Aroostook Community Matters - Alzheimer’s Association Offers Services for Caregivers

Updated: May. 6, 2021 at 4:48 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - Alzheimer’s affects not only the person with the disease, but also their caretaker. A volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, Dottie Sines, took care of her mother, when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and knows the challenges associated with disease.

“If the cognitive issue progress and it often does, you become that person’s shell and they walk inside you and you become the environment and they get fearful if you leave, they get upset if there’s new people or new things coming in.,” Sines said.

Sines wanted to help people who went through what she did so she began volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Association.

“It’s Alzheimers and related dementia because it’s not just for Alzheimer’s it can be for stroke, memory impairment, anything that affects the memory,” she said.

The organization raises money for Alzheimer’s research, hosts fundraisers, and does differential educational talks. But, their work doesn’t stop there.

“The caregivers aren’t working and taking care of their loved one, you know 9-5,” Sines said. “There’s going to be issues that come up in the middle of the night sometimes or that caregiver themselves is depressed and they need someone to talk to at 2:00 in the morning.”

When problems like that arise, the Alzheimer’s Association has a 24/7 hotline to call at 1-800-272-3900 with trained social workers to help.

Sines’ goal is to educate people in any way that she can. She also would love if more people could volunteer, especially in Aroostook County. You can find more information here.

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