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Alice Chasse receives Remember Me 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

MADAWASKA, Maine — The Maine Health Care Association recognized Alice Chasse to represent Ridgewood Estates for the Remember Me 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award. 

While COVID-19 prevented the awards ceremony from taking place in Augusta this year, the staff at Ridgewood Estates planned a special celebration to honor Chasse’s accomplishments. 

Every year, the Maine Health Care Association selects one resident from each facility in Maine.

“The Remember Me project features the black and white photographs, accompanied by brief biographies of pioneering, innovative and interesting residents living in Maine’s long-term care facilities,” said Activities Coordinator Paula Gendreau. “This year 37 residents in the state of Maine were honored and 25 residents received honorable mentions.”

When she was 15, Chasse worked as a type of nanny who would come in after the midwives delivered the babies to help take care of them. 

When Chasse was 55, she began working with the elderly at the Aroostook Area on Aging as a volunteer and continued to do so until she turned 81. She would help fill out important paperwork such as for food stamps, Medicare and other forms that people sometimes found difficult. 

“I would help the people fill out their paperwork because they didn’t understand how to do those things,” Chasse said during a County Face interview. “Some would cry because they had no help, so I started volunteering. There was one that was crying so bad, they had to telephone me so I would go even though I wasn’t working.” 

Chasse’s husband, Patrick, was there with her to celebrate and said the most admirable thing about his wife, who has “spent her whole life helping others,” is that she is a caring, loving wife, a good mother — and his best friend.

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