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Register for the Fall 2013 Statewide Educational Conference in Bangor

The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter's statewide educational conference will be held on October 25 at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor. The conference will feature keynote speaker Mal Allard, founder and director of "Their Real World", a company that offers Alzheimer's and dementia education. In addition to the keynote, this full-day conference will include a research update from Dr. Cliff Singer and workshops for both family and professional caregivers as well as people living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Registration fees include lunch and six contact hours for professionals. Find out more and register today! >>

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Thank You for Walking to End Alzheimer's! 

Thank you to all those who participated in the 2013 Maine Walk to End Alzheimer's! Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants did more than complete the walk. They learned more about Alzheimer’s disease and the Association’s critical role in the fight against it, including the latest about Alzheimer’s research and current clinical trials, how they can become involved in advocacy efforts at home and in Washington, DC and the Association’s support programs and services.  The event also included an emotional tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s. Even though Walk day has passed, we're still taking steps to further Alzheimer's care, support and research efforts and fundraising stays open through the end of November!  Check out photos from the walks here on the Maine Chapter Facebook page >>

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Series on Aging Increases Awareness of Alzheimer's in Maine 

"The challenge of our age" is Maine Sunday Telegram Special Report focusing on aging in Maine. The latest installment in the series looks at Alzheimer's disease and related dementia through the lens of Maine families. The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter estimates there are more than 37,000 people in Maine living with Alzheimer's disease and this number will increase to over 53,000 individuals by 2020. Increasing awareness about Alzheimer's disease and its impact is one of the priority recommendations in the State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias in Maine. Despite the number of people affected, many Mainers still know very little about this disease, which often remains in the shadows, discussed in whispers if at all. We must bring Alzheimer's fully into the open, explain the warning signs, address misplaced anxieties, correct misconceptions and overcome the stigma that too often makes a terrible disease even more of a hardship. Read the special report here >>


Maine Chapter Welcomes New Development Director 

Lisa Morin has joined the Maine Chapter as our Development Director.  Lisa comes to us from Thornton Academy after close to a dozen years as their Development Director.   “I was personally drawn to this opportunity to be part of making a difference in the lives of many. Beginning my role as we started the Chapter’s Walk to End Alzheimer's season has been an incredible experience – from working closely with Chapter staff, meeting volunteers and sharing walkers’ experience.”  She is anxious to bring her years of experience to Alzheimer’s Association.  A lifetime resident Maine, she lives in Biddeford with her husband, Jerry and daughter, Sydney who attends UNE. You can contact Lisa at lmorin@alz.org >>

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ADI Releases World Alzheimer's Report 2013 "Journey of Caring"

The new international report released in September reveals staggering growth and costs of Alzheimer's care needs in decades to come. The report states that the global annual societal costs of dementia were $604 billion in 2010. If dementia care were a country, it would be the world's 21st largest economy, ranking between Poland and Saudi Arabia. The report calls for all governments to make dementia a priority. In the U.S., the first-ever National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease was released in May 2012 with a goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer's disease by 2025. To achieve this goal, our nation's leaders must make a significant investment, including an additional $100 million in fiscal year 2014 for Alzheimer's research, education, outreach and caregiver support activities. Now is the time to join us and speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer's and their families, and help persuade Congress to address those needs through legislative action. Add your voice to ours — become an advocate today >>


Discovery Days Series Begins in Scarborough 

The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter is adding a new program to our ongoing Early Stage Social Engagement Programs. These programs offer a fun and comfortable way for people living in the early stage of Alzheimer's or other dementia 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, just in time for Halloween, the Discovery Days Series presents “The Real Dracula," a presentation which tells the amazing tale of the real man behind the Dracula legend.  Registration is required, please contact Bill Kirkpatrick at bkirkpatrick@alz.org >>

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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2013 Maine Walk to End Alzheimer's Event Sponsors 

Gold Sponsors

Avita of Stroudwater
Cape Memory Care
Genesis HealthCare
Sedgewood Commons
Spectrum Medical Group
Woodlands Senior Living







Silver Sponsors

Curry Printing 
Day's Jewelers
Fallbrook Woods
Hannaford Supermarkets
Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway Bangor
Home Instead Senior Care
Kindred Assisted Living - Monarch Center and Village Crossings
Kindred Westgate Manor
Law Offices of Joe Bornstein 


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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