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April 2, 2014
What Do I Say or Do?


 Val Walker, author of The Art of Comforting: What to Say and Do for People in Distress (Penguin, 2010), will be the guest speaker at Pine Tree Hospice’s community forum on how to support and communicate with individuals who are going through serious illness, bereavement, or other difficult life circumstances.

Val Walker provides training in the art of comforting at hospitals, universities, government agencies, and businesses. Her articles have appeared in AARP Bulletin, Good Housekeeping, and Whole Living magazines. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University, with specialized study in grief, loss and disability.

This free event is open to all community members. Light refreshments will be provided. Join us on May 15th, 6:30-8:30 P.M. at the Charlotte White Center located at 572 Bangor Rd, Dover-Foxcroft. Please call 564-4346 to register or for more information.
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March 17, 2014
Hospice Variety Show to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

 The 2014 Pine Tree Hospice Variety Show, taking place on Friday, April 25th at 7 p.m. at the Center Theatre, will be the 20th Anniversary of the popular annual celebration. As always, the evening will be filled with talented local performers who donate their skills in support of Pine Tree Hospice. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary, Jane Stitham, Executive Director of Pine Tree Hospice, states that the show will be looking to past shows and looking to the medical community for performers. “Originally, the Variety Show was performed entirely by members of the medical community and their families to benefit Pine Tree Hospice. Over the years, the show has expanded to feature talented individuals from around the community. But to celebrate our 20th, we wanted to bring back some of the platinum acts from years past and new favorites as well. We’re especially looking forward to some of the acts from the staff of Mayo Regional Hospital who are major supporters of both Hospice and the Variety Show.” Returning to MC the show this year is local favorite Dr. David Frasz, and Stitham says there will be other favorites announced as the show gets closer. Stitham also says that they are still looking for new performers from the medical community and she encourages anyone who is interested to contact Hospice at 564-4246. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for this enjoyable evening.

The mission of Pine Tree Hospice is to honor life and offer comfort with dignity to people of any age living with a progressive life-limiting illness. Pine Tree Hospice educates and supports its volunteers and staff to maintain a high standard of care, and responds to care-giver, family and community needs for continued bereavement support. Since its founding in 1985, Hospice has developed a wide range of programs and services targeted to its mission including Respite Care, Transportation, Education, Patient and Family Advocacy, Bereavement Support and more. For more information on Pine Tree Hospice, please call 564-4346.
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March 11, 2014
Depression in the Caregiver


 Caring for a loved one is a rewarding, experience, yet it can lead to stress and depression. Pine Tree Hospice’s “Caring for the Caregiver” series is hosting a ‘Depression in the Caregiver’ workshop which will explore the signs and risks of caretaking as well as where to turn to for help. Valerie Sauda, who is an ANCC certified gerontological nurse, will start the morning by discussing the clinical signs and prevalence of depression, highlighting caregiver risks, red flags to watch for, as well as suggestions for keeping the caregiver healthy.

After a healthy lunch provided by Pine Tree Hospice, Josephine Cirrinone, LSW, CCP, and Theresa Boettner, a Family Caregiver Specialist through Eastern Area Agency on Aging, will discuss caregiver resources within the community and throughout the surrounding areas.

Please join us April 2, 2014, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Mayo Regional Hospital’s Resource Center in the Sebec/Borestone rooms for this free workshop. Pre-registration is recommended. Please call 564-4346 for more information or to register.
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February 24, 2014
Is it Time to Give Back? Consider Becoming a Pine Tree Hospice Volunteer!

Do you have some spare time? Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Pine Tree Hospice is pleased to offer a series of volunteer trainings this spring. These trainings will provide the knowledge and skills to equip you to help people in our community who are coping with a life-limiting, progressive illness. Trainings are arranged into three segments. The first segment, called the “Core Training”, provides the foundation for both direct care and bereavement work. Once volunteers complete this 11-hr. segment they can choose to take the 9-hr. “Direct Care Hospice Volunteer” segment, or the 14-hr. “Bereavement Facilitator” segment, or both.

All prospective volunteers must take the “Core Training” segment, scheduled for: Friday, March 14th, 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 15th, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Those who are interested in becoming a Direct Care Hospice Volunteer will continue with the next segment as follows:  Friday, March 21st, 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 22nd, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The dates and times for the Bereavement Facilitator segment will be announced at the Core Training. To discuss volunteer options or to register for the Pine Tree Hospice volunteer trainings, please call 564-4346.
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February 5, 2014
Ward off the Winter Blues with some Complementary Care!

