A YMCA in the Greater Bangor, Maine, region has an ambitious project underway to integrate services for people with neurodegenerative diseases (NDs) with funding from Adira’s Pervasive Needs Grants program.

Bangor Region YMCA’s project pulls together extensive existing programming for people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in Central and Eastern Maine—arts, exercise, a speaker series, nutrition, etc.—into one, integrated care coordination program specific to NDs. The service will provide free transportation and recruit more participants from the surrounding region. It even includes some intergenerational programming.

If successful, the program will serve as a model for other Ys throughout the region to replicate. Bangor Region YMCA CEO Diane Dickerson shared her own story of the impact ND had on her life in this video:



In addition, Jack, a YMCA member living with Parkinson’s disease shared his experience with their existing programming. He will benefit from the programming integration and improvements, including person-centered care designed with client input under our new project with the Y. Watch his story:


More about Adira’s grants: