Family Caregiver Services & Dementia Programs

Caring for an aging parent or other older adult can be a rewarding but at times daunting task. Eastern Agency on Aging can help.

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.

The program also serves grandparents and seniors caring for grandchildren, nieces / nephews or other children.

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.

A Caregiver Resource Specialist is available in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock and Washington counties. And caregiver support groups, which are facilitated by a Caregiver Resource Specialist, are also available.

There is no charge for the informational services provided by EAAA’s Caregiver Resource Specialists. And some of the topics which can be covered by the Specialists include:

  • Information on community services to support caregiving
  • Federal and state program information
  • Education on caregiving issues
  • Support groups
  • Supportive individual education on caregiving issues
  • Respite for caregivers of families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease




SAVVY Caregiver trainings

Savvy Caregiver Training – 2017


Dates: Wednesdays August 23, 30, September 6, 13, 20, & 27

Time: 2:00-4:00PM

Location: Boyd Place

Instructor: Josephine Cirrinone

Dates: Tuesday April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, and 30th

Time: 10:30-12:30PM

Location: Friend's in Action, Ellsworth

Address: 115 State Street, Ellsworth 04605

Instructor: Terri Gallant

Dates: Wednesdays May 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, and 21st

Time: 1:00-3:00PM

Location: United Methodist Church, Corinna

Address: 16 Dexter Road, Corinna, Me 04028

Instructor: Cheryl Crabtree

Dates: Fridays September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6 and 13

Time: 1:30-3:30PM

Location: Newport (site to be determined)

Address: Historical Society, Newport Cultural Center

Instructor: Terri Gallant

Dates: Fridays May 5, 12, 19, 26. June 2 and 9th

Time: 1:00-3:00PM

Location: Community Church Building, Brownville

Address: 84 Church Street, Brownville

Instructor: Cheryl Crabtree

Dates: Saturdays May 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24, and July 1st

Time: 10:00 – 12 Noon

Location: C. A. Dean Hospital, Greenville

Instructor: Cheryl Crabtree


Caregiver Support Groups

Hancock County


Ellsworth: Library, 2nd and 4th Tuesday 2:00-3:30 p.m. Riverside Room


Penobscot County

Bangor: Eastern Area Agency on Aging offices, 2 - 3:30 p.m., 3rd Tues.

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Programs

Alzheimer’s disease is devastating for everyone, especially family members. Eastern Area Agency on Aging is pleased to provide the Partners in Caring respite program to people who are caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias.

Sometimes a few hours away from the situation can make all the difference in the life of the caregiver.

The Partners in Caring program is made possible through an Administration on Aging grant administered by the Maine Alzheimer’s Project.

There is no greater service than caring for an ailing loved one and Eastern Area Agency on Aging is proud to be able to support those who do this truly unselfish work.

Qualifications for the program include:

  • Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia provided by the primary care physician or provider
  • Live in Maine
  • Be 18 years of age
  • Not eligible for any other MaineCare respite services or other programs.
  • Have assets of no greater than $50,000 for an individual or $75,000 for a couple
  • Not live in a hospital, residential care facility, or nursing facility
  • Agree to pay the monthly co-payment amount as determined by EAAA. A waiver of the amount is available

Caregiver Respite Program

Alzheimer’s disease is devastating for everyone, especially family members. Eastern Area Agency on Aging is pleased to provide the Caregiver Respite Program to people who are caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias.

Sometimes a few hours away from the situation can make all the difference in the life of the caregiver.

The Caregiver Respite Program is made possible through an Administration on Aging grant administered by the Maine Alzheimer’s Project.

There is no greater service than caring for an ailing loved one and Eastern Area Agency on Aging is proud to be able to support those who do this truly unselfish work.

Qualifications for the program include:

  • Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia provided by the primary care physician or provider
  • Live in Maine
  • Be 18 years of age
  • Not eligible for any other MaineCare respite services or other programs.
  • Have assets of no greater than $50,000 for an individual or $75,000 for a couple
  • Not live in a hospital, residential care facility, or nursing facility
  • Agree to pay the monthly co-payment amount as determined by EAAA. A waiver of the amount is available