Memory Joggers 

Maine has the oldest population of residents in the country.So its no surprise that the numbers are also high when it comes to Mainers with Dementia.A new program in Bangor is helping those with early signs of Alzheimer and other memory loss problems.Joy Hollowell tells us about Memory Joggers.+++++++++Each Monday, Jane Campbell and her dad Ron spend their mornings at the First United Methodist Church in Bangor. Ron Newcomb is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.”We’ve been searching for a group like this since the very beginning, that was five years ago, and so we were really excited about it and it is exactly what we were looking for,” says Jane Campbell.The program is called “Memory Joggers,” and its offered through My Friends Place, an adult day program.”which we started like 8 years ago, which had more to do with people with moderate memory loss,” says director Barbara Fister.She soon realized there was a need to help folks with early memory loss. Fister started Memory Joggers in January of this year. Participants come for four hours a day and work on memory as well as physical exercises.”yeah, I think they try to work on our mind, what’s left of it (ha,ha,ha),” says Lloyd Willey, one of the participants. When asked if he thinks its working, Lloyd replies, “Oh yeah, I think so. I go to work every day for a couple of hours.””we’ve been told that it’s a very positive approach and I feel also that memory joggers is a pro-active approach,” says Barbara Fister.Jane Campbell sees a difference in her dad as well.”he really enjoys it and I get to spend time with my dad,” says Campbell.==========Memory Joggers meets every Monday from 9 AM until 1 PM at the First United Methodist Church in Bangor.For more information, you can call the program’s director, Barbara Fister at 945-0122 or visit them on the web at