HALLOWELL — Jane O’Rourke has been supporting patients and care providers challenged by dementia and other age-related issues for more than 35 years. She plans to share her understanding and experience during a presentation at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Hubbard Free Library on Second Street.

More than 29,000 people in Maine are living with Alzheimer’s disease, one of many causes of dementia. The conditions brought on by the illness can cause challenges for those who have the condition, care providers, and community members alike.

Recognizing the impacts dementia can have on the community, the Hallowell All Age-Friendly Committee launched an effort to ensure Maine’s smallest city is dementia-friendly, according to a news release from Bob McIntire with the committee.

The University of Maine Center on Aging through the Lifelong Communities Maine program awarded a grant to the committee, which is being used to support publication of an informational brochure being distributed to businesses as well as civic and social organizations.

The goal of being a dementia-friendly city was also the lead story in the fall issue of The Champion, a newsletter published by the committee and available at hallowell.org.

The committee meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month in the training room of the Hallowell Fire Department on Coos Lane in Hallowell. More information is available at hallowellagefriendly.org or by emailing hallowellagefriendly@gmail.com.


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