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Cognitive (Brain) Health Information and Help

Here are resources you might find helpful for more information about brain (cognitive) health in aging: 

Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center 
P.O. Box 8250
Silver Spring, MD 20907-8250
1-800-438-4380 (toll-free)
www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers

The National Institute on Aging’s ADEAR Center offers information and publications in English and Spanish for families, caregivers, and professionals on diagnosis, treatment, patient care, caregiver needs, long-term care, education and training, and research related to Alzheimer’s.

The Acadia Hospital
269 Stillwater Avenue
PO Box 422
Bangor, ME 04402-0422
1-800-640-1211 (toll free)
www.acadiahospital.org

The Acadia Hospital has a variety of cognitive (brain) health assessment and treatment services, including dementia evaluation and older adult mental health services. An outpatient Older Adult Mood and Memory Clinic provides assessment and treatment of a wide variety of problems related to depression, dementia and anxiety disorders. Referrals to this program are made by calling the Acadia Hospital at 207-973-6100 or toll free 1-800-640-1211.

Eastern Maine Medical Center
489 State Street
Bangor, ME 04401
1-207-973-7000
www.emmc.org

Eastern Maine Medical Center offers cognitive (brain) health clinical services, including assessment and treatment, offered by rehabilitation specialists, neurologists and neuropsychologists.

EMMC Neuropsychology is a clinical assessment service for people who have suffered an injury or illness that affects brain function. Neuropsychological assessment is a series of tests to how well the brain is functioning, where tissue has been damaged, and distinguishes between psychological and neurological problems.  The tests also indicate a person’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses and how well they are coping with illness. These assessments identify a patient’s capacity for independent living, driving, and returning to school or work. In children, neuropsychological testing is helpful in diagnosing developmental disorders, learning disabilities, and behavioral disorders.

http://www.emmc.org/neuropyschology.aspx

Memory Joggers – An Early Memory Loss Social Program
Bangor, ME 04401
1-207-945-0122
www.myfriendsplace@verizon.net

Memory Joggers is an adult social program in Bangor, Maine specifically designed for people experiencing early memory loss. The focus of the meeting is to answer questions about early memory loss, how to identify early memory loss and help for family and individuals within the community for early memory loss.  

Alzheimer’s Association
225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17
Chicago, IL 60601-7633
1-800-272-3900 (toll-free)
1-866-403-3073 (TDD/toll-free)
www.alz.org

The Alzheimer’s Association is a clearinghouse of information related to memory loss and diseases that may impact cognitive health. The national toll free number or website can take you to each State local office for additional information or services.  The Alzheimer’s Association offers information on making brain healthy life choices. 

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National Institutes of Health 

The National Institutes of Health has provided a website on Alzheimer’s disease for computer savvy seniors. Viewing options such as font resize, contrast, speech capability, and printer friendly versions are available. A section of the web site is dedicated to safety issues.

http://nihseniorhealth.gov/alzheimerscare/safetyissues/01.html

Mayo Clinic

This publication provides information on why persons with Alzheimer's wander, and tips to prevent and return the person home safely.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alzheimers/HQ00218

Health and Aging Information

National Institute on Aging Information Center 
P.O. Box 8057
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8057
1-800-222-2225 (toll-free)
1-800-222-4225 (TTY/toll-free)
www.nia.nih.gov
www.nia.nih.gov/Espanol

The National Institute on Aging provides information about aging and advances in research on aging to the scientific community, healthcare providers, and the public.

Eldercare Locator
1-800-677-1116 (toll-free)
www.eldercare.gov

The Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connects you to services for older adults and their families.

 

Brain (Cognitive) Health Games

http://www.sharpbrains.com/teasers/

Find a selec­tion of activities to exercise your brain at sharpbrains.com

Home Safety Information

Aging consumers and family often look for information on home safety, wandering, driving, and more.  Identified here are web sites with resource information on safety and related topics. While there may be some overlap, each site has unique features and is aimed at providing current, practical, and expert information.

Alzheimer’s Association National Office
225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17
Chicago, IL 60601-7633
1-800-272-3900 (toll-free)
1-866-403-3073 (TDD/toll-free)
24/7 Helpline 1-800-272-3900
www.alz.org

This publication offers eighteen topic sheets and brochures on home safety, medication, travel, driving, wandering, encountering a person with Alzheimer's disease, disaster preparedness, pandemic, the MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return® program and more.
Access the information at: http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_publications_safety.asp  

Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR)
Silver Springs, MD.

This publication includes general safety concerns room-by-room and behavior-by-behavior.  http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Publications/homesafety.htm

National Institute on Aging Alzheimer’s’ Home Safety Brochure

This booklet is for those who provide in-home care for people with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders. Our goal is to improve home safety by identifying potential problems in the home and offering possible solutions to help prevent accidents.

http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Publications/homesafety.htm

Home Safety Council Older Adult Safety
This website offers many tips and resources for safe senior homes.
http://www.homesafetycouncil.org/SafeSeniors/sen_safeseniors_w001.asp

Driving Safety Resources