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Holiday eCard from the Alzheimer's Association

Happy Holidays from the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter

Happy Holidays from our families to yours! The holidays are a time when family and friends often come together. But for families living with Alzheimer's and other dementias, the holidays can be challenging. Take a deep breath. With some planning and adjusted expectations, your celebrations can still be happy, memorable occasions. Click here to get tips to lessen holiday stress for those living with dementia >> Traveling over the holidays? Click here for tips to plan ahead and ensure a safe and enjoyable journey >>  The Maine Chapter encourages you to call the 24/7 Helpline, 800-272-3900, if there are any questions or concerns about memory loss or other cognitive changes in an aging family member or friend. 

The Gift

Maine Chapter Early Stage Social Program Offers Special Holiday Concert! 

Maine Chapter Early Stage Social Engagement programs offer a fun and comfortable way for people living in the early stage of Alzheimer's or other dementia and their care partners to get out, get active and get connected with one another. Each third Wednesday morning of the month, the free Discovery Days Series will feature fascinating discussions, presentations, and performances. This month, join with us as we delight in this concert performance by the Pip Trip Trio who will perform many classic, favorite tunes of the season. If you wish, bring a holiday dessert or main dish to share for this one-of-a-kind occasion! Advance registration required. Email bkirkpatrick@alz.org >>


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Use Your Voice to Support Increased Funding for Alzheimer's Research

Citing the devastating emotional and economic toll that Alzheimer's disease takes on more than five million Americans and their families, Senator Collins recently introduced a bipartisan Senate Resolution declaring that the goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer's by 2025 is an "urgent national priority."  The resolution recognizes that dramatic increases in research funding are necessary to meet the 2025 goal and urges Congress to double the amount of funding the United States spends on Alzheimer's research in 2015, as well as develop a plan to meet the target of $2 billion a year as recommended by the experts of the federal Alzheimer's Advisory Council. Please take action today and email Senator Collins to let her know you support increased funding for Alzheimer's research. Tell Congress that Alzheimer's disease is an urgent national priority! 


CBS News 13 Highlights the Cost of the Alzheimer's Crisis 

Kim Block and CBS 13 News Live recently featured a story highlighting the cost of the Alzheimer's crisis. The story featured John and Elisabeth Paine. Watch the piece here >> It is imperative that we increase awareness of this terrible disease and the financial and emotional toll it is taking on families across Maine just like John and Elisabeth. Are you interested in volunteering to share your story and help increase awareness? Complete our volunteer application today! >>

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2013 Maine Walk to End Alzheimer's Raises Over $500,000 

This fall, 3,335 people and 369 teams in Maine participated in the 2013 Alzheimer's Association Maine Walk to End Alzheimer's and took a stand against Alzheimer's disease. We are excited to announce that we've exceeded our goal and raised more than $505,000 this year! In communities from coast to coast, funds raised from Walk to End Alzheimer's will advance Alzheimer's care, support, safety services and research. In Maine, funds raised at Walk further critical efforts to advance educational programs and support groups across Maine, raise awareness of the disease and enhance early detection, provide a 24/7 Helpline, counseling and care consultation services, provide safety services through MedicAlert + Safe Return and Comfort Zone and recruit advocates to advance key Alzheimer's legislation. Planning for 2014 is already underway and dates will be announced soon! Like our Facebook page to follow 2014 Walk updates >> Thank you for all your hard work and we hope to see you next year!


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House Speaker Eves and Maine Council on Aging to Host Maine Summit on Aging 

The rapid aging of Maine's population and workforce has significant implications for Maine's economic growth and is challenging employers, health and education systems, municipalities and state leaders to find innovative ways to attract and retain workers, create new housing and transportation opportunities for older adults, and deliver supports and services to keep people healthy and thriving in their homes and communities. Speaker of the House Mark Eves and the Maine Council on Aging, including the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, will be hosting a Summit on Aging on January 17th, 2014 from 8:30am-3pm at the Augusta Civic Center. Registration fee is $20.00 and scholarships are available. Anyone interested in the future of Maine's economy should attend. Click here for more information and to register >> 

Call 1.800.272.3900 or 1.207.772.0115 for more information regarding the stories featured in this enewsletter, support and services available in your area, or with any questions you may have regarding Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. For dates and locations of upcoming events please visit the Maine Chapter Calendar >>

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About the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter serves the entire State of Maine from its Scarborough office. There are more than 37,000 families in Maine who are affected by Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. alz.org/maine