nicolaus

Val Lovelace, our One2One Care Director, provides an invaluable service to seniors who wish to stay in their home, and may need some level of assistance. Val is skilled in the many facets of providing home care services, from selecting and training qualified caregivers, to being the listening ear for families trying to get help so their loved one can stay safely at home.

She loves coming to work at Lincoln Home every day because it feels like being home. She gets to make a difference. “One2One feels like a small miracle – being able to support and enable someone to stay home with someone who cares about them and can meet their needs.” She believes, “What sets Lincoln Home apart is having a vested interest in being a part of this community. There is a sense of belonging, and deep roots. The Lincoln Home is a non-profit, independently operated business, which is a whole different flavor than a corporate run facility.”

Val, a veteran of the Navy, has done a significant amount of work helping veterans who are enrolled in the VA Medical System, receive home support. She helps, through the VA, to assess the level of need; from grocery shopping to caregiving so a spouse can go to work.

Behind the scenes, Val is our IT specialist at Lincoln Home. She keeps us technically up to date, and manages our website snafus and crashes. We are very lucky to have her as part of our family!

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In Appreciation of Each and Every Member of Our Lincoln Home Staff

Executive Director, Lynn Norgang, is proud and passionate about the staff that she is honored to be a part of. She shares, “At The Lincoln Home, we are family, each and every one of us. Together, as a team, we pride ourselves in the care we give our residents. It takes a special kind of person; kind, caring and compassionate, to deliver the level of care we believe in. Our family of exceptional caregivers go above and beyond to make a difference in our residents’ lives every day.”

Wednesday, March 27, Lincoln Home hosted an event to welcome over 10 new employees and thank all the employees for hours of early mornings and late nights of extra coverage. Two home care clients were guests of honor and joined the party which allowed their One2One Home Caregivers to attend. Pizzas, fresh fruit and a beautiful cake that read, “Celebrate You !” ensured fine food, fine friends and much laughter. All 74 members were honored with cards, balloons, and a mongrammed LL Bean canvas bag. Ask any staff member what they love about working at the Lincoln Home, and the message is loud and clear; the feeling of family, for both the residents and each other.

If you are interested in a work environment where you can make a difference every day, Contact Lari-Ann Beaucage, HR, 207-563-3350 Ext. 22, Lari-ann@lincoln-home.org

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