CCC Wednesday Communique — May 25, 2022

“National Senior Health and Fitness Day is celebrated on the last Wednesday of May, this year on May 25. The common goal is to help senior Americans stay fit and healthy,” according to National Today.  Organizations serving older Mainers, such as Healthy Acadia, provide classes and other opportunities for seniors to stay fit, such as their Tai Chi for Health class.  (Photo courtesy of Life Home Health.)

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Maine Child Welfare Education Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the Maine Child Welfare Education Annual Conference on June 30, 2022.  We are currently planning for an in-person conference though will flex to a virtual format if circumstances require. See full conference brochure for details, such as the conference agenda, keynote speaker information, breakout sessions, and how to register.  Continuing education credit approval of various types is being sought. Please contact Mark Moran directly if you have any questions. The MCWE Executive Council relies, in large part, on organic marketing to reach as wide an audience as possible. As such, please feel free to share widely.

CEUs available at VA Caregiver Summit
The VA Maine Healthcare System is very excited to announce that our upcoming Caregiver Annual Summit on June 8th has been approved for continuing education credits!! Please see this brochure for more information about the program and the speakers.  The primary target audience for this activity consists of physicians, psychologists, physician assistants, nurses, and social workers. The secondary target audience for this activity consists of dietitians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dentists, counselors, and any other member of the interprofessional health care team. If you are NOT a VA employee, you will need to create an account and register in Talent Management System (TMS) BEFORE the meeting (see instruction sheet). If you fail to do so, we cannot provide you with CEUs or register you after the fact (sorry!).  Don’t forget to RSVP by Wednesday, May 25th to Tammy Holman, General Caregiver Support Program Coordinator ( or 207-623-8411 x7987) with the name of your representative and their contact information.

“Right Care, Right Place, Right Time in Maine” Study Findings

The publication of findings from the study, “Right Care, Right Place, Right Time in Maine,” in the Journal of Primary Care and Community Health is available for download here. Jeff Brown, Co-Principal Investigator of the study, says “we are still advocating for action on top concerns and programs identified by study participants. My best wishes to all.”

Academic & Student Supports Advisor Position
Washington County Adult & Community Education and Axiom Education are seeking to fill a full-time position as the Academic and Student Supports Advisor. This position will have office space at our Machias office, but will travel around Washington County to meet with students, partner meetings as needed, and for recruiting purposes. Some of the advisor’s functions will be collecting, synthesizing, analyzing, and distributing information and data; working in a fast-paced environment; and also communicating with students, post-secondary institutions, employers, and partners. The person in this position will also be a liaison between students and teachers. This position does all student intake and onboarding before they are assigned to teachers.  See flyer for full job description and application instructions.

Maine Veterans’ Home Openings
The Machias Maine Veterans’ Home, a 30-bed residence for those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, has space for more residents.  Veterans, Spouses, widows and gold star parents are eligible. Please let Lisa King,  know if you have anyone in need.

How to Keep Resentment, Anger at Bay When Caregiving Is Difficult

There is one particular low moment as a caregiver that Stacey Dunn, 52, of Seattle, will never forget. Her daughter, Minnie, 26, had been born with autism and cerebral palsy, and in 2019, just before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the world, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Dunn is a caregiver for five people: her daughter and husband, her parents who live nearby in Seattle and herself (as a three-time cancer survivor). Minnie was discharged from a local hospital after Dunn was told she could “admit her after she attempts suicide.” That sent her on a desperate hunt to find a hospital that would take her daughter and set up a treatment plan around her dual diagnosis. Read full article here(From: AARP | Published: May 10, 2022)

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