Families

FINDING TRANSPORTATION FOR YOUR ELDERLY PARENT

FINDING TRANSPORTATION FOR YOUR ELDERLY PARENT

 

When Bruce's dad couldn't drive any more, it was a big problem for him and his family. Everyone either lived out of state or worked full-time and nobody could provide regular transportation. They turned to a home care agency for help. The agency was able to provide a variety of services for Bruce's father, including rides to the store and the barber, and sometimes just a pleasant drive to nowhere in particular, which he always enjoyed.

Lucy became her mother's number one chauffeur, but juggling the responsibility with other demands in her life was overwhelming. At first, so was finding transportation. "I began looking around for people who could take her places. I found a young woman in her church who was in between jobs who loved my mother, and asked if she could take her out once week to have lunch and do errands. She was thrilled.

1000th Eagle Head Cane Ceremony

VA Maine Healthcare System will be conducting a presentation ceremony in the lobby of the Togus VA Medical Center Hospital at Noon Friday, August 31.  For the last four years, a trio of very patriotic local residents have made personalized eagle head canes for Maine Veterans.  George and Donna Gunning and Burt Truman had the idea of making eagle head canes available to disabled Veterans and started to make canes with the Veteran’s name and 3 highest military awards.  They recently made a special 1000th Eagle head Cane for presentation to the VA Maine HCS.  This incredible cane has the medallions of all military branches and is mounted on a plaque with a large hand-carved and painted 1812 Federal Eagle.  These volunteers make the canes and generously distribute them at no charge to the Veteran although donations from individuals or groups helps their volunteer effort.  They have already distributed over 1,200 of these beautiful canes to Maine

WHEN IS IT NO LONGER SAFE TO DRIVE?

WHEN IS IT NO LONGER SAFE TO DRIVE?

 

Imagine for a moment that a well-meaning family member decides it’s no longer safe for you to drive and takes away your keys. You have been driving all of your adult life with no major mishaps. The only issue, as far as you’re concerned, is that you’re not quite as young as you used to be.

Chances are you would be quite upset and perhaps a little panic-stricken at the thought of losing your independence.

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Difficult Conversations About the Care of an Elderly Parent

Difficult Conversations About the Care of an Elderly Parent

 

Seven years ago Lucy and her husband, who were in their 50s, left their home and jobs in Chicago and moved to Maine. Not to retire or experience a slower pace of life, but to care for Lucy’s elderly mother.

“At first she was still quite independent,” says Lucy. “She was driving, swimming at the local pool every morning, buying her own groceries, and cooking her own meals.

Swan Lake State Park to Hold Annual Family Fun Day

Swan Lake State Park to Hold Annual Family Fun Day

Swan Lake State Park in Swanville, managed by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, under the Maine Department of Conservation, is holding its fifth annual family celebration this Sunday. If the weather is right, numerous local and statewide visitors will show up to enjoy all the entertainment, children’s activities, a celebrity visit by Smokey Bear and the Shriner Clowns, and picnic food.

Park Manager Corie Dimmitt has seen Family Fun Day attendance grow, with more than 700 people visiting last year on event day. Interested people from all over Maine begin to ask about the event as soon as the park opens each spring, the park manager said.

“They like it because it’s something in the local community,” Dimmitt said.