AUGUSTA – Maine First Lady Ann LePage recently joined the Maine Health Care Association (MHCA) to honor the accomplishments of 36 people living in the state’s long term care facilities, including Marguerite Sherburne, 93, of Dexter Health Care; William Reed, 85, of Hibbard Nursing and Rehab Center in Dover-Foxcroft; Elizabeth Reynolds, 88, of Somerset Rehab and Living Center in Bingham; Mary Foss, 106, of Maplecrest Rehab and Living Center in Madison, and Hazel Redmond, 90, of Cedar Ridge Center in Skowhegan.
First Lady LePage offered opening remarks at the ninth annual ceremony and photo exhibit entitled “Remember ME”, which featured the black and white photographs and biographies of these citizens in nursing homes and assisted living facilities statewide. She also helped present Certificates of Lifetime Achievement during the ceremony held in the Hall of Flags at the State House. Residents are decorated War heroes, mothers and fathers, and community leaders such as nurses, teachers, pilots, and small business owners.
Sherburne was honored for a lifetime of achievements in farming and Reed for his accomplishments as a small business owner and former Maine legislator. Reynolds was recognized for overcoming personal challenges enabling her to make a variety of civic contributions. Foss, the program’s most “senior” recipient, was noted for her teaching career and farm work, while Redmond was recognized for her role as a female pioneer in the local equestrian world.
The primary purpose of the Remember ME project is to salute the people who have spent the best years of their lives supporting their families, building their communities and serving their state and country. The project also urges the public to remember the selfless contributions of our elderly and disabled citizens who now depend on others for their care and safety.
“Just because these residents are less visible in the community doesn’t mean that we should forget their important contributions to our state and country,” said MHCA Vice President and Communications Director Nadine Grosso. “After giving to others all of their lives, they now depend on us for their daily medical and social care and we take that responsibility very seriously. This photographic tribute and recognition ceremony is our way of remembering them and saying thank you.”
Since its inception, the Remember ME program has recognized 330 long term care residents statewide.
The Maine Health Care Association is a nonprofit trade association, representing over 250 providers of long term care services to the state’s elderly and disabled citizens."This content originally appeared as a copyrighted article in the SVWeekly.com and is used here with permission."
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