Pine Tree Hospice is calling all caregivers past or present, personal or professional! This event is designed to provide a time to be cared for and to relax. In the morning enjoy coffee, tea and baked goods while Gayle Worden, the Executive Director of Friends of Community Fitness in Guilford, provides a presentation about yoga. Gayle’s presentation will be followed by an optional yoga class and a demonstration of Thai bodywork. After a lovely lunch by Lulu’s Catering, the afternoon session will offer an opportunity for you to enjoy personal pampering with activities such as massage, Reiki, manicure, acupuncture, aromatherapy, and craniosacral therapy! Please join us February 22, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charlotte White Center, 572 Bangor Road. To register for this free event please call 564-4346 for more information.
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October 24, 2013
“The Lights of Hospice” will be the Theme for Pine Tree Hospice’s 2013 Annual Meeting and Dinner

Pine Tree Hospice will hold its Annual Meeting and Dinner on Thursday, November 14th from 6-8 P.M. at the East Sangerville Grange. The theme, “The Lights of Hospice”, reflects the idea of how many people with varying gifts and skills work together to provide Pine Tree Hospice’s many volunteer services.

The evening will begin with a delicious dinner prepared by local caterer, Laura Auger, which will then be followed by the business meeting. Music will be provided by Pine Tree Hospice volunteer, Yvonne Davis. A poignant program on the work of volunteers will close the evening. Those interested in attending may make reservations by calling the Pine Tree Hospice office at 564-4346.
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October 22, 2013
Pine Tree Hospice Adult Bereavement Group Addresses “Loss of Spouse”

Pine Tree Hospice will offer an adult support group for those who are grieving the loss of a spouse. The group will meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month, beginning November 12th at 7:00 P.M. at the Pine Tree Hospice office at 883 West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft. This group is open to any adult in the community who has lost a spouse, whether recently or in the past.

The group will provide a supportive environment where individuals can share their feelings and tell their stories. Grief is a natural response to loss; shock, sadness, anger, hurt, loneliness, and fear are outward expressions of grief. Through group and individual support, those who are grieving can begin the process of healing, find ways to cope with their loss, and provide strength and support for one another.

Pre-registration for the group is encouraged. Please contact our office at 564-4346 to register.
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October 11, 2013
Celebration of Remembrance

Community Health and Counseling Services and Pine Tree Hospice will be hosting the annual Celebration of Remembrance on Sunday, November 3rd from 1:30 to 3:00 P.M. at the Charlotte White Center, 572 Bangor Road in Dover-Foxcroft. All community members are invited to come to this joyful and poignant event which honors the memory of loved ones.

This year a “Celtic” theme will be employed, with lively music performed by cellist Ruth Fogg and string musicians from Foxcroft Academy. Traditional Irish desserts will be served along with fruit and cheese. Among the activities planned for all ages are face painting, making “weather-grams”, and decorating heart-shaped “memory boxes”. The release of environment-friendly white message balloons is a highlight of the event. Please RSVP at 564-4346 if you plan to attend.
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September 18, 2013
Pine Tree Hospice Offers Dementia Care Training Workshop

As part of Pine Tree Hospice’s Caring for the Caregiver series, Wynona Randall, Director of Professional Development at the Charlotte White Center, will present a five-session Dementia Care Training Workshop beginning Tuesday, October 15th from 6-8 P.M. and continuing each Tuesday evening through November 12th. The workshops will be held at the Mayo Regional Hospital Resource Center. The training was developed by the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and is based on the model of dementia care called “Habilitation Therapy”. This is a comprehensive behavioral approach to caring for people with dementia, focusing not on what the person has lost due to the illness, but on his or her remaining abilities. Habilitation Therapy creates and maintains positive emotional states through the course of each day, engaging the dementia patient’s capabilities, independence, and morale to produce a state of psychological well-being. In this way, difficult symptoms can be reduced or eliminated, even as the illness progresses. This curriculum has been taught in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult day programs, and hospice settings. The format includes discussion activities, lecture, demonstration, role-play and group work. The training is presented in Powerpoint format. Call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 to register for the workshops. Space is limited to 14.
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