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I am alone and have no one to care for me. I wish your centers were nearby but there aren't any near my home in Maine. What can I do?

 

Question: I am alone and have no one to care for me. I wish your centers were nearby but there aren't any near my home in Maine. What can I do?

Dr. Amy: If Home Instead is not available where you live, you can call 1-877-353-3771 from anywhere in Maine. This telephone number will connect you to the Area Agency on Aging that serves the area in which you live. Area Agencies on Aging are part of the state government's Health and Human Services department. Their goal is to ensure that older people receive support so that they can maintain their independence and dignity in the community. You can read more at www.maine.gov/dhhs/oes/home_care/aging-agencies.html.

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  1. December 8, 2020 at 12:28 pm | Posted by Michael Z

    December 2020: I find myself now, and increasingly since my own disability retirement In 2016, bound 24/7 to dmstc prtnr who was determined 100% disabled post Cancer surgery in 2000. As of Dec 2020, his continued disability includes the his inability to stand/walk due to deconditioning following repeated hospitalizations since March 3 2020, which included treatment for kidney failure, heart failure, pneumonia, and frequent UTI due to radiation treatments in 2001. I realize my classification as “caregiver” began as a suggestion long ago, but the seeds of the imperative it has become were present in the original suggestion. The friendship that was mutual choice years ago has been annexed, in Partner’s heart/mind, to history. His expectation of care now defines the validity of our relationship. I was younger and more fulfilled by the help I provided while performing the tasks of daily living I did for us both. Slowly, day by day, I began to set aside things I once did for myself, in favor of daily tasks Partner was once able to perform but which he allowed me to perform because I was disposed to doing so. Now, I do everything, and our relationship is defined by my willingness to continue doing so. I am struggling to continue living this way for a variety of reasons, chief among which are my own disabilities along with a complex array of other issues. I am being consumed from within and without, and struggle to reconcile the way forward.

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  2. December 27, 2015 at 8:38 pm | Posted by barbara d robbins

    my husband has begun to show signs (for at least a year) of early dementia i.e.frequently repeating himself, constantly misplacing items, can't remember names even when told many times, can't remember when told of plans to go out.....I am not handling the situation correctly as he now says I'm always "making faces or mad at him" ~~ I have not tried to get him to a doctor ~~ when I ask him if he thinks he repeats himself a lot, he'll answer "maybe I do....I have a lot on my mind" I do have one friend I have asked if he sees that my husband repeats himself and his answer is "oh yes"!! I think I want to protect him...I feel very alone......I guess I owuld like to hear from someone that is experiencing what I am going through right now.

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  3. November 14, 2012 at 1:52 am | Posted by sarah p davis

    MY NAME IS SARAH , MY HUSBAND HAS ALZHIEMER AND DEMENTIA AND AMONG OTHER MEDICAL ISSUE , I AM LONGLY AND MIXED FEELINGS ... I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO CHAT WITH SOMEBODY WHO FEELS THE WAY I DO . AND ABOUT OUTSIDE RELATIONSHIPS

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    • January 17, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Posted by Kevin

      Sarah: what a magnificent name don't lose your wonderful personality. it is you and you need to be you for yourself and the rest of us in similar situations. Stay you sometimes that is a challenge in itself. God bless you big time.

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