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.

Mental Health Support Group Wed. June 21st

Are you coping with your own, or a loved one’s mental health challenges? NAMI Maine (the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine) is sponsoring a free combined support group in the Boothbay region for individuals living with mental health challenges and family members supporting individuals with those challenges. The group is confidential. Meetings take place from 6 to 7:30 PM at the Community Center.

They are a safe place to join a caring group of individuals helping one another through their learned wisdom.

Mental Health Support Group for Individuals and Families

This support group is offered monthly on the third Wednesday of the month, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Community Center at the Meadow Mall, 185 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. Contact Debbie Graves (207) 380-3550 or Jane Good at 633-2563 (after 5 p.m.) for more information.

These groups are peer-led by trained volunteer facilitators who have been affected by these challenges themselves or in their own family. By attending the group, people can gain insight, learn new coping skills, gain hope and see that they are not alone. No registration is necessary for NAMI support groups. They are set up as drop-in groups for people to attend as often or as little as they want. Attendees must be 18 years old or older.

“These groups are tremendously helpful in providing concrete, practical information and skills through the learned experience of others experiencing similar concerns in a non-judgemental, caring and confidential setting. The groups assist people in moving forward with mental health recovery and coping with current issues than can arise with mental health and co-occurring mental health and substance us disorders,” says Christine Canty Brooks, director of Peer and Family Programs at NAMI Maine. “These groups provide emotional support, self-care, empowerment and hope. NAMI Maine encourages individuals and families with relatives who have mental health challenges to take advantage of this unique opportunity.”

For more information about NAMI support groups, contact Christine at the NAMI Maine office at 1-800-464-5767, ext. 2305, or email: ccantybrooks@namimaine.org

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.

Cognitive Health Tips for Older Adults

Essential Steps for Lifelong Health

Staying mentally engaged is an important aspect of health and well-being for older adults, yet many seniors fall into lifelong habits and stay within their comfort zones. To promote brain health and reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, here are a few worthy activities to help you engage your brain for lifelong cognitive health and well-being.

Image via Pixabay by 4clients

Image via Pixabay by 4clients

Make Time for Activities You Enjoy

Pursuing worthwhile hobbies and interests is one of the best ways to keep your mind engaged and promote cognitive health, but many seniors find that even in retirement, the days are shorter than they’d like. If you’re spending all your time keeping up with housework, hire someone to clean your home to free up your time to pursue challenging and enjoyable activities instead.

Hire a local teenager to mow your lawn or a local independent contractor to shop for groceries or run errands. There’s no reason to spend all your time on these mundane tasks if it means you have no time left to enjoy your life.

Engage in Lifelong Learning

WorldHealth.net reports on research conducted by The Mayo Clinic, which found that “regardless of education and work history, people who engaged in challenging mental activities at least three times per week delayed the onset of cognitive decline by more than three years compared to those who did less.”

In other words, participating in mentally challenging activities helps to preserve brain health and cognitive skills, enabling you to stay mentally sharp as you age. If there’s a topic you’ve always been interested in but never had time to learn about, sign up for an online course or in-person workshop.

Find a New Hobby

Cognitive engagement doesn’t have to mean heading back to the college campus; there are hundreds of activities that provide mental stimulation, ranging from knitting to board games, gardening, golfing, volunteering, reading, and much more.

Find something that makes you feel good about yourself, provides a sense of purpose, or entertains you. You’re not limited to formal education or brain exercises; you can pursue anything that requires learning something new.

Increase Socialization

Socialization offers a multitude of cognitive and emotional benefits, from reducing isolation and lowering the risk of depression and addiction to improving brain health. Consider joining a local senior center or seeking out other older adults in your community who share similar interests and plan regular activities or get-togethers.

Join a bowling league, find a golfing buddy, or join a book club or even a quilting or knitting club. You might be surprised to find out how many other people in your local community share similar interests.

Get Adequate Sleep

Sleep is essential for your body and mind, allowing time for rest and rejuvenation. Without enough sleep, you’ll experience fatigue, brain fog, increased stress, and other symptoms.

If you struggle with insomnia, create consistent routines that can help you wind down and give your mind time to relax and prepare for sleep. It’s also a good idea to talk to your doctor if you continue to have difficulty falling asleep. There are several natural remedies and supplements that may help you get better sleep, as well as medications that can help when other methods fail.

Prioritizing your health and well-being is important throughout life, but as you grow older, paying attention to the needs of your body and mind is even more critical for lifelong health and well-being. Keeping cognitive health top-of-mind and intentionally pursuing activities that promote brain health will reduce your risk of cognitive decline, making it possible to maintain memory, mental clarity, and better overall health throughout life.

Submitted by Jason Lewis, Strongwell.org

Boothbay Region Social Engagement Committee Formed

On January 27th, ten local seniors initiated a group devoted to planning and organizing monthly outings for Boothbay area residents who are in the early stages of memory loss. Under the able guidance of Mark Pechenik, Outreach Director for the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the group of volunteers began planning events for this Spring. The goal is to enable a small group (4 to 8) local seniors and their family caregivers to join together for interesting and educational outings at least once a month. The assembled group had a lot of fun brainstorming interesting local outings–from the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, to the Boothbay Railway Museum, Maine Maritime Museum, Miniature Golf, Boothbay Region Land Trust walk, and so on.

The Boothbay Region Social Engagement Committee will meet once a month, on the fourth Friday of each month from 2 to 3 pm at the Community Center. Those interested in joining us as volunteers or as participants are welcome to join us. If you have ideas for local activities that would be a lot of fun for active seniors with mild memory issues, please contact the Coordinator, Patty Seybold at 633-4368 or pseybold@customers.com. This committee is co-sponsored by the People Helping People program of the Boothbay Region Health & Wellness Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter. Our next planning meeting will be held on Friday, February 24th at 2 pm at the Community Center in the Meadow Mall in Boothbay Harbor. We expect our first outing to take place in early April.

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.

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.