New Addiction Recovery Support Group at Community Center

Join us from 6 to 7 pm every Tuesday. There’s a new peer support group available to those recovering from opioid addiction, alcoholism, or any other addiction on Tuesday evenings at the Community Center.

This is a free, open, non-12-step Recovery Support Group which uses the Resilience & Innate Health Framework currently being used in a number of recovery programs, including Farnum Center in NH. It is perfect for those who are recovering from any substance mis-use or any type of addiction.

Join Patty Seybold and Molly Stark to discover that you are not broken and don’t need to be fixed. We’ll explore the Inside Out paradigm that is based on Sydney Banks’ Three Principles of understanding how your Mind, Consciousness and Thought actually work. You’ll learn how to experiment with observing how your Thinking effects your Feelings and your Experience of reality. We’ll talk about the importance of living every moment in the present. And you’ll learn how to live each day Inside Out–realizing that YOUR thoughts create your experiences; rather than Outside In–thinking that people or circumstances can cause you to feel a certain way.

Important Free Movie: Opioid Epidemic

Please come to the Harbor Theater on Friday, July 14th at 4 pm for a free screening of the movie, Dying in Vein. The movie will be followed by  a community discussion and Q&A with award-winning director Jenny Mackenzie, Police Chief Robert Hasch, and addiction/recovery experts.

Many people of all walks of life and income in the Boothbay region are suffering from addiction to opioids. This film addresses the causes, the ramifications, and treatment options.

Dying in Vein is a deeply personal exploration of opiate and heroin addiction through a cinéma vérité style that drops you directly into the lives of an addict in recovery, a couple trying to get clean, a family grieving the loss of their son and an Emergency Room Physician trying to save one patient at time. Through these stories, the film explores the contemporary belief of ‘living life pain free’ and the shame and blame that exists around addiction. The film looks at the impact of socioeconomic class on our broken treatment system, and how a group of emergency care physicians are working to save their patients from the opiate crisis.

From Academy Award Winning Producer Geralyn White Dreyfous

Boothbay Social Engagement Group to Visit Botanical Gardens

The Boothbay Region Social Engagement Committee will be holding their second outing on Wednesday, June 7th. We’ll be visiting the Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens which is located on Barters Island Road in Boothbay. We’ll meet there at 11 am for a 1-hour tour of the Garden of the 5 Senses led by Docent, BJ Dobson, and then enjoy lunches we bring along at tables in the gardens.  Anyone needing a ride or more information about our group and its outings should contact Patty Seybold, 207 633-4368.

The Boothbay Region Social Engagement Committee is a partnership between our People Helping People program and the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter. These outings are designed for people with early stage memory loss and their family member. Getting together to socialize is an important way to keep us all at our cognitive best.

Boothbay Social Engagement Group to Visit Cape Newagen Alpaca Farm

The Boothbay Region Social Engagement Committee will be holding their first outing on Wednesday, May 17th. We’ll be visiting the Cape Newagen Alpaca Farm which is located at 1020 Hendricks Hill Road on Southport Island, ME. It’s right next to the Southport Public Library. We’ll meet there at 11 am for a 40-minute tour of the Farm and then have lunch at the Southport General Store. Anyone needing a ride or more information about our group and its outings should contact Patty Seybold, 207 633-4368.

The Boothbay Region Social Engagement Committee is a partnership between our People Helping People program and the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter. These outings are designed for people with early stage memory loss and their family member. Getting together to socialize is an important way to keep us all at our cognitive best.

Volunteers Wanted for Alzheimer’s Social Activity Group

On Friday, January 27, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, at the Community Center learn how you can help local people with memory problems engage in social activities. Want to make a real, positive difference in the lives of neighbors and friends living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia? Then consider joining the new Boothbay Area Social Engagement Committee. This committee of volunteers will plan and present one to two social activities for local persons diagnosed with dementia and their care partners in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter and the Boothbay Region Health and Wellness Foundation.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens offers Therapeutic Horticulture Visits

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens offers Therapeutic Horticulture Visits

You’ll make it possible for participants to enjoy guided nature walks, trips to the theater, museum tours and other meaningful social activities.

Learn more by attending the Boothbay Area Social Engagement Committee Training on Friday, January 27, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, at the Boothbay Region Community Center, located at 185 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor.

To register, please contact Patricia Seybold of the Boothbay Region Health and Wellness Foundation at: pseybold@customers.com or 207-633-4368.

 

Early Stage Alzheimer’s Support Group Forming

On Friday, Nov. 11th  from 2 to 3:30 pm at the Community Center, there will be an introductory meeting for a Midcoast Maine Social Engagement Program for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Families, facilitated by Mark Pechenik, of the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or a related dementia is likely not the life path one envisions. The best way to face this disease is to continue to enjoy life. The Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has been successful in helping patients with early stages of Dementia and Alzheimer’s design and carry out activities they can enjoy with others. These Social Engagement Programs offer a fun and comfortable way for people in the early stage of the disease to get out, get active and get connected with like individuals through a variety of community-based activities and social events.

Mark Pechenik, the Director of Outreach from the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will be speaking at the November meeting of People Helping People on Friday, November 11th from 2 to 3:30 pm at the Community Center in the Meadow Mall in Boothbay Harbor. This event is open to the public and families with individuals who are in the early stages of memory loss are encouraged to come.

Mark will explain how the Social Engagement program works and will teach us how to interact respectfully with people who are experiencing memory loss. He hopes to recruit interested patients and families from the Midcoast Region to start planning activities they’d enjoy doing. This is not intended primarily as a caregiver support group, but rather as a way for those experiencing early stage dementia to keep our brains active by designing programs and activities we will enjoy.

