FORT KENT – Every year, employees at Northern Maine Medical Center promote the importance of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, observed in November.
Once a month at Forest Hill, a support group is offered to those who are affected by Alzheimer’s. This group meets 6-7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month.
A telephone help line also is available to provide information on hundreds of topics and to connect callers to community resources and support. The help line, 800-272-3900, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
November is also American Diabetes Month. Having diabetes places a person at an increased risk for a number of serious, potentially life-threatening complications, including heart disease and stroke, blindness, kidney disease and lower-limb amputations.
For information on diabetes or to consult a diabetes educator at NMMC, contact your doctor’s office and ask to be referred to NMMC’s Diabetes Outpatient Program. Questions also may be directed to the Diabetes Education Department at NMMC at 834-3195, ext. 3624.
Those interested in supporting NMMC’s community projects, groups and organizations can join the NMMC Guild or donate to the NMMC Giving Tree. Membership in the NMMC Guild, established with the hospital in 1952, is a way to assist with raising funds to benefit patients of the hospital.
The NMMC Giving Tree provides the public with the opportunity to memorialize special people or life events. The amount of donations can be confidential and may be directed to any area of patient care or program offered by NMMC.
For information, contact the Development and Community Relations Office at 834-3155, ext. 3355.