Document Type

Policy Brief

Publication Date



Alzheimers Disease, Dementia, Disability and Aging, Cutler Institute, USM Aging Initiative, Policy


It is clear that caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is a growing public health issue. Alzheimer’s is a progressively deteriorating disease that can last anywhere from 1 to 15 years. Families are the primary caregivers and will continue to need support to manage the care of their loved ones, to coordinate services within the long term care system and to maintain their own health and well-being.


The Maine Alzheimer’s Project is a demonstration program funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging through the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Elder Services.

The goal of the program is to increase access to services for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease in rural Maine through a collaborative approach involving many providers and other partners in the aging community.

The USM Muskie School of Public Service provides evaluation and data analytic support for the Maine Alzheimer’s Project.

Funding Organization or Grant

Maine Alzheimer’s Project Supported by the Administration on Aging Grant No. 90Z2781