Families

Kids First - Supporting Families of Separation & Divorce

Kids First Program

Saturday, September 8, 2012
(available in 3 locations: Topsham, Farmington, or Portland)

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This four-hour workshop is designed to help address problems and reduce negative effects of separation & divorce

This workshop will address:

  • children's needs as marital and family roles change 
  • the effects of and children's reactions to separation & divorce 
  • talking with children about divorce or other changes 
  • making decisions about parenting arrangements
  • dealing with conflict without involving children
  • helping children adjust to differences between household

 

LOCATIONS: 

PORTLAND: Kids First Center, 222 St.

1000th Eagle Head Cane Ceremony

VA Maine Healthcare System will be conducting a presentation ceremony in the lobby of the Togus VA Medical Center Hospital at Noon Friday, August 31.  For the last four years, a trio of very patriotic local residents have made personalized eagle head canes for Maine Veterans.  George and Donna Gunning and Burt Truman had the idea of making eagle head canes available to disabled Veterans and started to make canes with the Veteran’s name and 3 highest military awards.  They recently made a special 1000th Eagle head Cane for presentation to the VA Maine HCS.  This incredible cane has the medallions of all military branches and is mounted on a plaque with a large hand-carved and painted 1812 Federal Eagle.  These volunteers make the canes and generously distribute them at no charge to the Veteran although donations from individuals or groups helps their volunteer effort.  They have already distributed over 1,200 of these beautiful canes to Maine

WHEN IS IT NO LONGER SAFE TO DRIVE?

WHEN IS IT NO LONGER SAFE TO DRIVE?

 

Imagine for a moment that a well-meaning family member decides it’s no longer safe for you to drive and takes away your keys. You have been driving all of your adult life with no major mishaps. The only issue, as far as you’re concerned, is that you’re not quite as young as you used to be.

Chances are you would be quite upset and perhaps a little panic-stricken at the thought of losing your independence.

Not just another diet program . . . REAL help with long-term weight loss!

Not just another diet program . . . REAL help with long-term weight loss!

Enroll TODAY! Register now for the next 12-week session of the popular Mid Coast Center for Weight & Lifestyle Change. Classes begin Thursday, September 13. Space limited to 16 people. See flyer for more information or visit www.midcoasthealth.com/weightloss.

Difficult Conversations About the Care of an Elderly Parent

Difficult Conversations About the Care of an Elderly Parent

 

Seven years ago Lucy and her husband, who were in their 50s, left their home and jobs in Chicago and moved to Maine. Not to retire or experience a slower pace of life, but to care for Lucy’s elderly mother.

“At first she was still quite independent,” says Lucy. “She was driving, swimming at the local pool every morning, buying her own groceries, and cooking her own meals.

Swett Family Bike Ride

Swett Family Bike Ride

Tuesday was the Swett family bike ride. I didn’t ride, I was part of the picnic crew. The plan was that we would all meet at Two Lights State Park around noon. The 12 cyclists, ranging in age from 10 to 63, pedaled off mid-morning from CycleMania, where the out-of-towners rented bikes. Read more.