The Maine Health Care Association recently honored the accomplishments of 35 people living in the state’s long term care facilities, including Jane Lowell from Northern Light Continuing Care, Lakewood, Waterville, at a ceremony at the Augusta Civic Center, according to a news release from Northern Light Health, Continuing Care, Lakewood.

This was the 17th annual celebration of the photography exhibit, “Remember ME,” which features the black-and-white photographs and biographies of citizens living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities statewide. Residents ranging in age from 55 to 98 are decorated war heroes, mothers and fathers, and community leaders such as doctors, journalists, teachers, and small business owners. Lowell was honored for her extensive music and theater career, community and volunteer service, her work at Scott Paper, and for being personal secretary to Spiro Agnew at his law firm. She even appeared in an off-Broadway play in Baltimore with William Bendix, a famous actor who starred in the TV sitcom, “The Life of Riley”.

The primary purpose of the Remember ME project is to salute the people who have spent the best years of their lives supporting their families, building their communities and serving their state and country. The project also urges the public, including lawmakers, to remember the selfless contributions of the elderly and disabled citizens who now depend on others for their care and safety, according to the release.

“Just because these residents are less visible in the community doesn’t mean that we should forget their important contributions to our state and country.  After giving to others all of their lives, they now depend on us for their daily medical and social care and we take that responsibility very seriously. This photographic tribute and recognition ceremony is our way of remembering them and saying thank you,” said MHCA Vice President and Communications Director Nadine Grosso, according to the release.

Since its inception, the Remember ME program has recognized 602 long-term care residents statewide. The Maine Health Care Association is a nonprofit trade association, representing more than 225 providers of long-term care services to the state’s elderly and disabled citizens. Lakewood is a continuing-care facility serving 105 at full capacity. It offers rehabilitation services, a secured dementia/Alzheimer’s Unit, and long term care. It is nationally recognized for excellence in customer service and have maintained a 5-star rating with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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