The Campaign to Create a Better Day

The Campaign to Create a Better Day is the largest fundraising initiative ever undertaken by the Southern Maine Agency on Aging in its 40 year history. The $6 million campaign will enable the Agency to open two new, state-of-the-art adult day centers that will serve adults and families living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The Campaign includes $1 million to establish an endowment to support member assistance and operational needs of the new Centers. 

In October, 2014, SMAA opened the first of the two Centers – The Stewart Center – at 74 Lunt Road, on the OceanView campus in Falmouth. The Stewart Center is a 4,200 square foot, state-of-the-art facility carefully designed and built to best serve adults with cognitive decline and to provide expanded support to family caregivers. In 2016, the Agency opened the Sam L. Cohen Center on Barra Road in Biddeford, Maine. The Sam L. Cohen Center is a 10,000 square foot Center that has the capacity to serve double of the number of members and families as the former Truslow Center in Saco.

The Southern Maine Agency on Aging is uniquely positioned to provide these services. The Agency is nationally known for its support of family caregivers and of people with cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. For 30 years, SMAA has run the Truslow Center in Saco, providing therapeutic engagement for members and respite and support for family caregivers. Additionally, the Agency’s Family Caregiver Support Program is known nationally for its work offering one-on-one counseling, support groups, and educational programs to overburdened family caregivers.

The Adult Day Centers will provide more than respite. They will be a source of hope and strength for families in our communities, and a model of excellence for Maine and the rest of the country.

If you would like to learn more about our Campaign to Create a Better Day, contact the Development Office at 207-396-6590.