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
  • For caregivers who live away: Service coordination is available for a fee.




SAVVY Caregiver trainings

Savvy Caregiver Training – 2017


Dates: Wednesday’s March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, & April 5 2017

Time: 2:00-4:00PM

Location: Boyd Place

Dates: Thursday’s, March 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, & 27 2017

Time: 4:00-6:00PM

Location: Dirigo Pines

Dates: Tuesday’s. April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 2017

Time: 10:30-12:30PM

Location: Friend’s in Action, Ellsworth

Dates: Wednesday, May 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, & 21 2017

Time: 1:00-3:00PM

Location: United Methodist Church, Corinna

Dates: Friday’s, September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6 & 13 2017

Time: 1:30-3:30PM

Location: Newport (site to be determined)

Caregiver Support Groups

Hancock County

Blue Hill: Friendship Cottage (Resource Room – 2nd Floor (stairs only) Men’s Group

3rd Mon. 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Anne Ossana, 374-5852

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

Ellsworth: Meadowview Housing, Phase 4 Lounge. Last Fri. 10 a.m. Ida Page, 479-0692

Southwest Harbor: Public Library, Clark Room 2-3:30. 4th Wed.

Washington County

Cherryfield: Seacoast Mission, Mondays, 2:00 –3:30. Contact: Marilyn Nickson at 546-4466

Machias: Maine Veterans Home, 32 Veterans Drive. 1st Fri. 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Penobscot County

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

Bangor: Westgate Manor at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 540 Essex St., Please contact Kristie Miner at 942-7336 for more details

Bangor: Winterberry Heights, 932 Ohio St., 6: - 7:30 p.m., First Wednesday every month., 942-6002

Dexter: St. Anne’s Parish Hall, Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group. 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., 2nd Wed. Barbara Haines, 924-5546

Piscataquis County

Dover Foxcroft: Hibbard Nursing Home, Alzheimer’s Support Group for Caregivers. 4 - 5 p.m., 1st Tues. Kristen Sutherland, LSW, 564-8129

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
  • The program also currently provides additional caregiver services including:
    • Stress management support groups
    • Hospice education for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia
    • Case management assistance by a Maine Licensed Social Worker.

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
  • The program also currently provides additional caregiver services including:
    • Stress management support groups
    • Hospice education for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia
    • Case management assistance by a Maine Licensed Social Worker.