Activities might include going out to lunch together, going on an excursion to a local attraction, sharing memories, writing/telling your life story, sing alongs, walking or hiking outdoors, visiting museums, attending musical events, sharing a favorite hobby, playing brain-enhancement games, exercising together…. The possibilities are endless.

If you, or someone in your family, is beginning to experience memory issues, show signs of dementia, or has been diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer’s, take this opportunity to take charge of your life and slow down the progression of memory loss and disability by becoming even more socially engaged and active. This program is being sponsored locally by the People Helping People Program of the Boothbay Region Health & Wellness Foundation.

 

“The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease,” Oct. 12 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12th, from 2 to 3:30 pm at St. Andrews Village, Mark Pechenik from the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will present a session entitled “Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease.

The program will focus on the symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, including how it affects the brain, as well as causes and risk factors and how people can find out if they have the condition.

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, including about one in nine people 65 and older. Roughly one in three seniors will die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Among the signs of Alzheimer’s are memory loss that disrupts daily life and goes beyond the normal age-related change of forgetting names or appointments but remembering them later.

According to a number of studies, people who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s felt a sense of empowerment and relief knowing what they were up against. They could also make plans and prepare for the future and no longer felt like a passive victim, according to Pechenik.

For example, said Pechenik, research underscores the benefits of social engagement for people who have Alzheimer’s, to help lessen the isolation and anxiety that is often associated with the disease.

He said the Alzheimer’s Organization is hoping to start a social engagement committee in the Midcoast and would like to work with people in the Boothbay area on that project.

For more information about the Alzheimer’s Organization, go to www.alz.org. This presentation is free and open to the republic but please RSVP by calling 633-0920.

Dementia Conversations

On Wednesday, Sept. 28th from 10:30 am to 12 pm, you’re invited to join a conversation about dementia and Alzheimer’s led by Mark Pechenik of the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. If a family member or close friend is beginning to experience Alzheimer’s or another dementia, this program will offer helpful tips to assist families and friends with difficult conversations related to dementia, including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans. Dementia Conversations will take place at the Community Center in the Meadow Mall in Boothbay Harbor.

Topics covered will include:

  • Tips for having difficult conversations around some of the most common issues that arise regarding Alzheimer’s or another dementia
  • The need to plan ahead and build a care team that communicates well in order to reduce the stress that can accompany a disease like Alzheimer’s
  • Connecting with helpful resources to enhance quality of life for everyone involved
  • Hearing from people who are dealing with similar issues.

This program is being sponsored by the Empowered Patients’ group of the Boothbay Region Health & Wellness Foundation.

How Yoga, Massage, Herbs Help Lyme Disease Sufferers

Join the Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, Sept. 15th at the Community Center. Heather Lee Casey, yoga instructor and massage therapist, will share how yoga, massage and healing herbs have such a great impact for healing and well being. Heather grew up traveling all over the country and has lived in Hawaii, Colorado, Alaska and Maine. She trained in Integral Yoga in Maui, HI in 2000 and studied Massage Therapy and Reiki at The Namaste Institute for Holistic Studies in Rockland, ME in 2007. Heather truly believes in the healing arts and is passionate about inspiring others. She is a yoga instructor as well as massage therapist at Crow Point Yoga in Boothbay Harbor.

Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education (MLDSE) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that serves the needs of Midcoast Maine’s Lyme community through awareness, education, advocacy and free support resources.

For those who can not make the evening meetings, they also have a daytime Lyme support meeting that meets every month. Next daytime meeting is coming up on Monday, Sept. 19 at the Damariscotta Baptist Church from 1-3 p.m.

For more information about meetings or the organization, visit www.mldse.org or contact Paula Jackson Jones, 207-446-6447 or Angele Rice at 207-841-8757.

Preview of the BRHC Thurs. Aug. 25

If you’re wondering what the planned Boothbay Region Health Center will look like, the directors of Boothbay Region Health Care, Inc. invite you to join us for a movie and discussion at 2 P.M. on Thursday, August 25th at The Harbor Theatre in the Meadow Mall. We will view the first segment (approximately 30 minutes) of a film, Rx: The Quiet Revolution. This film segment features the Seaport Community Health Center in Belfast and Dr. David Loxterkamp, a dedicated primary care doctor who makes house calls, rides a moped, sings in a choral group, and leads a substance addiction group.

Doctors at the Seaport Community Health Center

Doctors at the Seaport Community Health Center in Belfast

The Seaport Community Health Center is an example of the kind of collaborative team of physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals working in partnership with patients, delivering comprehensive primary care and striving for good health that we plan for the Boothbay Region Health Center.

Dr. David Loxterkamp will be our special guest and following the film he will answer questions and explain how and why a modern community health center can provide great access including convenient office hours, walk-ins and house calls and help patients and the community achieve better health.

Dr. David Loxtercamp making a house call in Belfast, ME.

Dr. David Loxtercamp making a house call in Belfast, ME.

Boothbay Region Health Care directors will also answer questions and discuss details about their plans for the Boothbay Region Health Center and its phased launch.

“e-Patient Dave” deBronkart, who survived Stage 4 Kidney Cancer by doing his own research and partnering with his doctors, will introduce the film. Dave previously spoke to our community about “e-patients” being empowered, engaged, equipped and enabled. Dave is excited about the fact that Boothbay Region Health Center will be designed and governed by patients and that patients will be in the driver’s seat, partnering with their healthcare providers as their coaches.

"e-Patient Dave" deBronkart consulting with his doctor, Danny Sands, M.D.

“e-Patient Dave” deBronkart consulting with his doctor, Danny Sands, M.D.

Admission is free. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

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Screening of the film is possible thanks to the generosity of David Grubin Productions and WTTW Chicago, co-producers of the film. Thanks also to Jason Sheckley and The Harbor Theatre for giving us access to the theater and for all of his technical assistance in actually showing the film.