New program to help those with memory loss

Posted Dec. 14, 2008, at 8:15 p.m.

More encouraging news for this community has come from Barbara Fister, director of My Friend’s Place, an adult day center in Bangor.

Fister reports My Friend’s Place has been selected as one of 14 organizations throughout the country “to establish an innovative Early Memory Loss Program.”

The grant for the program came from the Brookdale Foundation Group of New York City and will receive additional support from First United Methodist Church along with “other public, private and voluntary agencies in Bangor,” Fister wrote.

The program “joins a network of programs in more than 200 communities in 34 states” that began with the Brookdale Foundation grants.

This new local program will provide “an excellent opportunity for people with Early Memory Loss to participate in an engaging program of fun and educational activities in a warm and welcoming environment,” Fister wrote.

Memory Joggers will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Monday starting Jan. 5 at FUMC, 703 Essex St., Bangor.

“We look forward to welcoming people experiencing memory loss to participate in this social and educational program,” Fister wrote.

Memory Joggers is “recruiting volunteers who will help us make this a valuable program for those in need of this service, and for their family members,” Fister added.

For more information about becoming a Memory Joggers volunteer or about the program itself, call 945-0122.

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Karen Reynolds invites the public to enjoy a free Christmas celebration concert, “Come In Grace & Glory.”

The concert is 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Community Church of the Open Door, 270 Main Road North in Hampden.

Reynolds hopes you will attend and “discover and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.”

For more information, call 862-4010.

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On behalf of Schoodic Arts for All, Breanna Pinkham invites you to a carol sing and potluck 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Hammond Hall, 427 Main St., Winter Harbor.

“Bring the family and your favorite dish to share,” Pinkham wrote.

“Carols will be played by our friends, Jeanette and Larry Smith, and sung by all who attend!”

This holiday event at the delightful Hammond Hall will be held “snow or shine,” Pinkham added.

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I received a moving e-mail from Marilynn Bishop of Veazie that really speaks to the spirit of the season.

Bishop reminded me that her mother often had written me “during the Christmas season,” to ask our readers “to please remember the animals at this time, by making donations to help them.”

“My mother preferred, and requested, instead of giving her gifts, that we give to the Bangor Humane Society in her name.” Bishop said.

Then she added that her mother, Marjorie “Marge” Phillips, had died recently, 10 days before her 82nd birthday.

In her mother’s honor and memory, Bishop is asking us to continue the tradition her mother began.

Bishop suggests that if you have a hard time deciding what to buy someone on your gift list, and if you know “that individual is an animal lover, perhaps a gift to a local animal shelter may be appropriate.

“We all know the economy is very hard in 2008,” Bishop added, “and any amount” you can donate to your local animal shelter “would be greatly appreciated.”

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A recent e-mail from Erin Rice of Pine Tree Society said that organization is seeking volunteers to construct adaptive equipment for children with disabilities.

Jeremy Lucas is director of The Kids’ Project, a PTS program that “offers something for everyone,” he said of everyone from the volunteers to the hundreds of children who need the equipment “to be successful in school, therapy and at home.”

Volunteers for The Kids’ Project can “work in their own workshops at their own pace,” Lucas said. ”They can do one project a year, or one a week. It’s really up to the individual.”

Prospective volunteers should have “moderate to high skills,” and all materials and designs are provided.

The project offers “affordable, high-quality adaptive equipment made with care by talented volunteer woodworkers and upholsterers,” Rice said in the PTS release.

“The Kids’ Project adaptive equipment is comparable to the top-of-the-list adaptive equipment at 40 to 75 percent below commercial prices.”

To learn how you can become a volunteer with The Kids’ Project, call Lucas at 443-3341, ext. 104, or e-mail kidsproject@pinetreesociety.org.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.net; 990-8288.

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