Caregiver Support Programs

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 become exhausted, making it difficult to balance working, staying active in their community, and caregiving.

The caregiver support programs and resources from Southern Maine Agency on Aging help caregivers in the community continue providing needed care while also taking care of themselves.

Education and Programs

A variety of seminars are available to support town residents with the many grappling issues they face as caregivers. Whether they are caregiving from afar or in the thick of caring for a family member with a cognitive disorder, an educational program can help inform on available resources and offer strategies and needed support.

All programs are presented by a trained caregiver specialist on site within your municipality. 2-hour comprehensive seminars are also available.  

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 Family
• Communicating with Healthcare Providers
• Caregiving from a Distance, and more...

Trualta e-Learning Platform

Trualta is an e-Learning platform designed specifically for family caregivers and tailored to their particular caregiving journey. Trualta is convenient, on-demand, and highlycustomizable for the user. New topics are added monthly ensuring that caregivers receive the most up-to-date information available.

The Sam L. Cohen Adult Day Center

The state-of-the-art Sam L. Cohen Adult Day Center at Southern Maine Agency on Aging provides a home-away-from-home experience during the day for our members living with memory impairments including Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. With convenient weekday hours and transportation available, family caregivers can have peace of mind while they are at work or when they need respite.

Located in Biddeford, the Cohen Center encompasses the latest therapeutic approaches in person-centered care, providing a save environment for members while encouraging socialization, healthy choices, and maximum independence. The Cohen Center also provides family caregivers with critically important support and education that ultimately reduces stress and facilitates the family member's ability to live at home for as long as possible.

The Cohen Center offers peace of mind to families as they go about their day knowing their family members with dementia are in an active, caring community environment. Municipalities and first responders may refer community residents to the centers for a free trial visit.      

The Cohen Center has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Portland Press Herald, the Forecaster, the Journal Tribune, and WMTW.