Sam L. Cohen Adult Day Center

Just like home, but with more to do.

two women smiling and huggingThe Sam L. Cohen Adult Day Center provides a home-away-from-home experience for our members living with memory impairments including Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. The Center encompasses the latest in therapeutic approaches in person-centered care, providing a safe environment for members while encouraging socialization, healthy choices, and maximum independence.

In addition to respite, the Center provides support for the caregivers to help them address behavioral challenges and the social isolation and loneliness that can accompany caring for a person with dementia. Our Social Worker at the Center and Family Caregiver Specialists also offer educational classes and forums, and support sessions, both group and individual, for caregivers.

From a Caregiver

Learn about the benefits of the Sam L. Cohen Adult Day Center from one of our member families:

Person Centered Programs

Each one of the participants (members) at the Sam L. Cohen Adult Day Center is recognized as a unique individual. Person-centered activities are designed to honor and engage the individual in ways that will be fun, stimulating, and interesting. Therapeutic activities are developed and implemented to meet each members leisure interests and abilities.

Activities offered during a typical day at the Center might include:

  • Various art projects
  • Painting programs
  • Pet therapy
  • Intergenerational programs
  • Dance and movement
  • Entertainment
  • Gardening
  • Baking
  • Exercise programs
  • Music programs
  • Reminisce programs
  • Word-Based games

To learn more about new and specific programming initiatives at the Center, please visit our "What's Happening" page.

Trualta & Caregiver Support

Family caregivers for members at the Cohen Center also receive complementary access to Trualta. Trualta is an exciting new interactive eLearning platform designed especially for family caregivers and tailored to their particular caregiving journey. Caregivers select topics of interest to them, but have access to hundreds of learning modules - with more added each month. Topics include: cognitive decline and dementia, personal care, challenging behaviors, safety, and caregiver wellness - just to name a few! This service is being offered at no extra charge with center membership through a grant from Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation.

an older man in a chair tapping the hand of a younger woman while another man and woman stand behind them and smile happilyStaff

Our Center staff is a team of highly-skilled, caring, and creative people. The Center's staff includes a registered nurse, a licensed social worker, a licensed recreational therapist, and other program specialists. Our direct care staff provides a safe, caring environment for our members - just like home, but with more to do!


Many members pay withe private funds or long term care insurance. In some instances state funding through MaineCare is available. The Veterans' Administration offers a program that pays for day center hours. Staff can assist with locating subsidies for care.

The Center is able to provide transportation to members on a limited basis from various pick up locations in the greater Portland area for a nominal fee.

Contact the Center for information on hours of operation, transportation, funding, scheduling, the enrollment process, and a calendar of events.


The Sam L. Cohen Adult Day Center is located at 30 Barra Road in Biddeford. Our location is convenient to the turnpike, Route 111, as well as businesses, stores, and medical providers in the immediate area. DIRECTIONS

The rooms feature warm colors, comfortable furnishings, and decorative touches that make the center an inviting and engaging space that allows the staff to fully implement a person-centered program for each of our members. 

Different activity spaces, such as a therapeutic kitchen, arts and crafts room, a quiet room, a living room, and great room, help members enjoy activities and entertainment that decrease boredom, increase positive social interactions, and improve overall health and well-being.

The Sam L. Cohen Adult Day Center Center also features an enclosed garden patio where members can enjoy the outside in a safe way without feeling constrained or restricted.

left: the therapeutic kitchen at the center.
right: the living room and quiet space at the center.

Getting Started

Enrollment at the Center begins with a complimentary trial visit so that your loved one can participate in our beneficial programs to see if this will be a supportive environment for them. Call today to learn more! 207-283-0166.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you'd like to know more about the Sam L. Cohen Adult Day Center, view our list of most frequently asked questions. If you do not see answers to your questions, please contact us online or by phone at 207-283-0166.