Linda Ross, RN, is the nursing director of Harborview Cottage, the safe and secure memory care unit at The Lincoln Home in Newcastle, Maine. This Spotlight on Seniors interview with host Steve Raymond provides valuable insights into the skillful compassion that creates a feeling of trust and safety in people with dementia. Can you imagine what it would be like to be an an altered state of thinking, and to be afraid and anxious all the time? It would be horrible. Linda and her staff support the abilities of residents with a program of appropriate activities and dementia-supportive communication skills in the beautiful homey environment of Harborview Cottage.
Everyone knows that Maine is the “oldest state in the country.” Our state is severely lacking in affordable housing for low-income seniors. Voting “Yes” on Question 2 on the statewide ballot is a crucial vote because this bond measure is a token investment in the true need within our state.
Executive Director of the Association of Area Agencies on Aging Jess Maurer makes the case very eloquently in this “Spotlight on Seniors” interview on affordable housing legislation from last Spring that was called “Keep ME Home,” which was a larger bond measure that did not make it through our roughhouse legislature. This is why citizens must now make this decision through the ballot box by voting “Yes” on Question 2, a much smaller bond measure, but at least a token investment for this vital cause.
Every state bond measure has to be weighed by the question, “Is this a good investment for the Maine taxpayer?” The answer to this question is a resounding “Yes,” and now it is up to citizens to vote. If you are undecided, please take a few minutes to hear Jess Maurer make the case.
Did you know that Assisted Living is a regulated Health and Housing service? As you look at various communities, it is good to understand how senior care professionals assess new potential residents. When you are shopping for a residential community, you’ll want to ask questions about how they define Levels of Care, which is based on Activities of Daily Living. Each community has its own standards. This is why you want to understand Activities of Daily living, and how each community defines and charges for Levels of Care. This “Spotlight on Seniors” interview with Executive Director Lynn Norgang, RN will help you understand how it works.
An interesting fact that I did not know is that aside from the governments of the United States and China, the Alzheimer’s Association is the third largest funder of research in Alzheimer’s disease. I greatly enjoyed this interview with Peter, who is a Licensed Medical Social Worker and the Helpline Director for the Alzheimer’s Association in Maine.
A fantastic Fall event held throughout the country by the Alzheimer’s Association is the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s.” It is tremendous family fun and supports a cause that is vital to our nation and our younger generations… finding effective treatments and a cure for Alzheimer’s. There are walks in September and October in Augusta, Bangor, Brunswick, Calais, Fort Kent, Lewiston, Portland and York Beach. More Information and Registration Here—>
Harborview Memory Care nursing director Linda Ross, RN and I are facilitating our family caregiver support “Monthly Conversations on Dementia” at the Lincoln Home on the 4th Thursday of every month, 4:00pm to 5:30pm. firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In this episode of Spotlight on Seniors, attorneys Chip Griffin and Melissa Holmes Whitt of the Griffin Law Offices in Boothbay Harbor discuss many aspects of Elder Law. We deliberately did not go too deeply into any one subject. We covered estate planning, real estate planning, cottage succession planning, estate administration and probate, life planning in elder years, transferring assets to heirs, elder fraud and abuse, and several other areas.
I also want to say from personal knowledge… Chip is a very dedicated and thoughtful community leader who contributes greatly to the Boothbay Harbor region to the benefit of all seniors through his involvement with the Rotary Club and the ElderCare Forum. It was really delightful conversing with Chip and Melissa… take out your notepad… they share a great deal of valuable information in this interview.
Griffin Law Offices
The Frances Perkins Center in Damariscotta: Celebrating an Unsung Maine Heroine Who Helped Create a Robust Middle Class America
The 7th Annual Frances Perkins Center Garden Party and awards ceremony will take place on Friday August 14, 2015, celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Social Security. The party has been a popular event in past years, and will take place at the National Historic Landmark designated home of Frances Perkins in Newcastle, Maine. I greatly enjoyed this interview with Mike Chaney, the Executive Director of the Frances Perkins Center on Main Street in Damariscotta. The Center carries on the legacy and spirit of Frances Perkins, a Damariscotta native who served on the cabinet of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and helped transform our country, leaving the depression era behind by developing programs that led to the creation of a robust middle class of workers and professionals. See the Frances Perkins Center website—>
In this episode, Kandyce Powell, RN, Executive Director of the Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care, informs us about the state of Hospice, Advance Directives, Durable Medical Power of Attorney, and POLST (Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment). Kandyce is a tireless activist and thought leader, advancing education and utilization of hospice care throughout our state.