Maine Teams Honor Those Facing Alzheimer's 

From playing bridge to completing an ironman, Maine teams will be active on The Longest Day®

The Longest Day® is a sunrise-to-sunset team event held on the summer solstice to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer's disease. Across the country, teams will unite for 16 hours of consecutive activity to raise awareness and funds for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. Start a team and join us to show you're in it until Alzheimer's is finished. You can also join or donate to an existing team! Check out what teams across Maine are planning:

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Don't Just Hope for a Cure- Help Us Find One 

Learn more about new and existing opportunities to participate in clinical trials

Dr. Clifford Singer, Chief of Geriatric Mental Health and Neuropsychiatry at Acadia Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center is partnering with the Clinical Research Center at EMMC on a new Alzheimer's disease clinical trial in Bangor. Participants must be at least 50 years old, with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, be living at home or in assisted living (but not a nursing home) and be experiencing angry outbursts. "Sometimes the behaviors develop because they don't feel safe," explains Dr. Singer. "They're confused, they misperceive things, they may feel as if they're being attacked. But then sometimes people just get very irritable and easily agitated. That would qualify them for the study also." This particular trial is for people in the early or middle stages of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Singer describes the drug as a sugar molecule that could potentially reverse the amyloid plaques of Alzheimer's disease and have a mood stabilizing effect as well. If you're interested in being a part of the clinical trial, you can call 973-9869 or email Josh Bridges, RN, at jbridges@emh.org.

Trial MatchIs your loved one not eligible for this particular trial? Did you know that people who do not have Alzheimer's disease can participate in clinical trials? Click here to learn more about Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch®, a free, easy-to-use clinical studies matching service that connects individuals with Alzheimer's, caregivers, healthy volunteers and physicians with current studies.

KimCroppedChampions Breakfast 2010 028.jpgKim Block Honored as 2013 Maine Alzheimer's Champion

The Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter honored WGME CBS 13 news anchor, Kim Block, as the 2013 Maine Alzheimer’s Champion at a breakfast in Portland on May 31. Block was honored for her extraordinary leadership and dedication to increasing awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. As an Alzheimer’s Champion, Block has lent her time and her voice to critical awareness events and advocacy efforts, serving as the emcee of the Alzheimer’s Champions Breakfast on several occasions and as the Honorary Chair of Memory Walk and Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Greater Portland since 2001. She has also led the way increasing awareness in the community about Alzheimer’s disease by doing several feature stories on families and individuals in Maine impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. “It has been more than an honor and a privilege to be associated with the Alzheimer’s Association these many years,” said Block. Like our Facebook page to see photos from the event! >> 

Walk Polaroid2013 Maine Walk to End Alzheimer's Season Kicks Off! 

We are so excited to officially welcome the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's season! Join the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter at the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s and unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions! With 11 locations from Fort Kent to York Beach, find the one closest to you and register today at alz.org/maine/walk >>

We are celebrating the new season with kick off parties across the state! At the parties you can meet the planning committee, learn about volunteer opportunities, and register to participate in the nation's largest event to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer's disease.  Like our Facebook page or email rendres@alz.org for more information and to see photos from the events! 


Maine Chapter Legacy Writers Group Expanding 

The Legacy Writers Group is expanding to York County!  The South Berwick Legacy Writers Group starts at the South Berwick Public Library, 27 Young Street in South Berwick, on Tuesday, July 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Legacy Writers Group enables those with early stage Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias to successfully write their own life stories. There is no participation fee but advance registration is required. To sign-up, please contact Bill Kirkpatrick at 772-0115 or by email at: bkirkpatrick@alz.org.

twopaths.jpgDo a Little Big Thing to Help End Alzheimer's Disease 

More than 5 million Americans and over 37,000 people in Maine have Alzheimer's. There are small things anyone can do to help end the disease, America's sixth-leading cause of death. Stay informed. Become an advocate. Learn the facts. Join the cause today. Everyone can help — especially you.
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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