Caregiver Support Tools

Caring for someone's health and personal needs can be rewarding, but also time consuming and stressful. Caregiving can be physically demanding and emotionally draining. Often caregivers overlook their own needs and show higher levels of depression, stress, and frustration, and experience poor physical health.

One in ten caregivers will report that caregiving will cause their physical health to decline. The caregiver support tools and resources from Southern Maine Agency on Aging help caregivers continue providing needed care for family members while also taking care of themselves.

Education and Programs

A variety of programs are available to support families with the many grappling issues they face as caregivers. Caring for a family member with a cognitive disorder can be very challenging. SMAA offers caregiving programs including the Savvy Caregiver Program for patient families facing dementia. SMAA also facilitates one hour seminars on a broad range of caregiving topics that can help inform families on available resources and offer strategies and needed support.

All programs are presented by a caregiver specialist and may be facilitated on-site at a healthcare facility.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Strategies for Independent Living
• Coping with Anxiety for Family Caregivers
• Stress Management for Family Caregivers
• Aging and Memory
• Caregiving as a Family
• Communicating with Healthcare Providers
• Caregiving from a Distance, and more...

Adult Day Centers

The state-of-the-art Adult Day Centers at Southern Maine Agency on Aging provide a home-away-from-home experience during the day for members living with memory impairments including Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

The Sam L. Cohen Center in Biddeford and The Stewart Center in Falmouth encompass the latest therapeutic approaches in person-centered care; providing a safe environment for members while encouraging socialization, healthy choices, and maximum independence. Our Centers offer respite for caregivers and allow working caregivers the ability to focus on their jobs while at work.

Tours of the Centers can be made available to practices to facilitate learning and patient referrals.

SMAA offers trial visit certificates for patient referrals.

Our Adult Day Centers have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Portland Press Herald, the Forecaster, the Journal Tribune, and WMTW.